Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Shadows

By: Jacqueline West
(Book 1, "The Books of Elsewhere" series)

"When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats." - NoveList

Grades: 3-6

Also try:
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull
13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison


by Deborah Wiles (Book 2, "Sixties" Trilogy)

"Struggling to adapt within her newly blended family in 1964 Mississippi, young Sunny witnesses increasingly scary community agitation when activists from the North arrive in town to help register African Americans to vote." - NoveList

Series: Book 2, "Sixties"

Grades: 2-9

Also try:

Centaur Rising

By: Jane Yolen

"In 1965, a year after Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family's horse farm, a baby centaur is born and the family, already under scrutiny because Arianne's six-year-old brother has birth defects, struggles to keep the colt a secret." - NoveList

Grades: 2-6

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Revenge of the Angels

By: Jennifer Ziegler

"The eleven-year-old Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, are afraid this is going to be the worst Christmas ever--they have been cast as angels in their local Christmas pageant just because they are girls, their mother, older sister, and aunt are stuck in Boston because of the snow, someone is stealing outdoor Christmas decorations and baked goods, and their father is just too busy for Christmas." - NoveList

Grades: 2-6

Also try:

The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers
Where Triplets Go, Trouble Follows by Michelle Poploff
Gooney Bird and all her Charm by Lois Lowry

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