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Title: The Message in the Hollow Oak (Nancy Drew #12) by Carolyn Keene Pages: 181 Genres: Mystery, Children’s Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (1972) Summary: A group of professional detectives challenge Nancy to tackle a mystery that they have failed to solve: find an invaluable message hidden by a missionary centuries ago in a hollow oak tree in Illinois. While searching the woods for the ancient tree, Nancy and her friends live with a group of young… Read More

Title: The Borrowers by Mary Norton Pages: 180 Genres: Children’s, Fantasy Published by: Harcourt Brace & World (Oct. 8th, 1953) Summary Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers — Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings. Whatever the Clocks need they simply “borrow” from the “human beans” who live above them. It’s a comfortable life,… Read More

Title: Holes by Louis Sachar Pages: 233 Genres: Childrens/Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction Published by: Scholastic (Aug. 20, 1998) Summary Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no… Read More

Title: Runaway (Starlight Animal Rescue #1) by Dandi Daley Mackall Pages: 206 Genres: Middle Grade, Children’s Fiction, Contemporary, Christian Published by: Tyndale Kids (January 1st, 2008) Summary A new series by Dandi Daley Mackall, author of the best-selling Winnie the Horse Gentler series! I’ve run away seven times—never once to anything, just away from. Maybe that’s why they call me a “runaway,” and not a “run-to.” Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things “horse”… Read More

Title: Into The Wild by Erin Hunter Pages: 288 Genres: Adventure, Children’s/Middle Grade, Fiction, Animals, Fantasy Published by: HarperTrophy (January 9th, 2003) Summary For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying– and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of… Read More