Location Author Title
J ABB Abbott, Tony The Battle Begins (Underworlds)

Owen Brown is your average fourth grader. Or he was, until his best friend, Dana, disappeared. Right in front of his face. Through the floor of the school. Owen's average life has turned upside down. He's determined to find Dana -- before anyone realizes she's missing.

Also in this series: When Monsters Escape; Revenge of the Scorpion King; The Ice Dragon.

J ABB Abbott, Tony The Forbidden Stone (Copernicus Legacy)

Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.

Also in this series: The Serpent’s Curse.

J AND Anderson, John David Sidekicked

Drew Bean might be a part of a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. Drew is possessed of super senses--his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet--making him literally the most sensitive kid in school. And then there's his best friend, Jenna--their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren't able to throw an eighteen-wheeler the length of a city block.

Sequel: Minion.

J AND Anderson, M.T. Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware (Pals in Peril)

Boy Technonaut, Jasper Dash, and his friends Lily Gefelty and Katie Mulligan travel into the mist-shrouded heart of the forbidden mountainous realm of Delaware to try and unravel a terrible mystery. Grades 5 – 8.

Also in this series: Whales on Stilts; The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen; Agent Q, or the Smell of Danger!; Zombie Mommy.

J AVI Avi The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
As the only passenger, and the only female, on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderous captain and a mutinous crew.
Grades 5 – 8.
J BAK Baker, Matthew If You Find This
Nicholas is a math and music genius with no friends and a huge problem: His father has lost his job, and they'll have to sell their house, which holds the only memory Nicholas has of his younger brother. Just in time, Nicholas's senile grandfather arrives, filled with tales of priceless treasure he has hidden somewhere in town--but where?
J BER Berkeley, Jon The Hidden Boy
When Bea and her family are transported aboard an underwater bus to a strange land, her younger brother Theo is lost during the voyage, and somehow it falls to Bea to find out what has become of him. Grades 4 – 8.
J BOD Bodeen, S.A. Shipwreck Island
Sarah Robinson is deeply troubled in the wake of her dad's second marriage. She now has to deal with a new stepmom and two stepbrothers, Marco, who is her age, and Nacho, who's younger. Even though they've all moved from Texas to California to start life as a new, blended family, none of the kids seem remotely happy about it. Sarah's dad and stepmom then decide to take the whole family on a special vacation in order to break the ice and have everyone get to know one another. They'll fly to Tahiti, charter a boat, and go sailing for a few days. It'll be an adventure, right? Wrong. Dead wrong.
J BOS Bosch, Pseudonymous The Name of This Book is Secret (The Secret series)

Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality. Grades 3 – 5.

Also in this series: If You're Reading This, It's Too Late; This Book Is Not Good for You; This Isn't What It Looks Like; You Have to Stop This.

J CAR Carlson, Caroline Magic Marks the Spot (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates)
When Hilary Westfield escapes Miss Pim's finishing school to join a misfit pirate crew, she embarks on an unexpectedly magical swashbuckling, plank-walking, searfaring journey.
J CAR Carman, Patrick Into the Mist (The Land of Elyon)

Captain Roland Warvold tells Alexa and Yipes about the adventures he shared with his brother Thomas in Elyon, before the wall went up and divided the world in two. Grades 5 – 8.

Also in this series: The Dark Hills Divide; Beyond the Valley of Thorns; The Tenth City; Stargazer.

J CHI Child, Lauren Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes
When an anonymous caller sets Ruby a challenge, it's not long before she finds her way into the HQ of the most secret of secret agencies -- SPECTRUM. They need her help to crack a code but her desk job soon spirals into an all-out action adventure, as Ruby uncovers the dastardly plans of the formidable Fool's Gold Gang!
J COL Columbus, Christopher House of Secrets
Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor Walker, aged fifteen to eight, must rely on a mysterious book to face the Wind Witch and her father, the Storm King, who have kidnapped Dr. and Mrs. Walker and brought them to a strange world of magic.
J CRI Crilley, Mark Akiko: on the Planet Smoo

Ten-year-old Akiko has an unexpected adventure when she is whisked away to a distant planet and put in charge of the rescue mission that must search for the kidnapped Prince Froptoppit. Ages 8 – 12.

Also in this series: Akiko in the Sprubly Islands; Akiko and the Great Wall of Trudd; Akiko in the Castle of Alia Rellapor; Akiko and the Intergalactic Zoo; Akiko and the Alpha Centauri 5000; Akiko and the Journey to Toog; The Training Master; Pieces of Gax; Akiko and the Missing Misp.

J DLA D’Lacey, Chris A Dark Inheritance (UNICORNE)
When Michael Malone saves a dog, he discovers that he has paranormal abilities, which bring him to the attention of a secret organization, UNICORNE--but he plans to use the ability to find out what happened to his father, who mysteriously vanished three years earlier, and save his new friend, Freya.
NEWBERY 1987 Fleischman, Sid The Whipping Boy
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. Grades 3 – 6.
J FOL Foley, Lizzie Remarkable
In the mountain town of Remarkable, everyone is extraordinarily talented, extraordinarily gifted, or just plain extraordinary. Everyone, that is, except Jane Doe, the most average ten-year-old who ever lived. But everything changes when the mischievous, downright criminal Grimlet twins enroll in Jane's school and a strange pirate captain appears in town.
J GAR Gardiner, John Reynolds Stone Fox
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters. Grades 3 – 6.
J GAR Garretson, Dee Wildfire Run
A relaxing retreat to Camp David turns deadly after a faraway earthquake sets off a chain of disastrous events that traps the president's twelve-year-old son, Luke, and his two friends within the compound.
J GAR Garretson, Dee Wolf Storm
Three young actors shooting a movie in the snow-covered Carpathian Mountains are separated from base camp by a terrible blizzard and come face-to-face with a pack of hungry wolves.
NEWBERY 1973 George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack. Grades 5 – 8.
J GEO George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain
A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship. Grades 4 – 6.
J GIB Gibbs, Stuart Spy School
Like many kids, Ben Ripley imagines life as a secret agent would be pretty awesome -- so when he learns he's been recruited to the C.I.A.'s top secret Academy of Espionage, it sounds too good to be true.  And it is.  From the moment he arrives -- and ends up in the middle of an enemy attack -- Ben finds Spy School is going to be far more difficult, dastardly and dangerous than he expected.
J GRA Grabenstein, Chris Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

J GRA Grabenstein, Chris The Island of Dr. Libris
A twelve-year-old boy, worried that his parents may divorce, discovers that an island in the middle of the lake where he is spending the summer is the testing grounds of the mysterious Dr. Libris, who may have invented a way to make the characters in books come alive.
J GRE Greene, Stephanie Christmas at Stony Creek
With her father away and her brother injured, it is up to little Pip to find food for her hungry siblings and mother mouse, but it is a hard winter and the only place where she is likely to find Christmas dinner is at Land's End, where the people live.
J GUT Gutman, Dan Honus and Me: a Baseball Card Adventure

Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.   Grades 4 – 6.

Also in this series:Abner & Me, Honus & Me, Jackie & Me, Jim & Me, Mickey & Me, Ray & Me, Roberto & Me, Satch & Me, Shoeless Joe & Me.

J GUT Gutman, Dan Never Say Genius
Racing across America, the twins will nearly be boiled alive in a huge basket of french fries, frozen to death by soft-serve ice cream, stampeded in a wild stadium riot, kidnapped from a high-speed roller coaster, and worst of all their parents think they're totally joking!
J HAW Hawking, Steven and Hawking, Lucy George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt
George is heartbroken when his neighbor Annie and her space-scientist father move to Florida, but when Annie sends him a secret message telling him she has been contacted by aliens with a terrible warning, he joins her in a galaxy-wide search for answers. Includes scientific essays on space travel. Grades 5 – 8.
J HAY Hayden, Tracy The Very Worst Thing
David has never had a permanent home or a real friend, but when he decides to try to hatch an owl egg with the help of a classmate, his life slowly begins to change for the better. Grades 5 – 7.
J HOB Hobbes, Will Never Say Die
Fifteen-year-old half-Inuit Nick and his white brother, Ryan, meet and share an adventure on the Firth River in the Canadian Arctic, facing white water, wild animals, and fierce weather as Ryan documents the effects of climate change on caribou for National Geographic magazine.
J INF Dashner, James A Mutiny in Time (The Infinity Ring)

When best friends Dak and Sera tumble upon the key to time travel, a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring; they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Their first stop? Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny.

Also in this series: Divide and Conquer; The Trap Door; Curse of the Ancients.

J JOH Johnson, Jaleigh Mark of the Dragonfly
Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.
J JON Jonell, Lynne The Secret of Zoom
Ten-year-old Christina lives a sheltered life until she discovers a secret tunnel, an evil plot to enslave orphans, and a mysterious source of energy known as zoom. Ages 9 and up.
J JON Jonell, Lynne The Sign of the Cat
Duncan is very smart. He also has a most unusual gift. So why does his mother encourage him to be perfectly average and insist he only get mediocre grades? His special talent is the ability to talk to cats—but Duncan longs more than anything for academic success. When Duncan rebels and gets a perfect test score, people start taking notice of him. And it turns out that some of those people may not have the best intentions . . . not by a long shot.
J KEH Kehoe, Tim Furious Jones and the Assassin’s Secret
Upon witnessing his famous spy-novelist father's murder just seven months after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Furious, now an orphan, seeks clues in his father's latest novel to stop the murderer before he or she strikes again.
J KEH Kehret, Peg Dangerous Deception
Sixth-grader Emmy and her classmates start a secret community service project to help a hungry family, but soon Emmy finds herself involved in a home burglary ring operated by the family's neighbor.
J KEL Kelley, Jane Nature Girl
Forced to spend the summer with her family in rural Vermont, eleven-year-old Megan, a rebellious, immature urbanite gains self-confidence and maturity as she and her dog survive being lost on the Appalachian Trail.
J KER Kerr, Philip The Akhenaten Adventure (Children of the Lamp)

When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers.

Also in this series: The Blue Djinn of Babylon, The Cobra King of Kathmandu, The Day of the Djinn Warriors, The Eye of the Forest, The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan.

J KIR Kirby, Matthew J. The Lost Kingdom
On the eve of the French and Indian War, Billy Bartram and his naturalist father travel into the American wilderness in an airship--pursued by a party of French soldiers and haunted by a terrifying bear-wolf--on a quest to find the lost kingdom of the Welsh prince Madoc.
J LAF LaFevers, R.L. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

Twelve-year-old Theo uses arcane knowledge and her own special talent when she encounters two secret societies, one sworn to protect the world from ancient Egyptian magic and one planning to harness it to bring chaos to the world, both of which want a valuable artifact stolen from the London museum for which her parents work. Grades 4 – 8.

Also in this series: Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris; Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus; Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh.

J LAF LaFevers, R.L. Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fluud, Beastologist)

In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father's cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a "beastologist."

Also in this series: The Basilisk's Lair; The Wyverns' Treasure; The Unicorn's Tale.

J LER Lerangis, Peter The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders)

Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis' power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities.

Also in this series: Lost in Babylon.

J LEV Levin, Mark The Family Hitchcock
When they agree to a summertime house swap with an unknown family in Paris, the four members of the Hitchcock family inadvertently get mixed up in a ring of international espionage.
SERIES CLUB CSI Lewman, David The Case of the Mystery Meat Loaf (Club CSI)

Ben, Corey, and Hannah’s first case as Club CSI begins when a bunch of students and the principal get food poisoning from the cafeteria’s hot lunch. Everyone blames the new science teacher because she pushed the lunch lady to add her healthy “meatless meat loaf” recipe to the menu, but Club CSI: isn’t pointing fingers until they evaluate the evidence.

Also in this series: The Case of the Missing Moola.

J LLO Lloyd, Alison Year of the Tiger
In ancient China, two boys forge an unlikely alliance in an effort to become expert archers and, ultimately, to save their city from invading barbarians. Grades 5 – 7.
J MAB Mabbitt, Will The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Mabel Jones finds herself aboard the Feroshus Maggot--a ship crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you'd (never) want to meet. She then has to find pieces of an X-shaped puzzle that in her hands could be her ticket home, but in the hands of Captain Split, they'd give him the power to assemble a pirate militia to take over London!
J MES Messner, Kate Capture the Flag
Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been stolen!
J MES Messner, Kate Hide and Seek
For five hundred years the Jaguar Cup, sacred to the Silver Jaguar Society, was hidden in a cave on the coast of Costa Rica--so when a fake copy shows up on display in America, it is up to José, Anna, and Henry, junior members of the society, to travel to Costa Rica and rescue the real cup from thieves.
J MIL Miller, Jeff The Nerdy Dozen
When Neil Andertol and a motley crew of video-gaming whizzes accidentally download top-secret training software and are recruited by the military to restore a botched aircraft mission, they're no longer playing for points—they're playing to save the world!
J MIL Miller, Wiley The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
Bored with his life in a lighthouse, Basil sets out for adventure and soon arrives in a mysterious city in the clouds, where he discovers and tries to foil a plan that threatens the entire world. Grades 3 – 5.
J MIL Milway, Alex The Mousehunter

Captain Mousebeard is a feared mousehunting pirate. He seeks out the rarest and most precious breeds of mice to collect and trade. Emeline, a mousekeeper, wants the bounty her master puts on Mousebeard's head. So she heads off to adventure to capture the pirate.   Grades 4 – 6.

J SPI Mull, Brandon Wild Born (Spirit Animals)

Four youths on the brink of adulthood tap the powers of their animal familiars and embark on a dangerous mission to stop a dark force that threatens their survival.

Also in this series: Hunted, Blood Ties.

J MUL Mull, Brandon Sky Raiders (The Five Kingdoms)
Whisked through a portal to The Outskirts, an in-between world, sixth-grader Cole must rescue his friends and find his way back home--before his existence is forgotten.
J MUR Murphy, Jill Dear Hound
When Alfie, a timid deerhound puppy, gets lost in the woods, he will do almost anything--including befriending a pair of foxes--to find his way home to his beloved boy, Charlie, who refuses to believe Alfie is gone for good.
J NIM Nimmo, Jenny Midnight for Charlie Bone (Children of the Red King)

Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. Grades 4 – 6.

Also in this series: The Time Twister; Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy; Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors; Charlie Bone and the Hidden King; Charlie Bone and The Beast; Charlie Bone and the Shadow; Charlie Bone and the Red Knight.

J NOR Northrop, Michael Book of the Dead (Tombquest)

Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can pull her son back from the brink. The problem? When she uses the spells, five Death Walkers are also brought back to life.

An ancient evil has been unleashed. Long-dead mummies are awakening. New York City is overrun by menacing scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world. . . even if they have to go head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.

NEWBERY 1961 O’Dell, Scott Island of the Blue Dolphins
The adventures of a beautiful Indian girl who lives a serene and courageous life as the solitary survivor for eighteen years on a remote island off the California coast, in the 1880's. Grades 5 – 8.
J PAT Patterson, James Treasure Hunters
The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives.
J PAU Paulsen, Gary Brian’s Winter
Instead of being rescued from a plane crash, as in the author's book Hatchet, this story portrays what would have happened to Brian had he been forced to survive a winter in the wilderness with only his survival pack and hatchet. Grades 5 – 9.
J PAU Paulsen, Gary Hatchet
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. Grades 6 – 9.
J PRE Preus, Margi West of the Moon
In nineteenth-century Norway, fourteen-year-old Astri, whose aunt has sold her to a mean goatherder, dreams of joining her father in America.
J PRI Primavera, Elise Ms. Rapscott’s Girls
Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn’t agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.
J PYR Pyron, Bobbie A Dog’s Way Home
After a car accident strands them at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved sheltie, Tam, overcome months filled with physical and emotional challenges to find their way back to each other.
J REE Reeve, Philip Oliver and the Seawigs
Oliver grew up in a family of explorers but his biggest adventure is about to begin! Along with his new friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver goes off in search of his missing parents. But before he can put his rescue plan into action there's the evil Stacey de Lacey and an army of greasy, green sea monkeys to contend with.
J REN Renner, Ellen Castle of Shadows
Ever since the Queen mysteriously disappeared and the King went mad five years ago, eleven-year-old Princess Charlie has lived a wild and mostly unsupervised life in the country of Quale—until now. With the discovery of an unfinished letter in the Queen’s handwriting, Charlie embarks on a quest to find her mother and save the kingdom from a revolution.
J REX Rex, Adam Cold Cereal
A boy who may be part changeling, twins involved in a bizarre secret experiment, and a clurichaun in a red tracksuit try to save the world from an evil cereal company whose ultimate goal is world domination.
J REX Rex, Adam Unlucky Charms
Three kids must save the world from the diabolical schemes of an evil breakfast cereal company, which has been luring magical creatures to our world through a rift in the time-space continuum.
J RIL Riley, James Story Thieves
Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen's life is boring. Until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.
J RIO Riordan, Rick The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

Percy Jackson is special because his father is Poseidon, God of the Sea, and Percy sets out on an adventure across the United States to prevent a war between the gods. Grades 4 – 6.

Also in this series: The Sea of Monsters; The Titan’s Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; The Last Olympian.

J RIO Riordan, Rick The Red Pyramid

After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. Grades 4 – 9.

Also in this series: The Throne of Fire; The Serpent’s Shadow.

J ROD Rodda, Emily The Wizard of Rondo
Cousins Leo and Mimi return to the world of Rondo through their family's enchanted music box to rescue a missing wizard and foil the plans of the evil Blue Queen. Grades 4 – 6.
J ROY Roy, Carter The Blood Guard
When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove's seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped. And the kidnappers are after him, too. His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she's a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure - thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive. Now all those after-school activities - gymnastics, judo, survival training - she made him take, make sense. For suddenly Ronan is swept up in a sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling adventure - dashing from one danger to the next, using his wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evil doers with strange powers.
NEWBERY 1999 Sachar, Louis Holes
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. Grades 5 – 8.
J SAL Salane, Jeffrey Lawless
The Lawless School provides the right education for kids on the wrong side of the law.
M Freeman has been homeschooled her entire life. So M has no idea just how unusual her education has been - not until she leaves home to attend the prestigious (and mysterious) Lawless School.
Suddenly, it's very clear to M that her tutors have been preparing her all along for a life of crime. She excels at escape tactics. She's a whiz at spotting forgeries. Her years of piano lessons pay off when picking pockets and cracking safes.
M's newfound talent for criminal mischief soon brings her to the attention of the Masters, the secretive school's most secretive clique. M's interest in the Masters is personal - joining this international dishonor society is her best chance to learn the truth about her father's life . . . and his death. But when her first real-world heist goes wrong, M is left wondering: Is there truly honor among thieves?
J SCH Schulz, Heidi Hook’s Revenge
Jocelyn Hook's grandfather has never been able to mold her into a proper young lady, so when he decides that the situation is beyond him, he ships her off to boarding school. Between tyrannical teachers and mean-girl students, Jocelyn's life at school is sheer misery. Only two things keep her from complete despair: her friendship with Roger the kitchen boy, and her dream that someday her famous father, Captain James Hook himself, will whisk her away to a life of piracy and adventure. The latter never exactly happens -- instead, Jocelyn learns that her father has been killed by the Neverland Crocodile, and her only inheritance is a quest for vengeance. Jocelyn is to travel to Neverland, assemble a pirate crew, and lead an attack on the foul beast. And, because the headmistress of the boarding school sent Roger away for being too familiar with the students (well, just Jocelyn, really), she'll have to do it without the help of her loyal best friend. But anything is better than boarding school right?
J SHE Shelton, Dave A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book, and a ukulele. The bear assures the boy that they are traveling a short distance and it really shouldn't take very long. But then they encounter "unforeseeable anomalies": turbulent stormy seas! a terrifying sea monster! and the rank remains of The Very Last Sandwich. The odds are pitted against the boy and the bear and their boat.
J SMI Smith, Roland Eruption (Storm Runners)

Twelve-year-old Chase and his friend Nicole Rossi attempt to rescue the Rossi Brothers' Circus--lions, tigers, elephants, and all--in Mexico, where a massive earthquake has struck, leading to the imminent eruption of a volcano.

Also in this series: Storm Runners; The surge.

J SNO Snow, Alan Worse Things Happen at Sea! (The Ratbridge Chronicles)
The kooky residents of Ratbridge are clamoring for the miracle medicine Black Jollop, but a shortage calls for action. The Nautical Laundry, the famed rat-pirate vessel, must journey afar to gather the medicine’s secret ingredient. But things aren’t what they seem…and soon the ship is under attack. Can young Arthur and his Ratbridge friends triumph and return with the cure for the town’s ills?
J STA Stanley, Diane Chosen Prince
Prince Alexos, the long-awaited champion of the goddess Athene, follows the course of his destiny through war and loss and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its end: shipwreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. There he meets the unforgettable Aria and faces the greatest challenge of his life.
J STE Stewart, Trent Lee The Mysterious Benedict Society

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Grades 5 – 9.

Also in this series: The Perilous Journey; The Prisoner's Dilemma; The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.

J SYL Sylvester, Kevin Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders

Fourteen-year-old chef and budding detective Neil Flambé helps the police in their investigation of the murders of some of the best chefs in town, a mystery that seems to have something to do with Marco Polo.

Also in this series: Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction.

SERIES I SURVIVED Tarshis, Lauren I Survived… Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (I Survived)

Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm. At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?

Also in this series: I Survived The Shark Attacks Of 1916; I Survived The Sinking Of The Titanic, 1912; I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941; I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906; I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001.

J TAS Tashjian, Janet My Life as a Stuntboy
Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime—to be a stunt boy in a major movie featuring a pretty teen starlet. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must wear a wig! His friends are never going to let him live this down. If that weren’t his only problem, his parents are threatening to give away his pet monkey, and his best friend just posted an embarrassing video of him on Youtube. Can life get any worse? Still the irrepressible Derek takes it all in stride and even manages to save the day.
J TAY Taylor, S.S. The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair

Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous — and presumed dead — explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.

Also in this series: The Expeditioners and the Treasure of the Drowned Man’s Cavern.

J TAY Taylor, Theodore The Cay
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion. Grades 5 – 8.
J THI Riordan, Rick The Maze of Bones (39 Clues)

Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the thirty-nine clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family's power, but by taking on the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family. Grades 4 – 7.

Also in this series: One False Note; The Sword Thief; Beyond the Grave; The Black Circle; In Too Deep; The Viper's Nest; The Emperor's Code; Storm Warning; Into The Gauntlet.

J THI Korman, Gordon The Medusa Plot (39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers)

The Cahills thought they were the most powerful family the world had ever known. They thought they were the only ones who knew about Gideon Cahill and his Clues. The Cahills were wrong.
Powerful enemies - the Vespers - have been waiting in the shadows. Now it's their time to rise and the world will never be the same.

Also in this series: A King's Ransom; The Dead Of The Night; Shatterproof; Trust No One; Day of Doom.

J URS Ursu, Anne The Shadow Thieves (The Cronus Chronicles)

After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil. Grades 5 – 8.

Also in this series: The Siren Song; The Immortal Fire.

J VAN Van Draanen, Wendelin The Power Potion (Gecko and Sticky)

Thirteen-year-old Dave and Sticky, his kleptomaniac sidekick gecko, try to keep a special potion from falling into the hands of the diabolical Damien Black. Ages 8 – 12.

Also in this series: The Greatest Power; Villain's Lair; Sinister Substitute.

J WAT Watson, Jude Loot: How to Steal a Fortune
On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It's Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he's dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: "Find jewels."
But March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot. He's talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. No sooner than the two find each other, they're picked up by the police and sent to the world's worst orphanage. It's not prison, but it feels like it.
March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father's business inside and out, and they're tired of being pushed around. Just one good heist, and they'll live the life of riches and freedom most kids only dream about.
J WHI White, J.A. The Thickety: A Path Begins
Kara and her brother, Taff, are shunned by their village because their mother was a witch. The villagers believe nothing is more evil than magic, except for what lurks in the nearby Thickety. But when Kara enters the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book, a grimoire that might have belonged to her mother. The events she then sets in motion are both awe-inspiring and terrifying.
J WIL Williams, Maiya The Hour of the Outlaw
Rowan, Nina, Xanthe, and Xavier are reunited for their first solo time travel trip, venturing to Bloomington, Illinois, in 1856 in search of an unhappy teen whose decision to run away from his father seems to have changed history.
Grades 5 – 8.

Last updated: 10/14/2015