7th Grade and Up

Mindwar by Andrew Klaven

Rick Dial was the best quarterback in Putnam Hills High’s history, the unstoppable Number 12.  But when an accident destroyed his legs, his heroic life ended. Around the same time, his dad disappeared, leaving Rick and little brother alone with his financially-strapped mom. To cope, Rick disappears into his room and loses himself in his video games. Badgered by his mother to get out of his dark room, Rick teeters on crutches and painfully walks to the corner where he is grabbed and a syringe is plunged into his neck . . .

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

This is the story of Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, the wealthiest monarch in the world, who ruled over 130 million people. It’s also the story of his powerful wife, their friend Rasputin, and their five children. Included throughout are pictures and diary entries from the family, as well as from the peasants who were struggling to survive. Miss Kelly says. “This is a fascinating history of Imperial Russia, for people who normally would not read a history book.

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth is blind. But in order to travel with her brother to find their missing father in  New York, she must pretend to see. Laureth’s father left her clues in his old notebook and she must follow patterns and coincidences in order to find out what has really happened to him. This fast-paced tale takes Laureth and the reader all over New York City to find the real mystery that their father was in search of, all along.

Hung Up by Kristen Tracy

Lucy leaves repeated voicemail messages with a trophy company complaining about a mishandled order, but no one answers or returns her calls. Finally James answers his new phone. While trying to convince Lucy that he is not the trophy company, he tells her what town he lives in and where he goes to school. They become phone friends, sharing stories of family and friends. Two months and many conversations later they make plans to meet, but a family issue keeps James away. They don’t meet face-to-face until the end of the book.

Grandmaster by David Klass

Daniel  Pratzer is a newbie on the freshman chess team at his private school. He has made modest progress, but as a patzer (beginner), Daniel is shocked when his super-achieving co-captains ask him to participate in a special tournament. The Manhattan tournament is comprised of three father-son teams.  The captains admit it’s not Daniel’s skill they’re after - it’s Daniel’s dad they want on their team. With Mr. Pratzer’s skill as a Grandmaster, they are sure they’ll win the $10,000 prize.

I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jess Strand

Henry Lambert planned  a summer vacation filled with lazy days and plenty of video games. Sadly, his father doesn’t agree and makes his own plans for Henry. He thinks that two weeks at the Strongwoods Survival Camp is just what Henry needs to change him from a nerdy geek to a manly man. The only saving grace is that Henry’s best friend, Randy, has also signed on for two weeks in the bowels of wilderness hell with him.

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