Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk
Guy Langman can’t be bothered with much. But when his friend Anoop wants Guy to join the forensics club with him in the hopes of impressing some girls, Guy thinks why not. They certainly aren’t expecting to find a real dead body on the simulated crime scene they’re assigned to collect evidence from but, after some undignified screaming, the two realize they have stumbled across a real, dead murder victim. Meanwhile, Guy has been looking into the past of his father who recently passed away. He apparently had a whole past Guy never even knew about. Could his father’s past and the dead body be linked? Does Guy want to know? He’s going to need all his new forensics skills to find out.
The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks
When Wendy Geller’s body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,”Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled.” But shy Rain, once Wendy’s best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just “party girl.” As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder.
Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
Twittercide: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting. Hartley figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on her first big story, Hartley discovers Sydney Sanders, a homecoming queen–hopeful, dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, Hartley is stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide.
The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla – another delivery girl – goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew – who also works at Pete’s – and, together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead – and to find her before she is.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer, some might say. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, “Take Your Son to Work Day” was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could–from the criminals’ point of view. And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo’s Nod. Again. In an effort to prove murder doesn’t run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret–could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan
Farrah “Digit” Higgins has left her geek self behind in another school district so she can blend in with the popular crowd at Santa Monica High and actually enjoy her senior year. But when Farrah, the daughter of a UCLA math professor, unknowingly cracks a terrorist group’s number sequence, her laid-back senior year gets a lot more interesting. Soon she is personally investigating the case, on the run from terrorists, and faking her own kidnapping–all while trying to convince a young, hot FBI agent to take her seriously.
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
Becca has always longed to break free. Free from her backwater hometown. Free from its small-town gossip and dead-end lives. But the horrifying discovery of a dead body–an outsider, Amelia Anne–on the morning after graduation sends Becca into an unexpected tailspin. As the violence of the real world creeps close to home, Becca retreats, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life. The details of Amelia Anne’s final, harrowing moments play out against Becca’s own out-of-control summer as Becca’s and Amelia’s parallel stories twist the reader closer and closer to the horrifying truth.