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Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrams

(375 pages) Echo Falls Mystery series

Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls.

 

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

(251 pages)

In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

 

Wild Timothy by Gary L. Blackwood

(153 pages)

Thirteen-year-old Timothy, more interested in reading than in physical activity, reluctantly accompanies his enthusiastic father on a camping trip and, when he accidentally becomes lost in the woods, discovers that he is capable of surviving on his own.

I'd Tell You I love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

(284 pages)

As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

 

Summerland by Michael Chabon

(500 pages)

Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy.

 

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

(184 pages) First in a series

A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.

 

The Naming by Alison Croggon

(492 pages) Pellinor series

A manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarandah chronicles the experiences of

sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to consume her world.

 

The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman

(225 pages)

In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.

 

Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami

(184 pages) First in a series

Three Indian-British sisters team up to marry off their traditional, nosy aunt and get her out of the house.

 

Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl

(288 pages)

When young Elana unexpectedly joins the team leaving the spaceship to study the planet Andrecia, she becomes an integral part of an adventure involving three very different civilizations, each one centered on the third planet from the star in its own solar system.

 

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

(380 pages) Audiobook available

In a future in which humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

 

Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs

(184 pages) Audiobook available

After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father's death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animals and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.

 

Green Angel by Alice Hoffman

(116 pages)

Haunted after losing her family in a fire, fifteen-year-old Green struggles to survive emotionally and physically on her own.

 

Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman

(344 pages) First in a series

While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to a place in a parallel world that resembles Venice, Italy, and he becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchessa who rules the city.

 

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

(244 pages)

This book chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.

Son of the Mob by Gordan Korman 

(262 pages) Audiobook available

Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

 

The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence

(160 pages) Audiobook available — High Seas Trilogy

Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.

 

A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence

(323 pages) Withern Rise series

Sixteen-year-old Alaric discovers how to travel to an alternate reality, where his mother is alive and his place in the family is held by a girl named Naia.

 

Chicks with Sticks (It’s a Purl Thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard

(260 pages) Chicks with Sticks series

Four teenage girls from very different social cliques at their progressive Chicago high school become friends after forming a knitting club. The story of Scottie, Amanda, Bella, and Tay, who are drawn together by their love of knitting, is interwoven with knitting terms and lore, and funky projects and patterns.

 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

(180 pages) Audiobook available

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

 

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

(248 pages) Audiobook available

Damar series

Angharad (Harry) is yanked out of an easy life and thrust into one of vigorous training for her prophesied role as deliverer of the Hillfolk. She earns the right to carry the Blue Sword into battle against the Northerners.

 

Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer

(227 pages) Young Royals series

Mary Tudor, who would reign briefly as Queen of England during the mid sixteenth century, tells the

story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII.

 

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

(241 pages) Audiobook available

In order to avoid going to prison, Cole agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the Native American Circle Justice.  He is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller

(389 pages)  

Life becomes more interesting for Ananka Fishbein when, at the age of twelve, she discovers an underground room in the park across from her New York City apartment and meets a mysterious girl called Kiki Strike who claims that she, too, wants to explore the subterranean world.

 

Sabriel by Garth Nix

(292 pages) Audiobook available — Abhorsen Trilogy

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

 

East by Edith Pattou

(498 pages)

Full of fear and excitement, a young woman travels to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear, only to find that her journey has just begun.

 

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

(337 pages) Companion to All Alone in the Universe

Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.

 

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

(257 pages)

Secretly in love with her best friend and business partner Steve, fifteen-year-old Jazz must spend the summer away from him when her family goes to India during that country's rainy season to help set up a clinic.

 

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

(241 pages) Audiobook available — Song of the Lioness series

Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page.

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

(263 pages) Audiobook available — A story of Discworld

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

 

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

(230 pages) Audiobook available 

In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

 

Witch Child by Celia Rees

(216 pages) Audiobook available

In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.

 

A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials by Ann Rinaldi

(298 pages)

While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692.

 

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

(337 pages) Audiobook available — Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

 

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

(186 pages) Audiobook available

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

 

Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Staples

(275 pages)

During the 2001 Afghan War, the lives of Najmal, a young refugee from Kunduz, Afghanistan, and Nusrat, an American-Muslim teacher who is awaiting her husband's return from Mazar-i-Sharif, intersect at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.

 

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

(219 pages) First in a series

Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone and conquer the rival Queen of Attolia.

 

Earthborn by Sylvia Waugh

(273 pages) Ormingat Trilogy

Upon suddenly learning that her parents are researchers from another planet and they must leave in seven days or risk discovery, twelve-year-old Nesta decides to stay in their York, England, home, whether or not her parents go.

 

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

(297 pages) Midnighters series

Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess.

 

Poison by Chris Wooding

(273 pages)

When Poison leaves her home in the marshes of Gull to retrieve the infant sister who was snatched by the fairies, she and a group of unusual friends survive encounters with the inhabitants of various Realms, and Poison herself confronts a surprising destiny.

 

Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen

(349 pages)

Merlinnus the magician devises a way for King Arthur to prove himself the rightful king of England--pulling a sword from a stone--but trouble arises when someone else removes the sword first.

Paperback Series

Elle Woods by Natalie Standiford

S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) by various authors

Pendragon by D.J. McHale

Replica by  Marilyn Kaye

Warriors by Erin Hunter