Tuesday, April 12, 2016


By: Tyler Whitesides

"A sixth grader stumbles upon a secret that threatens to turn school children everywhere into mindless automatons." - NoveList

Grades: 2-7

Also try:

Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
How to Break a Dragon's Heart by Cressida Cowell
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

The Golden Hour

by Maiya Williams (Book 1, "Time Travel")

"Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother theyear before, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast." - NoveList

Series: Book 1, "Time Travel"

Grades: 3-8

Also try:
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Green Thumb by Rob Thomas
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

Dragon Keeper

by Carole Wilkinson

"When a nameless orphan saves the life of an old dragon and journeys with him across China to keep his legacy safe, she ends up fulfilling her destiny as a Dragon Keeper." - NoveList

Grades: 6-8

Knights of the Kitchen Table by John Scieszka
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell


 by Deborah Wiles (Book 1, "The Sixties Trilogy")

"The fearful events of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis are witnessed by eleven-year-old Franny, who finds her life and perspectives changing throughout the course of a week that is also marked by difficult family issues." - NoveList

Series: Book 1, "The Sixties Trilogy"

Grades: 5-8

Also try:

Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren
The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Hour of the Cobra

 by Maiya Williams (Book 2, "Time-Travel")

This time, we find the four children in Egypt 58 B.C. Everything is going well until Cleopatra mistakes one of them for a goddess and asks for assistance! Will the children be able to get through this time without changing the course of history? Find out in this second installment of the "Time-Travel" series!

Series: Book 2, "Time-Travel"

Grades: 5-8

Also try:

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Sasquatch by Roland Smith
Sparrow Hawk Red by Ben Mikaelsen

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Hour of the Outlaw by Maiya Williams

 (Book 3, "Time-Travel")

"Rowan, Nina, Xanthe, and Xavier are reunited for their first solo time travel trip, venturing to Bloomington, Illinois, in 1856 in search of an unhappy teen whose decision to run away from his father seems to have changed history." Find out more in this third installment of the "Time-Travel" series!

Series: Book 3, "Time-Travel"

Grade Level: 5-8

Also try:
Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen
Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

"In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp."

Grade Level: 3-7

Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
Celeste's Harlem Renaissance : a novel by Eleanora E Tate
The Great Good Summer by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon