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Dangerous Games by Joan Aiken

(251 pages)

Her mission to bring an expert on games back to an ailing King James III in London takes Dido Twite to a small tropical island, where she is caught up in the conflict between a conniving city dweller and the more subtle powers of the native forest people.

 

The Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander

(182 pages)

Driven by his sense of "dharma," or honor, young King Tamar sets off on a perilous journey, with a significance greater than he can imagine, during which he meets talking animals, villainous and noble kings, demons, and the love of his life.

 

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

(262 pages) Audiobook available — First in a trilogy

Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphan peasant boy in 14th Century England flees his village and meets a larger than life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

 

Strange Happenings by Avi

(147 pages)

In these five original stories, strange changes occur, from a boy and a cat changing places and a young man learning the price of selfishness to an invisible princess finding herself.

 

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

(125 pages)

As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

 

The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker

(214 pages) Audiobook available — Tales of the Frog Princess series

After reluctantly kissing a frog, an awkward, fourteen-year-old princess suddenly finds herself a frog, too, and sets off with the prince to seek the means--and the self-confidence--to become human again.

 

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett

(318 pages)

In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.

 

The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron

(326 pages) The Lost Years of Merlin series

A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

 

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

(216 pages) Audiobook available — First in a series

A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script, "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the value of friendship and loyalty.

 

Summer Begins by Elizabeth Doyle Carey

(260 pages) Callahan Cousins series

Four girl cousins spend summer vacation together with their grandmother on Gull Island.

 

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

(251 pages)

When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.

 

Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell

(178 pages) Audiobook available

Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.

 

The Steps by Rachel Cohn

(137 pages) Sequel: Two Steps Forward

Over Christmas vacation, Annabel goes from her home in Manhattan to visit her father, his new wife, and her half- and step-siblings in Sydney, Australia.

 

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

(216 pages)

On his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.

 

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

(169 pages) Audiobook available

The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

 

P. S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger

(234 pages) Sequel: Snail Mail No More

Twelve-year-old best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara-Starr's family moves to another state.

 

The Birchbark House by Louis Erdrich

(244 pages)

Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

 

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

(459 pages) Audiobook available

After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister, Lucy, are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the king’s home.

 

Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher

(138 pages)

Rachel, having chosen to be mute following the sudden death of a classmate, shares responsibility with the other sixth-graders who decide not to report that the substitute teacher failed to show up.

 

Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher

(219 pages) Audiobook available

When Marjan, a thirteen-year-old crippled girl, joins the Sultan's harem in ancient Persia, she gathers for Shahrazad the stories which will save the queen's life. 

 

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

(523 pages) Audiobook available 

A brownie, a dragon and an orphan boy go on a quest for a place safe from humans. 

 

Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman

(140 pages)

Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.

 

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman 

(114 pages)

Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals.

 

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

(263 pages) Audiobook available

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.

 

Silverfin by Charlie Higson

(335 pages) Audiobook available — Young Bond series

This prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007, introduces us to the young James when he's just started boarding school in England and is about to become involved in his first adventure.

 

The Stone Goddess by Minfong Ho

(201 pages)

After the Communists take over Cambodia and her family is torn from their city life, twelve-year-old Nakri and her older sister attempt to maintain their hope as well as their classical dancing skills in the midst of their struggle to survive.

 

Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye

(250 pages) First in a trilogy

When Linka Perflinger, a jaunty mouse, brings a watch into his shop to be repaired and then disappears, Hermux Tantamoq is caught up in a world of dangerous search for eternal youth as he tries to find out what happened to her.

 

Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson

(281 pages)

As they get older, several sisters decide that they must kidnap children and bring them to their secluded island home to help with the work of caring for an assortment of unusual sea creatures.

 

The Akhenaten Adventure by P. B. Kerr

(355 pages) Audiobook available — 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.

 

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

(294 pages)

After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama institution, becoming entangled in the outside world he has never known and making good friends, a relentless enemy, and finally a new life.

 

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge

(116 pages)

When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

 

The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg

(163 pages) Audiobook available

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

 

Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

(247 pages)

A pioneer boy, brought up by Crow Indians, is reunited with his family and attempts to orient himself in the white man's culture.

 

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

(401 pages) Audiobook available — Children of the Red King series

Charlie Bone’s life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.

 

Mister Monday by Garth Nix

(361 pages) Keys to the Kingdom series

Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back.

 

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

(472 pages) Inheritance series

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

 

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

(185 pages) Audiobook available          

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

 

A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz

(389 pages)

At the Barbary Asylum for Female Orphans, eleven-year-old Maud is adopted by three spinster sisters moonlighting as mediums who take her home and reveal to her the role she will play in their seances.

 

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

(216 pages) Audiobook available — Enola Holmes Mystery series

Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.

 

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

(137 pages) Audiobook available — Sequel: Timothy of the Cay

When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island.

 

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

(212 pages) Audiobook available

In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

 

Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan

(195 pages) Audiobook available

Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1918, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor's identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents' mission hospital

 

Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles

(247 pages)

Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town. Even so, the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto.

 

Dragon’s Gate by Laurence Yep

(273 pages) Sequel to Mountain Light

When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867.

 

Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn

(254 pages) Dragonback series

After his first host is killed in battle, Draycos, a warrior from a dragon-like, symbiotic race, is forced to latch onto teenager Jack Morgan to survive, whereupon the two join forces--literally--to find those who have wronged them. 

Paperback Series 

From the Files of Madison Finn by Laura Dower

On the Run by Gordon Korman

Pendragon by D.J. McHale

Replica by Marilyn Kaye

Warriors by Erin Hunter

Winning Season by Rich Wallace