5th - 8th Grade

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Seraphina is about to be crowned heir to the mermaid throne, when suddenly both of her parents are killed in an attack on her city. Sera goes on the run. Nightmares plague her and drive her and five other mermaids to try to stop an ancient evil that wants to destroy mermaid-kind. Seraphina must deal with a lot to save all and become the mermaid heir.

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.

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

After Astri’s mother dies, her father decides to leave Norway to seek his fortune in America.  He sends Astri and her sister Greta to live with their aunt and uncle. Her aunt sells Astri to a mean goat herder who abuses hardworking Astri until she runs away. Astri returns to her aunt and uncle’s house to get Greta so they can follow their father. They travel to the coast and find a boat bound for America. Astri pays for her passage and Greta stows away. The voyage in steerage is treacherous with rough seas and disease.

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.

Maleficent by Elizabeth Runick

And her name was Maleficent…   This is actually the thinly-veiled story of Sleeping Beauty told from Maleficent’s point of view.  Beginning with her idyllic childhood in the Moors, this story continues with her crush on Stefan and how he becomes king by betraying her, and then the curse she puts on his child, Aurora.

Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman

Nick’s family moves to Colorado Springs and into a deceased aunt’s home.  The attic is full of clutter and Nick decides to have a garage sale to make space for a bedroom.  The items turn out to have strange powers which attract a sinister group of scientists who have suspect reasons for wanting them.  It is up to Nick and his friends to keep the stuff out of the wrong hands so they can figure out exactly what power this pile of junk holds.

Vitro by Jessica Khoury

When seven-year-old Sophie Crue and her father left Guam, her scientist mother stayed behind, working for Corpus on Skin Island. Much later, seventeen-year-old Sophie gets an emergency email from her mother. On Guam, no one will fly Sophie to mysterious Skin Island. Jim , a childhood friend, reluctantly agrees to take her and the plane is damaged on landing. Sophie goes with island resident Nicholas to find her mother, but becomes suspicious of him. Sophie slips into a room to find Lux sleeping – a girl who looks exactly like her.

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

Alaskan dogsled racer Victoria Secord takes her dogs out for a routine run and things go terribly wrong.  As she tries to figure out her coordinates, Victoria comes across an injured boy who crashed his snowmobile. They become lost and after their first night of sleeping outside, Victoria decides to travel in the direction she believes will lead them to the nearest home.  She could not have been more wrong. 

Falling Hard by Megan Sparks

Annie, a 14-year-old girl, has just moved to the U.S. with her dad from London.  Annie has a background in gymnastics, and plans on joining the cheerleading squad at school. However, she is introduced to the world of Roller Derby! Training for both cheerleading and roller derby quickly gets overwhelming. Deciding which sport to choose is even harder, especially when Tyler the soccer player hangs out with the cheerleaders and Jesse the skateboarder hangs out at the rink. Decisions, decisions . . .  

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