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Truly Devious: A Mystery

By: Maureen Johnson

The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder at Ellingham Academy. Mystery and detective stories. Murder. Unsolved mysteries. The 1920s. Vermont. Boarding schools.

ISBN: 9780062338051

JLG Release: Mar 2018


Series: Truly Devious
Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Topics: Mystery and detective stories , Murder , Unsolved mysteries , The 1920s , Vermont , Boarding schools

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Awards & Honors

MRLS Cream of the Crop - 2019 Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
Winter 2017–2018 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview, Teens
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2018
CPL Best Books, Teen Fiction - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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Aspiring sleuth Stevie Bell has just started her junior year at Ellingham Academy— an artsy Vermont enclave for offbeat students founded in the 1930s by eccentric philanthropist Albert Ellingham—when disaster strikes. One of her new classmates dies under mysterious circumstances in one of the campus’s hidden tunnels. The event unc Aspiring sleuth Stevie Bell has just started her junior year at Ellingham Academy— an artsy Vermont enclave for offbeat students founded in the 1930s by eccentric philanthropist Albert Ellingham—when disaster strikes. One of her new classmates dies under mysterious circumstances in one of the campus’s hidden tunnels. The event uncannily evokes a tragedy that took place eighty years earlier when Ellingham’s wife and daughter disappeared. While the bodies of his wife and of an unlucky student were discovered later, his daughter was never found. The only clue is a cryptic riddle signed “Truly, Devious.” Stevie, an armchair expert in the Ellingham murder, now has two cases to crack. But she’s distracted from her mission by her ongoing battle with clinical anxiety and a blossoming attraction to her brooding housemate David, who just may be hiding secrets of his own. Told in alternating chapters that chronicle both Ellingham’s past ordeal and Stevie’s current detecting, Johnson’s finely tuned plot effectively employs classical mystery tropes while maintaining a thoroughly modern sensibility. Stevie’s quirky, ragtag bunch of new friends crosses sexuality and class lines, providing teen readers with a wealth of characters to connect with. And if the pacing is a bit leisurely, it’s only because Johnson is setting the stage for a planned trilogy. jennifer hubert swan

Book Details

ISBN

9780062338051

First Release

March 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

432

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.9; Points: 14;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.2; Points: 22;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Topics

Mystery and detective stories, Murder, Unsolved mysteries, The 1920s, Vermont, Boarding schools,

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