2013 BEST MIDDLE-GRADE BOOKS

Here's the 2013 list of the best selling books for Middle-Graders (as reported by the New York Times). This list will grow as the weeks pass.

** Note that in alphabetizing, we ignore 'the' in titles.
* Newest editions to the list will be in bold

AN ALPHABETIZED SUMMARY LIST:
  1. A HIDDEN ENEMY   
  2. A LONG WALK TO WATER
  3. A TALE DARK and GRIMM 
  4. AMELIA BEDELIA MEANS BUSINESS 
  5. AMELIA BEDELIA UNLEASHED
  6. BOMB: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon 
  7. CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, The
  8. CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 2, The
  9. CHOMP
  10. COLOSSUS RISES, THE 
  11. COUNTING BY 7s 
  12. DOCTOR WHO, CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA
  13. EMPTY CITY, THE 
  14. ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY 
  15. EVER AFTER HIGH, THE STORYBOOK OF LEGENDS
  16. FALSE PRINCE, THE 
  17. FLORA AND ULYSSES 
  18. FORTUNATELY, THE MILK
  19. FROZEN
  20. GEORGE WASHINGTON
  21. HOUSE OF SECRETS
  22. I EVEN FUNNIER
  23. I FUNNY (a Patterson Middle-School book #3)
  24. IN A BLINK 
  25. IN A GLASS GRIMMLY
  26. JEDI ACADEMY (StarWars)
  27. JUSTIN BIEBER, JUST GETTING STARTED
  28. KENNEDY'S LAST DAYS 
  29. LAST DRAGONSLAYER, The
  30. LEGO BOOK
  31. LEGO IDEAS BOOK
  32. LEGO NINJAGO CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA 
  33. LEGO PLAY BOOK
  34. LEGO STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA
  35. LINCOLN'S LAST DAYS
  36. LOST IN BABYLON
  37. MIDDLE SCHOOL: GET ME OUT OF HERE! (#2) 
  38. MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE (#1)
  39. NANCY CLANCY, SECRET ADMIRER
  40. NAVIGATING EARLY
  41. ONE AND ONLY IVAN
  42. ONE DIRECTION: BEHIND THE SCENES
  43. ONE DIRECTION: DARE TO DREAM
  44. OUT OF MY MIND
  45. QB 1
  46. RAISING THE BAR 
  47. RUSH REVERE AND THE BRAVE PILGRIMS
  48. SAVING THE TEAM 
  49. SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, The  
  50. SON OF SOBEK 
  51. SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS
  52. STRANDED
  53. THE LAND OF STORIES, THE ENCHANTRESS RETURNS
  54. THE LAND OF STORIES, THE WISHING SPELL
  55. THREE TIMES LUCKY 
  56. TIMMY FAILURE: Mistakes Were Made  
  57. TREASURE HUNTERS
  58. WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER 
  59. WHEN DID YOU SEE HER LAST?
  60. WHERE WE ARE (ONE DIRECTION) 
  61. WILD BORN
  62. WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR? 
  63. WONDER

bookcover of SURVIVORS #2 : THE EMPTY CITY by Erin Hunter
A HIDDEN ENEMY
(SURVIVORS #2)
by Erin Hunter

4.31 avg rating — 233 ratings

Lucky, Bella and the rest of the Leash Dogs have finally made it to the forest where there is clean water and game to hunt.  Unfortunately this land is already claimed by a fierce pack.

Word Count: 55,343
Page Count: 271
Accelerated Reading level: 5.5 / points: 9.0
AR quiz:159985
--sample pages and reviews available


bookcover of A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Parker
A LONG WALK TO WATER
by Linda Sue Parker

 Flicker Tale Children's Book Award Nominee for Juvenile (2012)
**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal

**Starred Review** ALA BookList

4.21 Stars from 3,683 GoodReaders

Two narratives flow in and out.  The first is a girl in Sudan (2008) and a boy in Sudan (1985). 

Nya fetches water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way

Word Count: 21,221
Page Count: 128
Accelerated Reading level: 5.0 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 140710
Lexile: 720L


bookcover of A TALE DARK and GRIMM by Adam GidwitzA TALE DARK and GRIMM
by Adam Gidwitz
Hugh D'Andrade (Illustrator)

**Starred Review** School Library Journal
**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly

3.93 Stars from 6,263 GoodReaders

Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

(see Adam Gidwitz' reading info page)
Word Count: 42,491
Page Count:256
Accelerated Reading level: 4.6 / points: 6.0
AR quiz: 141155


AMELIA BEDELIA MEANS BUSINESS
by Herman Parish
Illustrated by Lynne Avril

3.88 Stars from 69 GoodReaders

Look out! Here comes Amelia Bedelia, and she means business! 

Amelia Bedelia wants a bike like Suzanne's.   Only problem is that it's expensive and Amelia's mom says that it will cost her 'an arm and a leg!'  Yikes, we know how Amelia takes things literally.  

But since even Amelia can't get rid of limbs --she needs them to steer and pedal-- she needs a job!

Word Count: 11,126
Page Count:  149
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.9 / points: 2.0
AR quiz: 158136
--sample pages available


AMELIA BEDELIA UNLEASHED
by Herman Parish
Illustrated by Lynne Avril

4.07 Stars from 30 GoodReaders

Amelia is puppy crazy.  She really wants a furry friend, but how in the world is she going to decide which breed to get?

Word Count: 11,018
Page Count: 146
Accelerated Reading level: 3.7 / points: 2.0
AR quiz:158137
--sample pages available


bookcover of BOMB: The Race To Build And Steal The World's Most Dangerous Weapon  by Steve SheinkinBOMB: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
by Steve Sheinkin

**Newbery Honor Book**
**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal

**Starred Review** Kirkus
4.15 avg rating — 4,134 ratings

The story of the atomic bomb.  This tale includes espionage!

sample page from BOMB: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon  by Steve Sheinkin
Word Count:  60,534
Page Count:  266
Accelerated Reading level: 6.9 / points: 10.0
AR quiz:153499
Lexile: 920L 


bookcover of  The Care and Keeping of You (Revised): The Body Book for Younger Girls (American Girl Library) by Valorie Schaefer,CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1  (revised)
The Body Book for Younger Girls
(American Girl Library)
by Valorie Schaefer
Josée Masse (Illustrations)

3.98 Stars from 1,130 GoodReaders

Page Count:  104
Lexile: 880L
no Accelerated Reading info currently available


bookcover of  The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls by Cara NattersonTHE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 2:  The Body Book for Older Girls
by Cara Natterson
Josée Masse (Illustrations) 

4.37 Stars from 35 GoodReaders

I personally purchased the first book for my daughter when she became a tween.  We read it together and I know she's read sections of it since as she's made her way to being a teenager.  Book one discussed bras, pimples and the introductory info on how girls bodies change.  I'm assuming this book will follow on this tract, covering the same information and more, but at an level more suitable for teens.

Page Count:  96
no reading info available


CHOMP by Carl Hiaasen CHOMP
by Carl Hiaasen

**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal
**Starred Review** Kirkus

3.88 avg rating — 5,239 GoodReaders

The Florida Everglades provide the perfect backdrop for a reality survival show and Mickey Cray, a wild animal wrangler, and his son Wahoo are hired to keep the pampered Expedition Survival! star from accidentally killing himself with the local wildlife.

Word Count: 61,057
Page Count: 304
Accelerated Reading level: 5.2 / points: 9.0
AR quiz: 150641
Lexile: 800L


bookcover of THE COLOSSUS RISES by Peter Lerangis
THE COLOSSUS RISES 
(Seven Wonders Bk #1)
by Peter Lerangis

3.90 avg rating — 42 GoodReaders

A highly anticipated series from Peter Lerangis, of 39 Clues fame.

Jack McKinley is a kid with two problems.  The first is that he's going to die in a few months... Unless he can find seven magic loculi that have the power to cure him.  Problem two?  The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven't been seen in thousands of years.

Word Count:  66,312
Page Count: 368
Accelerated Reading level: 4.1 / points: 9.0
AR quiz:  156556


bookcover of COUNTING BY 7s  by Holly Goldberg Sloan
COUNTING BY 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal
**Starred Review** ALA BookList
4.35 avg rating — 1,285 ratings

A brilliant girl must connect with more than numbers after her parents die in a car accident.  Interest side characters. (My opinion, not for every middle grader.)

Word Count: 62,677
Page Count:  384
Accelerated Reader:  5.6 / points: 10.0
AR quiz: 160220

DOCTOR WHO, CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA
DK CHILDREN

4.32 avg rating — 103 ratings  

Highly recommend for young fans, and old. Wonder collection of colorful photos and information about villains and good guys.

Page Count:  208
no reading info available 
--sample pages and reviews available



bookcover of SURVIVORS #1 : THE EMPTY CITY by Erin HunterTHE EMPTY CITY
(SURVIVORS #1)
by Erin Hunter

**Starred Review** Kirkus

3.98 Stars from 525 GoodReaders

It's time for dogs to RULE!  And perhaps it's a time for loners to find a pack.  Lucky lives in a cold, desolate world. He falls naturally into the roll of a leader, but can he really make the transition to being  pack dog?

Word Count: 53,953
Page Count:  275
Accelerated Reading level: 5.2 / points: 8.0
AR quiz: 154358
--sample pages available


bookcover of ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY  by Chris Grabenstein
ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY
by Chris Grabenstein

**Starred Review** ALA BookList 
**Starred Review** Kirkus

4.29 Stars from 134 GoodReaders

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

Word Count: 47,493
Page Count:  304
Accelerated Reading level: 4.5 / points: 7.0
AR quiz: 159405
--sample pages available


bookcover of  Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends (Ever After High #1)  by Shannon Hale
EVER AFTER HIGH, THE STORYBOOK OF LEGENDS
(Ever After High)
by Shannon Hale

3.97 avg rating — 70 ratings

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen's destiny is to follow in her mother's wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven's style. She's starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn't sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

Page Count:  320
no reading info available 


bookcover of  The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

THE FALSE PRINCE
(The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
by Jennifer A. Nielsen

4.24 Stars from 10,675 GoodReaders

Civil war is brewing and a nobleman named Conner plots to take advantage of the disruption.  His plot is to 'find' the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet-prince.  Conner finds Sage and three other orphans for the role.

Sage doesn't care much for Conner's motives BUT if he doesn't win the role, he'll surely be killed to keep the secret.  As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

Word Count: 76,938
Page Count:  342
Accelerated Reading level: 5.1 / points: 12.0
AR quiz: 150554

bookcover of FLORA AND ULYSSES  by  Kate DiCamillo
FLORA AND ULYSSES
by  Kate DiCamillo

K.G. Campbell (Illustrator)

**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** ALA BookList
**Starred Review** Kirkus
**Starred Review**SchoolLibraryJournal

4.11 avg rating — 211 ratings

Magical realism from award winning Kat.  This books involves, a squirrel, a vacuum cleaner, and a girl.

Word Count: 32,790
Page Count:  240
Accelerated Reader: 4.3 / points: 5.0
AR quiz: 160221


bookcover of FORTUNATELY, THE MILK  by Neil Gaiman
FORTUNATELY, THE MILK
by Neil Gaiman
illustrated by Skottie Young

4.25 avg rating — 982 ratings

It's all about the milk when 2 children wake up one morning to find there's no milk in the house.  Mom's away.  Dad goes out to get some, but returns with one whopper of a tale involving time travel and all sorts of crazy adventures.  

Word Count: 7,620
Page Count:  128
Accelerated Reader:  4.3 / points: 1.0
AR quiz: 160992


bookcover of FROZEN  by RH Disney FROZEN
(Frozen Junior Novelization)
by RH Disney

4.45 avg rating — 20 ratings

Book based on the Disney movie, which is loosely based on the story of the Snow Queen.

Page Count:  128
no reading info available

bookcover of  GEORGE WASHINGTON by Jack E Lbookcover of  GEORGE WASHINGTON: THE CROSSING by Jack E Levin, Mark R. Levin evin, Mark R. Levin
GEORGE WASHINGTON: THE CROSSING
 by Jack E. Levin and his son Mark R. Levin

4.15 Stars from 27 GoodReaders

There are rave reviews for this to-the-point history book about the decisive Battle of Trenton.

Page Count:  64
no reading info available


HOUSE OF SECRETS (#1)   by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
HOUSE OF SECRETS
by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
Illustrated by Greg Call

3.64 Stars from 1,172 GoodReaders 

Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia had a great life.  Loving parents, plenty of toys, and a fun life in San Francisco.  Then their dad lost his job.  And they all had to move to creepy Victorian house that used to belong to an occult novelist

If that's not bad enough one of their neighbors has 'plans' for them.  And before they know it, they find themselves in a primeval forest along with medieval warriors and supernatural pirates. 

As they struggle to survive, the kids discover that they are part of a legacy that threatens not only their family... but the entire world. 

Word Count: 88,600
Page Count: 496
Accelerated Reading level: 4.6 / points: 13.0
AR quiz: 158093
--sample pages available


bookcover of I EVEN FUNNIER (a Middle School Book) by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
I EVEN FUNNIER
(a Patterson Middle-School book)
by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Laura Park (Illustrator)

Jamies won the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic Contest!  Now he's off to compete in the national semi-finals.  Or would be....

Turns out that somethings are more important than his ambition.  Jamie finds that out when one of his friends gets into trouble, and a family member has a health scare.

Page Count: 368
no reading information currently available
--read the first 13 chapters


bookcover of I FUNNY (a Middle School Book) by James Patterson and Chris GrabensteinI FUNNY
(a Patterson Middle-School book #3)
by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Laura Park (Illustrator)

3.94 avg rating — 1,202 GoodReaders 

Though wheelchair-bound and bullied, Jamie doesn't let his life deter him from pursuing his goal: to become the world's greatest standup comedian.

(see the James Patterson reading info index)
excerpt from I FUNNY  (a Patterson Middle-School book #3)

Reading Information:
Word Count: 27,357
Page Count: 320
Accelerated Reading level: 3.9 / points: 4.0
AR quiz: 155432


IN A BLINK
(Never Girls #1)
by Kiki Thorpe
Illustrated by Jana Christy

3.82 avg rating — 131 GoodReaders

 This is a new series from DISNEY. 

In this book Kate, Lainy, Gabby, and Mia are playing when Prilla the fairy  shows up.  Prilla takes the girls to Pixie Hollow where they are greeted by  Queen Clarion and Tinker Bell.  They explore the island and get pixie dust so they can fly.  Things go awry though when Kate gets lost and someone steals there pixie dust!

Word Count: 11,142
Page Count:  118
Accelerated Reading level: 3.4 / points: 1.0
AR quiz: 156084
--sample pages available


IN A GLASS GRIMMLY
by Adam Gidwitz
Hugh D'Andrade (Illustrator)

4.08 avg rating — 1,113 GoodReaders

Frog convinces Jack and Jill to leave their own stories to seek a magic mirror.  Along the way they  encounter all sorts of adventure and strange mythical creatures such as giants, mermaids, and goblins.

(see Adam Gidwitz' reading info page)
Word Count: 54.786
Page Count:  196
Accelerated Reading level: 4.4 / points: 8.0
AR quiz: 154815


bookcover of JEDI ACADEMY (StarWars)  by Jeffrey Brown
JEDI ACADEMY (StarWars)
by Jeffrey Brown

4.03 avg rating — 115 ratings

Roan's dad and brother are pilots.  And he longs to be one too, and so he applied to the Pilot Academy, only to mysteriouly be denied entrance.

Instead he receives an equally mysterious invitation to something called 'the Jedi Academy'.  With no where else to go, he attends and becomes a student of Master Yoda. 
Word Count: 12,972
Page Count:  160
Accelerated Reader:  3.8 / points: 2.0
AR quiz: 161023


4.73 avg rating — 885 GoodReaders

The pop star tells his own story.

Page Count: 240
Reading Information: n/a




bookcover of  Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation by Bill O'Reilly KENNEDY'S LAST DAYS 
The Assassination That Defined a Generation
by Bill O'Reilly

3.90 Stars from 31 GoodReaders

With pictures and engaging text, the author describes the days leading up to President Kennedy's tragic assassination.

Word Count:  33,352
Page Count: 336
Accelerated Reading level: 7.9 / points: 6.0
AR quiz:158922


bookcover of  The Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer #1) by Jasper Fforde
THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER
(The Last Dragonslayer #1)
(The Chronicles of Kazam Series #1)
by Jasper Fforde 

3.81  Stars from 5,153 GoodReaders

Magic was once pretty cool.  But now it's drying up and becoming so common that magic carpets are used for pizza deliver.  This counts to Jennifer Strange because she runs an employment agency for Magicians.  And more importantly, events get crazy and she becomes known as the Last Dragonslayer.

Word Count: 56,580
Page Count: 287
Accelerated Reading level: 5.8 / points: 9.0
AR quiz: 154112
--sample pages and reviews available


bookcover of THE LEGO BOOK  by Daniel Lipkowitz
THE LEGO BOOK
by Daniel Lipkowitz

4.31 avg rating — 282 GoodReaders

56 new pages are added to this classic book that describes LEGO history.  Highlights includes new information about LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Friends, and much more.

Lexile: NC1340L
256 pages

bookcover of LEGO NINJAGO CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIALEGO NINJAGO CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA
by Daniel Lipkowitz

4.71 avg rating — 48 GoodReaders

Features tons of fun facts about different characters, their variations, as well as info on vehicles, weapons, and locations that make up the LEGO Ninjago world.

Lexile:990L
256 pages

excerpt from bookcover of LEGO NINJAGO CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIALEGO NINJAGO CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA


LEGO PLAY BOOK
by Daniel Lipkowitz, Gregory Farshtey

4.14 avg rating — 14 ratings 

Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life!

Reading Level Info: unknown
200 pages



 4.24 avg rating — 156 GoodReaders 

More than 300 mini-figures.

Lexile: NC1120L
208 pages

bookcover of The Legos Idea Book
THE LEGO IDEAS BOOK
by Daniel Lipkowitz

 4.36 avg rating — 219 GoodReaders 

Tips and tricks for taking your construction up a notch.

Reading Level Info: unknown
200 pages


bookcover of LINCOLN'S LAST DAYS by Bill O'Reilly and Dwight Jon ZimmermanLINCOLN'S LAST DAYS
The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
by Bill O'Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman

3.98 avg rating — 22,963 GoodReaders

Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling historical thriller, Killing Lincoln.

Word Count: 41,622
Page Count: 336
Accelerated Reading level: 7.5 / points: 7.0
AR quiz: 153378
Lexile: 1020L


bookcover of LOST IN BABYLON  (Seven Wonders #2)  by Peter Lerangis
LOST IN BABYLON
(Seven Wonders #2)
by Peter Lerangis
Illustrated by Torstein Norstrand

4.18 avg rating — 72 ratings

The first Loculus is lost, and Marco is gone.  What will Jack, Cass, and Ally do now?

Word Count: 70,664
Page Count: 384
Accelerated Reader: 4.0 / points: 10.0
AR quiz: 162362


by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. Illustrated by Laura Park

4.10 avg rating — 1,195 GoodReaders

Book 2. Rafe finds out that Middle School is a lot more competitive than he thought. (see the James Patterson reading info index)

excerpt from MIDDLE SCHOOL: GET ME OUT OF HERE!  by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. Illustrated by Laura Park

Word Count: 25790
Page Count: 288
Accelerated Reading level: 4.4 / points: 4.0
AR quiz: 151572
Lexile: 680L

(a Patterson Middle-School book #1) by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Illustrated by Laura Park

**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal

3.87 avg rating — 4,465 GoodReaders 

It's Rafe's first day at Hills Village Middle School, and it's shaping up to be the worst year ever. He has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix, but luckily he's got an ace plan for the best year ever--if only he can pull it off. With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class--5,000 points! Running in the hallway--10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm--50,000 points!

(see the James Patterson reading info index)
Word Count: 30,992
Page Count: 288
Accelerated Reading level: 4.5 / points: 4.0
AR quiz: 144983
Lexile: 700L


bookcover of NANCY CLANCY, SECRET ADMIRER by Jane O'ConnorNANCY CLANCY, SECRET ADMIRER
by Jane O'Connor
Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)

 3.84 avg rating — 153 GoodReaders

Fancy Nancy for the older set. 

Nancy Clancy and her best friend, Bree, have love on the brain—after all, they're learning about the human heart in science class! But when the girls decide to play matchmaker, nothing works out as planned. So the big question is: Will love conquer all?

Word Count: 7,698
Page Count:  128
Accelerated Reading level: 3.2 / points: 1.0
AR quiz: 157425


bookcover of NAVIGATING EARLY by Clare VanderpoolNAVIGATING EARLY
by Clare Vanderpool

**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** ALA BookList 
**Starred Review** Kirkus

4.10 avg rating — 1,042 GoodReaders

After his mother's death, Jack Baker is moved from Kansas to boy's school in Maine by a father who can't connect to him after his wife's death and four years away fighting in Europe (WWII).  While there Jack meets Early, a boy with his own problems --his brother 'vanished' in France.

Their real adventure starts when Early discovers that he can read the story behind the number Pi.  And that this number will lead him to his long lost brother.

Word Count:  72,191
Page Count:  320
Accelerated Reading level: 5.2 / points: 11.0
AR quiz: 156085


bookcover of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, by Katherine ApplegateONE AND ONLY IVAN
by Katherine A. Applegate
Patricia Castelao (Illustrations)

**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** ALA BookList
**Starred Review** Kirkus
Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2013-14 Master List

4.28 avg rating — 13,309 GoodReaders

Based on a true story, book tells of Ivan, a captive gorilla who uses art to bridge the gap between his cage and the outside world.

excerpt from ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine A. Applegate

Word Count: 26,263
Page Count:  301
Accelerated Reading level: 3.6 / points: 4.0
AR quiz: 150437


bookcover of ONE DIRECTION:  BEHIND THE SCENESONE DIRECTION:  BEHIND THE SCENES

4.84 avg rating — 531 GoodReaders

Packed with never-before-seen photos, exclusive interviews, and fascinating facts, you'll find everything you ever needed to know about Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis, and Zayn inside!

Page Count: a slim 64 pages
Reading Level: unknown


bookcover of DARE TO DREAM - Life as One DirectionONE DIRECTION: DARE TO DREAM

4.70 avg rating — 3,424 GoodReaders

A look inside this boy band.

Page Count: 288
Reading Level: unknown



bookcover of Out of My Mind by Sharon DraperOUT OF MY MIND
by Sharon M. Draper

**Starred Review** School Library Journal 
**Starred Review** ALA BookList
**Starred Review** Kirkus

4.35  Stars from 16,550 GoodReaders 

A brilliant girl with cerebral palsy longs for a way to speak.

Word Count: 56,872
Page Count: 320
Accelerated Reading level: 4.3 / points: 8.0
AR quiz: 136421
Lexile: 700L


bookcover of QB 1  by Mike Lupica
QB 1
by Mike Lupica

3.89 avg rating — 19 ratings 

This guy-friendly book is all about the game.  And was inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks.  One of the themes is earning your way.

Word Count: 62,372
Page Count:  272
Accelerated Reading level:  5.4 / points: 10.0
AR quiz: 160440


bookcover of RAISING THE BAR by Gabby Douglas and Michelle Burford
RAISING THE BAR
by  Gabby Douglas and Michelle Burford

3.91 avg rating — 11 GoodReaders

Gabby won hearts and Olympic Gold, but inside she's balanced and well adjusted.  And in this book she shares her likes and personal philosophy.

Page Count:144
no reading level information available yet
--sample pages available


RUSH REVERE AND THE BRAVE PILGRIMS
(published by Rush Limbaugh)
by Rush Limbaugh

3.99 avg rating — 172 ratings

Rush rides his magical horse back and forth in time.

Page Count: 224
no reading information available
bookcover of SAVING THE TEAM  (The Kicks #1)  by Alex Morgan
SAVING THE TEAM
(The Kicks #1)
by Alex Morgan
Paula Franco (Illustrations) 

4.12 avg rating — 17 GoodReaders

Devin loves soccer.  When she finds herself at her new school in California she's sure the competition is going to be fierce.  After all, some of the best national players come from Cali.  So she's braced for everything but the confused disaster that is the Kentville Kangaroos.  Can she help save the team?

Word Count: 36,298
Page Count:  176
Accelerated Reading level: 4.4 / points:5.0
AR quiz: 158552
--sample pages available


bookcover of SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL  (The School for Good and Evil #1)  by Soman Chainani
THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL   
(The School for Good and Evil #1)
by Soman Chainani

4.00 Stars from  860 GoodReaders

Sophie and Agatha find out where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil.  A school were regular kids are are trained to be heroes... or villains.

no reading information available yet
Page Count:  488
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bookcover of  The Son of Sobek (Kane Chronicles) by Rick Riordan SON OF SOBEK  
(Kane Chronicles)

by Rick Riordan

An ebook adventure.

4.46 avg rating — 1,715 GoodReaders
 
Page Count:  51
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bookcover of SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS by Laura Amy Schlitz
SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS
by Laura Amy Schlitz

**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** Kirkus
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**Starred Review** ALA Booklist

 3.85 avg rating — 3,150 ratings

Clara Wintermute is the only child of a wealthy doctor.  When she sees  Gaspare Grisini fantastic puppet work she has him invited to her birthday party.  Gaspare agrees, but only because his criminal nature lets him see this as an opportunity to become rich.

Gaspare arrives with his two innocents assistants, Lizzie and Parsefall.  To the youngsters Clara's life seems marvelous.  But in fact it is not all it seems to be.  There are secrets and private grief and guilt.  And before the puppeteer and his helpers, Lizzie and Parsefall, can act, someone else kidnaps Clara.  

As they try to puzzle out who could have taken Clara, and where she is, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past.  Fleeing London, where they are suspects, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it’s too late. 

Word Count: 102,088
Page Count: 400
Accelerated Reading level: 5.1 / points: 15.0
AR quiz: 153476


bookcover of STRANDED by Chris Tebbetts and Jeff ProbstSTRANDED 
by Chris Tebbetts and Jeff Probst

3.74 Stars from  240 GoodReaders

Jeff Probst hosted the TV show Survivor and Chris Tebbetts helped write the Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life series; and now they've joined forces to pen this new adventure series about 4 kids that get stranded on an rocky jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific.

Word Count: 25,402
Page Count: 176
Accelerated Reading level: 4.5 / points: 4.0
AR quiz: 157213
Lexile: 690L
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bookcover of THE ENCHANTRESS RETURNS (The Land of Stories #2) by Chris Colfer
THE LAND OF STORIES: THE ENCHANTRESS RETURNS
(The Land of Stories, #2)
by Chris Colfer
Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)

4.63 avg rating — 139 GoodReaders

The twins are drawn back into the Land of Stories when they find out that the Enchantress has kidnapped their mother.
 
Page Count:  528
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bookcover of The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) by Chris Colfer
THE LAND OF STORIES: THE WISHING SPELL
(The Land of Stories, #1)
by Chris Colfer
Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)

4.05 avg rating — 7,083 GoodReaders

Alex and Conner are twins.  On their 12th birthday, after a tragedy, their grandmother gives them a book of fairy tales. They start to read them only to find themselves falling into the tales, with no clear cut way to get out.

Word Count: 98,248
Page Count: 438
Accelerated Reading level: 5.0 / points: 15.0
AR quiz:154,466



bookcover of THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila TurnageTHREE TIMES LUCKY
by Sheila Turnage

**Newbery Honor Book**
**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
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4.01 avg rating — 4,965 ratings

Miss Moses LoBeau (Mo) lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC.  When she was a baby she was found on the shore after a hurricane, and she's been stormy ever since. 

She's found a home with the Colonel and Miss Lana.  And while she hopes one day to find her 'upstream mom', she's more than loyal to them.   So when a police detective comes to town investigating a murder, she can't help but get involved.

Word Count: 62,217
Page Count:  256
Accelerated Reading level: 3.9 / points: 9.0
AR quiz: 151057
Lexile: 560L


bookcover of TIMMY FAILURE  by Stephan Pastis TIMMY FAILURE: Mistakes Were Made
(Timmy Failure #1)
by Stephan Pastis

3.60 avg rating — 531 GoodReaders

Timmy Failure is 11 years old.  And he's the founder of the "best" detective agency in town, named Total Failure, Inc.

Word Count: 22,433
Page Count:  294
Accelerated Reading level: 3.8 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 156819

excerpt from TIMMY FAILURE: Mistakes Were Made  by Stephan Pastis


bookcover of TREASURE HUNTERS   by Others and James Patterson
TREASURE HUNTERS 
 (Treasure Hunters #1)
by Others and James Patterson

3.50 avg rating — 42 ratings 

This boy-friendly book is all about treasure hunting.  The twins following their hunting parents around the world.  But when they disappear, the kids have to take up the search.

Word Count: 43,435
Page Count:  480
Accelerated Reader:  4.6 / points: 6.0
AR quiz: 160886


bookcover of WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER  (Castle Glower #2) by Jessica Day George WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER
(Castle Glower #2)
by Jessica Day George

4.02 Stars from 461 GoodReaders

Things get really strange when on her way to classes, Celie discovers an egg.  An egg with a griffin inside.

Word Count: 50,919
Page Count:  235
Accelerated Reading level: 5.7 / points: 8.0
AR quiz:159718
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bookcover of ONE DIRECTION: WHERE WE ARE
ONE DIRECTION: WHERE WE ARE
 by One Direction

4.88 avg rating — 115 ratings

The only official book to describe the last two years of fun and whatever for the boy band.

no reading information currently available
Page Count:  260


bookcover of WILD BORN  (Spirit Animals Book 1)  by Brandon Mull
WILD BORN
(Spirit Animals Book 1)
by Brandon Mull

3.93 avg rating — 170 ratings 

#1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull launches Scholastic's brand-new multi-platform phenomenon.  This means that there's reading .AND. role playing in this action packed adventure.

Page Count:  224
 Lexile: 680L

WHEN DID YOU SEE HER LAST?
(All The Wrong Questions #2)
by Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Seth

4.07 avg rating — 299 ratings

Lemony Snicket's All the Wrong Questions series continues with his second wrong question, "When did you see her last?"

Word Count: 39,707
Page Count:277
Accelerated Reading level: 5.2 / points: 6.0
AR quiz: 161708
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bookcover of WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR? by Lemony Snicket
WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?
by Lemony Snicket

**Starred Review** Kirkus
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3.73 avg rating — 5,273 GoodReaders

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

excerpt from  WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?  by Lemony Snicket
Word Count: 36,757
Page Count: 272
Accelerated Reading level: 5.5 / points: 6.0
AR quiz: 154479


bookcover of WONDER by R. J. PalacioWONDER
by R.J. Palacio

**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
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4.38 Stars from 40,853 GoodReaders

Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now, when he will enter the 5th grade.


Word Count: 73053
Page Count: 320
Accelerated Reading level: 4.8 / points: 11.0
AR quiz: 149900


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