Edgar Awardees for Best Young Adult Mystery

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. They remain the most prestigious awards in the entire mystery genre. The award for Best Young Adult Mystery was established in 1989 and recognizes works written for ages twelve to eighteen, and grades eight through twelve.
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This particular collection includes some of the notable winners of Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery and shortlisted books from the year 1989 to 2012.

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In Darkness, Death (2004)

Written by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler

Samurai Lord Inaba has been murdered in his sleep. To make matters worse, the crime took place under the protective eye of the Shogun himself. This is a case for Judge Ooka, Japan’s own real-life Sherlock Holmes. And, of course, for his 14-year-old apprentice, Seikei. Their only clue—a bloodstained origami butterfly—leads them on a journey filled with mysterious shape-shifting ninjas, vengeful peasants, and a power-hungry killer you might never suspect. If Seikei is to help solve this crime, he must first survive.

Edgar Award finalists Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler drench this story with drama and suspense in this, their third mystery featuring the famous magistrate Ooka and his young samurai apprentice. This book is recommended for young adults ages 12 and up. (Copyright © Philomel/Penguin. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Penguin Group USA.

Dorothy Law Hoobler was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Crestwood, New York. She graduated from Wells College with a degree in history and obtained a master’s degree in history from New York University.

She and her husband Thomas published their first book, a biography of Margaret Mead intended for young children. After Dorothy had the couple’s only child, Ellen, the Hooblers decided to try to make a living as freelance writers. By taking on work ghosting textbooks and other educational materials, they were able to survive and find time to write their own books as well. As of 2015, Dorothy and Thomas have published under their own names some 100 books, with another due out in 2016.

The first recognition of their efforts came from the Library of Congress, which chose their Album of World War I as one of four books to be mentioned on CBS TV as part of a project to encourage people to read. The Hooblers’ books have been cited many times for excellence by the New York Public Library in its annual publication Books for the Teen-Age and by the Parents’ Choice Foundation. They have also received significant awards from the National Council on the Social Studies and the Society for School Librarians International.

They wrote the well-loved American Family Album series, including The Japanese American Family Album, which was named a Carter G. Woodson Honor Book in 1997. The Society for School Librarians International chose their book Showa: The Era of Hirohito for a best book award in 1991. In 2005, the Mystery Writers of America gave the Hooblers an Edgar award for their young-adult novel, In Darkness, Death

Dorothy is working on a book about the role of food in French history, tentatively titled: Eating Your Way Through French History. The Hooblers make their home in New York City. They have one daughter and are active in community affairs.

Source:  hooblerauthors.com

Thomas Hoobler was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He obtained a degree in English in 1964 from the University of Notre Dame. He received a master’s degree in education from Xavier University in 1970 and a year later moved to New York. He met his future wife Dorothy on the first day he was there. He worked on trade magazines and for a textbook publisher in the early 1970s.

As of 2015, Dorothy and Thomas have published under their own names some 100 books, with another due out in 2016. They also wrote three books for adults, including the well-received The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein and The Crimes of Paris, a book that the Hooblers had originally proposed as the story of the theft of the Mona Lisa. The Crimes of Paris was excerpted in Vanity Fair in May 2009.

Besides the books he has published with his wife, Thomas also wrote two science-fiction novels with his friend Burt Wetanson. One of them, The Hunters, was optioned many times for motion-picture production and is now under contract to a producer who first read it as a teenager. Tom is now publishing YA novels with Booktrope, a new paradigm publisher. The Hooblers make their home in New York City. They have one daughter and are active in community affairs.

Source:  hooblerauthors.com

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