Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793. Simon & Schuster, 2000. In 1793, Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, who is separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

Avi. The Seer of Shadows. Harper Collins, 2008. In this intriguing historical ghost story, which is set in New York City in 1872, Horace Carpetine becomes an apprentice to a local society photographer and learns more about deception, ghosts, and photography than he could ever have imagined.

Barry, Dave. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon. Hyperion, 2007. Fearing that the sinister Lord Ombra was not destroyed, Peter and Molly travel to the land of Rundoon, which is ruled by the evil King Zarboff. Series

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks, A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. Knopf, 2005. Four lovable sisters and their father spend their summer vacation in the Berkshire Mountains. While there, they share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.


Connor, Leslie. Waiting for Normal. Katherine Tegen, 2008. Addie would like a normal life. Not only does she live in a trailer in Schenectady, New York with her mother, who is not at all responsible or parental, but also she is separated from her kind and loving stepfather and younger half-sisters. Schneider Family Book Award.

Curlee, Lynn. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Atheneum, 2002. This book explores the mystery and wonder associated with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Great Pyramid at Giza, and other incredible structures from ancient times.

Dakin, Glenn. The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance. Egmont, 2009. Thirteen-year- old Theo, who has lived in seclusion his entire life, discovers he is the descendant of the Candle Man, a Victorian vigilante with the ability to melt criminals with a single touch. First of The Candle Man Series.

Dee, Barbara. Solving Zoe. McElderry, 2009. Zoe worries that she lacks the talents of her siblings, her best friend Dara, and the other kids at her elite private school, but then she becomes friendly with a strange new student named Lucas who introduces her to his obsession with codes and ciphers. (Answer key for the ciphers are at the back of the book).


Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery. David Fickling Books, 2008. When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" and impatient Kat--to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.

Kadohata, Cynthia. Kira-Kira. Atheneum, 2004. This is the story of a close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s and the despair they feel when one sister becomes terminally ill. Newbery Medal 2005

Kelly, Jacqueline. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Holt, 2009. Calpurnia struggles with growing up as she spends more of her free time with her grandfather, an avid naturalist, examining the beauty of nature, while at the same time her mother wants to teach her the responsibilities of a young woman during the turn of the century in Central Texas. Newbery Honor, 2010

Klages, Ellen. The Green Glass Sea. Viking, 2006. In 1943 when her grandmother is incapacitated by a stroke, Dewey must move to “The Hill,” now known as Los Alamos, New Mexico, because her father is a brilliant mathematician working there on a secret army project.


Lester, Julius. Day of Tears. Hyperion, 2005. This powerful and engaging historical novel is told in dialogue and through monologues by various fictional characters as they look back at the largest slave auction in United States history. Coretta Scott King Award

Shearer, Alex. Canned. Scholastic, 2006. Fergal Bamfield has a unique hobby: collecting tin cans without labels. He meets Charlotte, a fellow can collector, and they find some gruesome things inside the cans, like an ear and a human finger! Together, Fergal and Charlotte set out to learn the origins of these mysterious cans. Despite the macabre subject matter, Canned is a funny, quirky read.

Smith, Roland. Tentacles. Scholastic, 2009. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, Marty and Grace go to live with their scientist uncle and accompany him on what soon becomes an increasingly dangerous expedition to New Zealand to track a giant squid.

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