Crispin: the Cross of Lead*
by Avi JH AVI
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret. 262 pgs.
Al Capone Does My Shirts*
by Gennifer Choldenko JH CHOLDENKO
“You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you’re me. I came here because my mother said I had to.” A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families lived there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister. 228 pgs.
Snail Mail No More*
by Paula Danziger JH DANZIGER
Now that they live in different cities, thirteen-year-old Tara and Elizabeth use email to “talk” about everything that is occurring in their lives and to try to maintain their closeness as they face big changes. 307 pgs. Sequel to: P.S. Longer Letter Later.
The House of the Scorpion*
by Nancy Farmer JH FARMER
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. 380 pgs.
by Neil Gaiman JH GAIMAN
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own. Here, she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others. 162 pgs.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key*
by Jack Gantos JH GANTOS
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention and controlling his mood swings. When his prescription meds wear off, he starts getting worked up and acting weird. 154 pgs.
Running Out of Time*
by Margaret Peterson Haddix JH HADDIX When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1996 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists, and it’s up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children. 184 pgs.
by Cynthia Kadohata JH KADOHATA
Lynn and Katie are two Japanese American sisters growing up in rural Georgia. Katie worships her older sister, Lynn, who teaches her everything. Unfortunately, Katie must deal with the loss of Lynn. Will she remember Lynn’s special way of looking at life and find a way to show her family that there is always hope and something glittering-- kira-kira-- in their future? 244 pgs.
Chasing the Falconers
by Gordon Korman JH KORMAN
Aidan and Meg Falconer are their parents’ only hope. The Falconers are facing life in prison -- unless Aidan and Meg can follow a trail of clues to prove their innocence. 154 pgs.
by Hilary McKay JH MCKAY
After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron’s relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes. 152 pgs.
Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam
by Walter Dean Myers JH MYERS
A frightened American soldier faces combat in the lush forests of Vietnam. unpaged.
When My Name Was Keoko*
by Linda Sue Park JH PARK
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely. 199 pgs.
by Gary Paulsen JH PAULSEN
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness learning to survive, initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother. 189 pgs.
by Pam Ryan JH RYAN
Esperanza Ortega lives in a beautiful home filled with servants and the promise of one day presiding over all of Rancho de las Rosas. However, tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee from Mexico to California and settle in a farm labor camp. 262 pgs.
by Louis Sachar JH SACHAR
Unfortunate circumstances leave Stanley Yelnats at the mercy of the warden of Camp Green Lake where he and other inmates are forced to dig five-foot deep holes all day every day to “build character.” After hearing rumors of hidden treasure and a bandit named Kissin’ Kate Barlow, Stanley tries to dig up the truth. Can he untangle the mess of clues before he sweats to death or the yellow-spotted lizards kill him? 233 pgs.
by Kashmira Sheth JH SHETH
When twelve-year-old Seema moves to Iowa City with her parents and younger sister, she leaves friends and family behind in her native India but gradually begins to feel at home in her new country. 186 pgs.
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time
by Lisa Yee JH YEE
After flunking sixth-grade English, basketball prodigy Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisfy his academically demanding father. 296 pgs. Look for other titles by this author.