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Archive for the ‘Action & Adventure’ Category

RENEGADES, by Marissa Meyer

December 7, 2017

The story: The superheroes known as the Renegades failed to protect her family, and now Nova is the only one left. Raised by super-villain Ace Anarchy, she continues his plan to put an end to the Renegade rule and destroy their rule. But to do it–she must become a Renegade herself, tapping into the Prodigy […]

BETTER OFF UNDEAD, by James Preller

December 7, 2017

The story: Adrian Lazarus was hit by a car, and now he’s dead…or rather, undead. He was never popular before, but now everyone’s afraid of him (except Daryl, the school bully). Even worse, sicko billionaires the Bork brothers want to slice and dice him to see whether they can come up with the secret to […]


December 7, 2017

The story: A broken deal with a demon has kept the Redding family rich and powerful for centuries. But now the demon is regaining his power, and the demon has taken up residence inside 13-year-old Prosper Redding, planning a breakout on the boy’s 13th birthday. It’s up to Prosper and a group of people who […]

INVICTUS, by Ryan Graudin

December 7, 2017

The story: Born on a time machine, Farway McCarthy has been “out of time” his whole life. And now it appears that the event caused a tear in the fabric of space/time, and a monstrous phenomenon called The Fade is devouring entire alternate universes–anything ever touched by Farway and his seemingly endless supply of alternative […]

WARCROSS, by Marie Lu

December 7, 2017

The story: When hacker Emika Chen is busted breaking into the world championships of the virtual reality game Warcross, instead of going to jail, she’s invited to go to work for the company. She finds herself on one of the teams vying for the championship, but her real mission: figure out who’s trying to sabotage […]

THE GAUNTLET, by Karuna Riazi

October 17, 2017

The story: On her 12th birthday, an intriguing game gives itself to Farah” The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. Before she knows it, she and her friends Alex and Essie are pulled into the game–literally–in search of her younger brother, Ahmad, who’s disappeared. They must overcome the dangerous challenges given by the Architect of the […]

YORK, by Laura Ruby

October 5, 2017

The story: Three kids trying to save their building from destruction stumble upon a mystery more than a hundred years old. If they can figure it out, they’ll find a treasure–maybe enough to buy the building themselves. But it’ll take more than luck…more than hard work…more than fast thinking, to make THAT happen. Because the […]

THE SERPENT’S SECRET (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1), by Sayantani DasGupta

October 5, 2017

The story: Kiranmala gets something unexpected on her birthday: a rakkhosh–a type of demon from the mythology of India–attacks her house and wants to eat her. Luckily, a couple of handsome prince also come along to rescue her. Kiran finds out that she’s the daughter of the Serpent King (kind of a downer) and that […]

NIGHT WITCHES, by Kathryn Lasky

September 29, 2017

The story: When Valya’s mother is killed by the Nazis, the teen finds a way out of Stalingrad and starts flying with the Night Witches–an all-female group of pilots that helped bring the German juggernaut to its knees. Here’s an exciting slice of World War II history you’ve never even heard of before! Mrs. Friend’s […]

NEVER SAY DIE (Alex Rider #11), by Anthony Horowitz

September 29, 2017

The story: When Alex gets a strange email, he realizes something that seems impossible–his nanny, Jack Starbright, is still alive. Even though he saw the bad guys blow her up at the end of #10. He immediately goes into stealth mode and starts his signature continent hopping in hopes of finding the one person in […]