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Graceling Cashore Fantasy Katsa has dealt with her Grace-the supernatural ability to kill-all her life. It has taken over her life, and she has decided to use it to break free. Yes 
City of Bones  Cassandra Clare Fantasy Clary witnesses a murder by people no one else sees. This is her first encounter with the Shadowhunters-warriors who keep evil at bay-and Jace. When her mother disappears, she must join them. Yes 
Elsewhere Gabrielle Zevin Fantasy Liz Hall finds herself in Elsewhere-the place everyone goes after they die. Elsewhere is like Earth in many ways, but there are big differences. You age backwards and prepare for your return to the world as a baby. Liz doesn't want to get younger since she didn't have the chance to ever be old.  No 
The Alchemyst Michael Scott Fantasy Twins Josh & Sophie are caught in the middle of a battle between the immortal Nicholas Flamel and those who want the Codex and the key to his immortality. Yes 
Fablehaven Mull Fantasy Kendra and her brother Seth are forced to stay with their grandparents that they barely know while their parents go on vacation. They soon discover that they are staying at a refuge for mythical creatures. Yes 
The Lightning Thief Riordan Fantasy Percy Jackson discovers the truth about himself-he is a demigod. Will he be able to keep himself alive? Yes 
Red Pyramid, The Riordan Fantasy A brother and sister fight for balance in the world with Egyptian gods. Yes 
The Lost Hero Riordan Fantasy Jason wakes up on a bus, not remembering anything before he woke up. He is going to a school for "bad kids" but doesn't know what he did to get there. Ending up at Camp Half-Blood makes things even more confusing. Yes 
Shiver Steifvater Fantasy A girl is attacked by wolves when she is a child, but one wolf saves her. She learns later that he is a werewolf, and must fight to help him. Yes 
Gregor the Overlander Suzanne Collins Fantasy Gregor's father disappeared months ago from his NY apartment building. While doing laundry, his little sister falls into a vent, which is a pathway to the Underland. Greg begins a quest to find her and return home where his mother needs him. Yes 
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Avi Historical Fiction Thirteen-year-old Charlotte ends up being accused of murder on a her ship's passage from England to the United States.  No 
Twenty and Ten Claire Huchet Bishop Historical Fiction A fast read that focuses on a group of French kids who decide to help hide a group of children running from the Nazis. No 
Catch a Tiger by the Toe Ellen Levine Historical Fiction A girl is torn between what she knows about her father and what she learns about him. Setting is the McCarthy Era, some background information about this time and Communism needed. No 
Fever 1793 Laurie Halse Anderson Historical Fiction Mattie Cook is already trying to survive brutal 1793 Philadelphia. Then the Yellow Fever hits and people begin dying. No 
The False Prince Nielsen Historical Fiction Sage, and three other orphans are gathered to compete for the chance to portray the missing prince in hopes to avoid a civil war.  Yes 
Little House in the Big Woods Wilder Historical Fiction Laura and her family survive during pioneer times in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Yes 
She Said Yes-The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall Misty Bernall Nonfiction Misty Bernall tells the story of her daughter's life and her tragic death at the Columbine High School shooting. No 
Bloody Times Swanson Nonfiction The telling of the life and death of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis at the end of the Civil War. No 
Chasing Lincoln's Killer Swanson Nonfiction The true story of John Wilkes Booth after he shot President Lincoln. No, Bloody Crimes is a similar book 
Jerk, California Jonathan Friesen Realistic Ficion Sam has been tortured by his Tourette's his entire life. He decides he must venture across country to discover the truth about himself and his family. No 
Every Soul a Star Wendy Mass Realistic Ficion Told from 3 points of view this is the story of how these very different kids are connected by a lunar eclipse. No 
City of Bones Clare Realistic Fiction Clary meets the Shadowhunters-who she has a tangled but unknown past with-and Jace. Yes 
Accomplice Corrigan Realistic Fiction Two girls plan a fake kidnapping to get national attention, be heroes, and earn scholarships. When things get out of control, their plan doesn't seem innocent any more. No 
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Gabrielle Zevin Realistic Fiction Naomi falls and hits her head outside of school causing her to lose the last few years of memory. She doesn't really know who she is and feels like she is a stranger in her own body. No 
6th Grade Nickname Game, The Gordon Korman Realistic Fiction A group of kids ban together to save their teacher's job by raising their reading scores. No 
Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson Realistic Fiction A story of two friends battling with anorexia and each other. No 
A Mango Shaped Space Mass Realistic Fiction Mia is keeping a huge secret from everyone. She sees sounds as colors. Soon, she discovers that she has synthesia-a rare disorder that effects the senses. No 
Wonder Palacio Realistic Fiction Auggie is about to start 5th grade, going to school for the first time ever. Sadly, his facial deformity has made him the object of ridicule. No 
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life Patterson Realistic Fiction Funny, and surprising-Diary of a Wimpy kid with a twist Yes 
Here Lies Linc Ray Realistic Fiction Combining a boy starting a new school, the Black Angel, and Iowa City No 
Freak the Mighty Rodman Philbrick Realistic Fiction Max isn't very smart, but he is strong. Kevin is weak, but a genius. Together, they help each other become whole. Yes (sequel only) 
So Yesterday Scott Westerfeld Realistic Fiction Hunter is a talent scout who is paid by corporations to spot the next big trend. When his boss goes missing because of a pair of shoes, he realizes how serious the cut-throat business is. No 
13 James Howe Realistic Fiction, Anthology A collection of stories about turning 13 from many perspectives. No 
Harriet the Spy Fitzhugh Realistic Fiction (Classic) Harriet wants to be an author someday. She practices her spy route everyday, writing down what she learns. When it is lost and discovered by her classmates, craziness ensues. No 
Hunger Games, The Collins Sci Fi In the future, each district in Paneum must send two children to fight in the annual Hunger Games-a fight to the death. No one gives Katniss a chance. Yes 
Maze Runner, The Dashner Sci Fi A boy wakes up in the middle of a maze. The only way to survive is to get out. Yes 
Dark Life Falls Sci Fi Land has been swallowed by the rising oceans, and people must learn to live and farm in the deep sea. Ty is the first person born underwater, which makes him special-especially to those from the TopSiders. When a vicious group of underwater pirates attack is home, Ty must learn to defend himself. Yes 
Gone Grant Sci Fi Suddenly...every adult disappears. There is no phone, internet, TV. Trapped by some kind of a force field, the kids of the FAYZ look for a leader. Sam doesn't volunteer, but is chosen anyway. Yes 
Seems-A Glitch in Sleep John Humle Sci Fi Baker Drane is a Fixer in the Seems-a secret world who's purpose is to follow the plan and keep the world together. Yes 
The Limit Landon Sci Fi  In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.  No 
I Am Number Four Lore Sci Fi John Smith (Number Four) is from another planet, one that was destroyed by evil creatures known as Mogadorians. His entire life has been on the run as they hunt him-and the other 9-here on Earth. Four decides it is time to stop running. Yes 
Legend Lu Sci Fi What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. June's brother is murdered, and Day is the main suspect.  Yes 
Cinder Meyer Sci Fi Cinder is a cyborg and a gifted mechanic. When her life becomes intertwined with the Prince, she fears her second class citizenship might be discovered. Yes 
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