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For Grades 6th and up
Found by Joseph Bruchac
A teenage survival expert finds all his skills tested as he’s pursued through the Canadian wilderness by men determined to silence him.
Independence Hall by Roland Smith
Step-siblings Q (Quest) and Angela are thrust into the work of the U.S. Secret Service and the Israeli Mossad when Angela realizes she’s being followed, and Q learns the secret about Angela.
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
In 1890 Washington the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back–and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.
Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks
Stranded in the world of Minecraft, an unnamed protagonist must survive a harsh environment while unraveling the secrets of a mysterious island.
The Flooded Earth by Mardi McConnochie
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
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 to him by his mother.
In the Red by Christopher Swiedler
Stranded hours from their Martian home with a limited supply of food, water, and air, best friends Michael and Lilith must risk everything if they’re to get back to the colony alive.
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.
The Dragon Path by Ethan Young (Graphic Novel)
The Wong Clan must leave their ruined homeland for a better life in the mythical Old Land, but to get there they must follow the dragon path, where their sworn enemies, the Dragon Tribe, rule.
Flood City by Daniel José Older
Flood City is the last inhabitable city left above the waters that cover the earth. It’s also the last battleground between the Chemical Barons and the Star Guard. When Max finds Ato wounded and alone after an attack, the two enemies discover they are more alike than different. And if they are going to stop the destruction of Flood City and the coming war, they will need to rely on each other.
Miles Morales: Shockwaves by Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon (Graphic Novel)
Miles Morales, Brooklyn’s Spider-Man, learns that the disappearance of a new student’s father is linked to the giant corporation sponsoring Miles’ fundraiser for the victims of the Puerto Rico earthquake and sets out to discover the truth.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson
McKenna, fourteen, is losing her vision to Stargardt’s disease, but that will not stop her from competing in a rigorous new sled dog race through the Canadian wilderness.
Beast Rider by Tony Johnston and María Elena Fontanot de Rhoads
Having faced great danger, twelve-year-old Manuel finally succeeds in hopping a train out of Mexico but after reuniting with his brother in Los Angeles, he realizes something is not right.
Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock (Graphic Novel)
After escaping the Black Hook Gang in 1860 New York City, twelve-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra flee to New Orleans, become separated, and try to find each other in San Francisco, while being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure.
Alone by Megan Freeman (Novel in Verse)
When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She’s alone–left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned. With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own.
For Grades 9th and up
The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sharif
Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who enact vigilante justice around the world. Athena operatives are never supposed to shoot to kill–so when Jessie can’t stop herself from pulling the trigger, she gets kicked out of the organization, right before a huge mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade.
The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
When Abdi’s family is kidnapped, he’s forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia’s ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.
Into the Hurricane by Neil Connelly
Teenager Maxine is determined to scatter her father’s ashes at the lighthouse on Shackles Island, off the coast of Louisiana because that is where she has good memories of him; Eli, haunted by the ghost of his older sister, is determined to end his own life where she died, on the rocks under the lighthouse–but neither Max or Eli counted on running into each other, or on Hurricane Celeste which is roaring toward the island.
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Wendy J. Maas
Selina Kyle’s coming-of-age-story as she claws her way to the top of Gotham City’s criminal underbelly and becomes Catwoman.
Unnatural Disasters by Jeff Hirsch
Lucy Weaver has her future all figured out. Make an appearance at prom, ditch graduation, and then head out on an epic road trip with her boyfriend, Luke. But when everyone’s phones start to ring halfway through the dance, Lucy knows something terrible has happened–something big. Decades of climate change have left the world teetering on the brink–entire cities drowned, violent extremism on the rise, millions of refugees with nowhere to turn. Is this the night it finally slips over the edge?
Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer (Graphic Novel)
When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous alliance between Earth and Luna, android Iko joins up with a handsome royal guard to hunt down the rogue leader.
The Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer
When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she’s not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships and falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home.
Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña
When Clark Kent follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and learns that people are disappearing from the Mexican-American and undocumented worker community in Smallville. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, Clark discovers that before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.
Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston
Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told.
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems, a street person since leaving his wealthy father’s home, is kidnapped and taken to an underground bunker where he’s soon joined by five others, ranging in age from nine to seventy, who are alternately cared for and tortured by their unseen captor.
Truckus Maximus by Scott Peterson and Jose Garcia (Graphic Novel)
In a near-future world where the Roman Empire never fell, only two things matter: honor and the Game. “The Game” is Truckus Maximus, a competition where drivers race against one another – to the death.
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage.
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld (Graphic Novel)
Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn’t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone’s twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death–or worse.
M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder (Graphic Novel)
In a world of sleeping gods, a broken government, and a fragile peace held in the hands of the corrupt, one youth must find the strength to stand up against evil and save humanity.
Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray and Yusaku Komiyama (Manga)
The Empire can be seductive, particularly if you’re an aspiring young pilot… Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree both know this very well when they enroll Imperial Academy, eager to pursue their dreams. When Thane discovers the darker side of the Empire, though, and defects to the Rebellion, the pair’s lifelong friendship will be put to the ultimate test. Will Thane and Ciena’s relationship — or even they themselves — survive this galactic conflict?