Summary: Soon after moving to Noble’s Green, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Daniel learns that his new friends have super powers that they will lose when they turn thirteen, unless he can use his brain power to protect them. 279 p., Alfred A. Knopf.
Summary: Coming from a poor, single-parent family, seventh-grader Trevor must rely on his intelligence, artistic ability, quick wit, and soccer prowess to win friends at his new Washington, D.C. school, but popular and rich Xander seems determined to cause him trouble. 319 p., Egmont USA.
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Zeeta comes to terms with her flighty mother and their itinerant life when, soon after moving to Ecuador, she helps an American teenager find his birth father in a nearby village. 324 p., Delacorte Press.
Summary: With mysterious Sentinels revealing breathtaking secrets of the past, and dark strangers haunting their every move, seven young Elf Lords must decide whether to remain on Earth or return to their homeland of Allyra. 372 p., Thomas Nelson.
Summary: In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday. 563 p., Little, Brown and Co.
In anticipation of our final vote this coming Friday (January 15), we’ve pared down our short list to the real contenders. Anyone care to speculate on our winners?
- Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
- Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
- Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
- If the Witness Lied by Caroline Cooney
- Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton
- Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
- Mare’s War by Tanita Davis
- My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
- Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
- Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
- A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
- Scat by Carl Hiaason
- Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
- Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
Summary: Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed. 244 p., Philomel Books.