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1: GO BIG OR GO HOME by Will Hobbs Do you enjoy extreme sports? Do you operate your senses to the max? Do you have a fear of being buried alive? When a meteorite lands in his bedroom, nearly killing him, Brady goes on the most extreme quest of his life. He can now do strange and extreme feats, but is it killing him in the process? The rugged terrain of the Black Hill adds to the excitement and suspense. Read this nominee for a great ride. A great mix of science fiction and sports. | Submitted by Mrs. Trotier
2: THE LEANIN' DOG by K.A.Nuzum Dessa Dean fear keeps her trapped in an isolated mountain cabin. After her mother's death in the cold she is terrified to leave the front porch and has daytime nightmares. Her only company his her father, until a dog appears on the porch one day. Trying to lure the dog to stay brings her out of herself as she must overcome her fears to aide the dog and make it her own.
4: BRINGING THE BOY HOME by N.A. Nelson Deep in the Amazon jungle, two boys strive to pass the test to becomeTakuuami warriors. They must open their minds to their sixth sense and trust a father they never met to send signals to bring them home before the sun sets on their 13th birthday. If they fail, their families will suffer.
5: SEER OF SHADOWS by Avi Horace has the supernatural ability to bring latent spirits to life with the photographs he takes. As the ghost becomes more real, and dangerous, he must take action to stop an impending vengeful spirit. Set in the early days of photography in New York city right after the Civil War, it touches on race relations, Victorian culture and spiritualism.
6: Margret and Flynn 1875 by Kathleen Duey A tornado sweeps through Colorado bringing Margret a horse to claim and train. Teaching herself to ride, she wants to quit moving on as her sister insists they do. She must find a way to end their wandering existance and put down roots.
7: MAGIC HALF by Annie Barrows When Miri peers through a strange lens she found in her room, she finds herself transported back in time to its former occupant. Miri tries to rescue her from her harsh life and take her back to the future with her. What else could she do when she is confronted with her own mirror image but take her to safety.
8: STOLEN CHILDREN by Peg Kehret Babysitting is a dangerous business when kidnappers whisk Kendra and her charge off to a remote cabin. Leaving clues along the way, our spunky heroine tries to save herself and Amy after she hears them say they cannot leave any witnesses. What clues would you try to give when being videoed by the criminals?
9: THE TOTALLY MADE-UP CIVIL WAR DIARY OF AMANDA MACLEISH by claudia mills Writing a diary from the point of view of a ten-year-old fir whose brothers fight on opposite sides in the Civil War, lets Amanda work out some of her own anxiety after her father leaves home and she is astranged from her best friend. Amanda knows what a split family feels like.
10: Read all the books in this great series by Margaret Peterson Haddix: FOUND SABATOGED MISSING | FOUND 36 babies were found on a mysterious airplane that appeared, and then disappeared, at the airport 13 years earlier. Now they are being stalked by threatening men who can vanish at will, and who may be able to travel through time.
11: MYSTERIOUS ALLBRIGHT ACADEMY BY DIANE STANLEY All the students at the Allbright Academy are perfect. When the Allbright magic begins to rub off on her, Fanny, begins to question the real cause. This mystery is fast paced and full of humor.
12: SCHOOL SPIRIT by E. Cody Kimmel Kat's finds that she can communicate with dead people. THis comes as no surprise, since her mother is a medium, but she was hoping to escape the family occupation. This is the first in a series of humorous and heartfelt stories about a girl that just wants to fit in with the popular crowd at school but finds she has to be herself, even if that means being supernatural.
13: SEQUELS: Crossing Over Unhappy Medium Scaredy Kat
14: Safe at Home by Mike Lupica An injury to their star catcher propels Nick into the coveted role. As the youngest on the team he needs to learn to fit it and find his place, at the same time he tries to adapt to his new foster family.
20: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.