Curtis, Christopher Paul Elijah of Buxton
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family’s freedom.
Hiaasen, Carl Flush
With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
Hiaasen, Carl Scat
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.
Horvath, Polly My One Hundred Adventures
An ambitious 12-year-old named Jane has spent numerous summers with family and friends but now is ready for more adventurous times. The summer brings her an abundance of memorable encounters and journeys that fill Jane’s heart with enormous joy. In the end, however, she learns that life is one big soul searching adventure.
Landy, Derek Skulduggery Pleasant
When twelve-year-old Stephanie Edgely inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces with ace detective Skulduggery Pleasant, a walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter Series)
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
Schmidt, Gary The Wednesday Wars
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.
St. John, Lauren The White Giraffe
After a fire kills her parents, eleven-year-old Martine must leave England to live with her grandmother on a wildlife game reserve in South Africa, where she befriends a mythical white giraffe.