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A Hitch at the Fairmont

by Jim Averbeck & Nick Bertozzi Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 24, 2014)

An intrepid boy teams up with Alfred Hitchcock himself in this rollicking mystery rife with action, adventure, intrigue, and all the flavor of film noir.

After the mysterious death of his mother, eleven-year-old...


Shift

by Jennifer Bradbury Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 06, 2010)

Some friends fade away....Others disappear. Now in paperback, a riveting mystery that will "keep the pages turning" (Chris Crutcher, author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes).

Imagine you and your best friend head...


Betrayed!

by Patricia Calvert Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 15, 2011)

Some men aren't meant for safe pastures.

Home cooking, a warm bed, family -- all these things Tyler's father, Black Jack Bohannon, gave up for an unknown destiny. Now, at fourteen, Tyler is following in his father's...


The House of the Scorpion

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2002

by Nancy Farmer Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

MATTEO ALACRáN WAS NOT BORN; HE WAS HARVESTED.

His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium -- a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's...


The Big Wander

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 08, 2008)

A Summer To Remember

Fourteen-year-old Clay Lancaster has been dreaming for years of the adventure he calls The Big Wander -- a summer in the Southwest with his older brother, Mike, searching for their uncle...


Flight of the Dragon Kyn

by Susan Fletcher Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 27, 2009)

"You must go to the dragon. You must leave tonight."

Before she even hears the words, Kaeldra already knows she must find the mother dragon whose draclings have just hatched and get some of the precious milk...


The Lord of Opium

by Nancy Farmer Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 03, 2013)

As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this "electric blend of horrors and beauty" (Publishers Weekly), the riveting sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion...


Worse Things Happen at Sea!: A Tale of Pirates, Poison, and Monsters

by Alan Snow Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 09, 2013)

Set sail for a "quirky, fast-paced adventure on the high seas" (SLJ) in this rollicking tale of pirates, poison, and monsters from New York Times bestselling author of Here Be Monsters!

The kooky residents of...


Hard Time

by Julian F. Thompson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2013)

"When we're born, we're sentenced to, like, life. And some of us--I'd be a prime example--are made to do hard time."

So says Annie Ireland, sentenced to a life of trying to live up to her parents' never-ending...


To Be a Cat

by Matt Haig & Stacy Curtis Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2013)

When Barney's feline fantasy comes true, the fur starts flying in this darkly hilarious and heartwarming tale.

Cats have it made. They laze in sun patches, are showered with affection by loving humans, can cough...


In Harm's Way

Benjamin Pratt & Keepers of the School #4

by Andrew Clements & Adam Stower Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 07, 2013)

The threat to the Keepers doubles in the fourth Keepers of the School adventure from Andrew Clements, the master of the school story.

Benjamin Pratt and his friends Jill and Robert are determined to save their...


The Guardians: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core!; Toothiana, Queen

by William Joyce Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 16, 2012)

This ebook boxed set of the first three Guardians books is the perfect companion to the Rise of the Guardians movie!

Of course you know the Guardians. You've known them since before you can remember and you'll...


A Way between Worlds

by Melanie Crowder Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 01, 2019)

Griffin and Fi continue on their quest to save all worlds from invasion in this fantastical follow-up to The Lighthouse between the Worlds, which Kirkus Reviews called “a fast read that ends too soon.”

There...


Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies

by William Joyce Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 02, 2012)

Beware a tooth fairy queen scorned in this, the third chapter book of Academy Award winner William Joyce’s The Guardians series. There’s a lot more to this tooth-swiping sprite than meets the eye!

When last...


The Underneath

by Kathi Appelt & David Small Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2012)

There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep...


A Whale in Paris

by Daniel Presley, Claire Polders & Erin McGuire Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2018)

“Perfect for readers who love a touch of the fantastic and the impossible.” --Booklist

A hopeful and heroic girl befriends a small, lost whale during World War II and together they embark on a journey to...


Downriver

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 10, 2012)

Will Hobbs's classic tale of whitewater adventure is back in print with an exciting new look.

No adults, no permit, no river map. After fifteen-year-old Jessie gets sent to Discovery Unlimited, an outdoor education...


In the Hand of the Goddess

The Song of the Lioness #2

by Tamora Pierce Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 08, 2009)

From Tamora Pierce, the second book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Alanna, disguised as a boy, becomes a squire to none other than the heir to the throne. Prince...


The Whites of Their Eyes

Benjamin Pratt & Keepers of the School #2

by Andrew Clements & Adam Stower Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 20, 2012)

Andrew Clements delivers the latest in his adventure-filled school series.

This could be the last great Memorial Day weekend on Barclay Bay, and Ben knows it. This time next year, he might not be able to stand...


Fear Itself

Benjamin Pratt & Keepers of the School #3

by Andrew Clements & Adam Stower Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 20, 2012)

The second book in this riveting and mysterious six-book series is as action-packed as the first one, culminating in a faceoff between Ben, Jill, and Lyman. "After five bells sound, time to sit down" makes for...


We the Children

Benjamin Pratt & Keepers of the School #1

by Andrew Clements & Adam Stower Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 20, 2012)

The first in a six-book series, We the Children follows Ben, his tech-savvy friend, Jill, and the class know-it-all, Robert, as they uncover a remarkable history and use it to protect the school.

Sixth grader...


Wormwood Mire

by Judith Rossell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 25, 2017)

This spine-tingling sequel to Withering-by-Sea sees Stella sent away to the moldering old family estate, where she discovers two odd cousins--and a mystery.

Eleven-year-old Stella Montgomery has always wondered...


Wild Magic

The Immortals #1

by Tamora Pierce Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 08, 2009)

Discover a land of enchantment, legend, and adventure in this first book of the Immortals series, featuring an updated cover for longtime fans and fresh converts alike, and including an all-new afterword from...


Lioness Rampant

by Tamora Pierce Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 08, 2009)

From Tamora Pierce, the final book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not...


Dragon's Milk

by Susan Fletcher Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 24, 2009)

"You must go to the dragon. You must leave tonight."

Before she even hears the words, Kaeldra already knows what she must do. She must search out the mother dragon whose draclings have just hatched and somehow...


Kokopelli's Flute

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 08, 2008)

THE MAGIC HAD ALWAYS BEEN THERE.

Tep Jones has always felt the magic of Picture House, an Anasazi cliff dwelling near the seed farm where he lives with his parents. But he could never have imagined what would...


Emperor Mage

The Immortals #3

by Tamora Pierce Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 08, 2009)

Daine must confront a powerful leader in this third book of the Immortals series, featuring an updated cover for longtime fans and fresh converts alike, and including an all-new afterword from Tamora Pierce....


Falling In

by Frances O'Roark Dowell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 02, 2010)

There are some people in this world who are a little more aware, a little more in tune with what's happening around them. Isabelle Bean is one of those people, and when she sits in her regular, average classroom,...


The Courage of Sarah Noble

by Alice Dalgliesh & Leonard Weisgard Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 15, 2012)

In this Newbery Honor book classic, young Sarah learns how to be brave even when the world is strange and new.

In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for...


Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare

by William Joyce & Laura Geringer Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 04, 2011)

Forget naughty or nice--this is a battle of good vs. evil.

Discover the origins of St. Nick and follow along as the Guardians start their quest to rid the world of nightmares in the first Guardians chapter book...


The Lost Voyage of John Cabot

by Henry Garfield Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

1498. Sebastian Cabot age fifteen, can only wait and wonder. His famous father has abandoned him at home in Bristol, England, but has taken the boy's older and younger brothers, Ludovico and Sancio, on his second...


Middle School Survival Kit

by Lisa McMann, E. J. Patten, Jo Nesbo & Avi et al. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 04, 2011)

This free eSampler packed with action and adventure is a must for middle school!

Be sure and snag this free eSampler to help you survive middle school with some action and adventure!

This collection features...


Withering-by-Sea

by Judith Rossell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 08, 2016)

A stalwart orphan sets out on a spine-tingling adventure in this wildly imaginative and darkly funny Victorian middle grade novel.

High on a cliff above the gloomy Victorian town of Withering-by-Sea stands the...


A Nearer Moon

by Melanie Crowder Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 08, 2015)

In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl's bravery could mean the difference between life and death in this magical story of "perseverance and hope" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from the...


Soldier Boys

by Dean Hughes Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 21, 2015)

Spencer Morgan And Dieter Hedrick, one American, one German, are both young and eager to get into action in the war. Dieter, a shining member of the Hitler Youth movement, has actually met the Führer himself...


The Tale of Oriel

by Cynthia Voigt Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2015)

The prospect of freedom is weighted with danger in this tale of high adventure, the third book in the Tales of the Kingdom series from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt.

Oriel has always stood out as someone who...


The Christmas Rat

by Avi & Leonid Gore Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 17, 2015)

He is one weird Christmas visitor -- his hair and moustache an unearthly white-blond, his voice a gruff rumble. He fills the apartment doorway. From two metal cases he produces what a boy would expect from an...


The Good Dog

by Avi Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2015)

In the Colorado mountain town of Steamboat Springs there must be three hundred dogs.

Jack's malamute, McKinley, is the leader of them all. But Jack, being human, has no way of knowing that. For him, his family's...


The Traitors' Gate

by Avi & Karina Raude Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

It's 1849, the year John Huffman's father is sentenced to London's Whitecross Street Prison. He's been put away for gambling debt--leaving fourteen-year-old John and his family out on the street. But it seems...