Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits, by Michael Beil

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak BanditsSummary:  In 1937, ten-year-old Henry Shipley must rely on a talking cat named Lantern Sam and a kindly conductor named Clarence to help solve the kidnapping of a young heiress aboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner passenger train.

Alfred Knopf

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Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett

Hold FastSummary:  On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early’s father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless–and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.

Scholastic

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Malcolm at Midnight, by W.H. Beck

Summary:  When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem: Rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence and show that even rats can be good guys.

Houghton Mifflin

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Chickadee, by Louise Erdrich

Summary:  Twin brothers Chickadee and Makoons have spent every day side by side and have done everything together since they were born until the day the unthinkable happens and the brothers are separated. Desperate to reunite, Chickadee and his family must travel across new territories, forge unlikely friendships, and experience both unexpected moments of unbearable heartache as well as pure happiness. And through it all, Chickadee has the strength of his namesake, the chickadee, to carry him on.

Harper

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Emily and Jackson Hiding Out, by Phyllis Reynholds Naylor

Summary:  Emily is thrilled that she and her orphan friend Jackson have escaped the clutches of the Child-Catching Services and Emily’s villainous uncle Victor. Emily and Jackson are now living happily with her loving aunt Hilda. But someone’s snooping around for an orphan child on the run! He knows Jackson is hiding nearby and aims to get a reward for snatching him and sending him to work at a mill. And some sort of creature is coming to their gate when Jackson and Emily are home alone.

Delacourte

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The Last Princess, by Galaxy Craze

Summary: Tired of the royal family’s relative comfort while they suffer in the wake of worldwide catastrophes in 2090, rebels kill the British king and abduct two of his children, but Princess Eliza escapes, disguises herself, and joins the rebels to seek revenge and the safe return of her siblings.

Little, Brown

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, by Ellis Weiner

Summary:  Abigail and John, the Templeton twins, and their dog Cassie, foil a pair of inept kidnappers intent on stealing one of their father’s newest inventions.

Chronicle Books

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Detectives Extraordinaire!, by Polly Horvath

Summary: Middle-schooler Madeline’s hippy parents have been kidnapped from Hornby Island, Canada, by foxes and Madeline, upon discovering that she can understand animal languages, hires two rabbit detectives to find them.

Schwartz & Wade Books

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Lights on the Nile, by Donna Jo Napoli

Summary:  Ten-year-old Kepi, a young girl in ancient Egypt, embarks on a journey to save her family when she is unexpectedly taken captive, along with the baby baboon she has rescued from a crocodile. An origin tale about fairies.

HarperCollins

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