May 22, 2019
Finding solace in books in the wake of a tragic loss, 11-year-old Ollie rescues a book from being destroyed and discovers within its pages the chilling story of a girl who made a fateful bargain with a sinister specter.
Journeying to an isolated small town to help their father repair a mysterious cuckoo clock in a once-grand manor, Lucy and Oliver discover the magic within the house, and the animal guardians charged with protecting it, are in dire need of help.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Receiving reports that three children with their names and birthdates have been kidnapped, three siblings investigate complex codes, hidden rooms and a dangerous secret that turns their lives upside down.
In order to heal after his mother's death, 13-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve things-- and people-- from other universes.
Longing for summertime adventures outside of their small Indiana community, two boys are enthralled by a cool newcomer who enlists their help in a series of escalating trade cons that rapidly put them in over their heads.
Sloan, Holly Goldberg
A tale of friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters, follows the experiences of two 12-year-old girls-- one bookish and fearful, the other fearless and adventuresome-- who are sent to camp to bond when their fathers fall in love.
Classics and modern classics
Accused and convicted of murder, 13-year-old Charlotte Doyle decides to reveal what really happened aboard the Seahawk-- a ship piloted by a tyrannical captain and crewed by mutinous seamen-- during the summer of 1832.
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon on a quest to bring life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.
Schmidt, Gary D.
On Wednesday afternoons during the 1967 school year, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where he reads the plays of William Shakespeare and finds himself in mishaps and adventures.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley
Six children are thrust from the make-believe world of Egyptian pharaohs when their trusted oracle foresees the appearance of a murderer.
Turner, Megan Whalen
Eugenides can steal anything-- or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king's magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he's in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own.
J 629.45 SWA
Learn what it takes to explore the extremes as you journey from the deepest ocean trenches to the farthest humans have ventured into space.
J 303.484 CHA
This book profiles 35 political activists, social reformers and prominent leaders of revolutionary movements, including Joan of Arc, Frederick Douglass, Sitting Bull, Nelson Mandela, Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk and Janet Mock.
Boyce, Jo Ann Allen
J 323.092 BOY
Read the firsthand experiences of Jo Ann Allen who, in 1956, was one of 12 African American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee.
J 920.02 DUM
Dramatic portraits of some of history's most clever anti-heroes reveal how such famous notables as Elizabeth I, Napoleon and Thomas Edison used guile, deceit, trickery and even theft to acquire wealth and power, changing history along the way.
I work in Youth Services and read books of all kinds, but I particularly love those that make me laugh, cry or go back in time. When I'm not working my way through all the teetering stacks of books in my house, I enjoy taking long walks with my dog, binge-watching TV shows and finding new ways to combine carbs and cheese.