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July 09, 2010


Fleur Bradley

Thanks for this nice, insightful spotlight on YA mysteries--they don't get enough attention in my opinion.

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(Long-time lurker; first-time poster--I think!)

I work in a junior high school library and read a lot of YA as part of my job. One of the best YA mysteries I've read in a long time is Jane Blundell's WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED, a coming-of-age/murder(?)-mystery set in the years after WWII. It covers a lot of ground, has a great setting (New York, off-season Florida hotel), and a very bittersweet ending. Excellent reading, even for those of us who left the "young" part of adult a long time ago.


Sorry--the writer's name is Judy Blundell.


I love Cooney and own about 30 of her books but my sisters and I thought If the Witness Lied was one of her worst; beyond improbable, if not ludicrous (I am still surprised by the positive reviews). I liked the YS Lee but thought it was just a pale imitation of Sally Lockhart in Philip Pullman's series and not very original. I like the Peter Abraham's Echo Fall series although am not sure he has the target age exactly right.

You are right - as a middle grader I read Judy Bolton, Mabel Esther Allan's mysteries, the John Verney series that begins with Friday's Tunnel, Lois Duncan, Phyllis Whitney - then I moved straight to Mary Stewart, Ngaio Marsh, and Agatha Christie.


I love the title of this blog, very orginal. And the layout is so easy to follow. I will be following this blog for sure.


Another YA suspense writer I enjoyed as a teen was Amelia Walden. Some of her books were sports related, some drama, but a good handful involved young women pulled into espionage.

I was also a big fan of Judy Bolton, who had more personality than Nancy Drew.

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