New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

The Tournament at Gorlan
John Flanagan

Reading Level: Grades  5-8

Attention Ranger's Apprentice fans!  Adventures in the Kingdom of Araluen are back with this first volume of the Early Years prequel series which trace the adventures of two young rangers, Halt and Crowley, during one of the most dangerous times in the Kingdom of Araluen.   Brilliant, lethal Baron Morgarath  has isolated King Oswald and discredited the crown prince.  As part of his plan Morgarath has corrupted the King's staunchest allies, the Ranger corps. Determined to save the kingdom Crowley and Halt embark on a desperate race to find and recruit the scattered loyal Rangers before it is too late.

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Other books for action-lovers include:

The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman and

Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell

The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan

Reading Level: Grades 6-9

The author of the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series strikes gold again in this first episode of his new series "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard." 

Magnus Chase has been living on the streets ever since the wolves burst into the apartment and killed his mother.  With her last breath she told him to hide and never go to his uncle for help.    On his sixteenth birthday he can hide no more.  Fate, in the form of his uncle, has found him. In moments Magnus recovers (and loses) a powerful, magical sword, fights a ferocious fire giant, dies and is taken to Valhalla, a paradise for warriors, where he discovers he is the son of the god of spring and summer.

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If you enjoyed this Norse mythological adventure try:

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

Loki's Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Detective's Assistant
Kate Hannigan

Reading Level: Ages 9 - 12

In 1859 an orphaned eleven-year-old girl arrives in Chicago hoping to stay with her only living relative, Aunt Kitty.  Her aunt prefers that Nell reside at the Chicago Home for the Friendless.  And no wonder.  There's bad blood between Kitty and Nell's family and Aunt Kitty is busy being the first woman detective for the Pinkerton Agency.  Her aunt uses elaborate disguises in her undercover work as she solves murders and thefts and attempts to thwart an assassination.  If Nell proves to be an able assistant perhaps her aunt will let her stay.  Hannigan's fast paced novel combines adventure, humor, and history along with codes for readers to solve.

Meet author Kate Hannigan at the library on January 9th.

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