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Archive for the ‘Action & Adventure’ Category

REFUGEE, by Alan Gratz

May 22, 2017

The story: Three kids, tied together by their refugee status across cultures and decades, never know each other and yet are tied together in unimaginable ways. Josef and his family are trying to flee to safety ahead of the Nazi blitzkrieg; Isabelle and her family are desperate to leave Cuba and make it to the […]

THE METROPOLITANS, by Carol Goodman

May 22, 2017

The story: Four very different teens are thrown together on Pearl Harbor Day, and discover that their mission is to pick up where King Arthur and his followers left off in medieval Britain in order to fight the evil that has survived since Arthur’s day–now manifesting itself as the Nazis. But in order to realize […]

THE LOST PROPERTY OFFICE, by James R. Hannibal

May 22, 2017

The story: Jack comes from a long line of Trackers–people whose ability enables them to find things in service of king and country–not exactly an ability he was expecting. But then, he never expected to lose his father, almost drown in a steampunk submarine, or see his 12th great-grandfather stop the plague in London by […]

THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE, by Kier Graff

May 22, 2017

The story: Brian is stuck at Uncle Gary’s for the summer, with his cousin Nora who hates him. It seems like it’ll be Death by Boredom when something unexpected happens: the kids get lost in the woods and discover the Matchstick Castle, peopled with a host of famous adventurers, writers, and explorers, who just so […]

THE DOOR BY THE STAIRCASE, by Katherine Marsh

May 22, 2017

The story: Mary wants nothing more than to escape from the orphanage–so who cares if the old lady that comes to adopt her looks like a witch? Trouble is…Madame Z IS a witch, the kind that eats children. Now Mary’s really going to have to use her head (and maybe her feet) to keep herself […]

UNDER LOCKER & KEY, by Allison K. Hymas

May 22, 2017

The story: Jeremy Wilderson is NOT a thief–he’s a “retrieval specialist”, and he only takes things that someone else took first. So when one of his ventures goes bad, Jeremy feels obligated to fix it, even when it attracts the attention of the school’s self-appointed policewoman and do-gooder, Becca Mills. She wants to see Jeremy […]

THE SECRET KEEPERS, by Trenton Lee Stewart

April 13, 2017

The story: When Reuben discovers an antique watch, he soon realizes there’s far more to it than meets the eye–in fact, it’s what DOESN’T meet the eye that’s most astounding. Its owner can use it to become invisible. Even more amazing…and worrying…is that the watch has a twin, and if someone can get hold of […]

FROGKISSER! by Garth Nix

April 13, 2017

The story: What starts out as a simple quest to fix a boy turned into a frog ends up as a mission to conquer an evil sorcerer and take back the kingdom. Anya doesn’t have magical powers, but she does have a talking dog, and flying carpet, and a group of helpers who make it […]

LAST DAY ON MARS, by Kevin Emerson

April 7, 2017

The story: The sun is going supernova, and Earth has already been obliterated. Mars is next in line, which is why all humans are boarding starcruisers and setting off for Aaru, 150 years away. Liam’s family is among the last to leave Mars, so he’s there to make the startling discovery that the sun’s expansion […]

FOUR-FOUR-TWO, by Dean Hughes

April 7, 2017

The story: Yuki and Shig decide to enlist in WWII to fight for their country–and to prove that America is their country. They become part of the 4-4-2, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which while fighting in Europe became the most decorated combat group in history. The boys always thought they’d come home heroes…now they […]