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Felix Yz

Author: 
Lisa Bunker

Reading Level: Grades 5-8

Felix was a normal child until he was three and one of his father's attempts to access the fourth dimension went awry.  Since then Felix and a fourth dimensional being Felix calls Yz have shared Felix's brain.  Past attempts to separate them failed.  This next attempt must work because at thirteen, Felix's body has begun the journey to adulthood and if Felix and Yz aren't separated soon, they both will die.

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Other stories of Earthlings and aliens include:

Exo by Fonda Lee

Perijee & Me by Ross Montgomery and

The Bounders by Monica Tesler

 

 

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The Explorers: The Door in the Alley

Author: 
Adrienne Kress

Reading Level Grades 4-6

Sebastian lives a quiet predictable life.  Every day he travels across the city to a school for children who are gifted in math and science.  After school, he travels home, has dinner with his brilliant parents, does his homework and goes to bed.  Yes, his life is wonderfully predictable and logical.  Just the way Sebastian likes.  Until a chance trip down an alley leads him to the Explorers' Club.

Evie has been in the orphanage for two years.  It is boring, dull, awful...she hates it.  Even worse are the bland, awkward dinner with the Andersons.  Those evenings take forever.  Until the dinner Evie and the Andersons are attacked by two strange men.  Mrs. Anderson fights like a ninja.  Wounded she gives Evie a letter and pushes her out a secret tunnel.. The letter leads Evie to the Explorers' Club.

Two very different children both led to one place, a place that will plunge them into thrilling adventure and great danger.

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If you enjoy this quirky adventure try:

Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman and

The Treasure Hunters by James Patterson

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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Author: 
Frank Cottrell Boyce

Reading Level: Grade 3-6

Ever since his grandfather was taken away, Prez Mellows has cycled in and out of foster homes.  He had just been welcomed by the Blythe family for a summer stay at their farm, when a kilt wearing alien shows up at the front door.  Only Prez can see his real form.  Everyone else sees a dog, although they cannot agree on the size or breed.

Sputnik Mellows, the alien takes Prez's last name, recruits Prez to help with his mission to save Earth from Planetary Clearance.  All they have to do is come up with ten important things that make Earth unique.  This seemingly easy task is complicated by Sputnik's penchant for "fixing" things, like the broken toy light sabre which wielded in the hands of a toddler takes down an ancient tree.

Can Prez find his grandfather?  Can Prez survive his partnership with a havoc wreaking alien?  Will the Earth be saved?  Read this laugh aloud book to find out.

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Splinter

Author: 
Sasha Dawn

Reading Level: Grades 7-10

When Sami was six, her mother left the house and never returned.  No trace of her was ever found.  The local police are sure Delilia Lang is dead.  They are also sure Sami's father killed her mother.  For ten long years the police have been hoping for a break in the case.  Now they have it.  Another woman has gone missing.  A woman connected to Sami's father.  Sami cannot believe her gentle, kind father killed her mother.  But if not him, who?  And what if Sami's wrong?  Is her life in danger too?

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Other chilling murder mysteries include:

Half in Love With Death by Emily Ross

No Such Person by Caroline Cooney and

Poison Most Vial by Benedict Carey

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Greetings From Witness Protection

Author: 
Jake Burt

Reading Level: Grades 5-8

13-year-old Nikki Demere is not the ideal foster child.  She's an expert pickpocket.   Not many families want a thief in their house.  That's why Nikki lives at the Center with the other foster care rejects.  One day she is called into the director's office and questioned by two U.S. marshals.  Not because they want to arrest her but because they need a streetwise kid to keep a family safe.  The family is hiding from the Mob. The Mob is looking for a mother, a father and a son.  Adding a daughter to the mix will throw the them off.  Before Nikki knows it she is living in a lovely house with a loving mother and father.  The brother...not so much.  She could almost get used to the high life.  As long as it doesn't get  her killed.

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For another story of life in hiding try:

Zack's Lie by Roland Smith

 

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All's Faire in Middle School

Author: 
Victoria Jamieson

Reading Level: Grades 3-6

In order to become a squire-in-training at her family's Renaissance Faire, 11-year-old Imogene Vega must go on a quest to somewhere new... middle school! Being homeschooled her entire life, she must learn to navigate the challenges of making new friends, dealing with bullies, and fitting in. She encounters mean girls who disapprove of her clothing choices and makes a few mistakes of her own, but has the help of her "faire-mily" to support her along the way.

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​If you enjoy this book, try:

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Schooled by Gordon Korman

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

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Moto and Me: My Year as a WIldcat's Foster Mom

Author: 
Suzi Eszterhas

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

Moto is an adorable serval kitten, but he is also a wild animal in training. This is the amazing story of a photographer turned serval momma substitute supplemented by her own photography. Raising a baby predator means wiping their bottoms to help them pee and letting them kill and eat mice in your bed. Are you up for the challenge? 

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More true animal stories: 

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff

Christian the Lion by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall

Travels with Tarra by Carol Buckly

 

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Old MacDonald's Things That Go

Author: 
Jane Clarke
Illustrator: 
Migy Blanco

Age Range: 2-8


Playing off the traditional Old MacDonald song, this book presents a fun, new twist for young vehicle lovers.  With the recurring refrain "He loved things that go!", Old MacDonald and his animal friends introduce popular vehicles that are on the farm, from tractors and boats to buses, fire engines and airplanes.  A bright, retro mid-20th century look will have preschoolers and K's alike poring over the action packed pages. 

 

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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Author: 
Frank Cottrell Boyce

Reading Level: Grade 3-6

Ever since his grandfather was taken away, Prez Mellows has cycled in and out of foster homes.  He had just been welcomed by the Blythe family for a summer stay at their farm, when a kilt-wearing alien shows up at the door.  Only Prez can see his real form.  Everyone else sees a dog, although they cannot agree on the size or breed.

Sputnik Mellows, the alien takes Prez's last name, recruits Prez to help with his mission to save Earth from Planetary Clearance.  All they have to do is come up with ten important things that make Earth unique.  This seemingly easy task is complicated by Sputnik's penchant for "fixing" things, like the broken toy light sabre which wielded in the hands of a toddler takes down an ancient tree.

Can Prez find his grandfather?  Can he survive his partnership with a havoc wreaking alien?  Will the Earth be saved?  Read this laugh aloud book to find out.

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Other entertaining alien stories include:

Hungry by Alethea Eason

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker and

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

 

 

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Cold Summer

Author: 
Gwen Cole

Reading Level: Grades 7-10

17-year-old Kale Jackson is a runner.  Everyone in his small Iowa town knows it.  He's been disappearing for days at a time for years.  No one can stop him.  Not his parents, brother and sister or his teachers. They've all given up.  His mother left.  His father ignores him,  He's been kicked out of school.

Years ago, he told everyone why he was leaving.  No one believed him except his best friend, his siblings and "Uncle" Jasper.  Kale is an involuntary time traveler.  He has been pulled into the past again and again.  It used to be fun.  He went to all kinds of interesting times and places.  It isn't fun anymore.  Over and over he is being flung into the same past.  He's home for a week or so and then he is back to the same exact second of time he left.  With his unit in the cold, cold forest.  Climbing trees, keeping watch.  Sniper scope on his rifle. Ready to kill in an instant.  To protect his company from the German enemy.

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Other engrossing time travel stories are:

Found by Margaret Haddix

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

23 Minutes by Vivian Vande Velde

If you enjoyed the battle scenes in this book try:

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

The Last Mission by Harry Mazer and

I Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch

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