Anderson, M.T. The Game of Sunken Places. Y FIC Anderson (SERIES)
When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game that draws them into a mysterious adventure.SEQUELS: The Suburb Beyond the Stars (2010) The Empire of Gut and Bone (2011)
Avi. Beyond the Western Sea. Y Fic Avi
Driven from their impoverished Irish village, fifteen-year-old Maura and her younger brother meet their landlord’s runaway son in Liverpool while all three wait for a ship to America; their fates continue to intertwine on board ship and in the New World.
Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Y PB A // Y FIC Avi
As the lone “young lady” on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
Bancks, Tristan. On the Run. Y FIC Bancks
Twelve-year-old Ben, who aspires to be a police officer, struggles to do the right thing when his parents suddenly take him and his little sister “on vacation,” and he learns they took a large amount of money that was mistakenly deposited in their bank account.
Bell, Ted. Nick of Time . Y Fic Bell
Nick McIver is no ordinary boy, fighting pirates, beating Nazis at their own game, and traveling through time.
Bodeen, S.A. The Raft. Y FIC Bodeen
Robbie’s last-minute flight to the Midway Atoll proves to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in shark-infested waters. Fighting for her life, the co-pilot Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins.
Bowler, Tim. Apocalypse. Y FIC Bowler
After being washed ashore and encountering a group of unwelcoming fundamentalists, Kit worries about what will become of him and his family, thus when he returns from a short exploration and discovers that his family has been taken from camp, Kit must turn to a wild girl he has only just met for help in getting them back.
Byrne, Michael. Lottery Boy. Y FIC Byrne
Bully, an orphan living on the streets of London, races to cash in a winning lottery ticket while ruthless hoodlums track him down, desperate for the ticket themselves.
Caine, Rachel. Ink and Bone. Y FIC Caine
In a world where the Great Library of Alexandria governs the flow of information to the people, Jess discovers that those who control the Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than human life after his friend inadvertently commits heresy.
Cameron, Sharon. Rook. Y FIC Cameron
In the Sunken City that was once Paris the guillotine rules again, while Sophia Bellamy from the Commonwealth across the Channel Sea tries to rescue as many of the revolution’s victims as she can smuggle out, and some prisoners disappear from their cells, with a red-tipped rook feather left in their place–but who is the mysterious Red Rook and where does Sophia’s wealthy fiancé, René Hasard, fit in?
Cole, Stephen. Thieves Like Us. Y FIC Cole
A mysterious benefactor hand-picks a group of teen geniuses to follow a set of clues leading to the secrets of everlasting life, secrets which they must steal and for which they risk being killed. Sequel: Thieves Till We Die.
Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. Y Fic Doctorow (SERIES)
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. SEQUEL: Homeland (2013)
Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster. Y Fic Farmer
While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.
Flanagan, John. The Ruins of Gorlan. Y FIC Flanagan (Ranger’s Apprentice SERIES)
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
Friesner, Esther M. Nobody’s Princess. Y FIC Friesner
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, who will be called queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy one day, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean world. SEQUEL: Nobody’s Prize (2008),
Gagnon, Michelle. Don’t Turn Around. Y FIC Gagnon
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.
George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves. YPB George
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.
Gilman, David. The Devil’s Breath. Y FIC Gilman
When fifteen-year-old Max Gordon’s environmentalist-adventurer father goes missing while working in Namibia and Max becomes the target of a would-be assassin at his school in England, he decides he must follow his father to Africa and find him before they both are killed.
Griffin, Paul. Adrift. Y FIC Griffin
Working in Montauk for the summer, Matt and Mike meet three girls who invite them to their Hamptons mansion, where the group decides to sail out into the ocean in a small boat, become lost at sea, and must learn to work together to survive.
Grove, S.E. The Glass Sentence. Y FIC Grove
In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799’s Great Disruption–when all of the continents were flung into different time periods–thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia’s uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston’s foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.
Hesse, Karen. Safekeeping. Y FIC Hesse
When Radley returns to the U.S. after having volunteered abroad, she discovers a country under military rule with strict travel restrictions, and she must find her way back to her Vermont home through the New England woods.
Higgins, Jack. Sure Fire. Y FIC Higgins (SERIES)
Resentful of having to go and live with their estranged father after the death of their mother, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, soon find they have more complicated problems when their father is kidnapped and their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international plot to control the world’s oil. SEQUELS: Death Run (2007), Sharp Shot (2009) & First Strike (2010).
Hobbs, Will. Y FIC Hobbs
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Horowitz, Anthony. Stormbreaker. YPB Horowitz (The Alex Rider Adventures SERIES) (SUMMER READING)
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. SEQUELS: Point Blank (2001), Skeleton Key (2003), Eagle Strike (2004), Scorpia (2004), Ark Angel (2006), Snakehead (2007), Crocodile Tears (2007), Scorpia Rising (2011).
Houck, Colleen. Reawakened. Y FIC Houck
A visit to an Egyptian exhibit brings teen Lilliana Young face to face with a recently awakened mummy-turned-handsome-sun-god as she gets caught up in an adventure with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.
Kipling, Rudyard. Captains Courageous. Y PB K
After being washed overboard from an ocean liner, a spoiled millionaire’s son is rescued by New England fishermen who put him to work on their boat.
Krokos, Dan. False Memory. Y FIC Krokos (SERIES)
Soon after seventeen-year-old Miranda awakens with no memory, she discovers that she can release a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her except Peter, who tells her she is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens. SEQUELS: False Sight (2013) & False Future (2014).
Lawrence, Iain. The Skeleton Tree. Y FIC Lawrence
Chris and Frank’s sailing vessel sinks and they are stranded alone in the wilds of Alaska. They don’t like each other at all, but to survive they must build a relationship.
Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14. Y FIC Laybourne
Six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world–as they know it–apart.
Lee, Stan & Moore, Stuart. Convergence. Y FIC Lee
Follows the experiences of a Chinese-American teen who is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase involving the release of twelve magical superpowers.
Lisle, Janet Taylor. Black Duck . Y Fic Lisle
Years afterwards, Ruben Hart tells the story of how, in 1929 Newport, Rhode Island, his family and his best friend’s family were caught up in the violent competition among groups trying to control the local rum-smuggling trade.
Lloyd-Jones, Emily. Illusive. Y FIC Lloyd-Jones
After a vaccine accidentally creates superpowers in a small percentage of the population, seventeen-year-old Ciere, an illusionist, teams up with a group of fellow high-class, super-powered thieves to steal the vaccine’s formula while staying one step ahead of mobsters and deadly government agents.
McCarthy, Cori. Breaking Sky. Y FIC McCarthy
In the year 2048 Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental “Streaker” jets at the junior Air Force Academy, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father, and as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret.
McNab, Andy. Traitor. Y FIC McNab (Watts Family Adventures SERIES)
A boy who believes his grandfather to be a traitor, a spy who turned against England and then disappeared, tracks down his grandfather and finds out the truth.
Monaghan, Annabel. A Girl Named Digit. Y FIC Monaghan
After identifying a terrorist plot, a brilliant seventeen-year-old girl from Santa Monica, California, gets involved with the young FBI agent who is trying to ensure her safety.
Moore, Peter. V is for Villain. Y FIC Moore
Brad Baron and his friends discover dangerous secrets about the superheroes running their society.
Northrop, Michael. Surrounded by Sharks. Y FIC Northrop
On the first day of vacation thirteen-year-old Davey Tsering wakes up early, slips out of his family’s hotel room without telling anyone, and heads for the beach and a swim in the warm Floridian waters–and a fateful meeting with a shark.
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. Y PB P (SERIES)
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.
Pow, Tom. Captives. Y FIC Pow
When two families are kidnapped while vacationing in the Caribbean, they come to understand something of the island’s political backdrop and the events
that fuel their captors’ actions.
Preller, James. The Courage Test. Y FIC Preller
Dragged along on his father’s wilderness adventure that follows the trail of Lewis and Clark, young Will meets fascinating strangers and has courage-challenging experiences that are overshadowed by growing fears that something is not quite right.
Reichs, Kathy. Virals. Y FIC Reichs (SERIES)
Tory Brennan is the leader of a band of teenage ‘sci-philes’ who live on an island off the coast of South Carolina and when the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.
Roy, Carter. The Blood Guard. Y FIC Roy
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.
Sanderson, Brandon. Steelheart. Y FIC Sanderson
At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny. SEQUEL: Firefight (2015).
Scarrow, Alex. The Eternal War. Y FIC Scarrow
A time wave has altered the entire history of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln followed Liam into the present from 1831 and now the world is in a dangerous state of limbo. If the TimeRiders can’t return Lincoln to the past, the Civil War will never end.
Schreiber, Joe. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. Y FIC Schreiber (SERIES)
Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan. SEQUEL: Perry’s Killer Playlist (2012).
Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. Y FIC Scott (SERIES)
Tella’s brother Cody is sick and getting worse, so when she finds instructions on how to become a contender in the dangerous Brimstone Bleed race where she can win a cure for him, she jumps at the chance–but there is no guarantee that she will win, or even survive.
Smith, Roland. Peak. Y FIC Smith (SERIES)
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. SEQUEL: The Edge (2015).
Terrill, Cristin. All Our Yesterdays. Y FIC Terrill
Em must travel back in time to prevent a catastrophic time machine from ever being invented, while Marina battles to prevent the murder of the boy she loves.
Tintera, Amy. Reboot. Y FIC Tintera (SERIES)
Seventeen-year-old Wren rises from the dead as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier until she is given an order she refuses to follow. SEQUEL: Rebel (2014).
Weitz, Chris. The Young World. Y FIC Weitz
Jefferson, with his childhood friend Donna, leads a tribe of teenagers in New York City on a dangerous quest to find an antidote for a mysterious illness that wiped out all adults and children.
Westerfeld, Scott. So Yesterday. Y FIC Westerfeld
Hunter Braque, a New York City teenager who is paid by corporations to spot what is “cool,” combines his analytical skills with girlfriend Jen’s creative talents to find a missing person and thwart a conspiracy directed at the heart of consumer culture.
Wildavsky, Rachel. The Secret of ROVER. Y FIC Wildavsky
Twelve-year-old twins Katie and David Bowen evade foreign militants and make their way from Washington, D.C. to their uncle’s Vermont home, hoping he can help rescue their parents, who were kidnapped because of their secret invention, Rover.
Yancey, Richard. Alfred Kropp : The Thirteenth Skull. Y FIC Yancey
Teen misfit Alfred Kropp, the last descendant of Sir Lancelot, is once again in danger as he tries to uncover who is behind a top secret project called SOFIA, while eluding a new enemy who seems determined to kill him.