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Ripper

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Stefan Petrucha

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 432
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2013
Genre: Adventure, Historical, Mystery, Thriller

A killer is loose in New York City, and 14-year-old orphan Carver Young is on the case. Young is taken in by a group of private detectives as their apprentice. With their help, he investigates the murders, but will he be able to stop infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper in time?

Anyone who enjoys mysteries and thrillers will love this book because it is action packed and suspenseful. The chapters flow quickly, and it is an easy read.

-Ms. Kost

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Stefan Petrucha, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Historical, Genre: Mystery, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 400-500, Year: 1970s, Year: 2010s

Feedback

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Robison Wells

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 320
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2013
Genre: Realistic, SciFi, Thriller

Book 2 of 2

Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy’s deadly rules and brutal gangs. He thought that the worst was over. But now Benson is trapped in a different kind of prison—a town filled with familiar faces. Classmates from Maxfield who Benson had seen die. Friends he was afraid he had killed.

They are all pawns in the school’s twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force. And while Benson struggles to figure out who, if anyone, can be trusted, he discovers that Maxfield Academy’s plans are darker than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.

Students who like sci-fi and dystopian novels will enjoy Feedback (definitely read Variant first!). It’s definitely action-packed, and will keep you guessing– with a little romance thrown in too.

-Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Robison Wells, Genre: Realistic, Genre: SciFi, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 300-400, Part of a Series, Year: 1970s, Year: 2010s

Island of the Blue Dolphins

blue dolphinsIsland of the Blue Dolphins
Scott O’Dell

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 181
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 1960
Genre: Adventure, Historical, Realistic

This story is a Newberry Medal Award winning tale of a young girl, Karana, who is all alone on a Pacific Island. Karana courageously jumps off the rescue ship that was coming for her people to save her little brother and ends up being left behind for many suns and moons. Karana tries to survive the harsh seasons of the island, find and maintain her food, while fending off the grotesque and hungry wild dogs that roam the island. She soon learns how to find peace with being alone while patiently waiting for another ship to carry her to where her people are.

This book keeps you on the edge of your seat for Karana’s survival. Island of the Blue Dolphins has won multiple awards for its visionary writing and true story that once happened to a young woman from La Isla de San Nicolas that was stranded on it for almost 20 years.

-Ms. Brittany

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Scott O'Dell, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Historical, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1960s

Variant

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Robison Wells

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 400
Age Range: 13 and up
Year: 2012
Genre: Mystery, Realistic, SciFi, Thriller
Book 1 of 2

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence, where video cameras monitor his every move—and where breaking the rules equals death. All Benson wants is to find a way out. But when he stumbles upon the real secret the school has been hiding, he realizes that escape may be impossible.

Although it’s not a dystopian novel, readers who love those types of books will enjoy this one. It’s suspenseful and very surprising!

-Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Author: Robison Wells, Genre: Mystery, Genre: Realistic, Genre: SciFi, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 400-500, Part of a Series, Year: 2010s

The Book Thief

book thiefThe Book Thief
Markus Zusak

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 576
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2000
Genre: Historical, Realistic

This story is narrated by Death himself and takes place in Germany during WWII. It is the story of a young girl named Liesel who despite having her world shattered finds joy in the simple act of readings. Her love of books helps her through and encourages relationships with others while everything seems to be at its worst.

I would recommend this book for any one who likes historical fiction. Also as a warning this book gets intense!

-Mrs. Davis

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Markus Zusak, Genre: Historical, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 500-600, Year: 2000s

The Thief of Always

thief of alwaysThe Thief of Always
Clive Barker

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 288
Age Range: 11 and up
Year: 1993
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Harvey is a boy who is bored with his existence. Everyday he wakes up and does the same thing until one day a mysterious man appears at his window and tells him about The Holiday House. The Holiday House is a great place where all four seasons happen in a day, every night is Halloween and every morning is Christmas. Harvey loves it… for a while, but then he realizes that something fishy is going on.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure and some awesome magic.

-Mrs. Davis

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: Clive Barker, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1990s

The Breadwinner

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Deborah Ellis

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 170
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2001
Genre: Realistic

Parvana’s Family lives in the city of Kabul where a new government called the Taliban has taken control and implemented new rules for their city. Her family has moved many times since the war had began, every house had been bombed like the one before. Her family has dwindled to herself, her parents, two sisters and a baby brother.  They are confined to the four walls of their home unless accompanied by there father because women are not allowed out side.  One day the father is dragged out of their home being accused of earning a college degree in a different country and the family has to find a way to provide for themselves without their father. Parvana is the families only hope because she can camouflage herself as a boy so she can work to get money.  The family is separated by struggles to survive and in the end parvana and her father travel to look for the rest of their family.

This story is great for middle school students to understand challenges in all sizes. From taking on more responsibilities at home to dealing with the loss of parent figures and family dynamics. This book deals with women’s rights and the importance of self confidence and bravery, also the power of the community.

-Miss Elise

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Deborah Ellis, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 2000s