The big mystery awards, named after Edgar Allan Poe, are always fun to keep an eye on if you're a mystery/thriller reader. The finalists are a great resource if you're looking for the next book to add to your list, and this is especially true for the juvenile and young adult categories. We are definitely seeing a trend of more books being published in this genre for a younger audience, and for teens it's all about the psychological thriller. Below are 2020 winners and finalists--congratulations to all!
Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught
Edgar Award Winner: Juvenile
Author Susan Vaught is an Edgar Award veteran, after a previous win for her book Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy in 2016. Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse features a character, Jessie Broadview, who has autism spectrum disorder but is a dogged sleuth when it comes to tracking down money stolen from the school library—a crime her dad has been accused of. Jessie and her Pomeranian dog, Sam-Sam, are on the case and the resulting mystery has plenty of heart, heroics, and humor.
- The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster by Cary Fagan
- Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu
- The Whispers by Greg Howard
- All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker
Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
Edgar Award Winner: Young Adult
Steph feels at home in the online community of CatNet, a social media site where users upload pictures of cats. CatNet seems innocuous, but something sinister is going on and the site administrator, CheshireCat, is at the heart of it. This near-future thriller is an edge-of-your seat read that brings up timely issues of online privacy, the pitfalls of social media, and artificial intelligence.
Young Adult Finalists:
- Killing November by Adriana Mather
- Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
- The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons
- Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas
See which books took home the Edgar Allan Poe awards for young readers this year.