Graceling - Kristin Cashore
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West - Sid Fleischman
Here, in high style, is the story of a wisecracking adventurer who came of age in the untamed West. A rebel who surprised himself by becoming the most famous American of his time.
The Diamond of Darkhold - Jeanne DuPrau
When a roamer trades them an ancient book with only a few pages remaining, Lina and Doon return to Ember to seek the machine the book seems to describe in hopes that it will get their new community, Sparks, through the winter.
The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World - Nathaniel Philbrick
An adaptation for young people of Nathaniel Philbrick's "Mayflower", telling of the ship's voyage in 1620, the experiences of the Pilgrims in coastal New England, the relationship between colonists and Native Americans, and the causes and conduct of King Philip's War. Includes maps, photographs, and a time line.
My One Hundred Adventures - Polly Horvath
Twelve-year-old Jane, who lives at the beach in a run-down old house with her mother, two brothers, and sister, has an eventful summer accompanying her pastor on bible deliveries, meeting former boyfriends of her mother's, and being coerced into babysitting for a family of ill-mannered children.
A Thousand Never Evers - Shana Burg
As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963--and violence against African Americans intensifies--the black residents, including seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, in the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice.