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The Hidden Gallery

by Maryrose Wood

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

The Incorrigibles are back in another howling adventure. Lady Constance (and Ashton Place) is still recovering from the Incorrigibles' disastrous Christmas Squirrel fiasco. The repairs are taking far too long so Lady Constance moves the entire household to London where plucky governess Miss Penelope Lumley strives to educate her unusual young charges and keep them out of danger.

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Other quaint tongue-in-cheek adventures include:

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and

Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Family, Humor, Misfits, Read-Alouds Location: J Fiction
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The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Lucy is thrilled. Once her bossy older sister Regina leaves for college, Lucy will have their shared bedroom to herself. Lucy spends hours dreaming of the make-over she will give the room. Her decorating plans are ruined when her mother announces that Lucy's long-lost Chinese great-aunt (the one Lucy didn't know existed) is coming for an extended stay and will be sharing Lucy's room.

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IThe trials of another reluctant roommate are chronicled in:

The War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Family, Friends, Realistic Fiction, Relationships Location: J Fiction
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Vampire Crush

by A.M. Robinson

Reading Level: Grades 8+

When Sophie is assigned to interview four new students for the "Welcome Back" issue of the school paper, her curiosity is piqued when Vlad rudely refuses to speak to her. Her concern intensifies when Vlad takes an obsessive interest in Sophie's half-sister. As Sophie's investigations continue, she finds herself treading a path of dangerous horror.

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Other dark tales of supernatural creatures include:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Shiver by Maggie Stirfvater and

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich

Reading Level: 8th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Vampires Location: JY Fiction
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Karma

by Kathy Ostlere

Reading Level: Grades 7+

The year is 1984. Fifteen year old Maya packs a suitcase for a trip to India with her father. They are going to lay Maya's recently deceased Hindu mother to rest. Not long after they arrive, however, tumultuous religious differences between the Sikhs and Hindus explode into violence when prime minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated.

Maya and her father, a Sikh, are caught in the middle of the clash and separated when their hotel is attacked. Afraid for her safety because of her Hindu-Sikh parents and her sex, Maya quickly hacks off her long ponytail with a pair of scissors and runs, forgetting her mother's ashes in the hotel room.

The next hours are harrowing for Maya as the riots swell around her, Sikhs and Hindus fighting unrelentingly around her. When she finally emerges from the violence, rescued by a kind desert family but traumatized into muteness, it is only the 17-year old son, Sandeep, devoted to helping Maya find her father, that can save her again.

This historical fiction romance in diary-format free verse will have you turning pages back again and again to reread Maya and Sandeep's words and longing for more after the end. Karma is fraught with emotion, culture, violence, religion fear, but most importantly, family.

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Other novels you might like:

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger

Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth

For older readers:

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Don't Miss These, Family, Friends, Historical Fiction, In Other Lands, Non-Prose, Read-Alikes, Realistic Fiction, Relationships Location: JY Fiction
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I Broke My Trunk!

by Mo Willems

Reading Level: Ages 3-7

When Gerald breaks his trunk, Piggie wonders how it happened. But if you know Gerald at all, you'll know that isn't a simple story to tell!

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Don't Miss These, Friends, Humor, Read-Alouds Location: JP Fiction
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Cuddle Up, Goodnight

by Katie Cleminson

Reading Level: Ages 3-5

After a long day of fun activities, it's time for this young boy and his elephant friend to go to bed.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers Subjects: Friends, Read-Alouds Location: Picture Books
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Death Cloud

by Andrew Lane

Reading Level: Grades 6-9

14-year-old Sherlock Holmes is thrust into a deadly adventure when he is sent to live with eccentric relatives during the school holidays

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Other engrossing Holmesian spin-offs include:

Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock

The Case of the Missing Marquess: A Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer and

The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie King

 

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Historical Fiction, Mysteries Location: JY Fiction
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The Trouble With Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery

by Doreen Cronin

Reading Level: Grades 2-3

When J.J. Tully, a retired search and rescue dog, agrees to help a frantic mother hen find her missing chicks, he finds himself locked in a desperate struggle with an evil dachshund named "Vinnie the Funnel."

 

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Other intrepid animal detective tales include:

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by James Howe

The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler

The Postman Always Brings Mice by Holm & Hamel and

The Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Fantasy, Humor, Mysteries Location: J Fiction
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The Things a Brother Knows

by Dana Reinhardt

Reading Level: Grade 7-9

Boaz Katznelson was a great athlete, talented student and all round high school golden boy. He was accepted to Cornell, Berkley, Tufts and Columbia Universities. His family was stunned when he announced he wasn’t going to college, he was enlisting in the Marines. Soon Boaz was overseas…after a few months, he stopped writing home. When Boaz finally came home, he walked straight upstairs and shut the door. He hasn’t been out in three weeks. Levi and his parents have waited three long years for Boaz's return. But he is no longer the brother Levi thought he knew. Even if nobody else wants to see it, Levi knows something is seriously wrong.

When Boaz announces he's off to hike the Appalachian Trail, Levi knows he's lying. So Levi follows, hoping to figure out how to save the brother he once adored.

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Other stories of difficult brothers include:

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar and

Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Marcus Zusak

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Family, Realistic Fiction, Relationships Location: JY Fiction
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After Ever After

by Jordan Sonnenblick

Reading Level: Grades 6-8

According to people in his hometown, Jeffrey Alper is a hero. The 8th grader knows he isn't a hero. He's just the local "cancer kid" who had managed to stay alive since he was four years old. He's alive...yes. But Jeffrey has not escaped unscathed. The poisonous chemotherapy he has received over the past decade has left him with a limp and a serious learning disability. Two things that make it even more difficult for Jeffrey to be a "normal kid." This school year is even harder because his big brother Steven, the guy who got him through all the years of cancer treatment and pain has taken off to join a "drumming circle" in Africa leaving Jeff alone to navigate the trials of school, first love and an irascible best friend.

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Other tales of kids dealing with cancer include:

Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls

Notes From the Dog by Gary Paulsen and

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Friends, Misfits, Realistic Fiction, School, Self Image Location: JY Fiction
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