The League of Beastly Dreadfuls, by Holly Grant

Summary:  Anastasia, nearly eleven, is snatched from her elementary school and sent to live at a former insane asylum with two great aunts she had never met, after being told that her parents died in a tragic vacuum cleaner accident.

Random House

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The Search for Baby Ruby, by Susan Shreve

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Jess O’Fines is resentful that she is expected to watch her baby niece in a Los Angeles hotel room while the rest of her family go off to a wedding rehearsal party — but when Baby Ruby disappears, Jess is convinced she knows who kidnapped her and determined to get her back on her own, whatever the danger.

Scholastic

The Glass Sentence, by S. E. Grove

Summary: In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799’s Great Disruption–when all of the continents were flung into different time periods–thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia’s uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston’s foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.

Viking

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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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