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The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Youth Fiction ALEXANDER

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil. Lots of laughs along with the action. The Book of Three is the first volume of this five volume adventure in Prydain. (Gr 4 and up)

my teacher is an alien My Teacher is an Alienby Bruce Coville

Susan can tell that her new substitute teacher is really weird. She doesn't know how weird until she catches him peeling off his face--and realizes Mr. Smith is really an alien! Now it's up to Susan and her friends to get rid of the extraterrestrial visitor. Can they save the sixth grade from a fate worse than math tests? Read this and other fantasies by Bruce Coville to find out.
akiko Akiko on the Planet Smoo by Mark Crilley
Youth Fiction CRILLEY

Ten-year-old Akiko has an unexpected adventure when she is whisked away to a distant planet and put in charge of the rescue mission that must search for the kidnapped Prince Froptoppit. Lots of humor and each chapter ends in a cliff hanger. So far Akiko has gone on nine adventures with more to come, check out the Akiko adventures! (Gr 3-7)

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Youth Fiction GIDWITZ
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

house of scorpion   House of the Scorpionby Nancy Farmer
Youth Fiction FARMER

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire, Opium, nestled between Mexico and the United States. Winner of several awards including "Young People's Choice." (Gr. 6 and up)
tunnels Tunnels by Roderick Gordon
Youth New Book Shelves GORDON

When Will Burrows and his friend Chester embark on a quest to find Will's archaeologist father, who has inexplicably disappeared, they are led to a labyrinthine world underneath London, full of sinister inhabitants with evil intentions toward "Topsoilers" like Will and his father. (Gr 5-9)
among the hidden   Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Youth Fiction HADDIX

Born third at a time when having more than two children per family is illegal and subject to seizure and punishment by the Population Police, Luke has spent all of his 12 years hiding. Gazing through an air vent, he spies a child's face at a window after the family of four has already left for the day. Is it possible that he is not the only hidden child? (Grs. 5 and up)
Seeing Stone   The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Youth Fiction HOLLAND

The year is 1199 and on the borders of England and Wales young Arthur de Caldicot waits impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his father's friend Merlin gives Arthur a shining black stone, and in it he starts to see stories of his namesake, King Arthur. Lots of details about chivalry and the crusades as well as the legend of King Arthur in this trilogy. (Grs. 5 and up)
Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
Youth Fiction HUNTER

For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all. (Gr. 5 and up)
Legend of Sleepy Hollow  
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Youth Fiction IRVING

Paintings by Grandma Moses's great-grandson make a striking match for Irving's classic story of strange goings-on in a small town in the Hudson Valley. Though greatly condensed, the plot remains intact; Ichabod Crane, the gangly schoolteacher, is driven out of Sleepy Hollow by a pumpkin-headed horseman.* A favorite ghost story for campfires and Halloween.
*(Publishers Weekly Review accessed via NoveList database.)
wrinkle in time A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Youth Fiction L'ENGLE

Father is missing! His top secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away - but where? - and how? Meg and her younger brother set out with their friend Calvin on an exciting adventure through time and space to search for him. This is the first of four books with the Murry family and their friends. (Gr. 5 and up) (Audio books available in CD and MP3 formats. Or check out the movie version.)
ella enchanted Ella Enchanted
by Gail Carson Levine
Youth Fiction LEVINE

Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's spirited account of her quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant, and enchanting tale about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself. Check out the audio book on CD or catch the movie version. A Newbery Honor Book. (Gr. 4-8)
The Ruby Key

The Ruby Key

by Holly Lisle
New Youth Fiction LISLE

In a world where an uneasy peace binds Humans and Nightlings, fourteen-year-old Genna and her twelve-year-old brother Dan learn of their uncle's plot to gain immortality in exchange for human lives, and the two strike their own bargain with the Nightling lord, which sets them on a dangerous journey along the Moonroads in search of a key. (Gr. 5-8)

the giver The Giver by Lois Lowry
Youth Fiction LOWRY

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community, The Giver. Jonas learns about the pain of living in an environment that is "without color, pain, or past." Jonas must make some difficult decisions when he discovers a terrible truth about his community. Newbery Award Winner. (Gr. 5 and up)
fablehaven Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Youth Fiction MULL

When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming. The differences of opinion between Kendra and Seth create some humorous moments along with the adventure. There are four volumes of Fablehaven stories and a fifth is on the way. (Gr. 4 and up)
desperate mission - star wars The Desperate Mission by Jude Watson
Youth Fiction STAR WARS

After Obi-Wan is betrayed by Anakin, Obi-Wan raises Luke Skywalker on the remote planet of Tatooine. Later, Obi-Wan discovers that at least one Jedi has survived the destruction of the Jedi Order by the Empire. Obi-Wan must make a difficult choice between staying on Tatooine with Luke or going to the heart of the Empire to find the Jedi. This is the first of six books in the Last of the Jedi series from Star Wars.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Youth Fiction SCHWAB
Teen Fiction SCHWAB

Ever since her near-fatal drowning, Cassidy has been able to pull back the "Veil" that separates the living from the dead and see ghosts, not that she wants to, and she was really looking forward to a ghost-free summer at the beach; however her parents are going to start filming a TV series about the world's most haunted places, starting with Edinburgh with its graveyards, castles, and restless phantoms--and Cass and her personal ghost companion, Jacob, are about to find out that a city of old ghosts can be a very dangerous place indeed.

mysterious benedict society The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Youth Fiction STEWART

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. The adventure continues in The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey. (Grs. 4-9)
amulet of samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkandby Jonathan Stroud
Youth Fiction STROUD

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace. This first book of the Bartimaeus trilogy introduces the fascinating workings of the "seven planes" (magicians can see three of them only with special spectacles), the pecking order of magical beings, and the requirements of various spells and enchantments. (Gr 6 and up).




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