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Maximum Ride is science fiction book series by James Patterson. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Angel and the Gasman are ages 6-14 and are 2% avian DNA and 98% human DNA because they have been experimented on by scientist. These kids are on the mission to protect themselves and the world. Patterson got the idea of Max escaping a despicable school from When the Wind Blows and The Lake House, but the similarities end there.

“Buckle up… This a ride that starts fast and gets faster.” -Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

The Graveyard Book is a horror-fiction novel written by Neil Gaiman. After Bod’s parents are murdered, he goes to a graveyard where ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

“It may seem odd to say it, but this is a lovely book. Suspenseful, yes, and a bit creepy, but lovely nonetheless,” Matt Berman (a book reviewer on commonsensemedia.org) said.

 

Al Capone Does My Shirts is a realistic-fiction and Newbery Honor book by Gennifer Choldenko. Moose Flanagan and his family moved to Alcatraz Island after his dad takes a job there. Moose doesn’t like the idea of living on an island filled with prisoners and only 23 other kids for company. On top of that, he is charged with taking care of Natalie, his autistic sister, after school each day.

“Choldenko’s pacing is exquisite. . . . A great read.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review.

 

Call of the Wild was written by Jack London in 1903. This story is set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s. A dog named Buck is living the life in Santa Clara, California when he is stolen from his home. He is sold to be used as a sled dog to look for gold in Alaska. As a sled dog, Buck must learn to pull a sled, deal with the cold and how to live with fellow sled dogs who are vicious. He has many owners, each bringing new challenges to Buck’s life.

“I liked how Buck had a lot of determination and the book is filled with adventure.” -Gavin C, 7th grade