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Summer Reading Recommended Books for Upper Grades

To be read by all Seventh Grade students: Spear, Elizabeth, The Witch of Blackbird Pond

To be read by all Eighth Grade students: Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird

For the remainder of your summer reading books, select three (3) from the list below:

Aguirre, Ann. Enclave. Fiewel and Friends, 2011. Following her fifteenth birthday, Huntress Deuce is sent with topsider Fade to determine the fate of a neighboring enclave. After a shocking discovery, the pair is banished by their own enclave’s elders and must face the darkness and dangers unlike any ever seen.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. Simon & Schuster, 2008. After being sold to a cruel Loyalist couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary Wary. Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

Aronson, Marc. If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge. National Geographic, 2010. Texts, photographs, and explanatory maps and illustrations document archaeologist Mark Parker Pearson’s study of Stonehenge and the surrounding area, describing what he found and what the artifacts reveal about the site and its history.

Asimov, Isaac. The Stars, Like Dust. First published 1951. At the death of his father, Biron Farrill becomes involved in the plot to rebel against the Tyranni who have conquered many worlds.

Barton, Chris. Can I See Your ID? : True Stories of False Identities. Dial Books, 2011. From the impoverished young woman who enchanted nineteenth-century British society as a faux Asian princess to the lonely but clever Frank Abagnale of “Catch Me if You Can” fame, these ten true vignettes offer riveting insight into mind-blowing masquerades.

Black, Holly. Doll Bones. McEderry Books, 2013. Three middle school friends, who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl, but nothing goes according to plan. As their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Newbery Honor, 2014.

Bondoux, Anne-Laure. A Time of Miracles. Translated from the French by Y. Maudet. Delacorte, 2010. In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgetable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life. Batchelder Award Winner, 2011.

Bradford, Chris. Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. Disney-Hyperion, 2008. Orphaned by a ninja pirate attack off the coast of Japan in 1611, twelve-year-old English lad Jack Fletcher is determined to prove himself despite the bullying of fellow students. A legendary sword master who rescues Jack begins training him as a samurai warrior.

Bullard, Lisa. Turn Left at the Cow. Houghton Mifflin, 2013. Travis runs away from his home in California to his grandmother’s home in rural Minnesota to find out about his father whom he never knew, and finds himself enmeshed in a mystery about his father, as well as trying to deal with the kids next door.

Card, Orson Scott. Pathfinder. Simon Pulse, 2010. Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others’ pasts, but revelations after his death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.

Carriger, Gail. Etiquette & Espionage. Little, Brown, 2013. In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where she is surprised to learn that lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Greenwillow, 2011. Princess Elisa has been married off to a neighboring king. Unsure about who she is and what to do, she is kidnapped and catapulted into an adventure where she has to blen her own fate with that of her people.

Carter, Ally. Heist Society. Disney-Hyperion, 2010. A group of teenagers uses its combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

Catmull, Katherine. Summer and Bird. Dutton, 2012. In the world of Down, young sisters Summer and Bird are separated and go in very different directions as they seek their missing parents, try to vanquish the evil Puppeteer, lead the talking birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen.

Charlton, Blake. Spellwright. Tor Books, 2010. A wizard’s apprentice, Nicodemus Weal, has trouble controlling his spells because he is dyslexic. To make matters worse, he is named a suspect in the murder of a powerful wizard and must race against time to clear his name and uncover who is responsible for that crime as well as the destruction of the city around him.

Chatterton, Martin. The Brain Finds a Leg. Peachtree, 2009. In Farrago Bay, Australia, thirteen-year-old Sheldon is recruited by a new student, Theo Brain, to help investigate a murder which is tied not only to bizarre animal behavior but also to a diabolical plan to alter human intelligence.

Chibbaro, Julie. Deadly. Atheneum, 2011. New York City in 1793 is reeling from typhoid fever and sixteen-year-old Prudence is hired, against convention, by the Sanitation Department to discover how the disease is being spread.

Choldenko, Gennifer No Passengers Beyond This Point. Dial Books, 2011. With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and their brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them. However, when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.

Constable, Cathryn. The Wolf Princess. Scholastic, 2013. Sophie Smith is an orphan stuck in a boarding school in London, but at night she dreams of Russia and wolves – then, on a class trip to Saint Petersburg, she finds herself and her two friends deliberately separated from the group and whisked off into the silver forest of her dreams, where a mystery awaits.

Crossan, Sarah. The Weight of Water. Bloomsbury, 2013. Told in verse, this story is about twelve-year-old Kasienka who immigrates to England from Poland with her mother in search of Kasienka’s father. Sadly, everyone is not friendly except for one neighbor and a cute boy Kasienka meets at the swimming pool, which is her only refuge from bullies and an unfamiliar society.

Cummings, Priscilla. Red Kayak. Dutton, 2004. Living near the water on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, thirteen-year-old Brady and his best friends J.T. and Digger become entangled in a tragedy which tests their friendship and their idea about right and wrong.

Davies, Stephen. Outlaw: A Novel. Clarion, 2011. The children of Britain’s ambassador to Burkina Faso, fifteen-year-old Jake, who loves technology and adventure, and thirteen-year-old Kas, a budding social activist, are abducted and spend time in the Sahara desert with Yakuuba Sor, who some call a terrorist but others consider a modern-day Robin Hood.

Dixon, Heather. Entwined. Greenwillow, 2011. Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother’s death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon involves romance, mystery, and eventually nightmare!

Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir. The Hound of the Baskervilles. First published 1902. Sherlock Holmes is asked to investigate the tale of a mysterious death and a hound that haunts the lonely moors around the Baskervilles’ ancestral home.

Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers. First published 1844. Young d’Artagan comes to Paris to join the Musketeers who serve King Louis XIV and try to foil the evil plots of Cardinal Richelieu.

Engle, Margarita. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom. Holt, 2008. Using free verse poetry, Rosa tells her story of healing, revolution, slavery, survival, and hope during three revolutions in Cuba between 1868 and 1898.

Eulberg, Elizabeth. Take a Bow. Scholastic, 2012.The Senior Showcase recital at a performing arts high school in New York is approaching: Sophie is grateful for the support of her friends and boyfriend; Emme and Ethan wonder whether they could be more than friends and band-mates; and Carter does not know how to admit that he would rather be a painter than a performer.

Evans, Richard Paul. Michael Vey, Prisoner of Cell 25. Simon Pulse, 2011.To everyone at school, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid with Tourette’s syndrome. However, Michael is extremely special . . . he has electric powers. Michael and his friends set out to discover how he and a cheerleader named Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to use the electric teens to control the world.

Falkner, Brian. Assault. Random House, 2012. In the year 2030, six teens have been modified to look like the aliens who are battling for control of Earth. Their mission: to go behind enemy lines to uncover and destroy a shocking, secret alien project.

Feinstein, John. The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Two teen reporters stumble across an illegal betting ring when they team up with major Washington news reporters to cover one of the fiercest rivalries of college football.

Fforde, Jasper. The Last Dragonslayer. Harcourt, 2012. Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer – and Big Magic.

Freedman, Russell. The War to End All Wars: World War I. Clarion, 2010. This is a narrative story of World War I that features archival photographs and describes how advanced military weaponry impacted the course of the war.

Frost, Robert. Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost. Edited by Gary D. Schmidt. Sterling, 1994. A selection of twenty-five poems by Robert Frost arranged by the four seasons and illustrated by Henri Sorenson. At the bottom of each poem is a brief editor’s note about how the lines could be read.

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. HarperCollins, 2008. Toddler Bod, short for Nobody, crawls into a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered. He is then raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen by the graveyard’s ghosts and otherworldly creatures. Newbery Award 2009.

Gerwirtz, Adina. Zebra Forest. Candlewick, 2013. Eleven-year-old Annie and her younger brother are being raised by their Gran and are surrounded by family secrets, but everything changes when an escaped criminal shows up at their house and takes them all hostage. There is an interesting thematic connection to the classic Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, which the children read throughout the story.

Gier, Kerstin. Ruby Red Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. Holt, 2011. Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth Shepherd unexpectedly travels through time to the eighteenth century where she discovers a mystery about her real birth date and finds to her dismay that she must work with Gideon – another time traveler who hates her!

Gleitzman, Morris. Once. Holt, 2010. After living in a Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. The Red Umbrella. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. In 1961, fourteen-year-old Lucia’s comfortable life in Cuba ends when communists take control of the country. Lucia and her younger brother are sent by their parents to live with a foster family in Nebraska and must adapt to a new language and way of life.

Grimes, Nikki. Planet Middle School. Bloomsbury, 2011. A series of poems describes all the baffling changes at home and at school in twelve-year-old Joylin’s transition from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Game Changer. Simon & Schuster, 2012. While playing in the champion softball game, star pitcher KT Sutton blacks out and awakes to a changed world where the roles of academics and sports at her middle school have flipped, making talented athletes, such as KT, outcasts and brainy nerds popular.

Hale, Nathan. One Dead Spy: The Life, Times, and Last Words of Nathan Hale, America’s Most Famous Spy. Amulet Books, 2012. After being swallowed by a giant history book moments before his own execution, Nathan Hale is given the chance to tell his own story as well as many other stories from American History.

Harrington, Kim. The Dead and Buried. Point, 2012. High School senior Jade is horrified to learn her father and stepmother have bought the house of a girl who was mysteriously killed just the year before they moved to town. She is even more horrified to realize the house is being haunted by the dead girl’s very mean-spirited ghost.

Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Random House, 2012. Seraphina is half dragon and half human and, if people knew, would be considered and abomination. She lives a life in teh shadows until her musical talent, a mysterious death, and her attraction to a handsome prince bring her life to a crisis. Morris Award for Best YA Debut Novel.

Hinds, Gareth. The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel. Candlewick, 2010. Homer’s epic tale of Odysseus – the ancient Greek hero who encounters witches and other obstacles on his journey home after fighting in the Trojan War – is retold in graphic novel format.

Hoffman, Alice. Green Witch. Scholastic, 2010. A year after her family and world are destroyed, Green and her fellow survivors go on quest for answers about life, love, loss, and their future.

Jablonski, Carla. Resistance: Book 1. First Second, 2010. After trying to hide their Jewish friend Henri when his parents disappear, Paul and Marie are asked to join the French resistance. They experience the horrors of World War II in Vichy France as their own father is held by the Nazis.

Kibuishi, Kazu, ed. Explorer: Mystery Boxes. Amulet Books, 2012. Seven popular authors contribute wildly different graphic stories revolving around the mysterious contents of a box.

Kincaid, S.J. Insignia. Katherine Tegen, 2012. Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

King, Wesley. The Vindico. Putnam’s, 2012. When supervillians of the Vindico realize that they are getting tool old to fight the League of Heroes, they kidnap and begin training five teens, but James, Lana, Hayden, Emily, and Sam will not become the next generation of evil without a fight.

Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book. First published in magazines, 1893-1895. This is a collection of stories which center on Mowgli, a “man-cub” raised by wolves. His journey to adulthood is aided by Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. Also included is the story of a mongoose, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.

LaFleur, Suzanne M. Listening for Lucca. Wendy Lamb, 2013. When her younger brother, Lucca, stopped talking, Siena’s family moved to Maine in hopes of a fresh start. Their home on the beach, however, has ghostly secrets of its own that connect Siena with a boy and girl who lived there during World War II.

Lane, Andrew. Death Cloud. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously “unwell,” fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and diabolical villain.

Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea. First published 1968. After pride causes him to unleash a demon, Zed is compelled to either chase or escape from the ever-pursuing shadow.

Lu, Marie. Legend. Putnam’s, 2011. In a dark future, when North America has split in to two warring Nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

McMann, Lisa. The Unwanteds. Aladdin, 2011. In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated – one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. Alfred. A. Knopf, 2013. When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown. National Book Award Finalist 2013.

Meloy, Maile. The Apothecary. Putnam’s, 2011. During the early days of the Red Scare, Janie and her family must leave their home in Los Angeles and move to London. There, she encounters a fascinating boy named Benjamin Burrows who wants to become a spy. When Benjamin discovers his father has some secrets of his own, Janie and Benjamin begin a race against the Russians to prevent a global disaster.

Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. Feiwel and Friends, 2012. Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister’s illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing. When Cinder’s life gets intertwined with Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

Monaghan, Annabel. A Girl Named Digit. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. After identifying a terrorist plot by cracking their codes, Digit, a brilliant girl from Santa Monica, California, gets involved with the young FBI agent who is trying to ensure her safety.

Mull, Brandon. A World Without Heroes. Aladdin, 2011. Fourteen-year-old Jason Walker is transported to a strange world called Lyrian, where he joins Rachel and a few rebels to piece together the Word than can destroy the malicious wizard emperor.

Mulligan, Andy. Trash. David Fickling Books, 2010. A group of fourteen-year-old boys – who make a living picking garbage from the outskirts of a large city – finds something special and mysterious that brings terrifying consequences.

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Wisdom’s Kiss: A Thrilling and Romantic Adventure, Incorporating Magic, Villainy, and a Cat. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. Princess Wisdom has been betrothed to the Duke of Farina. Unfortunately, she falls in love with a circus acrobat whose heart already belongs to another. Despite all this, they must band together, along with Magic the cat (to whom there is more than meets the eye), in order to preserve the kingdom and save it from almost certain ruin.

Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. Candlewick, 2011. Troubled by the recurring nightmare that started with his mother’s cancer treatments, twelve-year-old Conor is shocked by a monster in the form of giant yew tree that appears at his window – a monster who has three stories to tell and who wants “the truth” from Conor. Andrew Carnegie Medel.

Oliver, Mary. Dog Songs: Thirty-five Dog Songs and One Essay. Penguin, 2013. A collection of poems and one essay about dogs and their relationships with their owners.

O’Neal, Eilis. The False Princess. Egmont USA, 2011. Nalia has been raised as the Princess of Thorvaldor, but on her sixteenth birthday she learns that her real name is Sinda and that she is part of a complicated plot that would change the future of her country forever.

Oppel, Kenneth. This Dark Endeavor. Simon & Schuster, 2011. Victor Frankenstein, his twin brother, and his cousin explore the dark and forbidden depths of the Frankenstein castle, stumbling across the ancient magical texts that Victor later hopes will save his brother’s life. A precursor to the classic character first introduced by Mary Shelley in 1818.

Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water. Clarion, 2010. Young Salva survives many dangers growing up in war-torn Sudan and dedicates his life to making a difference for those who live in his native land. Based on a true story.

Pratchett, Terry. Dodger. HarperCollins, 2012. In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, and cunning and cheeky streen urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeny Todd. Printz Honor Award 2013.

Rice, Condoleezza. Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me. Delacorte, 2011. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shares stories of growing up in a black middle class family during the racially turburlent 1950s and 1960s.

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Quirk Books, 2011. Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined but may also still be alive. Haunting vintage photographs are dispersed throughout the book, giving the story a hint of creepiness.

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos. The Prince of Mist. Little, Brown, 2010. In 1943, in a seaside town where their family has gone to be safe from war, thirteen-year-old Max Carver and his fifteen-year-old sister Alicia, along with their new friend Roland, face off against an evil magician who is striving to complete a bargain he made before he died.

Rusch, Elizabeth. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. The story of the two robot vehicles, Spirit and Opportunity, that were sent to explore Mars, lasting far past their projected lives of three months and sending back valuable images of the environmentally hostile planet.

Sachar, Louis. The Cardturner: A Novel About a Queen, a King, and a Joker. Delacorte, 2010. When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative.

Schmatz, Pat. Bluefish. Candlewick, 2011. Longing for the country and his missing dog Roscoe, Travis tries to survive in a new school while living with his alcoholic grandfather and burdened by a painful secret. Hope comes in the form of a teacher and a new friend named Velveeta.

Schmidt, Gary D. Okay for Now. Clarion, 2011. Fourteen-year-old Doug has just moved to a new town. A new town means another chance to start over. Will everyone assume he is like his thug of an older brother? Will everyone assume he is like his corrupt, abusive father? All Doug wants is to be treated fairly and, thanks to a couple of new friends, Doug may just find out what it is like to be “okay for now.”

Sepetys, Ruta. Between Shades of Gray. Philomel, 2011. On a calm, beautiful night in 1941 Lithuania, fifteen-year-old Lina’s life is torn apart as she and her family are forced from their home and sent to work in labor camps along the harsh Arctic Circle as part of Stalin’s forced relocation program.

Sheinkin, Steve. Lincoln’s Grave Robbers. Scholastic, 2012. An account of how counterfeiter Benjamin Boyd’s gang stole the body of Abraham Lincoln, their demand for Boyd’s release from jail as well as two hundred thousand dollars as ransom, and the efforts of the Secret Service to recover the remains.

Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. Simon & Schuster, 2007. Three teens embark upon a cross-country journey in order to escape from a society that salvages body parts from children ages thirteen to eighteen.

Sonnenblick, Jordan. After Ever After. Scholastic, 2010. Jeffrey, cancer survivor from Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, now confronts eighth grade without Steven, his staunch, supportive older brother; but he bonds with Tad, also a cancer survivor, making a pact to help each other – Tad to walk for graduation without his wheelchair and Jeffrey to pass his standardized test in math to graduate.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. First published 1883. A classic pirate story reproduced in movies and TV shows more than any other, Treasure Islandtells the tale of the quest for treasure by Jim Hawkins and pirate Long John Silver. The book also introduced the now infamous pirate song “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest – Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. Scholastic, 2011. Some race for fame. Some race for fortune. Then there is the story of Puck Connolly who, for the sake of her family, willingly risks her life as she races the legendary water horses in the bloody and brutal Scorpio Races.

Strohmeyer, Sarah. Smart Girls Get What They Want. Balzer + Bray, 2012. Who says smart girls can’t have fun? Three brainiac high school best friends decide to branch out – with mixed results.

Stroud, Jonathan. The Ring of Solomon. Disney-Hyperion, 2010. Bartimaeus, a wise-cracking djinni, finds himself in the tenth century and at the court of King Solomon with an unpleasant master and a sinister servant, and he gets himself into trouble with King Solomon’s magic ring.

Supplee, Suzanne. Somebody Everybody Listens To. Dutton, 2010. When Retta Lee Jones graduates from high school and leaves her small town in search of a big break in Nashville, she encounters warmth and kindness along with cruelty and violence.

Telgmeier, Raina. Smile. Graphix, 2010. In this charming graphic novel Raina navigates the tough world of middle school all while enduring mountains of dental work after knocking out her two front teeth.

TenNapel, Doug. Ghostopolis. Graphix, 2010. Welcome to the afterlife. Terminally ill Garth Hale is accidentally transported to Ghostopolis before his time, and now it is up to washed-up, ghost-wrangler Frank Gallows and Garth’s own deceased grandfather to get the boy back among the living in this action-packed, graphic-novel adventure.

Thomson, Jamie. Dark Lord, The Early Years. Walker, 2012. Evil Dark Lord tries to recover his dignity, his power, and his lands when an arch-foe transports him to a small town and into the body of a thirteen-year-old boy.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. First published 1937. Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hold until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

Valente, Catherynne M. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Feiwel and Friends, 2011. The narrator tells a story, not unlike the perils of Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy in Oz, of a twelve-year-old girl named September who is whisked away to Fairyland to retrieve the golden sword for the cruel queen, Marquess.

Verne, Jules. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. First published 1869. This is a nineteenth-century science fiction tale of an electric submarine, its eccentric captain, and an undersea world.

Walker, Sally M. Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World. Carolrhoda Books, 2012. This book explores the discovery and controversy surrounding the identification of the Kennewick Man, a nine thousand year old skeleton whose remains were found in a riverbed in Washington State in 1996.

White, Kiersetn. Paranormalcy. HarperTeen, 2010. When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and to the alluring shape-shifter named Lend.

Wright, Barbara. Crow. Random House, 2012. Moses Thomas’s summer vacation in 1898 North Carolina does not go as planned and while he deals with family problems and fickle friends, he feels the mounting tension between the African American and white communities.

Zinn, Bridget. Poison. Hyperion, 2013. Kyra is a potions master, so when she tries to save the kingdom by killing her best friend, the princess, she becomes a fugitive pursued by the king’s army and her ex-boyfriend Hal.