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Blizzard

by Kathleen Duey & Karen A. Bale Aladdin (November 04, 2014)

A raging snow storm creates the coldest kind of danger for two kids in this riveting tale of historical fiction, part of the Survivor series.

Haydn Sinclair hates absolutely everything about his aunt and uncle’s...


Black Ice

by Becca Fitzpatrick Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 07, 2014)

Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared...


Survival Colony 9

by Joshua David Bellin Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 23, 2014)

In a futuristic landscape ravaged by war, a colony’s hopes for survival hinge on one teenage boy in this fast-paced, action-packed story “filled with interesting plot twists, compelling characters, and gripping...


The Fog Diver

by Joel Ross HarperCollins (May 26, 2015)

Joel Ross debuts a thrilling adventure series in which living in the sky is the new reality and a few determined slum kids just might become heroes. This Texas Bluebonnet selection—a fantasy filled with daring...


Earthquake

by Kathleen Duey & Karen A. Bale Aladdin (July 22, 2014)

Can two kids survive the biggest disaster of 1906? Find out in this gripping tale of historical fiction, part of the Survivors series.

Brendan O’Connor is delivering pastries to the bustling businesses and...


Fire

by Kathleen Duey & Karen A. Bale Aladdin (March 25, 2014)

Can two kids survive the flames of the great Chicago Fire of 1871? Find out in this riveting historical fiction, part of the Survivor series.

Nate Copper and his best friend Ryan love to sneak out at night to...


Titanic

by Kathleen Duey & Karen A. Bale Aladdin (March 25, 2014)

The Titanic -- April 14, 1912 Gavin Reilly is working in the Titanic's galley to earn his passage from Ireland to America. He can't wait to join his brother in New York. He has big dreams and bigger ambitions....


Wild

by Alex Mallory HarperTeen (July 08, 2014)

Cade, a teen raised alone in the wilderness, is thrust into civilization in this modern retelling of Tarzan.

No one knows the forest better than Cade, who has spent his entire life there, foraging, hunting, and...


Ruins

by Dan Wells Balzer + Bray (March 11, 2014)

New York Times Bestseller

Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action...


The Forbidden Castle

by Edward Packard & Drew Willis Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 30, 2013)

Choose your fate—and multiple endings—as you quest for medieval gold in this custom-made adventure.

U-Ventures®: Edward Packard’s classics, revised and expanded for today’s readers! The best in interactive...


Never Say Die

by Will Hobbs HarperCollins (January 29, 2013)

In this fast-paced adventure story set in the Canadian arctic, fifteen-year-old Inuit hunter Nick Thrasher comes face-to-face with a fearsome creature on a routine caribou hunt gone wrong. Part grizzly, part...


Cog

by Greg Van Eekhout & Beatrice Blue HarperCollins (October 01, 2019)

Five robots. One unforgettable journey. Their programming will never be the same.

Wall-E meets The Wild Robot in this middle grade instant classic about five robots on a mission to rescue their inventor from...


A Wolf Called Wander

Isolation

by Dan Wells Balzer + Bray (August 28, 2012)

Two decades before the events of Partials, the world was locked in a different battle for survival: a global war for the last remaining oil reserves on the planet. It was for the Isolation War that the American...


Hoax for Hire

by Laura Martin HarperCollins (August 27, 2019)


The Underneath

by Kathi Appelt & David Small Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2012)

There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep...


The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast

by Samantha M. Clark Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (June 26, 2018)

“A poignant story.” —School Library Journal

“An unforgettable, life-affirming tale.” —Booklist

The Graveyard Book meets Hatchet in this eerie novel about a boy who is stranded on a mysterious beach,...


Mysteries in Our National Parks: Valley of Death: A Mystery in Death Valley National Park (Mysteries in Our National Park)

by Gloria Skurzynski, Alane Ferguson & National Geographic Kids National Geographic Kids (September 06, 2017)

Jack can’t believe what he’s hearing. His sister is being held hostage. Whoever snatched Ashley must have been following the Landons as they explored Death Valley National Park. But what do they want with...


Mysteries in Our National Parks: Buried Alive: A Mystery in Denali National Park (Mysteries in Our National Park)

by Gloria Skurzynski, Alane Ferguson & National Geographic Kids National Geographic Kids (September 06, 2017)

Who was that man in the Park Service uniform who brought Jack and Ashley Landon into the wilds of Alaska’s Denali National Park along with their friend Nicky Milano? Whoever he was, he has given them a dogsled...


Redemption

by Mark Walden Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 24, 2018)

Sam and his friends embark on one last mission, one final epic final battle against their alien enemies to determine the fate of the Earth in this fast-paced, action-packed conclusion to Mark Walden’s Earthfall...


When Lava Strikes

by Greyson Mann & Grace Sandford Sky Pony (January 17, 2017)

When Will and Mina discover an abandoned mine shaft, they quickly plan a treasure hunt. The two friends dream of the riches they’ll unearth together and can’t wait to get started, but they quickly discover...


Dogsong

by Gary Paulsen Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2012)

In the old days there were songs...

Something is bothering Russel Susskit. He hates waking up to the sound of his father's coughing, the smell of diesel oil, the noise of snow machines starting up.

     Only...


Storms

by Chris Vick HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (April 06, 2017)

A thrilling and tempestuous novel of love and danger from the author of KOOK.

Every storm breaks in the end…

Jake never meant to fall for a girl that night. But plans change and soon Jake and Hannah are together,...


The Turning

by Emily Whitman Greenwillow Books (July 24, 2018)

Does he belong to the land or to the sea?

Readers who loved Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Echo will be transported to the place where the water and land meet in this exquisitely...


Breaker Boy

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 24, 2017)

In 1911 Pennsylvania Coal Country, can Corey overcome the panic attacks that prevent him from helping support his family?

Corey is just a kid, but his family needs him to chip in. He’s dropped out of school...


I Have Lived a Thousand Years

by Livia Bitton-Jackson Simon Pulse (November 01, 2011)

What is death all about? What is life all about?

So wonders thirteen-year-old Elli Friedmann as she fights for her life in a Nazi concentration camp. A remarkable memoir, I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a...


Absoluteness of Nothing

by C. G. Watson Simon Pulse (May 02, 2017)

A mind-bending and captivating mystery about one teen’s surreal experiences after surviving a major trauma.

Caleb Tosh has suffered one personal trauma too many, but this last one—the sudden departure of...


Captain Awesome Takes Flight

by Stan Kirby & George O'Connor Little Simon (May 02, 2017)

Captain Awesome battles an evil flight attendant who’s trying to stop him from going on vacation in the nineteenth adventure of the Sunnyview Superhero Squad!

When Eugene McGillicudy finds himself at the airport,...


The Secret of Ashona

Erec Rex series #5

by Kaza Kingsley & James Ng Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 07, 2012)

In the fifth book of an adventure-filled series, Erec Rex might still become king—but the closer he gets, the more dangerous his tasks become.

Given his romance brewing with Bethany, the discovery that his...


Far from You

by Lisa Schroeder Simon Pulse (December 23, 2008)

Lost and alone...down the rabbit hole.

Years have passed since Alice lost her mother to cancer, but time hasn't quite healed the wound. Alice copes the best she can by writing her music, losing herself in her...


Mobs in the Mine

by Winter Morgan Sky Pony (May 17, 2016)

Lily, Simon, and Michael are still trapped in their Minecraft game, but with new friends and a better understanding of their arch enemy Mr. Anarchy, they’re getting closer to finding a way home. But before...


Return to the Cave of Time

by Edward Packard & Drew Willis Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 06, 2012)

Turn the pages, turn back time—and turn your fate.

U-Ventures®: Edward Packard’s classics, revised and expanded for today’s readers! The best in interactive adventure fiction—challenging, stimulating,...


Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am

by Harry Mazer & Peter Lerangis Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 07, 2012)

A soldier returns home from Iraq forever changed in this poignant and pivotal novel from award-winning authors–one a veteran.

Ben lives a charmed life—effortlessly landing the lead in the high school musical,...


Tunnel Vision

by Susan Shaw Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 16, 2011)

Pushed into the witness protection program for a crime she didn’t know she saw, Liza is racing for survival.

On her way home one evening, Liza has to force her way through a group of men in a train underpass....


Bloodsong

by Melvin Burgess Simon Pulse (October 18, 2011)

PART II

Fifteen-year-old Sigurd, son of King Sigmund, is the last surviving member of the Volson clan. His father's kingdom -- the former city of London -- is gone. And his father's knife, a gift from Odin...


The Swan Riders

by Erin Bow Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 20, 2016)

Treacherous twists await Greta as the stakes get even higher in this stunning follow-up to the “masterful” (School Library Journal, starred review) novel, The Scorpion Rules.

Greta Stuart has become AI. New...


Independence Day Resurgence Movie Novelization

by Tracey West Simon Spotlight (June 21, 2016)

Prepare for another alien invasion with this action-packed retelling of Independence Day: Resurgence that features an eight-page full-color insert with images from the film!

Independence Day: Resurgence—starring...


Bloodtide

by Melvin Burgess Simon Pulse (October 18, 2011)

PART I

London is in ruins, a once highly advanced city now a gated wasteland. Within its walls, a bloody war rages between two clans. Hope is sparse, but the people believe the gods have risen from the dead....


Destruction of the Overworld

by Mark Cheverton Sky Pony (November 03, 2015)

The Ender Dragon, infected by the Herobrine virus, has escaped into the Overworld!

This adventure series is created especially for readers who love the fight of good vs. evil, magical academies like Hogwarts...


Monster: The perfect boarding school thriller to keep you up all night

by C.J. Skuse HQ (September 24, 2015)

Every girl at Bathory School has heard stories about The Beast. No one believed they were true.

Until Now.

'Grisly, nail-biting fun!' - Lovereading4kids.co.uk

At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head...


Rise of the Robot Army

by Robert Venditti & Dusty Higgins Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 14, 2016)

From New York Times bestselling author Robert Venditti comes the second book in the Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape series, about an eighth grader who finds himself unexpectedly thrust into the role of real-life...


Swamp

by Kathleen Duey & Karen A. Bale Aladdin (July 12, 2016)

Two friends struggle to survive the treacherous journey across the snake- and alligator-infested Louisiana bayou in the seventh book in the Survivors series.

Bayou Teche, 1851.

No one in Lily LeGrand’s Cajun...


Scavenger of Souls

by Joshua David Bellin Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 23, 2016)

Querry Genn must face the truth about the past and fight to save humanity and the future in this stunning sequel to Survival Colony 9, which New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry called “a terrific...


I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Hunt for the Garde

by Pittacus Lore HarperCollins (May 31, 2016)

In this villainous one-hundred-page companion novella to the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, get a unprecedented look at the invasion—from three different Mogadorians hoping to conquer...


The Lost Compass

by Joel Ross HarperCollins (May 24, 2016)

In the high-stakes sequel to the acclaimed The Fog Diver—which was named a Texas Bluebonnet selection and winner of the 2015 Cybils Award for Speculative Fiction and the Michigan Library Association’s 2016...


Lost in the Blizzard

by Grace Gilmore & Petra Brown Little Simon (December 08, 2015)

Logan must venture out into the blizzard to rescue his brother Drew in this fifth book in the Tales from Maple Ridge series.

While Pa is away working in Sherman, Logan’s older brother Drew is determined to...


Even If the Sky Falls

by Mia Garcia Katherine Tegen Books (May 10, 2016)

One midsummer night. Two strangers. Three rules: No real names. No baggage. No phones. A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of one of life’s greatest...


I Am Number Four: The Beginning: Books 1-3 Collection

by Pittacus Lore HarperCollins (September 01, 2015)

The first three novels in the bestselling Lorien Legacies series that began with I Am Number Four are included in this collection:

I Am Number Four: The book that started it all . . . Nine of us came here. We...


I Am Number Four Collection: Books 1-6

by Pittacus Lore HarperCollins (September 01, 2015)

The first six novels in the New York Times bestselling Lorien Legacies series are included in this collection:

I Am Number Four: The book that started it all . . . Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk...


The Scorpion Rules

by Erin Bow Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 22, 2015)

The children of world leaders are held hostage in an attempt to keep the peace in this “slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel.

Greta is a Duchess and a Crown Princess....