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Splendors and Glooms - Laura Amy Schlitz
When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.

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Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.



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The Lightning Thief

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer    When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan     When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

Tunnels by Roderick 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.

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh    Fourteen-year-old Jack Perdu, a prodigy of classical mythology, suffers a near-fatal accident after which he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York's ghostly underworld, eight levels below Grand Central Station, where he decides to look for his mother who disappeared years earlier.

Magyk by Angie Sage     As she is being pursued by those who killed her mother, Princess Jenna is whisked away and carried to safety by the Extraordinary Wizard and Boy 412, whom she believes to be her father and brother.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee 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. 


Sisters Grimm

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Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry     Don’t even think of starting this book unless you’re sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke     One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from Inkheart, and an evil ruler name Capricorn escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room.  Suddenly Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. 

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler     Philippa Fisher is just your average girl—until the day a new girl arrives at school and confesses that she is Philippa’s  fairy godsister.  Unfortunately for Philippa, Daisy is a fairy who is not too fond of humans.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull     For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite...

The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson     Using cutting-edge technology, five Florida teens have been transformed into Holographic Hosts at Disney World. Their images appear throughout the Magic Kingdom, giving visitors information about the various attractions. It all seems to be going well, until the participants begin having disturbing dreams that start affecting their everyday lives.



Hunger Games

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 Matched by Ally Condie     On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he's not. And that's when her whole world begins to unravel...

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher     To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

The Giver by Lois Lowery     Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Legend by Marie Lu     What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most    wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as  malicious as they seem.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver     Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

Divergent by Veronica Roth  *     In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior's world, society is    divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless),   Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) in the attempt to form a "perfect society." At the age of sixteen, teens must choose a faction for life.


Realistic Fiction

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Wonder - R. J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

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Get Me Out of Here! - James Patterson; Chris Tebbetts
After surviving sixth grade, Rafe expects seventh grade to be a fun zone because he has been accepted to art school in the big city, but when he discovers it is more competitive than he expected, he sets out to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art.


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