The Truly Devious casean unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936has consumed Stevie Bell for years. Its the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate Hayes Major was murdered, and though she was able to identify his killer, her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say. She must move past this obsession with crime.Stevies willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be back with her friends, and solve the Truly Devious case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed, the guy who lied about his identityEdward Kings son. But larger issues are at play. Where did Hayess murderer hide away to? Whats the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair? The Ellingham case isnt just a piece of historyits a live wire into the present. The path to truth has more twists and turns than Stevie can imagine, and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for.
Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, and The Name of the Star. She has also written collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle) and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated for an Edgar Award and the Andre Norton Award, and her books appear frequently on YALSA and state awards lists. Time magazine has named her one of the top 140 people to follow on Twitter. Maureen lives in New York.