Timmy Faliure #1: Mistakes Were Made
by Stephan Pastis
Move over Greg Heffley, there’s a new…um…hero in town. Timmy Failure, and his polar bear Total, are the CEO and the assistant of the self-described “best detective agency in town, probably the nation.” But can they solve crimes? This unreliable, self-serving narrator is clueless and funny without trying. Recommended for upper elementary and middle school boys who’ve devoured Wimpy Kid, Big Nate and other graphic/hybrid crossovers.
Keeping the Castle
by Patricia Kindl
Seventeen –year-old Althea must find away to save her beloved family home, Crawley Castle, from falling into the sea. Lacking any finances after the death of her father, Althea must do what it takes for a woman to gain financial stability in 19th century England: marry well. Recommended for junior high girls, fans of Jane Austen and Downtown Abbey, and anyone looking for a “safe” YA read.
Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Twelve-year-old Willow Chance is a prodigy with all of the problems that come with it. Socially awkward and interested mainly in solitary pursuits, Willow doesn’t mind leading a quiet life with her mom and dad. But when her parents are killed in an accident, Willow is forced to endure change and face fear far outside of her comfort zone. Recommended for younger students who only want to read YA and anyone who liked Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Zombie Baseball Beatdown
by Paolo Bacigalupi
The apocalypse is now, at least for Rabi, Miguel and Joe. After practice one day they notice a stench of “pure evil” and soon after discover that their baseball coach is a zombie. Determined to find out what is going on, the boys head off in search of answers. This read is gross, funny and fast-paced. Recommended for older elementary and middle school boys with iron stomachs.
Under the Egg
by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
While Theodora Tenpenny’s grandfather lies dying in a New York street he whispers a cryptic message to her about “treasure under the egg.” In desperate need of money, Theo commits herself to finding out what he meant. What she finds is an old painting of the Madonna and child…which may or may not be stolen but is certainly worth a lot of money. Recommended for mystery fans, art lovers, and younger students who only want to read YA.