Holes by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is a boy with terrible luck, due to a curse that was placed on his great-great-Grandfather. He is sent to Camp Green Lake, a correctional facility, where the boys are forced to dig holes in the dirt under the hot burning sun all day.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

The Top 20 Books of 2012 countdown continues with including Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead.

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool. (Delacorte Press, "Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters"-- Provided by publisher.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

'Chasing Vermeer' by Blue Balliett: When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

'The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book by Rick Riordan ---- After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next ge.

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Brian Pinkney and Andrea Davis Pinkney

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men who Changed America - by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Presents the stories of 10 African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.

The Living by Matt de la Pena

The Living by Matt de la Peña (Grades 9 & up). After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman

Phineas Gage : a gruesome but true story about brain science - John Fleischman The true story of Phineas Cage, a man who lived through a horrible accident that left him with a hole in his brain in 86 pg. non-fiction ;

Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt

RHYME SCHEMER is a touching middle-grade novel in verse about one seventh grader's journey from bully-er to bully-ee, as he learns about friendship, family, and the influence that words can have on your life.-RHYME SCHEMER, by K.

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus. During WWII, many of the Norwegian people engaged in resistance activities against the Nazis. This is the story of one boy who becomes a spy . very exciting and based on a true story.

Okay for Now

In this companion novel to The Wednesday Wars, Doug struggles to be more than the "skinny thug" that some people think him to be. He finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, who gives him the strength to endure an abusive father, the suspicions of

Kathi Appelt – True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Meet Bingo and J'miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this tale from Newbery Honoree Kathi Appelt.Raccoon brothers Bingo and J'miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve.

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Trying to go straight, troublemaker Jackson Greene succumbs to the lure of the con when it appears Maplewood Middle School's student-council election is being rigged against his friend Gaby de la Cruz.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover

The Crossover: A Basketball Novel by Kwame Alexander (HMH) Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.