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By Mariko Tamaki. 2018
When Ripley comes across an abandoned egg, she's determined to take care of it until the parent comes back. Unfortunately,… her plan is quickly foiled by egg poachers, who steal the egg for their own collection. Sequel to "The moon is up". Grades 4-7. 2018.
By Kelly Regan Barnhill. 2016
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the… forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her. Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal. Grades 5-8. 2016.
By Karen Rivers. 2016
Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into a popular club; now trapped in the dark,… waiting to be rescued, Kammie thinks about the best and worst moments of her life so far in this unforgettable story about a bullied girl. Grades 4-7. 2016.
By Barnabas Miller. 2016
With no memory of a long ago traumatic night, a seventeen-year-old aspiring documentary maker uses her camera to keep the… world at a safe distance, but her latest subject, a forlorn and mysterious boy, sends her into a perilous, mind-bending journey. For senior high readers. 2016.
By Sarah Beth Durst. 2015
Sophie's parents run a secret shop where dreams are bought and sold. When Sophie dreams, her dreams become real, so… she is forbidden to have any. Sinister events are set in motion when she is accidentally seen by one of her parents' customers, and it's up to Sophie to save her family. Grades 5-8. 2015.
By Esme Kerr. 2015
At Knight's Haddon, a remote all-girls boarding school, feisty orphan Edie is assigned to spy on fragile, exotic Anastasia. Instead,… the two become best friends--and discover a sinister mystery. Grades 4-7. Followed by "Mischief at midnight". 2015.
By Kristen Simmons. 2015
Stolen from her home and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her… family. Her only allies are a loyal wolf she's raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom - if she can truly trust him. For Senior High readers. 2015.
By Jane Smiley. 2014
Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her… father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life. Followed by "A good horse". Grades 5-8. 2014.
By Karuna Riazi. 2017
When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood… and Sand, a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik's cube, they know it is up to them to defeat the game's diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. For grades 5-8. 2017.
By Cinda Williams Chima. 2011
Thief-turned-wizard Han Alister joins forces with Raisa ana'Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells, to defend her right to… the Gray Wolf Throne. Sequel to "The Exiled Queen". Followed by “The Crimson Crown”. Junior and Senior High. 2011.
By H. J Hutchins. 2013
The summer is off to a lousy start when Levi's bike is stolen from outside the corner store. But when… his best friend Riley's locked bike is stolen the very next day, the boys are determined to get both bikes back. Upon discovering there have been a string of bike thefts in the area, the friends hatch several plans to find the culprit. There are so many potential suspects - Steve Morrow and his gang, the tattooed guy who sits at the bus stop, the owners of the secondhand bike store. There's also Emily Grimshaw, Levi's childhood nemesis, who keeps popping up and showing a peculiar interest in the thefts. Does she really want to help or is she involved somehow? Grades 2-4. 2013.
By Philippa Dowding, Allister Thompson. 2012
Christopher has a problem. He has just moved to Toronto; he’s now in a new school and has no friends.… But even worse, the park next door is creepy: voices whisper in the bushes, and something throws apples at his window and howls at the moon. But what? Gargoyles! Grades 3-6. 2012.
By Jaclyn Moriarty. 2010
Student essays, scholarship committee members' notes, and other writings reveal interactions between a group of modern-day students at an exclusive… New South Wales high school and their strange connection to a young Irishman transported to Australia in the early 1800s. Junior and Senior High. 2010.
By Iain Lawrence. 2010
When her eight-year-old neighbour is stricken with polio in 1955, eleven-year-old Laurie discovers that there is power in her imagination… as she weaves a story during her visits with him and other patients confined to iron lung machines. Grades 3-6. 2010.
By Lloyd Alexander. 2008
Naive and bumbling Carlo, his shady camel-puller Baksheesh, and Shira, a girl determined to return home, follow a treasure map… through the deserts and cities of the infamous Golden Road, as mysterious strangers try in vain to point them toward real treasures. Junior High. 2008.
By Julia Donaldson. 2006
When Jumbeelia, an eight-year-old giant, climbs down a beanstalk and collects some "iggly plops," the little people of children's stories,… she treats them like toys, unaware that she is endangering their lives. Grades K-3. 2006.
By Susan Richards Shreve. 1997
Julie’s mother died when Julie was three and her sister just a baby. Since then Julie, now in sixth grade,… has made it a point to be the one her father depends on. When he begins dating the mother of a new boy in her class, Julie feels her world begin to crumble. The boy is even competing with her to be goalie on the soccer team. Grades 4-7. 1997.
By Carol Kendall. 2000
A handful of Minnipins, a sober and sedate people, rise up against the Periods, the leading family of an isolated… mountain valley, and are exiled to a mountain where they discover that the ancient enemies of their people are preparing to attack. Grades 5-8. 2000.
By Maiya Williams. 2004
Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an… unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast. Grades 5-8. 2004.
By Peter Carver, Teresa Toten. 2001
Dani Webster had played the Game with her sister Kelly for as long as she could remember - they had… been on a quest to vanquish evil. But everything is hazy now as she recovers from substance abuse at a psychiatric hospital for 'teens with problems'. Dani must confront a deeper emotional trauma - one which she can neither explain nor recognize - to face her family's deep dysfunctions and eliminate the Game for her life forever. For senior high students. Some strong language. 2003.