NY Times: “A new Narnia for the tween set”

“The Emerald Atlas” brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma’s extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world. These three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.
Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world…a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And–if an ancient prophesy is correct–what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother’s death and placed in a boy’s boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains. Newcomer Jack feels lost yet can’t help being drawn to Early, who won’t believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the Great Appalachian Bear, Timber Rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as The Fish, who never returned from the war. When the boys find themselves unexpectedly alone at school, they embark on a quest on the Appalachian Trail in search of the great black bear. But what they are searching for is sometimes different from what they find. They will meet truly strange characters, each of whom figures into the pi story Early weaves as they travel, while discovering things they never realized about themselves and others in their lives.

Funny, mysterious, a ride you never knew you wanted to take….

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume.

When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the  kids safe. There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys.

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone’s business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she’s been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her “upstream mother,” she’s found a home with the Colonel–a café owner with a forgotten past of his own–and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.  Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.

In the little town of Blackbird Tree lives  Naomi Deane, an orphan girl, brimming with curiosity. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens.  One day, the strangely charming Finn boy drops out of a tree.  Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed—three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy.  Naomi finds herself zooming toward a future she could never have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan. . . .

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Seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer’s first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: what is a lie, and what is a game? How far is too far to go for your only friend? Like the dazzling When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy will keep readers guessing until the end.

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Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O’Roark Dowell

6th-grader Abby walks away from the taunts of bullies and follows a dog across a creek where she meets Anders and his father, who is dealing with PTSD. They invite her to help with a research project, which leads to new friends and Abby learning to be proud of her  self and rising above bullies.

Tony DiMarco catches a murderer, solves a mystery, and finds a treasure—all in the first few days after he moves, unexpectedly, to 13 Hangmen’s Court in Boston. The fact that he also turns thirteen at the same time is not a coincidence.”
So begins the story of Tony and his friends—five 13-year-old boys, all of whom are living in the same house in the same attic bedroom but at different times in history! None are ghosts, all are flesh and blood, and somehow all have come together in the attic room, visible only to one another. And all are somehow linked to a murder, a mystery, and a treasure.

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Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo  where his father is an animal wrangler.  The critters he can handle.  His father is the unpredictable one.  When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called “Expedition Survival!” Wahoo figures he’ll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger before the shoot is over. Wahoo’s acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who’s sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.  They’ve only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna’s dad shows up with a gun . . .   It’s anyone’s guess who will actually survive “Expedition Survival”. . . .

 

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Nerds 4:  the Villain Virus  by Michael Buckly

A virus has infected Arlington, Virginia, home of NERDS headquarters which transforms it’s victims into super-intelligent criminal masterminds.  It will be up to Flinch, the hyperactive superspy with a sweet tooth, to stop the virus.

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Last Dragon Chronicles:  the Fire Ascending

The final book in this series!!!  On Earth, at the battle of Scuffenbury Hill, time has been suspended. Dragons and their natural enemies, the Ix, are trapped in a bitter, unresolved conflict. But at the dawn of history, something is working to change the past — and the future. A mysterious force is rewriting the timelines, turning what was once legend into startling reality. But is David Rain strong enough to save himself and those he loves from being written into a deadly new destiny?

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Beyonders:  Seeds of Rebellion

After the cliffhanger ending of A World Without Heroes, Jason is back in the world he’s always known.  But he knows that the shocking truth he learned from Maldor is precious information that all of his friends in Lyrian  need if they have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor.

Meanwhile, Rachel and the others have discovered new enemies—as well as new abilities that could turn the tide of the entire quest.  Jason succeeds in crossing over to Lyrian and once the group reunites, they strive to convince their most-needed ally to join the war and form a rebellion strong enough to triumph over Maldor.

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Theodore Boone: the Accused

Theo Boone might only be thirteen, but he is back!    Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet.  And he’s ready for this next big case!

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A King’s Ransom: 39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers Book 2, by Jude Watson

When seven members of their family were kidnapped by a sinister organization known as the Vespers, 13-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, vowed they’d stop at nothing to bring the hostages home. But then the ransom comes in and the Vespers demand the impossible. Amy and Dan have just days to track down and steal an ancient map. The only catch? No one has seen the map for half a century. Now Amy and Dan are on a desperate search that will lead them to the Nazis, spies, a mad king, and some of history’s dirtiest secrets.


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From the author and illustrator of the Spiderwick Chronicles:

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi

When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures–a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, “WondLa.” Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children’s literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child’s wish for a place to belong.

Danger Box, by Blue Balliett

A boy in a small town who has a different way of seeing. A mischievous girl who won’t stay in one place.A mysterious notebook . A fire. A stranger. A death.These are some of the things you’ll find within The Danger Box, the new mystery from bestselling author Blue Balliett.

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The Wyverns’ Treasure, by Robin LaFevers

After tangling with the deadly basilisk, Nathaniel Fludd is glad to return to England with his Aunt Phil. But someone has ransacked their home, and their best suspect is the sinister man who’s been trying to steal the Book of Beasts.

Before Nate and Aunt Phil can find the culprit, they are called to Welsh countryside. The wyverns (giant dragons) are in an uproar. Could the same man who ransacked the Fludd house be behind the rift with the wyverns? And just what does he want with The Book of Beasts? But before Nate can solve that mystery, he must calm the dragons before it’s too late. It’s just another day at work for the world’s youngest beastologist!

The Atlantis Complex, by Eoin Colfer

Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world x2019;s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?  Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies – not humans – and most likely triggered by Artemis x2019;s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan

To stop Egyptian god Set from going after their father, siblings Carter and Sadie embark on a dangerous journey across the globe–a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Check out the author’s website at rickriordan.com

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Zorgamazoo, by Robert Paul Weston

Are You a Believer in Fanciful Things? In Pirates and Dragons and Creatures and Kings?

Then sit yourself down in a comfortable seat, with maybe some cocoa and something to eat, and Iall spin you the tale of Katrina Katrell, a girl full of courage (and daring, as well ), who down in the subway, under the ground, saw something fantastical roaming around . . .

What was it she saw? I’d rather not say. (Who’s ever heard of a Zorgle, anyway?)

But if you are curious, clever and brave, if intrepid adventure is something you crave, then open this book and I’ll leave it to you to uncover the secret of ZORGAMAZOO

Join Morty the Zorgle and Katrina on a fantastically illustrated, “you’ll-wanna-read-every-word-aloud,” sophisticated rhyming adventure for kids of all ages