Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he has grown up with all manners of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he will have to do a bit of wrangling himself - to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. They've only been on location in theEvergladesfor a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm.
13 Gifts by Wendy Mass
The Big Time: A Football Genius Novel by Tim Green
Agents and lawyers come knocking afterTroyleads his football team, the Atlanta Falcons, to the Georgia State Championship, but his life gets complicated when one of the lawyers turns out to be the father he never knew.
In the historic town ofNorvelt,Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
**The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict byTrentonLee Stewart
Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but he also has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments. Now he's being sent to a new orphanage, where he will encounter vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances -- and a mystery that could change his life forever. Luckily, he has one important thing in his favor: He's a genius.
Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel toLondonin disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.
Leo, the son of the maintenance man of the Whippet Hotel, opens a series of cryptic boxes which reveals hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances and lead him on an adventure to save the building and his future.
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Prue's life shifts from ordinary to extraordinary when her baby brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows and she must embark into the Impassable Wilderness, a dense forest in the center of Portland, Oregon, with her friend Curtis in tow, where the pair will encounter warring creatures, peaceful mystics, and other dark-minded, powerful figures.
**The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake.
Double Identity by Margaret Haddix
Hero by Mike Lupica
Fourteen-year-old Zach learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the president's globe-trotting troubleshooter until "the Bads" killed him, and now Zach must decide whether to use his powers in the same way at the risk of his own life.
Ivy's Ever After by Dawn Lairamore
Fourteen-year-old Ivy, a most unroyal princess, befriends Elridge, the dragon sent to keep her in a tower, and together they set out on a perilous quest to find Ivy's fairy godmother, who may be able to save both from their dire fates.
**Tunnels by Roderick Gordon
When Will Burrows and his friend Chester embark on a quest to find Will's archaeologist father, who has inexplicably disappeared, they are led to a labyrinth world underneath London, full of sinister inhabitants with evil intentions toward "Topsoilers" like Will and his father.
Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Captain Amazing tries to hire a new sidekick when he feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, but his pets have different ideas.
Wonderstruck : A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick
Relates the stories of twelve-year-old Ben, who loses his mother and his hearing in a short time frame and decides to leave hisMinnesotahome in 1977 to seek the father he has never known inNew York City; and Rose, who lives with her father but feels compelled to search for what is missing in her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.
**Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Iron-Clads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War by Thomas Allen
An examination of how Abraham Lincoln's interest in technology played a role in the outcome of the Civil War; explains how the telegraph, railroads, surveillance balloons, and other inventions helped the North win the war and rebuild the economy.
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman
The true story of Phineas Gage, whose brain had been pierced by an iron rod in 1848, and who survived and became a case study in how the brain functions.