Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Setting: Mars. In a color-coded society where Golds rule supreme and Reds are practically slaves, Darrow is a low-Red. He’s a hell-diver, drilling into Mars’ core to find the precious gas that will help make Mars habitable. When his wife is murdered by Golds for “treason,” Darrow decides to cause a little trouble and get […]
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
A boy in Illinois remembers the home front years of World War II, especially his two heroes – his brother in the Air Force and his father, who fought in the previous war.
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by W. R. Philbrick
A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein
After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth-graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
“With other students, twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous game-maker, Luigi Lemoncello). Come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.”