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Never Mind!: A Twin Novel by Rachel Vail and Avi
Twelve-year-old New York City twins Meg and Edward have nothing in common, so they are just as shocked as everyone else when Meg's hopes for popularity and Edward's mischievous schemes coincidentally collide in a hilarious showdown.
Wolf Rider: A Tale of Terror by Avi
(202 pages) Audiobook available
After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed murder, Andy finds his close relationship with his dad dissolving.
The Various by Steve Augarde
(447 pages) The Various Trilogy
While staying on her uncle's rundown farm in the Somerset countryside, twelve-year-old Midge discovers that she has a special connection to the Various, a tribe of "strange, wild--and sometimes deadly" fairies struggling to maintain their existence in the nearby woods.
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
(451 pages) Sequel: Peter and the Shadow Thieves
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
(186 pages) Audiobook available
Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Wisconsin and become involved in helping oust the corrupt mayor.
Spacer and Rat by Margaret Bechard
Jack's predictable existence on Freedom space station is transformed when Kit, the Earthie rat, enters his life and enlists him and a sensitive robot in an effort to outwit the Company.
Revenge of the Shadow King by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis
(373 pages) Grey Griffins series
When Max Sumner and three friends play a magical card game called Round Table, they realize that it is up to them to prevent the wicked creatures of the cards from destroying their town, indeed, their world.
The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsly
(162 pages) Audiobook available
Orphan Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea.
Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City.
The Grey King by Susan Cooper
(208 pages) The Dark is Rising sequence
Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.
So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
(369 pages) Audiobook available — Young Wizards series
Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and how she looks.
Juniper by Monica Furlong
(198 pages) First in a trilogy
While apprenticed to a witch woman, Juniper struggles to save her family from the evil machinations of her power-hungry aunt Meroot.
Coraline by Neil Gaimon
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
(170 pages) Audiobook available — First in a series
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles
Fourteen-year-old Sunny is stunned when a total stranger shows up at her house posing as her older sister Jazz, who supposedly died out of town in a fire months earlier.
Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant
(277 pages) De Granville Trilogy
A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin's armies during the Third Crusades.
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
(153 pages) Shadow Children series
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
While visiting her grandmother, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.
The Saint of Dragons by Jason Hightman
(291 pages) The Saint of Dragons series
After a lonely childhood at the Lighthouse School for Boys, thirteen-year-old learns that he is descended from a medieval dragonslayer and that his father needs his help to face the last of these evil monsters.
Slake’s Limbo by Felice Holman
Thirteen-year-old Aremis Slake goes into New York City's subway tunnels, never again--he believes--to emerge.
In Darkness, Death by Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler
In eighteenth-century Japan, young Seikei becomes involved with a ninja as he helps Judge Ooka, his foster father, investigate the murder of a samurai.
The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr
(355 pages) Children of the Lamp series
When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers.
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
(176 pages) Audiobook available — Harper Hall Trilogy
Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl on the planet Pern runs away, taking shelter with the planet's fire lizards who, along with her music, open a new life for her.
Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer
(278 pages) Bloody Jack Adventures
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.
Countdown by Ben Mikaelsen
(248 pages) Audiobook available
In two parallel stories, a fourteen-year-old boy who is NASA's first Junior Astronaut and a fourteen-year-old Maasai herder in Kenya both edge into maturity while questioning their family traditions.
Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski
(311 pages) Audiobook available — First in a series
Living in New York City with her mother and her younger sister, Miri, fourteen-year-old Rachel tries to persuade Miri, who has recently become a witch, to help her become popular at school and to try to stop their divorced father's wedding.
The Wedding Planner’s Daughter by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
(200 pages) Audiobook available - The Wedding Planner's Daughter series
Willa, a romantic girl who wants a father, tries to find a husband for her mother, Cape Cod's most popular wedding planner.
Daughter of Venice by Donna Jo Napoli
Frustrated with the restrictions her gender imposes on her life, fourteen-year-old Donata, disguised as a boy, sneaks out of her noble family's house to roam the streets of late sixteenth-century Venice and then must confront the repercussions of her actions.
How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen
Author Gary Paulsen relates tales from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil Evel Knievel.
Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness by Edgar Allan Poe
This collection of mysteries written by Edgar Allen Poe includes Black Cat, Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog and Fall of the House of Usher.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
(272 pages) Audiobook available — His Dark Materials Trilogy
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to
prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Mortal Engines: A Novel by Philip Reeve
(310 pages) Hungry City Chronicles series
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.
Interstellar Pig by William Sleator
Barney's boring seaside vacation suddenly becomes more interesting when the cottage next door is occupied by three exotic neighbors who are addicted to a game they call "Interstellar Pig."
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart
(276 pages) The Edge Chronicles series
Thirteen-year-old Twig, having always looked and felt different from his woodtroll family, learns that he is adopted and travels out of his Deepwoods home to find the place where he belongs.
A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant
(250 pages) Sequel to At the Sign of the Star
In London in the 1680s, Meg--now sixteen years old--tries to decide whether to marry either of the two men who court her, taking into account both love and her writing ambitions.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
(276 pages) Audiobook available
A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination, which the children do not understand.
The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle
In ninth-century Britain, fifteen-year-old Aethelflaed, daughter of King Alfred of West Saxony, finds she must assume new responsibilities much sooner than expected when she is betrothed to Ethelred of Mercia in order to strengthen a strategic alliance against the Danes.
The Face in the Mirror by Stephanie Tolan
Joining his estranged father in a professional production of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” Jared tries to cope with acting insecurities, his obnoxious half brother, and a theater ghost.
Forestwife by Theresa Tomlinson
In Medieval England, fifteen-year-old Marian escapes from an arranged marriage to live with a community of forest folk that includes a daring young outlaw named Robert.
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
(212 pages) Audiobook available — Enchanted Forest Chronicles
A princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.
Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen & Robert J. Harris
As English armies invade Scotland in 1306, eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie, daughter of the newly crowned Scottish king, Robert the Bruce, is captured by England's King Edward Longshanks and held in a cage on public display.
Elle Woods by Natalie Standiford
National Parks Mysteries by Gloria Skurzynski
On the Run by Gordon Korman
Pendragon by D.J McHale
Replica by Marilyn Kaye
S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) by various authors
Warriors by Erin Hunter
Winning Season by Rich Wallace