The Lost Kingdom, by Matthew Kirby

Lost KingdomSummary: On the eve of the French and Indian War, Billy Bartram and his naturalist father travel into the American wilderness in an airship–pursued by a party of French soldiers and haunted by a terrifying bear-wolf–on a quest to find the lost kingdom of the Welsh prince Madoc.

Scholastic

The Apprentices, by Maile Meloy

ApprenticesSummary:  Two years after parting from Benjamin and Janie reunites via magical communication to prevent a global catastrophe.

Putnam

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Adventures of a South Pole Pig, by Chris Kurtz

Adventures of a South Pole PigSummary:  Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica, where she escapes the knife and lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs.

Harcourt

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Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell

Handbook for Dragon SlayersSummary:  Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them.

HarperCollins

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Treasure Hunters, by James Patterson

Treasure HuntersSummary:  Following clues left by their missing father, twelve-year-old twins Bickford and Rebecca Kidd sail from the Caribbean to New York City with their siblings to finish the dangerous quest of their world-famous treasure-hunting parents.

Little, Brown

What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World, by Henry Clark

What We Found in the SofaSummary: Finding a rare zucchini-colored crayon leads twelve-year-old River Monroe and his friends on an adventure with their eccentric neighbor to save Earth from invading interstellar storm troopers.

Little, Brown

Wings of Fire the Hidden Kingdom, by Tui Sutherland

Wings of FireSummary: Something deadly is stalking the peaceful kingdom, and the dragonets soon discover that RainWings have been mysteriously disappearing from the forest. When the RainWing queen won’t do anything to find her missing tribe members, Glory and her friends set off on their own rescue mission – which leads them right back into enemy territory.

Scholastic

Story’s End, by Marissa Burt

Storys EndSummary:  A deadly Enemy has threatened the future of Story–and twelve-year-old Una Fairchild is the only one who can stop his plans and save the character world from destruction.

Harper

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Doll Bones, by Holly Black

Doll BonesSummary:  Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Margaret K. McElderry Books

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The The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, by Christopher Healy

Heros Guide to Storming the CastleSummary:  Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav, the charming princes from the fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose,  have to save the day by keeping a magical object from falling into the hands of power-mad warlords who would use it for evil.

Walden Pond Press

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Lupus Rex, by John Carter Cash

Lupus RexSummary:  Ysill and Cormo are two quail who must risk their lives when they are driven from their home by crows, and find they must make common cause with a other creatures, if they are to find safety in a world full of perils and adventure.

Ravenstone

House of Secrets, by Chris Columbus

House of SecretsSummary:  Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor Walker, aged fifteen to eight, must rely on a mysterious book to face the Wind Witch and her father, the Storm King, who have kidnapped Dr. and Mrs. Walker and brought them to a strange world of magic.

Balzer+Bray

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Stranded, by Jeff Probst

StrandedSummary:  Jane, Buzz, Carter, and Vanessa, aged nine to thirteen, are on a sailing trip in the South Pacific intended to help them bond in their newly-blended family when a massive storm strands them on a deserted island.

Puffin

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Big River’s Daughter, by Bobbi Miller

Big Rivers DaughterSummary:  When River Fillian’s powerful father, a pirate on a Mississippi keeler, disappears after a horrific earthquake in 1811, she must challenge the infamous rivals who hope to claim his territory and find her own place in the new order. Includes historical notes.

Holiday House

Colossus Rises, by Peter Lerangis

Colossus RisesSummary: Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis’ power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities.

Harper

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