Turnage, Sheila. Three Times Lucky. 2012. Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now 11, and her best friend Dale turn detective when her adopted father seems implicated in a murder. [Lexile: 560]
Sachar, Louis. Holes. 1998. As further evidence of his family's bad fortune— which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative— Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert, where he finds his first real friend, a treasure and a new sense of himself. [Lexile: 660]
L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. 1962. Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and forces of evil as they embark on a heart-stopping journey through space to search for Meg's father, who mysteriously disappeared after experimenting with fifth dimension time travel. [Lexile: 740
Lloyd, Natalie. A Snicker of Magic. 2014. The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic— but Felicity Pickle is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring it back.
Kadohata, Cynthia. The Thing about Luck. 2013. Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving her to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers. [Lexile: 700]
Timberlake, Amy. One Came Home. 2013. [also available on audio] In 1871 Wisconsin, 13-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha— presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in— and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters. [Lexile: 690]