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The Scorch Trials

by James Dashner

Reading Level: Grades 6 and up

If you haven't yet read The Maze Runner yet, stop reading this review.

Thomas, Teresa and the other Gladers have escaped the Maze and been rescued, supposedly. But after what they all went through in the Maze, who can trust anything?

Soon, unsurprisingly, the Gladers find themselves in the midst of another trial - one even more grueling and dangerous than the Maze. But there are more elements to the test this time, and Thomas doesn't know how he and his friends will survive this time.

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Another book that deals with the testing of children for a greater good:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

More dark dystopias:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Storm Thief by Chris Wooding
The Rule of Claw by John Brindley
The Inferior by Peadar O'Guilin

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Science Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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The Dead Boys

by Royce Buckingham

Reading Level:  Grade 6-8

When 12-year-old Teddy moves, he is menaced by the eerie tree next door and a cadre of strange boys who all seem intent on luring him to disaster.

Other creepy stories include:
The Light by D.J. MacHale
The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafron and
Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Pathfinder

by Orson Scott Card

Reading Level: Grade 7+

Card, the author of the beloved Ender Wiggins series, scores again with this new series. 13-year-old Rigg has lived an isolated life with his demanding father hunting and trapping in the wilderness. Despite their isolation, Rigg's father has given his son an exceptional education is languages, science, and psychology. He has also pushed Rigg to hone his unusual path-finding skills.

When his father suddenly dies, Rigg must make his way alone in a hostile world...one that takes a very dim view of a boy with exceptional powers.

If you enjoyed this sophisticated science fiction adventure, try:
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Boys, Science Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Is It Night or Day?

by Fern Schumer Chapman

Reading Level:  Grades 5-7

As the Nazi noose closes, 12-year-old Edith's desperate parents send her alone on a long journey across the ocean to live in Chicago with an uncle she doesn't know.

This book is based on the author's mother's experiences as one of the children rescued by the One Thousand Children project.

Other gripping stories of Holocaust refugees include:
Ten Thousand Children : True Stories Told by Children who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport by Anne L. Fox
The Other Half of Life : A Novel Based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis by Kim Ablon Whitney and
Sheltering Rebecca by Mary Baylis-White

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Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Historical Fiction, The Holocaust Location: JY Fiction
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The Floating Islands

by Rachel Neumeier

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After a volcanic eruption demolishes his village and kills his parents and sister, Trei seeks help from his father's brother only to be sent away because he is a "half-breed." Trei then makes the difficult journey to the floating islands to seek help from his mother's family. With their sponsorship, Trei is tested and accepted as an apprentice karjuraihi where he learns to make his own pair of feathered wings and join the legendary corps of soaring kajuraihi. Just as Trei settles into his happy new life, disaster strikes again and it is up to Trei and his cousin to save their island home.

Other fantastic tales of questing flyers include:
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins and
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson and

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Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Fantasy Location: JY Fiction
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Nora and the Texas Terror

by udy Cox

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

Nora's life is turned upside down when her uncles family move in with her family and Nora has to share her bedroom and school with a cousin she has never liked.

For another tale of an obnoxious relative try:
The Diary of Melanie Martin, or, How I survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza by Carol Weston

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Other books by Judy Cox

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Realistic Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Most Wanted

by Kate Thompson

Reading Level:  Grades 3 - 5

Marcus, a baker's son in Ancient Rome, is thrust into danger when he inadvertently takes possession of Incitatus, the beloved horse of the blood-thirsty Emperor Caligula.

Other ancient world adventures include:
The Wadjet Eye by Jill Rubalcaba
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld and
Atticus of Rome by Barry Denenberg

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Real, Books for Boys, Historical Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! Wherein is Contained an Accounting of the Preparation, Suspension, and Eventual Reawakening of the Subject in Modern Day, and His Quest to Discover the Great Emergency

by Matthew McElligott

Reading Level:  Grades 3 - 6

You've heard of Benjamin Franklin. You know, the guy from like, the 1700s, you know, famous for being in the thunderstorm with the kite and the key, discovering electricity? Yeah, him. That guy. He's been dead for what, like three hundred years? Think again.

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Victor Godwin is smarter than most people he knows. Definitely smarter than the weatherman, who's predicted sunny days when Victor knows mathematically that there's a 92% chance of rain. A million times smarter than his best friend Scott Weaver, who made a super-charged potato battery by putting batteries inside of a raw potato and painting it exciting colors. (In case you are wondering, the potato explodes in the middle of class.) Then a thunderstorm that seems only to affect Victor's house changes everything. Soon a strange man who looks and dresses like Benjamin Franklin moves into Victor's house as a tenant. He says he's an actor, but he paid his entire first year's rent in heavy gold coins, marked 1783. What kind of actor never takes off his costume, and pays for things in eighteenth-century doubloons? Frank Benjamin, downstairs tenant at the Godwin's house, that's who. Then Victor discovers what's really going on...

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Other books like this one:
No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay) by Trudi Trueit
The Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer
Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson
Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger

Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural Location: J Fiction
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The Memory Bank

by Carolyn Coman

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

"Forget Her!"

When little Honey Scroggins laughs after her parents tell her not to, they dump her by the side of the road and drive away. Despite all Hopes pleadings, her parents never go back for Honey. As she grows sadder and sadder, Hope spends all her time sleeping, dreaming of her lost little sister. When Hope's constant dreaming causes an imbalance due to insufficient memory deposits, she is summoned to the Memory Bank where she becomes embroiled in a war between those who want to remember and those who want to forget.

If you enjoyed this illustrated novel you will also enjoy:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick

For an tongue-in-cheek take on an abandoned child read:
By the Side of the Road by Jules Feiffer

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Fantasy Location: J Fiction
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See What I See

by Gloria Whelan

Reading Level: Grades 8+

When Kate Tapert earns a four-year scholarship to a Detroit art school, she realizes the only way she can afford to attend is if she lives with her estranged father, the famous reclusive artist Dalton Quinn. When Dalton's daughter shows up on his doorstep he orders her to leave until she threatens to reveal his secret.

Other stories of teens reconnecting with absent fathers try:
Choppy Socky Blues by Ed Briant
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee and
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

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Reading Level: 8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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