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Wish

by Joseph Monninger

Reading Level: Grades 6 and up

Bee: 15 years old, class president, good grades, takes care of her little brother Tommy; excited about the family trip to San Francisco’s shark coast.
Tommy: 11 years old, has cystic fibrosis, incredibly smart, obsessed with great white sharks; given the chance to dive with great whites in a cage through a make-a-wish foundation.
Their Mom: constantly flirting, a little distant; ruining their trip to San Francisco by going on a date and not coming back.
Ty Barry: 21 years old, survived a shark attack a few years ago and has become young Tommy’s pen pal; takes Tommy and Bee in when they run away from their inattentive mother after a failed shark dive excursion.
Little Brew: Ty’s extremely hot younger brother; has a crush on Bee.

Charcharadon carcharias: the great white shark, eater of seals and sea lions, biter of Ty’s surfboard (miraculously not Ty); according to Tommy, a misunderstood animal.

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Shark Girl by Kelly L. Bingham
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
Hippie Chick by Joseph Monninger
 

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Animals--Real, Don't Miss These, Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Roller Skates

by Ruth Sawyer

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

When ten-year-old Lucinda's parents decide to travel to Italy for a year, they drop Lucinda off at a sort of temporary orphanage in New York. Undaunted, Lucinda straps on her roller skates and begins skating around the city, making friends as she goes. Most of these friends would be frowned upon by her stuffy Aunt Emily (who Lucinda must spend every Saturday sewing with) because of either their age or their status in life, but cheerful Lucinda doesn't mind, and befriends anyone she meets.

Lucinda's cheerful nature and desire for every single one of her friends to experience happiness and good fortune seeps off the page and into your heart in this beautifully told 1937 Newbery winner.

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You might also like:
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Award Winners, Books for Girls, Don't Miss These Location: J Fiction
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Z

by Michael Thomas Ford

Reading Level: Grades 7 - 9

Josh spends a lot of his free time playing a virtual reality game that his parents despise. The game? Killing z's. Zombies. Meatbags. The undead. Doesn't matter what you call 'em, as long as you kill 'em quickly. And Josh is one of the best.

So good, in fact, that he's invited to play a secret IRL* version of the game. In prepping for his first game with another (female!) player named Charlie, he takes a drug called Z - to help him think just like the enemy. Josh soon spends so much of his time taking Z and prepping for or playing the IRL game that his friendships become strained.

What Josh doesn't know is that he's risking more than his friendships by playing. He's risking his life.

*noob definition: in real life

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Other good zombie books:
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
You Are So Undead to Me by Jay Stacey

Similar novels:
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Shade's Children by Garth Nix
Epic by Connor Kostick
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Horror, Science Fiction, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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The Scorch Trials

by James Dashner

Reading Level: Grades 6 and up

If you haven't yet read The Maze Runner yet, stop reading this review.

Thomas, Teresa and the other Gladers have escaped the Maze and been rescued, supposedly. But after what they all went through in the Maze, who can trust anything?

Soon, unsurprisingly, the Gladers find themselves in the midst of another trial - one even more grueling and dangerous than the Maze. But there are more elements to the test this time, and Thomas doesn't know how he and his friends will survive this time.

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Another book that deals with the testing of children for a greater good:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

More dark dystopias:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Storm Thief by Chris Wooding
The Rule of Claw by John Brindley
The Inferior by Peadar O'Guilin

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Science Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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The Dead Boys

by Royce Buckingham

Reading Level:  Grade 6-8

When 12-year-old Teddy moves, he is menaced by the eerie tree next door and a cadre of strange boys who all seem intent on luring him to disaster.

Other creepy stories include:
The Light by D.J. MacHale
The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafron and
Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Pathfinder

by Orson Scott Card

Reading Level: Grade 7+

Card, the author of the beloved Ender Wiggins series, scores again with this new series. 13-year-old Rigg has lived an isolated life with his demanding father hunting and trapping in the wilderness. Despite their isolation, Rigg's father has given his son an exceptional education is languages, science, and psychology. He has also pushed Rigg to hone his unusual path-finding skills.

When his father suddenly dies, Rigg must make his way alone in a hostile world...one that takes a very dim view of a boy with exceptional powers.

If you enjoyed this sophisticated science fiction adventure, try:
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Boys, Science Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Is It Night or Day?

by Fern Schumer Chapman

Reading Level:  Grades 5-7

As the Nazi noose closes, 12-year-old Edith's desperate parents send her alone on a long journey across the ocean to live in Chicago with an uncle she doesn't know.

This book is based on the author's mother's experiences as one of the children rescued by the One Thousand Children project.

Other gripping stories of Holocaust refugees include:
Ten Thousand Children : True Stories Told by Children who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport by Anne L. Fox
The Other Half of Life : A Novel Based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis by Kim Ablon Whitney and
Sheltering Rebecca by Mary Baylis-White

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Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Historical Fiction, The Holocaust Location: JY Fiction
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The Floating Islands

by Rachel Neumeier

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After a volcanic eruption demolishes his village and kills his parents and sister, Trei seeks help from his father's brother only to be sent away because he is a "half-breed." Trei then makes the difficult journey to the floating islands to seek help from his mother's family. With their sponsorship, Trei is tested and accepted as an apprentice karjuraihi where he learns to make his own pair of feathered wings and join the legendary corps of soaring kajuraihi. Just as Trei settles into his happy new life, disaster strikes again and it is up to Trei and his cousin to save their island home.

Other fantastic tales of questing flyers include:
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins and
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson and

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Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Fantasy Location: JY Fiction
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Nora and the Texas Terror

by udy Cox

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

Nora's life is turned upside down when her uncles family move in with her family and Nora has to share her bedroom and school with a cousin she has never liked.

For another tale of an obnoxious relative try:
The Diary of Melanie Martin, or, How I survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza by Carol Weston

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Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Realistic Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Most Wanted

by Kate Thompson

Reading Level:  Grades 3 - 5

Marcus, a baker's son in Ancient Rome, is thrust into danger when he inadvertently takes possession of Incitatus, the beloved horse of the blood-thirsty Emperor Caligula.

Other ancient world adventures include:
The Wadjet Eye by Jill Rubalcaba
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld and
Atticus of Rome by Barry Denenberg

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Real, Books for Boys, Historical Fiction Location: J Fiction
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