Bluefish/Pat Schmatz  Thirteen-year-old Travis, living in cramped quarters with his alcoholic grandfather, struggles in school to hide the fact that he cannot read, but a persistent teacher and a special girl open his eyes to a new world.

Breadwinner/Deborah Ellis Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

City of Ember/Jeanne Duprau In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a messenger to run to new places in her decaying city.

Comet's Curse/Dom Testa  Desperate to save  the human race after a comet's deadly particles devastate the adult population, scientists create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in the distant solar system.

Hatchet/ Gary Paulsen After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother.

Into the Wild/Erin Hunter  Four clans of cats in the woods, are at war over hunting rights. The Thunder clan adopts an orange tomcat into their group as an appearance.

IQ: Independence Hall /Roland Smith Thirteen-year-old Q and fifteen-year-old Angela expect their lives to become complicated when his mother and her father  (wildly popular musicians) marry. They weren't expecting spies and terrorists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lost in the Pacific, 1942/Tod Olson A true account of eight men lost at sea during WW II. What they thought would only be a few hours turned into weeks  fighting off sharks, dehydration, hunger and extreme heat.

Masterminds/Gordon Korman What does if feel like to discover the town that you live in is part of a great sociological experiment and the children are the test subjects?

Number the Stars/Lois Lowry In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

Ruins of Gorlan/John Flanagan When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

The Running Dream/Wendelin VanDraanen When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb. Her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running.

Skink No Surrender/Carl Hiaasen Fifteen-year-old Rob with the help of an eccentric ex-governor is trying to rescue his sixteen year-old cousin who could be a possible.

Soar/Joan Bauer Twelve-Clayyear-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to help a middle school baseball team.

Stormbreaker/Anthony Horowitz After the death of his uncle, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.

Wild things/Clay Carmichael  Stubborn, self-reliant eleven-year-old Coe, recently orphaned moves to the country to live with her prickly half-uncle, a famous doctor and sculptor, and together they learn about trust and the strength of family.