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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 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 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 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.
By Amy Goldman Koss. 2000
Candace, popular leader of a middle school clique, manipulates and ostracizes other kids. Her former friends (each telling her story)… are hurt and embarrassed, but gradually realize that there are more important issues than being cool. For grades 5-8. 2000.
By John Bellairs, Brad Strickland, Edward Gorey. 1993
In this sequel to "The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring", Rose Rita Pottinger and Mrs. Zimmermann, the kindly neighbourhood… witch, are transported back to 1828. There they attempt to save the Weiss family from being destroyed by a wicked wizard. Grades 5-8. c1993.
By John Dennis Fitzgerald. 1995
In this final book about the Great Brain J.D. narrates eight more tales about how his big brother, Tom, now… thirteen, continues to swindle people out of their money. Tom convinces J.D. to sell bars of soap, he almost outwits Polly Reagan in the spelling bee, and he helps rescue a gang of outlaws. Grades 4-7. 1995.
By Julie Lawson. 2000
When Ashley's famous aunt sends her the family goldstone necklace for a birthday present, Ashley is thrilled. She discovers that… if she sleeps while wearing it, she dreams of the future. However, Ashley finds one particular dream disturbing. It is of a boy named Jonathan, whom she sees not only in her dreams, but in real life as well. The dreams grow more frightening until finally, an avalanche brings her face to face with the boy ghost, who has transcended the bounds of time to recover the goldstone and return its magic to the mountain where it was crafted. Grades 5-8. 2000.