Bringing Mysteries Alive for Children and Young Adults by Jeanette Larson

Bringing Mysteries Alive for Children and Young Adults by Jeanette Larson (Linworth, 2004). First-rate guide book to mysteries for young readers. Topics include: an introduction, definition, mystery appreciation, series mysteries, curriculum connections, programming, and extensive additional resources (awards, URLs, bibliography, etc.).

Of concern is Jeanette’s finding that: “With just a few notable exceptions, most detectives in children’s mysteries are still Anglo or animal.” She also notes that diversity among children’s/YA mystery writers is slight.

Recommended to both experts and other enthusiasts, some of my favorite featured titles are: Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin (Harcourt, 2000)(read an excerpt); Crusader by Edward Bloor (Harcourt, 1999), Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac (Harper, 2001); Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles (Roaring Brook, 2003); The Ghost Sitter by Peni Griffin (Puffin, 2002); Alien Secrets by Annette Curtis Klause (Yearling, 1995)(read author interview); Son Of The Mob by Gordon Korman (Hyperion, 2002)(also don’t miss Son Of The Mob: The Hollywood Hustle); and Locked Inside by Nancy Werlin (Laurel Leaf, 2000)(go see Nancy Werlin’s cover art gallery).

Notes: Interviews with Gail, Peni, Annette, and Nancy are available on my Web site (use the site’s search engine). Jeanette is the uber-guru children’s librarian at the Austin Public Library.

One Reply to “Bringing Mysteries Alive for Children and Young Adults by Jeanette Larson”

  1. Thanks for posting these recommendations. It was great to meet you this afternoon. So grateful. Looking forward to my next library visit with a list of recommended titles in hand.Andrea Rogers-Henry

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