Action & Adventure

Almost Super by Marion Jensen

Finally, it’s the day that Rafter and his brother Benny will get their superpowers!   They are both part of the Bailey Family – superheroes that protect their town from the evil supervillains, the Johnsons.  However, after all that waiting . . . when they do get their powers, they’re duds.  Benny can turn his belly-button from an innie to an outie.  And Rafter can make a match light by striking it on polyester.  How can they fight evil Johnsons (shake fist) with those powers? 

The Dark Lady by Irene Adler

This first book in the Sherlock, Lupin & Me series introduces the reader to young Sherlock Holmes and his two best friends in the summer of 1870.  While at a seaside resort town, the three find a dead man on the beach with an apparent suicide note in his pocket.  Then a diamond necklace gets stolen and they wonder if there’s a connection.  The friends end up in jeopardy more than once as they investigate, and the cliffhanger chapter endings keep the suspense moving.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory is the heartbreaking story of a young teen who is struggling to cope with her father’s PTSD. 17-year-old Hayley and her father, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, have been on the move for the past five years trying to escape her father’s demons. When they finally settle down in his hometown, Hayley has a chance at a normal life. But how long will it last? ~Debra Wischmeyer

Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

April comes from a long line of airline employees and she has logged many hours on World Air with her flight-attendant mom. When her pilot dad dies in a plane crash, her mom marries a pilot who turns out to be an abusive jerk. As their marriage fails, April’s mom and stepdad fly her cross-country, shuttling April between divorcing parents for a year. During that time April learns plenty about the airline biz so when she runs away from home she literally lives on airplanes, using her mom’s flight benefits and relying on the generosity of flight crews she’s befriended.

The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda

Ash Mistry, a 13-year-old British school boy, and his sister Lucky are on vacation, visiting their aunt and uncle in India.  His uncle is offered 2 million dollars to take a job translating writing found in an archeological dig, by Alexander Savage, the wealthy European sponsoring the dig.  Ash goes with his uncle to Savage’s home – once the palace of the maharajah, and now called the Savage Fortress.  While there, Ash finds a golden arrowhead, and has an out-of-body experience during which he is Rama, the great king/god/warrior who defeated Ravana, the Demon King

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