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GOING WHERE IT’S DARK, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

January 4, 2018

The story: Buck has made the find of a lifetime: the Hole, an underground tunnel leading to what promises to be an unexplored cave. But who’s he going to tell? His best friend and caving pal has just moved away; his family would never let him explore it on his own, and outside his family? […]

ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE, by Steven B. Frank

April 7, 2017

The story: Armstrong is getting bused to a different school in LA in the fall of 1973. Charlie’s always been there, and he doesn’t know what to think of the black kids who are volunteering to come all the way across town. He also doesn’t know what to think about Armstrong, who’s kind of a […]

HIDEOUT, by Watt Key

March 27, 2017

The story: Sam hates remembering getting beat up in front of the whole school, so he’s taken to cruising the bayou by himself in his fishing boat. When he meets Davey, a kid his age who’s hiding out in the swamp all alone, Sam worries about him, even though it’s obvious Davey isn’t telling the […]


February 9, 2017

The story: It’s 1971, and Joel is looking for a Hanukkah miracle. Is that so much to ask? He just doesn’t want to end up the loser in his own story. Too bad it seems like God isn’t paying attention right this minute–cuz Joel isn’t picky. The miracle could be a snow day in California, […]

DRAGONS VS. DRONES, by Wesley King

January 24, 2017

The story: Marcus has spent the last eight years trying to find his father, and now he’s got it figured out. Tapping the energy of a gigantic lightning storm, Marcus travels to a parallel dimension where he meets Dree–companion to a dragon–and learns about his own connection to the dragons of the realm…and about the […]

ME & MIRANDA MULALLY, by Jake Gerhardt

January 23, 2017

The story: Sam (the class clown), Duke (the self-appointed intellectual) and Chollie (the jock) all fall in love with the same girl (Miranda Mullaly) on the same day. Now the competition is on–who will be the one to win her heart? Everyone’s plans go every which way but right, and it’ll take more than just […]


January 5, 2017

The story: If Josh Baxter’s life was a video game, he’d be dead. No more lives, no more health points, no new skills unlocked. It’s his third new school in two years, he has zero friends, his grades are terrible, and there’s a bully looking to kill him. But–when Josh goes into hero mode, it […]

THE BIG DARK, by Rodman Philbrick

August 22, 2016

The story: Everyone in town is out watching the aurora borealis on New Year’s Eve when a massive solar event causes power failures everywhere–and this time, the power never comes back on. A crazy survivalist tries to rule the town, food and firewood run short…and Charlie’s mom is about to run out of medicine. Charlie […]

MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY, by John David Anderson

August 22, 2016

The story: When their teacher disappears unexpectedly, three 6th grade boys don’t get a chance to say goodbye. And when they find out she has cancer, Steve, Topher, and Brand set out to visit Ms. Bixby one last time, determined to re-create the exact conditions their teacher had once described as how she’d spend her […]

URBAN OUTLAWS, by Peter Jay Black

April 2, 2015

The story: Five kids live in a hidden bunker under the streets of London. They’re the Urban Outlaws, orphans living off the grid, each one using their special abilities to get away with Random Acts of Kindness while staying one step ahead of their enemies–the people whose money they’ve stolen to finance their good deeds. […]