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Anderson, M.T.              The Game of Sunken Places

    When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game  that draws them into a mysterious adventure.    

Barnhill, Kelly                       The Mostly True Story of Jack
Enter a world where magic bubbles just below the surface....When Jack is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa, to live with his strange aunt and uncle, he expects a summer of boredom. Little does he know that the people of Hazelwood have been waiting for him for quite a long time.

Bruchac, Joseph                  The Dark Pond

    After he feels a mysterious pull drawing him toward a dark, shadowy pond in the woods, Armie looks to old Native American tales for guidance about the dangerous monster lurking in the water.

Carroll, Michael     Quantum Prophecy: 01 The Awakening

           Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans - both heroes and villains -- thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin begin to develop super powers, making them the object of much unwanted attention.

Choldenko, Gennifer    Al Capone Does My Shirts

    A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Clayton, Emma                                    Roar

           Mika and Ellie live in a future behind a wall, safe from the plague of animals beyond.  Or so they've been told. After one of them vanishes and the other takes part in a sinister virtual reality game, they discover their concrete world is built on lies.

Cody, Matthew                               Powerless

           Soon after moving to Noble's Green, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Daniel learns that his new friends have super powers that they will lose when they turn thirteen, unless he can use his brain power to protect them. 

Colfer, Eoin               Half Moon Investigations

    Fletcher Moon, nicknamed "Half Moon" because of his shortness, must track a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit.

Collins, Suzanne    Gregor the Overlander (first in series)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in his apartment building, he's hurtled into the dark Underland, a world that is on the brink of war. But his arrival is no accident - a prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future.

Corriveau, Art                          13 Hangmen

     Tony DiMarco discovers a treasure during the first days in his new home at 13 Hangmen's Court in Boston. In the attic bedroom of the house, Tony comes together with four other thirteen-year-old boys from different times in history, and they are all connected to a murder, a mystery, and a treasure.   

Delaney, Joseph                    Revenge of the Witch (first in a series)

    In this horror novel, twelve-year-old Tom Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. He is the apprentice to The Spook, who teaches Tom to keep witches, boggarts and ghosts from harming villagers.

Falls, Kat                                  Dark Life

          When fifteen-year-old Ty, who has always lived on the ocean floor, joins Topside girl Gemma in the frontier's underworld to seek and stop outlaws who threaten his home, they learn that the government may pose an even greater threat.

Farmer, Nancy                    The Sea of Trolls

    In A.D. 793, Jack and his sister Lucy are enslaved by Olaf One-Brow and swept into a hilarious adventure-quest involving a willful mother dragon, a giant spider, a troll-bear and a shape-shifting half-troll.

Funke, Cornelia                     Ghost Knight
     Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft and new friend Ella summon the ghost of Sir William Longspee, who may be able to protect Jon from a group of ghosts that threatens him harm from the day he arrives at Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school.

Grabenstein, Chris                      Crossroads

          When eleven-year-old Zack Jennings moves to Connecticut with his father and new stepmother, they must deal with the ghosts left behind by a terrible accident, as well as another kind of ghost from Zack's past.

Grant, Michael                                 The Call

         A seemingly average twelve-year-old learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children to try to save the world from a nameless evil, which is threatening to reappear after having been imprisoned for three thousand years. First in a series.

Grant, Katy                                  Hide and Seek

         In the remote mountains of Arizona where he lives with his mother, stepfather, and two sisters, fourteen-year-old Chase discovers two kidnapped boys and gets caught up in a dangerous adventure when he comes up with a plan to get them to safety.  

Haddon, Mark                                       Boom!

When Jim and Charlie overhear two of their teachers talking in a secret alien language, the two friends decide to investigate and soon find themselves caught up in a series of wild adventures with extraterrestrials.       

Hahn, Mary Downing                  Closed for the Season

        Two thirteen-year-old boys, Arthur and Logan, set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old house Logan's family has just moved into. The boys' quest takes them to the highest and lowest levels of society in their small Maryland town, and eventually to a derelict amusement park that is supposedly closed for the season.

Hiassen, Carl                          Chomp

    The difficult star of the reality television show, "Expedition Survival," disappears on location in the Florida Everglades, where they were filming animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, and Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him, but they must avoid Tuna's gun-happy father.

Haig, Matt                      Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest

          Accompanied by his aunt's Norwegian elkhound, Ibsen, twelve-year-old Samuel ventures into a weird forest filled with strange and dangerous creatures to rescue his younger sister.

Lacey, Josh                              Island of Thieves
   Tom goes with his Uncle Harvey to Peru, where they narrowly escape imprisonment and death as they hunt for buried treasure after tracking down a journal written by John Drake, a young relative of Sir Francis Drake, on a voyage to Lima in 1577.

Higgins, Simon                        Moonshadow:Rise of the Ninja

          In medieval Japan, an evil warlord is about to execute his secret plan to plunge the nation into chaos. Enter young Moonshadow, the newest agent for the Grey Light Order, an elite brotherhood of shinobi (ninja spy warriors).

Hobbes, Will                             Go Big or Go Home

           After a meteorite crashes through the roof of his house, Brady soon discovers that he's able to do strange and wonderful things that shouldn't be possible. At the same time, Brady is developing some strange symptoms. Could he be infected with long-dormant microbes from space?

Korman, Gordon                       Ungifted

    In this funny middle-grade novel, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is mistakenly sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.

Lupica, Mike                              The Batboy

     When his hometown's Major League Baseball team hires him as a batboy, fourteen-year-old Brian believes his dream has come true. during the summer Brian strikes up an unlikely friendship with Hank Bishop, a once-popular ballplayer who was once banned for using steroids.

Lupica, Mike                               The Underdogs
    Small but fast twelve-year-old Will Tyler, an avid football player in the down-and-out town of Forbes, Pennsylvania, takes matter into his own hands to try and finance the city's football team, giving the whole community hope in the process.

McNamee, Eoin                                  Navigator

           Everything in the world was normal for Owen until one day time suddenly started to flow backwards because of an ancient rivalry between the Resisters and the Harsh.

Morpurgo, Michael               Kensuke's Kingdom

    Washed up on an island in the Pacific with his dog Stella, Michael struggles to survive on his own. He can't find food. He can't find water. But just when things are at their worst, Michael realizes that he and Stella are not alone.

Nielsen, Jennifer                      The False Prince

    In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate  the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Nimmo, Jenny      Midnight for Charlie Bone (first in a series)

    When Charlie's grandmother and aunts discover that he can hear people in photographs, they send him to Bloor's Academy for gifted and endowed children. As Charlie adjusts to life at Bloor's, he stumbles upon a mystery that leads him to a better understanding of his family and himself.

Northrup, Michael                    Plunked

    Sixth-grader Jack Mogens loses his nerve after getting hit by a pitch, and has to dig deep within himself to avoid giving up the sport he loves.

Nix, Garth                              Mister Monday

    Arthur's life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock, but bizarre creatures from another realm are determined to take the key even if it means killing him.

Paulsen, Gary                Liar, Liar: the theory, practice, and destructive properties of deception
Fourteen-year-old Kevin is very good at lying and doing so makes life easier, but when he finds himself in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers, he must find a way to end his lies forever.

Paver, Michelle                                 Wolf Brother

    In this page-turning original adventure, set 6,000 years ago, 12-year old Torak and his wolf-cub companion must defeat the evil that stalks their land. Their journey takes them through the deep forest, onto glaciers, and into dangers they never had dreamed of.

Peacock, Shane                           Eye of the Crow

            In 1867, Sherlock Holmes, an impoverished young outcast with a Jewish father and highborn mother, visits the scene of a woman's murder, where he meets a wrongly accused young Arab and becomes a suspect himself.

Petersen, P.J.                                       Wild River

            Considered lazy and unatheletic, twelve-year-old Ryan discovers a heroic side of himself when a kayak trip with his older brother goes horribly awry.

Prineas, Sarah                                  The Magic Thief

           Conn's life is forever changed when he tries to pick the pocket of the wizard Nevery and instead gets a strong jolt of magic. Instead of punishing the boy, Nevery takes Conn under his wing, teaches him magic, and enlists his help in finding the person responsible for stealing the city's dwindling magic supply.

Rollins, James              Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow

           Jake and his older sister Kady are transported by a Mayan artifact to a strange world inhabited by a mix of people from long-lost civilizations who are threatened by prehistoric creatures and an evil alchemist, the Skull King.

Salisbury, Graham          Night of the Howling Dogs

            Dylan's scout troop goes camping in a remote spot below the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. That night an earthquake rocks the camp, and then a wave rushes in, sweeping everyone and everything before it.  Dylan and Louie, a tough older boy, must team up on a dangerous rescue mission.

Selfors, Suzanne                Smells Like Dog

   Homer Pudding is an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery.

Smith, Claire Barrett                 Aliens on Vacation
   Scrub arrives at his grandmother's Washington bed-and-breakfast only to discover she has opened the doors to aliens that arrive through off-Earth portals.

Smith, Roland                            Peak

           The story of a fourteen-year-old boy's attempt to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest is an action-packed adventure filled with tension.

Stroud, Jonathan     Heroes of the Valley      

    Set in a medieval world that recalls Norse epics, Young Halli Sveinsson of the House of Svein embarks on what he dreams will be a quest for vengeance and glory equal to those of his heroic ancestor, but he quickly comes to realize that legend and lore have little relation to reality.

Walden, Mark       H.I.V.E.: Higher-Institute-of Villainous Education

    Otto Malpense may be a mischievous 13-year-old orphan but he's no super villain, which is why when he is kidnapped by Dr. Nero and forced to learn villain skills at H.I.V.E., he hatches a plan to escape.

Wilson, Daniel H.                A Boy and his Bot
On a field trip to some ancient Indian burial mounds, robot-obsessed Code finds himself thrown into an alternate subterranean realm, Mekhos, full of robots in all shapes and sizes.

Wilson, N.D.                 Leepike Ridge

    Eleven-year-old Tom, presumed dead after drifting down a river, finds himself trapped in a series of underground caves with another survivor and a dog, and pursued by murderous treasure-hunters.

Wilson, N.D.              The Dragon's Tooth 
     When their parents' seedy old motel burns down on the same night they are visited by a strange man covered in skeleton tattoos, Cyrus, Antigone, and their brother Daniel are introduced to an ancient secret society, and discover that they have an important role in keeping it alive.