City Of Orphans

The streets of 1893 New York City are bursting with life, while ominous threats lurk around every corner. For 13 year old Maks Geless, danger seems to follow him around. A thuggish gang, The Plug Uglies, constantly threaten the newsies, kids who sold newspapers, on their paper route. Saved by a strange girl with a stick, Maks barely manages to

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Jim and Me

Joe Stoshack is 14 years old and lives in Louisville.  He plays baseball and has a secret that only a few people know about.  When Stosh (his nickname) was little, he picked up an old baseball card and felt a weird tingling sensation in his fingers.  Stosh held the card for a long time with his eyes closed, and the

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Water Street

  “Right here at our doorstep we’ll have the most beautiful bridge in the world.” says Patricia Reilly Giff who is the author of Water Street. “Brooklyn, 1875. Bird Mallon lives on Water Street, where you can see the Brooklyn Bridge being built.” The main character, Bird, wants nothing more than to become a healer, like her mother Nory, of

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All The Wrong Questions

All the Wrong Questions, an intriguing novel by Lemony Snicket, was an amazing  first book to this captivating series. The author, Lemony Snicket, places himself in the story as the main character. The author did not actually go through the experiences, such as being a detective and investigating a small town with a huge story. Lemony Snicket has chosen the

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The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

  Moses “Mo” Lobeu, one half of the Desperado Detective Agency, just recently solved a murder with her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, the other half of the Desperado Detective Agency. Mo and Dale are attending an auction when Miss Lana, caught up in the moment, buys a rundown hotel. In the hotel’s contract, the word ghost appears. Grandmother

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Alex Rider – Stormbreakers

Fourteen-year old Alex Rider is surprised when the police knock on his door to report the tragic car accident that has killed his uncle, Ian Rider. Alex’s uncle Ian is his caretaker because his parents are dead. Alex is looking to investigate his uncle’s death because he doesn’t believe Ian died in a car accident. He finds it quite odd

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Plain Kate

Plain Kate by Erin Bow is a riveting novel that follows a girl named Kate who lives in a world that revolves around superstitions and curses, it is a world where a shadow can destroy towns and a song can unite a community. Kate is an excellent woodcarver because she’s the local woodcarver’s daughter. Kate has earned herself the title

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The Naturals

  She walked into the room. She flicked the light on. Her hands were covered with blood. Specifically, her mother’s blood. But where was her mom’s body? Who killed her? Cassie asks herself these questions when contemplating about the day in the theater, where her mother was performing and was killed in her dressing room. One moment, her rose-red colored

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