"Always check for traps,
left is always right unless there's a middle, always put your healer in
the best armor and wear your magic rings on your toes instead of your
~ from Kate Milford's Greenglass House
If you knew your parents had committed a crime, would you turn them in?
It's a question that 12-year-old Ben never thought he'd have to answer.
after his parents drag him and his younger sister Olive on a surprise
"vacation" to the Australian bush, he follows the clues to the
disturbing truth: his parents are hiding millions in stolen cash. Now,
instead of quietly writing crime stories, Ben is stuck
inside one, and he has to figure out how to escape with his sister
before their particular story becomes a tragedy. Combining action,
suspense, and survival, this high-stakes thriller will keep you turning
pages right up until the end.
Fiction. Sixteen-year-old Josie feels a tingle of foreboding when she
arrives in the seaside Scottish town of Brindle, and not just because of
aunt and uncle's chilly welcome. Everything about the place is
unsettling, from the gloomy landscape to the secretive behavior of the
townspeople (including the alluring but off-limits Eli). Though she's
forbidden from asking questions, Josie can't control
her curiosity…not even when it puts her in danger. Set in 1807, Forbidden will
fans of historical mystery, as well as readers who relish atmospheric
tales with hints of the paranormal. For a similar story with a different
setting, try Laura Amy Schlitz's A
Drowned Maiden's Hair.
Fiction. Though he's gotten pretty good at stealing food, Jayson gets
collared when he tries to shoplift a new pair of sneakers. A talented
basketball player, Jayson needs the shoes to keep playing, but he can't
afford them since his mom died and her boyfriend took off. Once it's
revealed that he's living on his own, Jayson is taken in by the Lawtons,
a wealthy older couple Though he resists being
sent to a fancy private school, he doesn't hesitate to join the
basketball team, channeling his grief and anger into the game.
On-the-court action and authentic emotions make Fast
Break a perfect pick for sports fans, as well as anyone looking for a quick, upbeat read.
Jimmy McClean is three-quarters Lakota and one-quarter white, but his
light hair and blue eyes make him a target for the bullies at his school
Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. Seeing Jimmy's frustration at having
to constantly defend his heritage, Grandpa Nyles decides to take him on a
"vision journey" to explore the life of another light-haired Lakota:
the famous leader Crazy Horse. As they travel
across the Great Plains, stopping along the way for Grandpa Nyles to
tell intriguing stories about Crazy Horse's victories and struggles,
Jimmy gradually discovers a sense of pride -- not just in himself, but
in the pain and power of his people's history.
Imagine: you're stuck thousands of feet below the surface of the earth.
There's hardly any food. It's brutally hot, and it gets harder to
every day. Those were the conditions that 33 Chilean miners endured for
69 days in 2010. Trapped is
astonishing account of their ordeal, as well as the heroic (and
sometime bizarre) efforts of their rescuers. Alongside fascinating
insights into the history, science, politics, and mythology of mining,
author Marc Aronson vividly describes the miners' suspenseful
struggles and the increasingly desperate attempts to save them.
Eye-catching photos, diagrams, and quotations drive home the drama of
this real-life survival story.
In their isolated house at the edge of a forest, Annie, her younger
brother Rew, and their mentally unstable Gran are held hostage by an
Their terror turns to shock, however, when they learn that the convict
is the children's father, who they believed to be dead. Gran is too far
gone to help, Rew is disbelieving and furious, but Annie is strangely
reluctant to let go of this unexpected chance
to know her father. If you love intense, character-driven stories about
imperfect families and uneasy truths, don't miss this poignant and
poetic debut novel.
In the midst of a wild snowstorm, five unusual guests turn up
unannounced at the creaky old Greenglass Inn. Milo, the innkeepers' son,
is annoyed by
the interruption to his winter break, but his frustration turns to
intrigue when several items go missing from the guests' rooms.
Encouraged by his friend Meddy, Milo draws on the skills of Negret (his
character from the role-playing game Odd Trails) to investigate
the strange thefts. Offbeat and vividly written, Greenglass House
is loaded with tension, twists, and touches of fantasy. If you like this
multilayered mystery, you should check out Chris Grabenstein's Escape
from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, which also features young gamers in puzzling circumstances.
Suspense. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, many Americans braced for a nuclear attack that never occurred. But in Fallout,
the bomb actually does
trapping 11-year-old Scott -- along with his family and several of their
neighbors -- in an underground bomb shelter. As the food supply runs
low, tensions run high, exposing guilt, fear, and prejudice among the
survivors, who begin to wonder if they'll ever
make it out alive. Contrasting the familiar concerns of Scott's life
before the bomb with the horror of the aftermath, this thought-provoking
read is the perfect pick for those who enjoy speculating about what
might have been.