Adam, Paul, Max Cassidy: Escape from Shadow Island
Max is a 14-year-old London-based escape artist, a gift he inherited from his father. Tragedy has struck his life because his father (a famous escape artist) is presumed dead in Santo Domingo and his mother has been found guilty of murdering him
Anderson, M. T., The Suburb Beyond the Stars; Agent Q, or the Smell of Danger
Brian and Gregory must figure out what is happening to their small town in Vermont. Time has stopped working and at night people are being taken away!
Binding, Tim, Sylvie and the Songman
Sylvie, whose mother drowned a year ago, becomes concerned when strange events begin to happen and the scary Woodpecker Man attacks the house with Sylvie and her friend George inside. The friends embark on a dangerous adventure to save the world from the fate of silence.
Carman, Patrick, Trackers (Book 1) and Shantorian (Book 2)
The Trackers are four technically proficient kids who use sophisticated equipment to search out the world’s most dangerous hacker, Shantorian. They think they have found Shantorian at last, but have they?
Colfer, Eoin, Airman
The story of Conor Broekhart, a young man who is born to fly, and his adventures in and out of jail, where he is sent for trying to intervene in a conspiracy against the King of his homeland in the Saltee Islands, off the Irish Coast.
Crichton, Michael, Pirate Latitudes (8th)
There are pirates and privateers, ships and sailors, damsels in distress, really bad guys, and heads blowing off, krakens, hurricanes, cannons, cannibals, captivity, escapes, and treachery in this fast moving story!
Frost, Helen, Diamond Willow
Willow is an Alaskan Middle School girl with an Anglo Father and an Indian Mother. When her beloved dog, Roxy, gets hurt, Willow tries to take him to her Indian grandparents for healing and they get caught in a terrible blizzard. What happens next seals the love between Willow and Roxy forever.
Herlong, M. H., The Great Wide Sea
Ben and his brothers lose their father at sea, halfway between the Bahamas and Bermuda, and must battle incredible storms and use all their courage and intelligence to survive on a barren island.
Higson, Charlie, Silverfin; Double or Die; Blood Fever
Young James Bond, while attending boarding school in England in the 1930s, must battle against an insane arms dealer who, by using killer eels, is attempting to create a race of indestructible soldiers on the eve of World War II. Other titles feature the young James Bond in this new series.
Hobbs, Will, Take Me to the River
14 year old Dylan is super excited about being at Big Bend on the Texas-Mexico border to canoe the Rio Grande with his cousin. As the boys are packing their equipment, six Black Hawk helicopters appear overhead and the Army warns them that a hurricane is approaching the coast. The boys go anyway… and the storm is upon them!
Holm, Jennifer L. Turtle in Paradise
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
Jones, Kari. Storm Tide (Reluctant reader)
Simon and Ellen are trying to help their parents save the lighthouse and island they call home. When a mysterious and somewhat scary stranger shows up at the same time as a wicked storm, sister and brother have to brave the weather and solve the riddle of why the stranger is here, and what treasure he has brought with him!
Kerr, P.B., One Small Step
13 year old Scott is about to have his dream of being an astronaut come true! But there are serious problems such as troublesome parents, possible government secrets and hidden dangers that he must overcome first.
Korman, Gordon, The Contest; The Climb; The Summit ( Everest Trilogy)
Kids come from all across America trying to be the youngest to reach the top of Mount Everest. Only the brave will survive. And one of the final four kids is trying to sabotage the other three!
McCaughrean, Geraldine, The Death Defying Pepper Roux
Pepper Roux’s Aunt has predicted that he will die at age 14, so he runs away to the high seas to stay one step ahead of death. Pepper has many adventures and many jobs, including a sea captain and a member of the Foreign Legion, and he keeps moving on, and avoiding what he thinks of as his inevitable demise!
Mourlevat, Jean-Claude, Winter’s End (8th)
Four teenagers escape from their prison-like boarding schools and flee across icy mountains from terrifying dog-men to take up the fight against the tyrannical government that murdered their parents fifteen years earlier.
Perkins, Lynne Rae, Winter’s End (7th and up)
Ry, a 16-year-old en route to camp, is left behind in Middle-of-Nowhere, MT and as his train pulls out, he reviews the ridiculous events that led him to leave the train in the first place. Bad goes to worse: he loses a shoe and his phone charger, his parents are in the Caribbean, and only luck can help him now!
Philbrick, Rodman, The Last Book in the Universe
After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.
Preller, James, Bystander
Eric, the new kid in the seventh grade, has to make choices about befriending the class bully Griffin, and things take a turn for the worse and Eric is scared out of his mind when he goes from being a bystander to being a victim.
Prevost, Guillaume, The Book of Time
In this time-travel story, Sam's father has been missing for 10 days. Searching a dusty bookstore for clues, Sam discovers a hidden room containing an old book, a strange coin, and an oddly carved stone that send him on a gut-wrenching journey through history trying to find his father, who is still in peril at the end!
Rees, Celia, Pirates!
Nancy Kingston, an English heiress, runs away to the high seas along with her maid, Minerva, to avoid an arranged marriage to a man she hates. They pretend to be young men and join a pirate ship in the West Indies. Set in the early 18th century, this book has plenty of pirate action; treasures, slave dealers etc., but is also a love story.
Smith, Roland, The Peak
14-year-old Peak Marcello's love for climbing is clearly in his genes, but when he begins preparing to climb Mount Everest with his father’s Expedition Company, Peak learns about more than just climbing. He is sent off to his father’s Tibetan Sherpa for training, and with him he learns about loyalty, racism and personal integrity amid the beauty and danger of the Himalayas.
Smith, Roland, Tentacles
Travis Wolfe and his cousins Marty and Grace are en route to the South Pacific to find the elusive giant squid, but there are problems. The freighter they are on may be haunted and someone on the ship is trying very hard to sabotage the mission!
Stewart, Trenton Lee, The Mysterious Benedict Society
Reynie, an 11 year old orphan, answers an ad for “Gifted Children Looking for Special Opportunities” and enters a dramatic world full of adventure and excitement.
Reynie and his fellow trainees must use their newfound skills to vanquish the evil and strange Mr. Curtain.
Weaver, Will, Memory Boy, The Survivors
In Memory Boy, 16-year-old Miles has to run with his family from everything he knows in his Minneapolis home and begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of catastrophic volcanic eruptions create dangerous conditions in their city.
In The Survivors, Miles and his family must get used to a rustic life living off the land without plumbing or electricity. The whole family depends on Miles’ knowledge about survival, and when he is injured, they are all in danger!
Wells, Ken, Rascal: a Dog and his Boy
Rascal spends happy days exploring the Louisiana bayou with his young owner, Meely, until a mishap occurs and Meely's fate is up to Rascal.
Wilson, Edward O., Anthill
Presents the adventures of Raff, a modern-day Huck Finn in Alabama, whose love of ants transforms his life and those around him as he fights condo developer’s intent on destroying an endangered tract of land.