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Archive for the ‘Action & Adventure’ Category

SAINT PHILOMENE’S INFIRMARY FOR MAGICAL CREATURES, by W. Stone Cotter

April 23, 2018

The story: Chance Jeopard would never have thought digging a hole would turn out to be so dangerous–although it was actually the underground mail system leading to Saint Philomene’s that really got him into trouble. When he tries to hand-deliver a lost letter, he finds out that humans are NOT welcome here–and now he’s trapped […]

THE HOTEL BETWEEN, by Sean Easley

April 23, 2018

The story: Their parents disappeared years ago, and Oma takes care of Cameron and Cassie. He’s worried about everything and even keeps a list of Worst Ways to Die–but when he has a chance to figure out what happened to Mom and Dad, Cam knows he has to take it…even if it means stepping into […]

NOT IF I SAVE YOU FIRST, by Ally Carter

April 23, 2018

The story: Maddie and Logan were best friends until the Russians tried to kidnap his mom–the President’s wife. Maddie’s dad was injured in the attack, and as a result, he took his daughter and disappeared–literally–into the wilds of Alaska. Six years later, Maddie can flip a hatchet and kill a fly, but she’s coldly angry […]

TO CATCH A KILLER, by Sheryl Scarborough

April 23, 2018

The story: Erin’s mother was murdered when she was two years old, and the crime went unsolved. Now, a similar murder–this one involving Erin’s teacher–pulls Erin back into the spotlight, and even worse, targets her as a suspect. But Erin is an amateur forensic scientist, and she has both the know-how and the daring to […]

THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW, (Nevermoor #1), by Jessica Townsend

March 26, 2018

The story: Morrigan Crow has always known she was doomed to die on her 12th birthday–so when Jupiter North swoops in and offers her a way out, she’s all over it. Even if it means she’ll never see her family again. Even if it means that the bad guys will continue to chase her. Even […]

DISAPPEARED, by Francisco X. Stork

March 26, 2018

The story: Sara and her brother Emiliano are both in over their heads. Sara, a young reporter, uncovers the truth behind a human trafficking ring in their hometown of Juarez, and now she’s a target. Emiliano, wanting to be rich (and in love with a girl who already is), is falling into the sparkling trap […]

THE ROAD TO EVER AFTER, by Moira Young

March 9, 2018

The story: Davy is homeless when Miss Flint hires him (okay, forces him) to drive her to her childhood home–even though he’s only 13, and even though he doesn’t know how to drive. That’s weird enough, but things get even stranger when they steal a turkey truck, dodge the police, and encounter a wild grassland […]

IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN, by Anne Sibley O’Brien

March 9, 2018

The story: Mia and Simon are on a tour of North Korea with their father when they discover evidence of the country’s brutal prison camps. They know it could incriminate their dad, and possibly cause him to end up with a life sentence in a labor camp–so when their dad is arrested, they go on […]

FALLOUT (Lois Lane #1), by Gwenda Bond

March 9, 2018

The story: Junior Lois Lane is the new girl in town. Again. Her policy of laying low doesn’t work well for her when she notices another student getting bullied and steps in, only to discover that there are some very strange things going on here in Metropolis–like a group of bullies that is as coordinated […]

A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING, by Joe Ballarini

March 9, 2018

The story: Kelly just wants to stop being Invisible–but she never dreamed that becoming a Babysitter would lead her to fame and kick-butt adventures. That’s “Babysitter” with a capital B, of course–a group of monster fighters determined to take down the otherworldly bullies haunting the dreams of little kids everywhere. Who ever knew those monsters […]