Middle Grade Books

Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6



The Absolute Value of Mike

Kathryn Erksine
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Mike is looking forward to proving himself to his Dad when he is sent to distant relatives in rural Pennsylvania to work on an engineering project. When he arrives, however, nothing is what it seems and his engineering project turns out to be a town-wide project to adopt a boy from Romania, teaming him up with his wacky aunt, a homeless man and a punk rock girl during a summer that is far from ordinary.

Al Capone Does My Shirts

by Gennifer Choldenko
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Moose and his family have just moved to a new neighborhood, and not the kind you'd expect, either. See, Moose's dad is an electrician, and he's just moved his family to Alcatraz for his new job at the prison. Where there is one VERY famous tenant...

Al Capone Shines My Shoes

Gennifer Choldenko
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Moose is still living on Alcatraz with his family when a note, presumably from one of the convicts who do his laundry, turns up in his freshly-done shirt. Could the note be from Capone?

Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders

by Mike Townsend
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

From Hercules' snake assassin slippers to Arachne's wicked weaver rap songs, these are the mythic monsters and Hellenic heroes that have captured Western culture for centuries-but a whole lot more fun. Each story showcases the wondrous and blunderful antics of gods and mortals in bright graphics that rival the super-heroic action of The Lightning Thief, burst with the knock-yoursocks- off humor of Jeff Kinney, and still remain unerringly faithful to the original myth. Kids won't be able to resist the bickering sheep, unruly rulers, and undercover details of Amazing Greek Myths-while teachers, librarians, and parents can relish this new way to share moral messages that remain as relevant today as they were a thousand years ago.

The Batboy

by Mike Lupica
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

It is every baseball kid's dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year-old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn't leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father. There is no winning back some people, though. Just ask Hank Bishop-once the most popular player in baseball before he was banned for using steroids. Now he is making his comeback. And an unlikely friendship slowly develops between this man in need of a family and this boy in need of a father.

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!

by Matthew McElligott and Larry David Tuxbury
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Victor Godwin's orderly life is upended when he discovers that Benjamin Franklin never actually died—he was put into suspended animation and hidden away for more than 200 years in Victor's basement!

Benjamin Franklinstein Meets the Fright Brothers

by Matthew McElligott and Larry David Tuxbury
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Before Victor and Benjamin Franklin can figure out why he awoke from his 200 - plus years of sleep, giant bat planes and mysterious attacks bring mayhem to Philadelphia. Only two of history's inventors could pilot such high-flying creations - the famous Wright brothers! But the red-eyed brothers don't seem quite like themselves...

The Big Field

by Mike Lupica
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Playing shortstop is a way of life for Hutch. Not only is his hero, Derek Jeter, a shortstop, but so was his father, a former local legend turned pro. Which is why having to play second base feels like demotion to second team. Hutch is nothing if not a team player, but with the league championship on the line, just how far is Hutch willing to bend to be a good teammate?

Boy: Tales of Childhood

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories? From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, bestselling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny.

Going Solo

by Roald Dahl
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Going Solo is the action-packed tale of Roald Dahl's exploits as a World War II pilot. Learn all about his encounters with the enemy, his worldwide travels, the life-threatening injuries he sustained in a plane accident, and the rest of his sometimes bizarre, often unnerving, and always colorful adventures.

The Boy Who Saved Baseball

by John H. Ritter
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

The fate of the Dillontown team rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. And the fate of the game rests on one mysterious boy, Cruz de la Cruz, who rides into town and claims to know the secrets of Dante Del Gato, Dillontown's greatest hitter ever. Since he walked away from the game years ago, Del Gato hasn't spoken a word to anyone. But now he might be the team's only hope for saving their hometown.

Boys of Wartime: Daniel at the Siege of Boston

by Laurie Calkhoven
8-12 | Grades 3-7

Twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott cheered when the Sons of Liberty dumped English tea into Boston Harbor. Then King George sent his soldiers to take over Boston and its port. Now Daniel's home is a city under siege. When his father slips away to join the rebels, Daniel works in the family tavern and eavesdrops on Redcoat officers. He soon learns how to slip across British lines and becomes a messenger and spy, bringing vital news of the enemy to his father, and even to General Washington. To do so puts Daniel's life in danger. But, to a Patriot, liberty is well worth any risk.

The Brooklyn Nine

by Alan M. Gratz
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6

In nine innings, this novel tells the stories of nine successive Schneider kids and their connection to Brooklyn and baseball. As in all family histories and all baseball games, there is glory and heartache, triumph and sacrifice.

The Brotherband Chronicles. Book One: The Outcasts

by John Flanagan
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up


They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing.

Call of the Wild

by Jack London
Ages 8 up | Grades 3-6

Buck is a sturdy crossbreed canine accustomed to a comfortable life as a family dog, until he's seized from his pampered surroundings and shipped to Alaska to be a sled dog. Forced to function in a climate where every day is a savage struggle for survival, Buck reverts to his dormant primeval instincts, encountering danger and adventure as he becomes the leader of a wolf pack and undertakes a journey of nearly mythical proportions.

Captain Nobody

by Dean Pitchford
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

When Chris, Newt Newman's brother is knocked into a coma, Newt's two best friends take him out for Halloween to cheer him up. As Captain Nobody, Newt feels so strong and confident that he keeps wearing his costume after Halloween, but will Captain Nobody be able to save the one person he cares about most?

The Case of the Deadly Desperados: Western Mysteries, Book One

by Caroline Lawrence
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

When twelve-year-old P.K. (Pinky) Pinkerton's foster parents are murdered by Whittlin' Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados, Pinky goes on the run. He's forced into hiding with Ma's priceless last possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. But relying on disguises will only keep Pinky hidden for so long, and the desperados are quickly closing in...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last, and only five lucky children will be allowed inside. But what they find is even wilder than any of the wild rumors, they've heard!

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Charlie and Willy Wonka are back, this time in a fantastic journey to outer space in their glass elevator.

Code Talker

by Joseph Bruchac
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Though he was taught in boarding school (run by whites) that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay is learning otherwise. He and some other Navajo men have been recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, and their job is to send secret messages in their native tongue during World War II.

Comeback Kids: Safe at Home

by Mike Lupica
Ages 8 up | Grades 2 up

Pedro Morales has always been content helping others look great. Pedro wants to make his father proud, and so he runs for class president, yet doing so means going one-on-one against Ned, easily the most popular boy in school. Pedro learns the hard way that being a good teammate doesn't mean that others will return the favor.

The Complete Horowitz Horror

by Anthony Horowitz
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6

Welcome to a world where everything seems normal, at least, at first. But the sinister and truly terrifying lurk just beneath the surface. This wicked collection of eighteen macabre tales combining both Horowitz Horror and More Horowitz Horror will send shivers up your spine.

Danny the Champion of the World

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Danny's dad had a secret, but now the secret's out and it's going to lead Danny on the adventure of a lifetime.

Darkness Creeping

by Neal Shusterman
Ages 8 up | Grades 3-6

Imagine being trapped forever in someone else's nightmare, with no means of escape. Or caught on one of the most terrifying roller coasters of all time, when suddenly the tracks ahead just disappear. Enter the world of Darkness Creeping, where hollow-eyed skulls arrive in the mail and nothing is as it seems. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner and beloved author Neal Shusterman walks on the dark side with this classic collection of masterfully creepy stories so horrifying, you may have to read them twice to remind yourself they're not real.

Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact

by A.J. Hartley
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different - but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imaginings!

The Desperado Who Stole Baseball

by John H. Ritter
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

For the villagers of Dillontown there is nothing more important than baseball. Home to the Dillontown Nine, they would give anything to join the ranks of professional ballplayers. Yet to make it, they will need to defeat the world champion Chicago White Stockings. Fortunately, they have two boys who know a little something about winning: one is young Jack Dillon and the other is a boy on the run, none other than Billy the Kid.

Don't Talk to Me About the War

by David A. Adler
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

Thirteen-year-old Tommy Duncan just wants to root for the Brooklyn Dodgers and listen to his favorite radio programs, but it's 1940, and the world is about to change. The stories of a Jewish friend at school, however, begin to make the war more real to him, and Tommy, like the world around him, is sure to be forever changed.

Dragonbreath

by Ursula Vernon
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

It's not easy for Danny Dragonbreath to be the sole mythical creature in a school for reptiles and amphibians, but having a unique family comes in handy sometimes. It sure beats reading the encyclopedia to research his ocean report, when his sea-serpent cousin takes Danny and his best iguana friend on a mindboggling underwater tour.

Edenville Owls

by Robert B. Parker
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6

There is something evil in the air; Bobby senses it. Bobby knows he should mind his own business, but World War II has just ended and Bobby's world seems to changing all around him. His buddies on the Edenville Owls, the local basketball team, are in need of a leader. Can they help each other off the court as well as on it?

Fangbone: Third-Grade Barbarian

by Michael Rex
Ages 7-9 | Grades 2-4

Eastwood Elementary has a new student, and he's nothing like the other kids in 3G. Fangbone is a barbarian warrior from another world!

Fangbone: The Egg of Misery

by Michael Rex
Ages 7-9 | Grades 2-4

Class 3G gets a new class pet from Fangbone's barbarian home world - an unhatched egg of the legendary White-titan Razor-dragon! But the evil Venomous Drool is also after the egg, and Fangbone must turn to his classmates to help protect it from dangerous enemy attacks.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Mr. Fox is surrounded, and he's going to have to come up with a truly fantastic plan to dig himself out of trouble this time.

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

by Meg Wolitzer
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

At first glance, Duncan Dorfman, April Blunt, and Nate Saviano don't seem to have much in common. When these three unique kids are brought together at the national Youth Scrabble Tournament, each with a very different drive to win, their paths cross and stories intertwine... Then there are Duncan’s magic fingertips...

George's Marvelous Medicine

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

George's grouchy grandma needs a taste of her own medicine, and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it!

The Ghost's Grave

by Peg Kehret
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Josh's dull summer turns chilling when he meets the ghost of a coal miner killed in a mine explosion. Willie has been waiting years for some kind soul to dig up his leg and rebury it with the rest of him, so he can finally be at peace. Josh agrees to do the grisly deed, but when he digs in the old cemetery, he finds more than Willie's leg bones!

Groosham Grange

by Anthony Horowitz
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-5

Hidden away on a lonely island, Groosham Grange is a school that is unknown to the outside world. What is the chilling secret hidden behind the headmaster's door? And why are students disappearing in the middle of the night? New student David has a lot more to worry about than just pleasing his parents—like survival!

Return to Groosham Grange: The Unholy Grail

by Anthony Horowitz
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-5

Someone is trying to destroy David Eliot's school. He's on track to win the Unholy Grail, a cup of magical power rewarded to the star pupil, but a series of suspicious mishaps makes it seem as though someone, or something, is trying to stop David from winning!

Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol

by Jim Krieg
Ages 9-11 | Grades 4-6

Twelve-year-old Griff Carver knows a thing or two about fighting crime. Because Griff's not just any kid-he's a kid with a badge. And if you are a criminal, he's your worst nightmare. Griff might be the new kid on the Rampart Jr. High Patrol squad, but he's no rookie. And he'll do whatever it takes to clean up the mean hallways of his middle school-even if it lands him in hot water. But when Griff links cool kid Marcus "The Smile" Volger to a counterfeit hall pass ring, can he and his friends close the case? Or will Griff let down the force-and lose his badge-for good?

Guys Write for Guys Read

by John Scieszka
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

What is a typical guy moment, anyhow? Guys Write for Guys Read is a fast-paced, high-energy collection of short works: stories, essays, columns, cartoons, anecdotes, and artwork by today's most popular writers and illustrators.

Heat

by Mike Lupica
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Newly orphaned after his father led the family's escape from Cuba, Michael's only family is his seventeen-year old brother Carlos. When someone wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael does, his secret world is blown wide open, and he discovers that family can come from the most unexpected sources.

Hero

by Mike Lupica
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Fourteen-year-old Billy Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses. The incredible strength. The speed, as though he can text-message himself across miles. The confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night. His dad had been a hero, a savior to America and a confidante of the president. Then he died, and the changes began in Billy. What Billy never knew was that his father was no ordinary man--he was a superhero, battling the world's evil. This is a battle that has been waged for generations and that knows no boundaries.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President

by Josh Lieb
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

When a provocation from his dad irks twelve-year-old evil genius Oliver Watson, he'll have to put his plans for world domination on hold in order to beat the pants off the competition and win the middle school election.

Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow

by Nathan Bransford
Ages 9-1 | Grades 4-6

When Jacob Wonderbar swaps a corn dog for a spaceship and winds up breaking the universe! He and his two best friends, Sarah Daisy and Dexter, find themselves on a madcap adventure complete with space pirates, bizarre new planets and revenge-hungry substitute teachers!

James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

When James drops magic crystals by the peach tree, the toy peach starts growing, and before long, it's as big as a house, with a secret entranceway.

Knucklehead

by John Scieszka
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers is a good start, but throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead, a hilarious trip down memory lane.

The Looking Glass Wars

by Frank Beddor
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne in her magical world, until her murderous Aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss' parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world (known as London). But they get separated along the way, and now Hatter must search every corner to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland to fight for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

Magic Below Stairs

by Caroline Stevermer
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-7

Young Frederick is plucked from an orphanage to be a footboy for a wizard named Lord Schofield in Victorian England. Is his uncanny ability to tie perfect knots and render boots spotless a sign of his own magical talent, or the work of Billy Bly, the brownie who has been secretly watching over him since he was little? No matter, for the wizard has banished all magical creatures from his holdings. But Billy Bly isn't going anywhere, and when he discovers a curse upon the manor house, it's up to Frederick and Billy Bly to keep the lord's new baby safe and rid the Schofield family of the curse forever.

Mal and Chad The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!

by Stephen McCranie
Ages 7-10 | Grades 2-5

Super kid genius Mal and talking dog Chad are best friends with a penchant for adventure and a knack for getting grounded. In their first illustrated book, these friends find themselves on some crazy adventures from time travelling to getting the MalÕs secret crush Megan to notice him.

Merlin's Dragon

by T.A. Barron
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

A young lizard-like creature with strange magical powers has been born into the world of Avalon. This unlikely hero, Basil, finds himself on a great journey after the wizard, Merlin, with a warning about a myserious, dangerous plot!

Million-Dollar Throw

by Mike Lupica
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Nate Brodie wins the chance to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for a million dollars. It's no secret that a million dollars would go a long way, so Nate is feeling A LOT of pressure. And that's right about when his golden arm begins to fail him...

Miracle on 49th Street

by Mike Lupica
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Josh Cameron has it all: a World Championship ring with the Boston Celtics, an MVP award, a clean-cut image, and the adoration of millions. What he doesn't have is family. Until the day 12-year-old Molly Parker confronts him in a parking lot and claims to be his daughter. Josh cares about two things only: himself, and basketball. Yet this isn't just any 12-year-old. Mr. World Champion has finally met his match.

Mission Control, This is Apollo

by Andrew Chalkin
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-7

July 20, 1969, marked one of the greatest moments in our history—the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it is only one piece of a magnificent story. Mission Control, This Is Apollo recounts space history from the Mercury missions through Apollo 17 and beyond.

My Side of the Mountain

by Jean Craighead George
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

Terribly unhappy in his family's crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude—and danger—of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.

Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers

by Gary Blackwood
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

This fascinating look at history's most mysterious messages is packed with puzzles to decode and ciphers that kids can use themselves. As computers change the way we communicate, codes today are more intriguing than ever. From invisible ink to the CIA, this exciting trip through history is a hands-on, interactive experience, so get cracking!

No Passengers Beyond This Point

by Gennifer Choldenko
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Three siblings—India, Finn, and Mouse—have less than forty-eight hours to pack up all their belongings and fly, without Mom, to their uncle Red's in Colorado, after they use their house to forclosure. But when they land, a mysterious driver meets them at the airport and he's never heard of Uncle Red. Like Dorothy in Oz, they find themselves in a place they've never heard of, with no idea how to get home, and time is running out.

The Ogre of Oglefort

by Eva Ibbotson
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

For excitement-hungry orphan Ivo sets out with a hag, a wizard, and a troll to save a princess from the dreaded Ogre of Oglefort. But when they get to the ogre's castle, the rescuers are in for a surprise: the princess doesn't need saving, but the depressed ogre does!

On The Wings of Heroes

by Richard Peck
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6

World War II has invaded Davy Bowman's boyhood. It's an intense, confusing time, and one that will spur Davy to grow up in a hurry.

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

by Eric Berlin
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

Winston Breen says "the only thing better than discovering a puzzle is stumping someone else with it." But when his sister uncovers mysterious strips of wood with words and letters on them, he, his family, and some friends all become caught up in a mystery that they're determined to solve!

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen: The Potato Chip Puzzles

by Eric Berlin
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

When puzzle addict Winston Breen and his best friends head to an all-day puzzle hunt with a $50,000 grand prize, they're pumped. But the day is not all fun and games—someone in the contest is playing dirty in order to win. Trying to stop this mystery cheater before it's too late takes an already tough challenge to a whole other level.

Quantum Prophecy #1: The Awakening

by Michael Carroll
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

Ten years ago, all the superhumans vanished. No one knows what happened to them...until now. Thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin are shocked to discover that they are, in fact, the beginning of a renewed superhuman race. On the run from everyone, and not knowing who is friend or foe, the one ability the new heroes are going to need most is the power to distinguish good from evil.

Ranger's Apprentice #1: The Ruins of Gorlan

by John Flanagan
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

They have always scared him in the past, the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. Now 15-year-old Will has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom and there is a lot of dangerous, mysterious, adventurous work for them to do—and for Will.

Ratfink

by Marcia Thorton Jones
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Logan always seems to be getting into trouble, but fifth grade will be different. That is, until Grandpa moves in. Grandpa is becoming more and more forgetful and Logan doesn't want him doing embarrassing things—especially in front of his friends. He doesn't want his parents to send Grandpa away either. Then there is Emily Scott. She's had it in for Logan since the first day of school. She is trying to set him up so he looks like he turned ratfink on his best friend, Malik. And when Emily produces an embarrassing photo of Logan, will he really turn "ratfink" to preserve his reputation and save Grandpa?

Red Kayak

by Priscilla Cummings
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Brady loves life on the Chesapeake Bay with his friends, but developers and rich families are moving into the area. Tragedy strikes when a new family's kayak overturns in the bay, and Brady soon discovers the terrible truth behind the kayak's sinking. A truth that will change the lives of those he loves forever.

Redwall

by Brian Jacques
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

What can the peace-loving mice of Redwall Abbey do to defend themselves against Cluny the Scourge and his battle-seasoned army of rats? If only they had the sword of Martin the Warrior, they might have a chance. But the legendary weapon has long been forgotten—except by the bumbling young apprentice Matthias, who becomes the unlikeliest of heroes.

Redwall: The Rogue Crew

by Brian Jacques
Ages 10 and up | Grades 5 and up

The fearsome Razzid Wearat, captain of the Greenshroud is a terror of both land and sea, traveling Mossflower Country, killing nearly everything and everyone in his path. And his goal? To conquer Redwall Abbey. The brave hares of the Long Patrol msut team up with the fearless sea otters of the Rogue Crew to form a to defend the abbey and defeat Razzid Wearat once and for all.

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

by Brenda Woods
Ages 10+ | Grades 5+

Saint is a boy with confidence as big as his name is long. A budding musician, he earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists. His best friend is a stray dog named Shadow, and it's because of Shadow that Saint's still in town when Hurricane Katrina hits.

The Schwa was Here

by Neal Shusterman
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

They say his clothes blend into the background, no matter where he stands. They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing's for sure: no one ever notices him. Except Antsy Bonano. He's the one who realizes the Schwa is "functionally invisible" and uses him to make some big bucks. But Antsy is also the one who causes him more grief than a friend should.

Antsy Does Time

by Neal Shusterman
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Fueled by friendship and sympathy, Antsy Bonano signs a month of his life over to his "dying" classmate Gunnar Umlaut. Soon everyone at school follows suit, giving new meaning to the idea of "living on borrowed time." But does Gunnar really have six months to live, or is news of his imminent death greatly exaggerated?

Scumble

by Ingrid Law
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

It's been nine years since his cousin Mibs had her extraordinary savvy journey, and Ledger Kale has just turned thirteen. This birthday should have meant he'd inherit an amazing power—instead he can break little things apart. But when the Kales decide to attend a family wedding in Wyoming, Ledger's savvy grows to monumental proportions. Ledger needs to start scumbling his savvy into control ...so that someday, he can go home.

Secret Saturdays

by Torrey Maldonado
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

A poignant look into one fatherless twelve-year-old's struggles with friendship and trust. Sean is Justin's best friend, at least Justin thought he was. But lately Sean has been acting differently and getting into trouble. Justin wants to do something to help before his friend spirals further out of control. But what if confronting Sean means Justin loses his very best friend?

Shark Wars

by E.J. Altbacker
Ages 9-12 | Grades 4-7

Rising sea temperatures and overfishing have caused food to become scarce for the prehistoric shark clans called Shivers and the battle for new hunting grounds has brought with it corruption and warfare. Now, with the ocean on the brink of chaos, a young reef shark named Gray must venture deep into Open Water to unlock the secrets of his destiny and bring peace back to the ocean.

Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper

by Michael Reisman
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

Sixth-grader Simon Bloom can't believe his luck when he finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics. When two thugs with evil intentions come after Simon, he must use the formulas to save himself and the book from falling into their hands.

Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual

by Sir John Hargrave
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-7

This is the definitive guide to pranking and mayhem. Written in the style of a training manual, but with hilarious illustrations, this book is broken up into five sections, with instructions to have you pranking in no time.

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger

by Kevin Bolger
Ages 9 up | Grades 3 up

When Prince Harry convinces Sir Fartsalot that a Snotty Scoundrel is on the prowl to bring danger to the Kingdom of Armpit, Harry, Sir Fartsalot, and their buddy Sir Knotaclew set out to stop the dreaded Booger. Their hilarious quest will bring them face-to-phlegm with all kinds of interesting adventure!

Slob

by Ellen Potter
Ages 9-12 | Grades 3-7

Twelve-year-old Owen Birnbaum is the fattest kid in school. But he's also a genius who invents cool contraptions, like a TV that shows the past. After all, something happened two years ago that he needs to see, and he's sure that if he can only get the TV to work, his life will start to make sense.

Stand Tall

by Joan Bauer
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Tree, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents' recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl at school.

Stickman Odyssey

by Christopher Ford
Ages 11-14 | Grades 6-8

When Zozimos is banished from the kingdom of Sticatha-the kingdom he was next in line to rule-he trains at battle (if you call chasing after butterflies training), travels across stormy seas (thanks for that, Poseidon), slays golems and monsters (with a lot of help), charms beautiful women (not really), and somehow (despite his own ineptitude) survives quest after quest. By the love of Zeus, though, none of it brings him any closer to home!

Sticks

by Joan Bauer
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

With the help of his grandmother, his dead father's best friend, and his own best friend—a math whiz—Mickey prepares to compete in the most important pool championship of his life, despite his mother's reservations

Super Human

by Michael Carroll
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Four thousand years ago the world's first super human walked the earth. Possessing the strength of one hundred men, skin impervious to attack, and the ability to read minds, this immortal being used his power to conquer and enslave nations. Now plans are in motion that will transport this super human to the present, where he'll usher in a new age of tyranny unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Determined to stand against them, using powers they've only just begun to master, is a ragtag group of young heroes. For them this first test may be their greatest... and last.

A Tale Dark and Grimm

by Adam Gidwitz
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

The Talent Thief

by Alex Williams
10-12 | Grades 4-6

Adam's sister is a singing sensation and he is her biggest fan. Unlike his superstar sibling, this twelve year- old boy excels at absolutely nothing—although his sister would argue that he's the master of getting on her nerves. But when a mysterious creature as old as time steals her talent, it's Adam who fearlessly leads the charge to retrieve it and stop the creature before it can take the talents of other children.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

by Judy Blume
Ages 7 up | Grades 2 up

Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Fudge is a three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter has put up with Fudge for way too long. How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

by John Grisham
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.

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Travel Team

by Mike Lupica
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court, but no one plays with more heart or court sense. None of that matters, however, when he is cut from his local travel team. Danny's father knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together they prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.

Summer Ball

by Mike Lupica
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6

Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Danny's heading to Right Way basketball camp for the summer, and he knows that with the country's best players in attendance, he's going to need to take his game up a notch if he wants to match up.

The Trouble With Mark Hopper

by Elissa Brent Weissman
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Mark Hopper is the smartest student in the sixth grade. When another Mark Hopper moves to town (the same age, with similar looks), Mark Hopper makes trouble for Mark Hopper. When a teacher forces them to be study partners, they realize that they can benefit from one another's strengths, and maybe win the Mastermind Challenge together. Trouble is, one of the Marks wants to win so badly that he's willing to steal from the other.

The Underdogs

by Mike Lupica
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Will Tyler can fly on a football field. He may not be the biggest running back around, but no one can touch him when it comes to hitting the hole and finding the end zone. And no one can match his love of the game. When Will has a football in hand, he may as well be flying for real because life can't touch him - his dad isn't so defeated, his town isn't so poor, and everyone has something to cheer for. All of which does him no good if the football season is canceled...

We Are Not Eaten By Yaks: An Accidental Adventure

by C. Alexander London
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Oliver and Celia Navel would love nothing more than to watch TV. All day long. But their parents are explorers… And when their mom disappears, they must travel to the corners of the globe to find her. Along the way they encounter talking yaks, witches, and the evil Sir Edmund S. Thitheltorpe-Schmidt III.

The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd #1: Eighth Grade Bites

by Heather Brewer
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6

Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs, but then faces bigger problems when he finds out he is being hunted by a vampire killer.

The Twits

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Mr. and Mrs. Twit hate everything, including their trained monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, who now want revenge.

Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf

by Curtis Jobling
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Imagine a world ruled by Werelords--men and women who can shift at will into bears, lions, and serpents. When Drew suddenly discovers he's not only a werewolf but the long-lost heir to the murdered Wolf King's throne, he must use his wits and newfound powers to survive in a land suddenly full of enemies.

When the Whistle Blows

by Fran Slayton
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Jimmy lives a typical boyhood in Rowlesburg, West Virginia, during the 1940s. But he knows his father belongs to a secret society and he's determined to uncover the mysteries behind it! It takes a midnight encounter with a train to show Jimmy the man his father really is.

The Witches

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Meet a hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches imaginable!

White Fang

by Jack London
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-6

In the desolate, frozen wilds of northwest Canada, a wolf cub soon finds himself the sole survivor of the litter. Son of Kiche, half-wolf, half-dog, and the aging wolf One Eye, he is thrust into a savage world where each day becomes a fight to stay alive

The Youngest Templar #1: Keeper of the Grail

by Mike Knudson
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-7

1191 A.D. The orphan Tristan has joined the Knights Templar, journeying with Richard the Lionheart on his crusade to free the Holy Land from the Saracens. As defeat looms near, Tristan is entrusted with the most sacred of Christian relics: the Holy Grail. He must return it safely to Britain, but he must also keep it secret, because the Grail's power will drive men to madness, and even his fellow Knights Templar will kill for it.

Z. Rex

by Steve Cole
Ages 10-14 | Grades 5-8

You're 14 and find yourself on your own. Your father, who has developed the world's cutting edge research on virtual electronic game-playing, has been missing for weeks. And suddenly you're being hunted by men with guns, and a savage, man-eating dinosaur is chasing you. What would you do?

Z. Raptor

by Steve Cole
Ages 10 and up | Grades 5 and up

In the companion to Z. Rex, Adam Adler and his dad must stop a terrible experiment created by scientists who have stolen their video-game technology and created hyper-evolved raptors, which they have released on an island inhabited by death-row inmates with one law: survival.