The School is Alive, by Jack Chabert

School is AliveEerie Elementary #1
Summary:  Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He’ll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it’s too late!

Scholastic

 

Space Rocks, by Tom O’Donnell

Space RocksSummary:  Chorkle narrates the adventures of Earth children Hollins, Becky, Nicki, and Little Gus, marooned on his asteroid, Gelo, as he watches over them with his fives eyes, teaches them to fight a ferocious thyss-cat, and seeks a way to get them home.

RazorBill

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Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight, by Wendy Mass

Space Taxi Archie Takes FlightSummary:  On “Take Your Kid to Work Day,” eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another.

Little, Brown

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Threatened, by Eliot Schrefer

ThreatenedSummary:  Luc is an orphan, living in debt slavery in Gabon, until he meets a Professor who claims to be studying chimpanzees, and they head off into the jungle–but when the Professor disappears, Luc has to fend for himself and join forces with the chimps to save their forest.

Scholastic

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Beyond the Door, by Maureen McQuerry

Beyond the DoorTime Out of Time #1

When mythical creatures appear, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold for Timothy, his sister Sarah, and school bully Jessica, who must defeat the powers of the Darkness.

Amulet

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Dagger X, by Brian Eames

DaggerXSummary:  Twelve-year-old Kitto Quick, stranded with his stepmother, Van, a Wampanoag girl, and a baby rescued from a slave ship on the very island where Morris hid valuable spices, learns powerful secrets of his past.

Simon & Schuster

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Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson

Magic marks the spotThe Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates

Summary:  When Hilary Westfield escapes Miss Pim’s finishing school to join a misfit pirate crew, she embarks on an unexpectedly magical swashbuckling, plank-walking, searfaring journey.

Harper

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Wolf, by Valerie Hobbs

WolfSummary:  Jack has found a home and a purpose on a farm, keeping a flock of sheep safe from coyotes and training pups to do the same, but now he and his boy, Luke, must face a rabid wolf that threatens them all.

Farrar Straus and Giroux

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From Norvelt to Nowhere, by Jack Gantos

From Norvelt to NowhereSummary:  After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on a cross-country run as she pursues the oddest of outlaws.

Farrar Straus Giroux

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Fortunately the Milk,by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately the MilkSummary:  While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

Harper

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Chupacabra, by Roland Smith

ChupacabraSummary:  Marty and his unusual uncle, cryptozoologist Travis Wolfe, search the world for Wolfe’s daughter, Grace. Grace has been kidnapped by her grandfather, the ruthless and dangerous Noah Blackwood, who has also stolen the two dinosaur hatchlings Wolfe was raising in secrecy. Now, with word that the mysterious creature known as Chupacabra has been sighted again, Wolfe is torn between his obsession with finding cryptids and his desperate need to rescue his daughter. With trouble at every turn and a dangerous journey ahead, will Marty and Wolfe come face-to-face with the mythic monster? Even more frightening, will they reach Grace before it’s too late?

Scholastic

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Sidekicked, by John David Anderson

SidekickedSummary:  Drew is possessed of super senses–his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet–making him literally the most sensitive kid in school. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna– able to throw an eighteen-wheeler the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: middle school is pretty much a drag regardless of whether you have superpowers. But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justica and Drew’s two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other.

Walden Pond

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The Mesmer Menace, by Kersten Hamilton

Mesmer MenaceGadgets and Gears #1

Summary: Daring dachshund Noodles narrates as evil Mesmers bent on world domination arrive at the Amazing Automated Inn, where eleven-year-old inventor Wally Kennewickett, aided by Noodles and the inn’s automatons, tries to foil their plans.

Clarion

The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root, by Christopher Pennell

Mysterious Woods of Whistle RootSummary:  Eleven-year-old Carly Bean Bitters, an orphan, can only sleep during the day and feels very lonely until she meets a rat, Lewis, and sets off on an adventure to figure out what is threatening the woods and its inhabitants.

Houghton Mifflin

Tower of the Five Orders, by Deron Hicks

Tower of the Five OrdersSummary: Thirteen-year-old Colophon Letterford and her cousin Julian continue their quest to uncover their family’s treasure as new clues lead them to Oxford, England, seeking to unravel a connection to Christopher Marlowe.

HoughtonMifflin

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