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Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop

Davey’s family is on their first vacation in a couple years and what is his family doing? Sleeping!  While they snore, Davey collects his book and his glasses and, without leaving a note, he heads off to the beach. His plan is to stretch out on the sand and bury his nose in a book, but the sparkling water entices him. The island’s beach is totally deserted. There’s a no swimming sign, but it’s barely readable.

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Since her dad returned from his last tour in Afghanistan, nothing in the lives of the Lovejoys has been the same. After losing a limb, her father’s career is over. He moves the family to his hometown of Pumpkin Falls to take over his parents’ bookstore. While helping clean up at the bookstore, Truly finds a mysterious, un-mailed letter inside a signed first edition of Charlotte’s Web.

Knightly & Son by Rohan Gavin

Darkus Knightley’s dad has been in a coma for four years. During that time Darkus has kept himself busy dad by studying his detective dad’s case files at night.  Darkus is certain that there must be some clue to explain both his father’s current state, and the recent increase in crime.  Mr. Knightley suddenly wakes, which seems somehow related to the release of a book called The Code. He fears that the freaky things The Code makes readers do is the work of a shadowy evil group called The Combination.  Mr.

The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnson

Before the Thorskards moved to Trondheim, Ontario, the small town didn’t have a permanent dragon slayer.  Most large towns and cities employ dragon slayers, but with the profession lacking new talent, supply and demand creates problems for the average town. Having famous dragon-slayer Lottie Thorskard move to town is like winning the lotto!  Dragons are a constant threat, their insatiable appetites competing with mankind’s need for fossil fuels.

Grandmaster by David Klass

Daniel  Pratzer is a newbie on the freshman chess team at his private school. He has made modest progress, but as a patzer (beginner), Daniel is shocked when his super-achieving co-captains ask him to participate in a special tournament. The Manhattan tournament is comprised of three father-son teams.  The captains admit it’s not Daniel’s skill they’re after - it’s Daniel’s dad they want on their team. With Mr. Pratzer’s skill as a Grandmaster, they are sure they’ll win the $10,000 prize.

The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall

It’s the summer of 1963 and the summer before high school for Tree Taylor. She has set two goals for herself: to experience her first kiss and to write an article important enough to earn her a reporter’s spot on the school newspaper. When a shooting takes place at the Kinney place right next door, Tree sees it as an opportunity to hone her writing skills. But to begin, Tree has to unearth the facts of the so-called “accidental shooting.” Everyone she interviews, including her dad, the local doctor, stonewalls her efforts to get to the truth.

The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

It’s the first day of summer vacation and it’s off to a slow start for 13-year-old Nina. Her dear grandma died last year, her parents are always working and her college-bound brother is never home. As she sits on the hammock just wasting time, she sees her neighbor wearing a leg cast and a whole lot of plants that need planting. Mrs. Chung’s marigold aren’t  going to get planted unless…  Right then Nina hatches a plan to do something nice for her neighbors, anonymously, every day for the entire 65 days of summer.

I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jess Strand

Henry Lambert planned  a summer vacation filled with lazy days and plenty of video games. Sadly, his father doesn’t agree and makes his own plans for Henry. He thinks that two weeks at the Strongwoods Survival Camp is just what Henry needs to change him from a nerdy geek to a manly man. The only saving grace is that Henry’s best friend, Randy, has also signed on for two weeks in the bowels of wilderness hell with him.

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