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Cloaked (Alex Flinn)
Johnny’s not your average hero. He actually wasn’t your
average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach
shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it
It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one
hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.
There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even
though he fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy
tale he’d ever heard. Before he knew it, Johnny was spying with a flock of
enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly
trampled by giants in the Keys.
Don’t believe it? He didn’t believe it either. But you’ll
see. Because he knew it all was true, the second he got CLOAKED.
The Death Catchers (Jennifer Anne Kogler)
On her fourteenth Halloween, Lizzy Mortimer sees her first
Confused at first, Lizzy soon learns from her grandmother
Bizzy that as Death Catchers, they must prevent fate from taking its course
when an unjust death is planned-a mission that has been passed down from their
ancestor, Morgan le Fay. Only, Lizzy doesn't expect one of her first cases to
land her in the middle of a feud older than time between Morgan le Fay and her
sister Vivienne le Mort. Vivienne hopes to hasten the end of the world by
preventing Lizzy from saving King Arthur's last descendant-humanity's greatest
hope for survival. It's up to Lizzy, as Morgan's earthly advocate, to outwit
fate before it's too late.
The Eleventh Plague (Jeff Hirsch)
In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to
survive is to keep moving.
In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been
ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of
influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few
that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material
to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma
after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that
seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous
Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank
that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst
of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing--and their lives--forever.
The Emerald Atlas (John Stephens)
Called "A new Narnia for the tween set” by theNew
York Timesand perfect for fans of theHis Dark
Materialsseries,The Emerald Atlasbrims with humor and
action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through
an unforgettable, enchanted world.
These three siblings have been in one orphanage after
another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.
Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they
could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being
protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing
Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey
through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies
and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is
correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Rae Carson)
Once a century, one person is
chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who
has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret
wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king
who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies
seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary
thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no
man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very
heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the
prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she
doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.
Legend (Marie Lu)
What was once the western United States is now home to the
Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite
family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is
a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles.
Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted
criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross
paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the
prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race
for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a
shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought
them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its
Lost in the River of Grass (Ginny Rorby)
Lost in a River of Grass is in the tradition of survival
stories like Hatchet or On My Side of the Mountain, where the young protagonist
finds herself as she struggles to survive in an unforgiving wilderness. In this
case, the setting is the Everglades, and Sarah, the 13-year-old narrator,
sneaks away from an overnight school field trip for what was supposed to be a
quick airboat ride with Andy, a boy who lives in the preserve. Naturally,
disaster strikes and theyre forced to walk out of the Everglades (theyve got a
knife, a small amount of Gatorade and some suspicious Spam). The author also
skillfully layers in a story about overcoming prejudice. Sarah is black and
Andy is the son of a Confederate-flag waving self-described redneck.
The Name of the Star (Maureen Johnson)
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London
marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London
boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of
brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the
horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.
Soon "Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and
the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted
the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw
him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the
mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory
become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense,
humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of
London and discover her own shocking abilities.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Richard Paul Evans)
My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you
is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an
ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart
is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but
ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.
Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a
cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s
friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor
ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a
powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them
the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s
The Running Dream (Wendelin Van Draanen)
Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident.
She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a
prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?
As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like
prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who
don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better
if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a
girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math
she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.
With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track
teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for
her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take
Rosa with her.
Silhouetted by the Blue (Traci Jones)
Seventh-grader Serena Shaw istrying to keep upat
school while rehearsingforthe lead role in the spring musical and
dealing with a father so "blue" he is nearly catatonic. With
theaid of a not-so-secret admirer as well as a growing sense of
self-confidence,she faces the challenges of caring for herself and her
ball-of-charm younger brother, all while attempting to lead the life of a
normal pre-teen. Readers will be drawn into this convincing portrait of a
vivacious young personwho ison a path todiscovering that
taking on responsibility sometimes means findingthe bestway to ask
Variant (Robison E. Wells)
Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield
Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.
He was wrong.
Now he's trapped in a school that's surrounded by a
razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where
there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.
Where breaking the rules equals death.
But when Benson stumbles upon the school's real secret, he
realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and
that escape--his only real hope for survival--may be impossible.