Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty

Summary: In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina’s Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner’s young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.

Disney Hyperion

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The Disappearance of Emily H, by Barrie Summy

Summary: Eighth-grader Raine, a new girl at Yielding Middle School, uses her supernatural ability to see other people’s memories to solve the disappearance of a teenaged girl.

Delacorte Press

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones

Summary:  Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.


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Ferals, by Jacob Grey

Summary: Caw has never questioned his ability to communicate with crows. But as the threat of a new Dark Summer looms, Caw discovers the underground world of Blackstone’s ferals—those with the power to speak to and control animals. Caw is one of them. And to save his city, he must quickly master abilities he never knew he had…and prepare to defeat a darkness he never could have imagined.



Hoodoo, by Ronald Smith

Summary: A mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, and 12-year-old Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves. The entire town is at risk from the Stranger’s black magic, and only Hoodoo can defeat him. He’ll just need to learn how to conjure first.  Set amid the swamps, red soil, and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, Hoodoo is infused with a big dose of creepiness leavened with gentle humor.

Houghton Mifflin

Return to Augie Hobble, by Lane Smith

Summary: New Mexico middle-schooler Augie Hobble grapples with adolescence, paranormal mysteries, an overdue Creative Arts project, and heartbreaking loss while working his father’s theme park, Fairy Tale Place.

Roaring Brook Press

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All the Answers, by Kate Messner

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Ava finds an old pencil in her family’s junk drawer and discovers, during a math test, that it will answer factual questions, so she and her best friend Sophie have a great time–and Ava grows in self-confidence–until the pencil reveals a truth about her family that Ava would rather not know.


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