Elevators and gas pumps fail right away; soon cell phones die and grocery shelves empty. Cold and in the dark, people begin to get desperate. Nominated for the edgar award for best mystery “Mystery lovers will be satisfied by the plot and adults will love the curriculum and social awareness tie-ins. School library journal eleven-year-old Luis is left looking for answers after a city-wide blackout leads him to an electrifying mystery in this edge-of-your-seat thriller from Martha Freeman.
Zap! #ad - Luis cardenal is toasting a Pop-Tart when a power outage strikes Hampton, New Jersey. To get to the bottom of the mystery, they know they need to brave the abandoned houses of Luis’s poor neighborhood and find the homeless teen legend known as Computer Genius. Luis likes to know how things work, and the blackout gets him wondering: Where does the city’s electricity come from? What would cause it to shut down? No one seems to have answers, and rumors are flying.
What they don’t know is that someone suspects they know too much, someone who wants to keep Hampton in the dark.
Voyage to Magical North The Accidental PiratesSquare Fish #ad - If brine is lucky, on this adventure, she’ll find her place in the world. A swashbuckling story of a girl and a boy, an evil magician, a merry band of pirates, and an unthinkable quest. Twelve-year-old brine seaborne is a girl with a past―if only she could remember what it is. Before you can say "pieces of eight, " they're up to their necks in the pirates' quest to find Magical North, a place so shrouded in secrets and myth that most people don't even think it exists.
Found alone in a rowboat as a child, she's spent the past years keeping house for an irritable magician and his obnoxious apprentice, clutching a shard of the rare starshell needed for spell-casting, Peter. When brine and peter get themselves into a load of trouble and flee, they blunder into the path of the legendary pirate ship, the Onion.
Voyage to Magical North The Accidental Pirates #ad - It could really go either way in claire Fayers' The Voyage to Magical North, a middle-grade fantasy that is just as magical as it is funny. A robust debut, well stocked with heroic exploits, monsters, pirates, and life-changing adventures, explosions, magical transformations, and a promising series starter.
Kirkus reviews, starred review the accidental Pirates series:The Voyage to the Magical North The Journey to Dragon Island Square fish. And if she's unlucky, everyone on the ship will be eaten by sea monsters.
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine KidBalzer + Bray #ad - As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks. Yet charlie is less alarmed than intrigued. But what at first seemed like a relatively harmless new pastime draws him into a dangerous adventure with global stakes greater than he could have ever imagined.
The whiz mob are independent and incredibly skilled and make their own way in the world—they are everything Charlie yearns to be. So instead of reporting the thieves, to the police, Charlie defends one of their cannons, Amir, under one condition: he teach Charlie the tricks of the trade. What starts off as a lesson on pinches, and chumps soon turns into an invitation for Charlie to join the secret world of the whiz mob, kicks, an international band of child thieves who trained at the mysterious School of Seven Bells.
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid #ad - This is the most thrilling thing that’s happened to him since he came to France with his father, an American diplomat. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. Square fish. From the creators of the new york times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets—imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist.
It is an ordinary tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible.
York: The Shadow CipherWalden Pond Press #ad - It was 1798 when the morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, and winding train lines, dazzling machines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining.
Square fish. Which means they have to solve it. An epic mission to solve one of the greatest mysteries of their time. I loved this book. The book is shot through with humor, both laugh-out-loud and subtle. New york times book reviewfrom national book award finalist and printz Award winner Laura Ruby comes an epic alternate history series about three kids who try to solve the greatest mystery of the modern world: a puzzle and treasure hunt laid into the very streets and buildings of New York City.
York: The Shadow Cipher #ad - Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long held by the people of New York. And if tess, theo, and jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.
Tess and theo biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. The pleasures of the novel go far beyond the crackling, breathless plot and the satisfaction of watching the puzzle fall into place.
Siren SistersAladdin #ad - With their mother dead after a mysterious car accident, and their father drowning in grief, the sisters carry on with their lives and duties until a local sea captain gets suspicious about the shipwrecks. Square fish. When they're not in school or running their small town's diner, they're secretly luring ships to their doom from the cliffs of Starbridge Cove, Maine.
Siren Sisters #ad - With alluring voices that twelve-year-old Lolly has yet to grow into, the Salt sisters do the work mandated by the Sea Witch, a glamorously frightening figure determined to keep the girls under her control. Aladdin. A soon-to-be siren finds herself responsible for the lives of her sisters--and the fisherman they curse--in this haunting debut novel.
Lolly salt has three beautiful sisters. On the day before her birthday, lolly watches in helpless horror as her sisters are lured themselves by curse-reversing fishermen--and suddenly it's up to her and her best friend Jason to rescue the sirens of Starbridge Cove.
League of ArchersAladdin #ad - But suddenly the man is shot with a poisoned arrow. But he needs a scapegoat for the murder of Robin Hood, and who better than a young novice nun? He calls Ellie a hero, but the villagers don’t agree. Will ellie and her league of archers be able to find the real killer, free maid marian, and keep Robin Hood’s legacy intact? Kirkus Reviews described League of Archers as a book that “doesn’t shy away from deep moral dilemmas often unexplored in middle grade novels and important to acknowledge in a story with life-or-death stakes.
And booklist said that it was a “highly enjoyable adventure story that should appeal to a wide range of readers. Square fish. A mob forms, vowing to hunt Ellie down and exact their own vengeance. While returning from a hunting trip late one night, Ellie meets a man in the forest—a hunter like herself. Aladdin.
League of Archers #ad - Ellie dray and her league of archers are keeping robin Hood’s legacy alive, but when Ellie is accused of Robin’s murder, she must learn what it really means to be a hero in this exciting adventure story. Twelve-year-old novice nun Elinor Dray has always idolized Robin Hood. With her secret revealed, the Baron immediately arrests Marian.
She and her friends try to be like him by sneaking out to hunt on the lands belonging to the village Baron, stealing from him to feed their poor neighbors. They call themselves the League of Archers.
The Adventurers GuildDisney-Hyperion #ad - And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Brock, and Jett, Zed, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all. This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.
And they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild. Led by the fearsome alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. Square fish. Their members often died young. In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future.
The Adventurers Guild #ad - . Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he'll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild. But just as it seems the boys' dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone's only half elf might finally be an asset.
The Emperor's RiddleAladdin #ad - Aladdin. From acclaimed author kat zhang comes a “fast-paced mystery adventure” BCCB about a girl who embarks on a hunt for a long-lost treasure while on a summer trip to China. Mia chen is on what her mother calls a Grand Adventure. Now, along with her big brother, mia, jake, must solve the clues to rescue the person she knows best in the world—and maybe unearth a treasure greater than her wildest dreams.
. Mia knows that years ago, when aunt lin and ying were sent to the Fuzhou countryside to work as laborers, the two searched for an ancient treasure together—one that still hasn’t been found. She’s not sure what to make of this family trip to china, but she’s excited about the prospect of exploring with her Aunt Lin, and didn’t want to leave her friends for the summer, the only adult who truly understands her.
The Emperor's Riddle #ad - Then aunt lin disappears, right after her old nemesis, a man named Ying, comes to visit. Square fish. She’s suspicious that their shared history might be linked to Aunt Lin’s disappearance. When mia discovers an old map filled with riddles in Aunt Lin’s room, she quickly pieces together her mission: find the treasure, find her aunt.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Nevermoor 1Little, Brown Books for Young Readers #ad - Handpicked by amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading. An instant new york Times bestseller!"A Harry Potter-esque adventure. Time magazinea breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imaginationMorrigan Crow is cursed.
To stay in the safety of nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests--or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate. Perfect for fans of the harry potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.
Square fish. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart--an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Nevermoor 1 #ad - It's then that morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. Having been born on eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, worst of all, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears.
Tumble & BlueDial Books #ad - And their descendants. But in 1817, when two fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both. Handpicked by amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading. From the new york times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus comes the magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hands.
Square fish. But what if the legend of munch is nothing but a legend, family, after all? full of friendship, Cassie Beasley’s newest middle grade book is another crowd-pleasing heart-warmer—perfect for reading by yourself, and the everyday magic and adventure that readers of Savvy and A Snicker of Magic love, or sharing with someone you love.
Tumble & Blue #ad - When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him. Aladdin. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies.
Now, tumble wilson and blue montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives.
Tumble & BluePuffin Books #ad - But in 1817, when two fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. Square fish. Aladdin. From the new york times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus comes the magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hands. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones.
With disastrous consequences for both. But what if the legend of munch is nothing but a legend, cassie beasley’s newest middle grade book is another crowd-pleasing heart-warmer—perfect for reading by yourself, after all? Full of friendship, and the everyday magic and adventure that readers of Savvy and A Snicker of Magic love, family, or sharing with someone you love.
Tumble & Blue #ad - And their descendants. Now, tumble wilson and blue montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies. When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him.