42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
JoEllen’s life is split by the 42 miles that separate her mother’s city apartment and her father’s farm. Her weekdays are spent as Ellen, while her weekends are spent at Joey. This coming of age story is great for ages 9 to 12.
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Society has forbidden families from having more than two children. Luke is the third born in his family, and therefore must stay hidden to stay alive. He decides to ban together with other third children to get their rights. Sequels include: Among the Imposters, Among the Betrayed, and Among the Barons, and more.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl is only a 12-year old boy, but he has plans to take over the world. Full of twists and turns, magic, and humor; this book is sure to be enjoyed by young readers. Sequels include: The Arctic Incident, and The Etenity Code, and more.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
In this Cinderella adaptation, Ella’s gift of obedience is her course. Although she must follow any command that is given to her, Ella is one of the pluckist heroines you will ever read about.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
311 pages; 5th – 7th Grade
Gregor, the Overlander is written by the same author as The Hunger Games and will keep you on the edge of your seat, asking for more. There are five books in this series and plenty of characters, battles, excitement, and romance to keep you reading.
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
At the young age of 13, Koly is part of an arranged marriage in India. But, when her sickly young husband dies, Koly must learn how to survive on her own.
Jimmy’s Stars by Mary Ann Rodman
In 1943, Ellie must see her brother Jimmy leave for World War II. He promises to come home, and asks her to leave the Christmas tree up for him. Great for grades 4 to 6.
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Written entirely in free verse, Jack thinks poetry is something only girls read and write. But he finds his voice with the help of his teacher, pencil, paper, and a story about his dog.
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
Wallace Wallace, the football hero of the eighth grade, is sentenced to attend play rehearsals for detention. He becomes wrapped up in the play and begins making suggestions that not only help the play, but help himself as well.
The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone
300 pgs; 4th – 7th Grade
During World War II, eleven-year-old Felicity is sent from London to Bottlebay, Maine, to live with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and a reclusive boy who helps her decode mysterious letters that contain the truth about her missing parents.
The Seeing Stone: The Arthur Trilogy, Book One by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Young Arthur de Caldicot is given a seeing stone that shows him the life of the man who will be the King of England – Arthur. Events in the two Arthur’s lives run parallel, and the story alternates between the two characters.
Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf
Taken from her home in Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in 1942, eleven-year-old Milada is sent with other blond, blue-eyed children to a school in Poland to be trained as “proper Germans.” Best for ages 10 to 14.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
A fabulous story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity and the thrill of first love. An eccentric student named Stargirl changes the students of Mica High School forever.
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, book 1) by Anthony Horowitz
Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider’s life changes forever when he is recruited by British Military Intelligence to become a spy. Other books in the Alex Rider series include Point Blank and Skeleton Key.
Sunny Holiday by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Spunky third-grader Sunny Holiday tries to make the best out of every situation, and even though her father is in prison, she and her mother count their blessings and manage to find joy in every day. Great for ages 8 to 11.
Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkins
In this sequel to Toys Go Out, six stories relate further adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys, as they encounter a fearsome (possible) shark, enjoy a dance party, and deal with rejection by their Girl, who is growing up. Great for ages 6 to 10.
True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
This hysterical adventure follows 12-year-old Tip and her (male) alien friend named J.Lo as they set off across the country in a floating car. Their mission? To rescue Tip’s mom from alien invaders and save the planet from almost certain destruction. Great for grades 3 to 8.