Start Digging! If You Enjoyed Holes by Louis Sachar…
Bloor, Edward - Tangerine
Tangerine, Florida is an unusual place – lightning strikes
the same place every day, sinkholes destroy the middle school,
and Paul Fisher is legally blind and wants to be the goalie
of his middle school soccer team. 294p.
Creech, Sharon - Ruby Holler
Dallas and Florida have lived in a miserable orphanage their
entire lives and have earned the nickname Trouble Twins. When
Sairy and Tilly invite the twins to live with them in beautiful
Ruby Holler, Dallas and Florida wonder if things are as good
as they seem. 310p.
Fine, Anne - Flour Babies
A class of tough underachieving teens is assigned a science
project to spend three weeks taking care of their own "babies," known
as "The Great Flour Babies Experiment." 178p.
Fleischman, Sid - Bo and Mzzz Mad
When Bo Gamage decides he'd rather live with his wacky,
estranged relatives than in foster care, he finds himself in
a desert ghost town. Bo learns about treasure maps, the gold
mine that started the big family feud and helps his relatives
fight off bandits looking for fortune. 103p.
Hobbs, Will - The Maze
After stowing away in the back of a pick-up truck to escape
from a youth detention facility, Rick finds himself stranded
in the middle of a desert canyon called "The Maze." 198p.
Levine, Gail Carson - Dave at Night
After being orphaned at the age of eleven, Dave is sent to
the horrible Hebrew Home for Boys, where he bands together
with the other "elevens" in a clever campaign to
avoid being beaten and starved. 281p.
Lubar, David - Hidden Talents
Sent to an alternative school for teens with behavioral problems,
Martin meets several classmates whose quirky behavior leads
him to believe they unknow-ingly possess psychic powers. 213p.
Mikaelsen, Ben - Touching Spirit Bear
Banished for a year to an island for attacking a classmate,
Cole must learn how to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. 241p.
Myers, Walter Dean - The Righteous Revenge of Artemis
Catfish Grimes has just murdered Ugly Ned Bonner and is now
on the lookout for the dead man's buried treasure. Ugly
Ned's nephew, Artemis Bonner, is hot on the trail, hoping
to avenge his uncle's death and claim the gold for himself.
Philbrick, W.R. - Freak the Mighty
Max and his friend Freak, whose birth defect affected his body
but not his brilliant mind, find that they make a powerful
Spinelli, Jerry - Maniac Magee
The legend of Maniac Magee started when Jeffrey Magee was seen
running through town. It grew when he hit a homerun with a
frogball. Who is this kid and where did he come from? 184p.
Tolan, Stephanie - Surviving the Applewhites
Jake is trouble. Word has it he burned down his old school
and he gets kicked out of Traybridge Middle School in a record
three weeks. Now he's sent to a home school run by the
Applewhites, a chaotic family of artists. 216p.
Turner, Megan Whalen - The Thief
An ingenious thief named Gen is offered his release from prison
if he will agree to steal a politically important treasure
from a neighboring kingdom. 219p.
Prepared by Sharon Lawrence, April 2003