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Twitter chat on Monday, August 26 from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. The hashtag is #bookbootcamp

Our Storify Archive for the Twitter chat held on Monday, August 26 from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. is available.

Promotional Video of Mystery Titles


In a mystery novel, the main character is trying to solve a puzzle, get at the truth of something, or discover something that is hidden. After that definition, a mystery can take off in many directions. Mystery can combine many genres, including historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, or humor, and can include nonfiction and graphic novels. Read this blog post, "Is Your Novel 'Mystery,' 'Thriller,' or 'Suspense,'"written for authors who are trying to figure out which genre they have written.

This month, you will need to read three mystery/thriller/or suspense novels.

The Books

At least one novel must be from the 2013 Edgar Nominees Juvenile or Young Adult category or 2013 Agatha Award Nominees Children's/Young Adult categories. These are great places to find the best in the latest mysteries published with middle grades and YA in mind.
The Edgar Award: The Mystery Writers of America award the Edgar to the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television produced each year.
Agatha Awards: The Agatha Awards recognize the best in mysteries published each year in the tradition of Agatha Christie, the first lady of mysteries.

For the other two novels, choose from the above lists or from any of these additional lists or series:
Booklist - Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth, 2013
Booklist - Core Collection: Nancy Drew Redux
39 Clues Series
The Susan Carol and Steven mysteries by John Feinstein (mystery AND sports)
Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz
Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter
Sleuth Forensic Mysteries by Alane Feguson
The Janie Series by Caroline B. Cooney
Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer series by John Grisham
The Code Buster's Club series by Penny Warner

Online resources for this genre:

Libby's Guide: Great Books for Children and Young Adults:
Julie Green: Unpacking a Standard with Mysteries
Penguin Group: Lesson Plans for Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer series
Edgar Award Database: Search for nominees and winners in Juvenile and Young Adult categories

Youtube Booktrailers:
When You Reach Me
Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer:
Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar novel

Mystery promotion ideas:
Dying for a Great Book
Lucky Dip (sort of like Blind Date with a Book)
Crime Scene
When you are creating displays,don't forget nonfiction mysteries and mystery-related titles such as unsolved mysteries and books about forensics and crime solving.


To view and share a video that includes the titles mentioned in our chat visit this Animoto link.