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The Body Finder

by Kimberly Derting

Reading Level: Grades 8-10

All her life 16-year-old Violet Ambrose has heard the echoes of the dead. Not all dead people and animals. Just those who have died violently. When Maya is called when she and her best friend Jay are riding a wave runner, she finds the body of a recently murdered teen girl. It soon becomes apparent that the murder is not an isolated event but the work of a serial killer.

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Other murderous thrillers include:

The Christopher Killer: A Forensic Mystery by Alane Ferguson and

Acceleration by Graham McNamee and

Genesis Alpha by Rune Michaels

Reading Level: 8th Grade Subjects: Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Guys Read: Funny Business

by Jon Scieszka

A hilarious collection of stories from some of your favorite authors - don't miss out on this one.  My personal favorite is the story by Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka - a series of letters between a favorite author, and a kid looking to get his homework done quickly and easily.

 

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Short Stories Location: J Fiction
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The Gathering

by Kelley Armstrong

Reading Level: Grade 7-9

16-year-old Maya and her adoptive parents live on Vancouver Island in an isolated forested town owned by a medical research company. There are benefits, Maya's K-12 school features the best instructors, technology and materials, but the school only has an enrollment of sixty-eight students. Maya loves the deep forest around the "town" but there isn't much to the town, movies, shopping and restuarants are a long drive away. Best of all, Maya is accepted, even though she is Native American, has a mysterious paw birthmark and an eerie connection to wild cats, especially cougars.

But this past year a string of dark occurrences have Maya questioning her heritage and how safe her isolated little town really is.

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Other brooding tales with mysterious settings include:

The Gardener by Stephanie Boodeen and

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Books for Girls, Fantasy, Friends, Misfits, Relationships, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Small as an Elephant

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 6

Jack and his mother go camping in Maine over Labor Day weekend, but when Jack wakes up on their first morning, his mother is gone, along with her tent and the car. Jack's mother has done this before, so he's worried... but knows she'll come back eventually. But the end of the weekend looms closer, and Jack's food money has long since run out.  

Jack knows that if he tells anyone his mother has disappeared again, he'll be taken away from her, so he starts heading home, alone.  

Small as an Elephant is a wonderful urban survival story about a boy who loves nothing more than his mother, and elephants.

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A few similar stories of kids in charge of themselves:

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

One Square Inch by Claudia Mills

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Don't Miss These, Family, Read-Alikes, Realistic Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Amelia Lost: the Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

by Candace Fleming

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

Amelia Earhart was one of the most formidable female pilots of her time, spurring her decision to be the first woman to fly around the world - alone. But a few hours into her flight, Amelia's plane lost radio contact with the ground and became lost. She was never found. Fleming's new biography of Earhart is great for younger readers interested in both the story and the time period.

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Other fascinating biographies:

The Great and Only Barnum by Candace Fleming

Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose

Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Biographies, Read-Alikes Location: J Non-Fiction
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I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916

by Lauren Tarshis

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

If one of your friends came up to you and told you there was a man-eating shark in Lake Michigan, right off the shore of Highland Park, you'd probably laugh at them. That's what happened when Chet, a ten year old boy living in New Jersey in 1916, sees a shark fin in the river near his house. But no one believes him. A few days later, Chet hears about a shark attacking a person just up the coast - but his friends don't believe that either - there's no way a shark would ever attack a person. But Chet knows what he saw in the river, and he believes the newspaper story. How can he stop his friends from continuing to swim in the river?

(Based on a True Story)

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More survival stories:

Black Star, Bright Dawn by Scott O'Dell

Shipwreck by Gordon Korman

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Real, Books for Boys, Friends, Historical Fiction, Read-Alikes, Realistic Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Brain Jack

by Brian Falkner

Reading Level: Grades 6+

After accidentally crashing the country's online systems for three days, teenage hacker Sam finds himself recruited and working for Homeland Security - and all he intended to do was use Telecomerica's giant bank account to purchase new state-of-the-art laptops and neuroheadsets for him and his best friend. Suddenly, thrust into the world of professional hacking, Sam begins to unearth information about Telecomerica and the neuro-headsets that go against even his unscrupulous view of privacy.

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A few other suspenseful digital adventures:

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci

Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davies

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman

Trackers by Patrick Carman

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Friends, Misfits, Mysteries, Read-Alikes, Relationships, Science Fiction, Spies Location: JY Fiction
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Delirium

by Lauren Oliver

Reading Level: Grades 7+

Love, aka deleria is the reason for all problems in the world, which is why upon every citizen's eighteenth birthday, a cure is administered, severing the receiver from potential infection. Boys and girls under the age of eighteen, of course, are separated, lest interaction between two uncureds causes an infection. 17 year-old Lena Haloway, like all other teens her age, can't wait to get the vaccine and be cured of the deleria - she hopes that becoming cured will finally sever her from the stigma of her uncured mother's suicide. Just a few months before her scheduled cure, Lena meets Alex, somewhat by accident, and becomes infected. Headstrong and in love, Lena begins to question the cure, as well as everything her society stands for and has taught her; yet her cure date looms ever-closer, promising to destroy herself and Alex.

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A few other dystopian love stories:

Matched by Ally Condie

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Older readers will also enjoy:

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Girl Parts by John Cusick

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Books for Girls, Don't Miss These, Dystopias, Friends, Read-Alikes, Relationships, Science Fiction, Social Issues Location: JY Fiction
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Bless This Mouse

by Lois Lowry

Reading Level: Grade 2-4

It is not easy for Hildegarde, the Mouse Mistress of Saint Bartholemew's Church, to keep the more than two hundred church mice who dwell in the church safe and away from human eyes. But try she must for each mouse sighting by a human increases the chances of the dreaded GREAT X

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Other tales of hidden creatures include:

The School Mouse by Dick King-Smith

The Doll People by Ann Martin

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

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Say Hello to Zorro!

by Carter Goodrich

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

Bud the dog has a good life. He has his things and his routine and he likes it that way. Then Zorro comes along. Zorro is bossy and doesn't share (but Bud can be grumpy and selfish too).  Can these two dogs find ANYTHING they have in common and become friends?

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Real, Family, Humor Location: Picture Books
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