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Title: The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes Pages: 205 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure Published by: Self-published (March 30th, 2016) Summary Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.  To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring… Read More

Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken Pages: 362 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy/Paranormal Published by: Disney-Hyperion (Sept. 5, 2017) Summary Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor… Read More

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading Pages: 262 Genres: Mystery, Adventure, YA, Middle Grade Published by: Amazon Digital Services (Nov. 30, 2012) Summary Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty… 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: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Pages: 216 Genres: YA, Middle Grade, Contemporary, Magical Realism Published by: Walker Books (Sept. 27, 2011) Summary The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… This monster is something… 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