Isabel Allende. City of the Beasts. (Rayo, 2002)
Joseph Bruchac. Bearwalker. (HarperCollins, 2007)
The Campfire Collection: Spine-Tingling Tales to Tell in the Dark, edited by Eric B. Martin. (Chronicle
Thrills and chills in the great outdoors, from classic tales to the most modern, it is sometimes hard to
sort the facts from the fiction in this enjoyable collection.
Harlan Coben. “Mickey Bolitar Novels” (Series)
Shelter. [Book One] (Putnam, 2011)
Seconds Away. [Book Two] (Putnam, 2012)
A mysterious old lady shouts strange and disturbing words from a haunted house, a man in a big
black car seems to be following him, his father dies, and Mickey Bolitar’s girlfriend just disappears.
Oh, and I think I got whiplash on that last plot twist.
Stephen Cole. Thieves Like Us. (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, 2006)
Thieves Till We Die. (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, 2007)
Barbara Snow Gilbert. Paper Trail. (Front Street, 2000)
Andrew Klavan. If We Survive. (Thomas Nelson, 2012)
They are just kids from a church group, spending their vacation on a mission to build a school in a
poor Central American country. But when a revolution happens around them, they find a lethal jungle
and an entire rebel army between them and home. Good thing they are a church group, because it
doesn't look like they have a prayer of getting out alive.
April Lurie. Less Dead. (Delacorte, 2010)
Noah’s friend Will is one of the ‘less dead’, an outcast with no family, no home, a gay teen on the
outside. No one will really care for a nobody in a pauper’s grave once the headlines about his murder
have passed. But Noah won’t have it. He’ll put it all on the line, his freedom, his family, even his life to
acknowledge the bright light that was his friend, and maybe stop the next murder.
Ben Mikaelsen. Touching Spirit Bear. (HarperCollins, 2001)
Ghost of Spirit Bear. (HarperCollins, 2008)
Gary Paulsen. The Car. (Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994)
Stefan Petrucha. Ripper. (Philomel, 2012)
A teenage aspiring detective is hunting his father. A New York police commissioner is hunting a serial
killer. A legendary Pinkerton Detective is hunting the most notorious killer that ever lived. When these
investigations collide, the fallout is murder.
Graham Salisbury. Night of the Howling Dogs. (Wendy Lamb Books, 2007)
Joe Schreiber. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)
This one starts off like a typical teen angst novel, but soon enough, Perry Stormaire has a lot more to
worry about than bullies, high school, and cheerleaders. It's a nonstop, action/adventure shoot'em up
with fast cars and hip bars, explosion and helicopters...
Roland Smith. Peak. (Harcourt, 2007)
Todd Strasser. "Drift X" (Series):
Slide or Die. (Simon Pulse, 2006)
Battle Drift. (Simon Pulse, 2006)
Sidewayz Glory. (Simon Pulse, 2006)
Mark Walden. “H.I.V.E.” (Series):
H.I.V.E.: The Higher Institute of Villainous Education. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007)
The Overlord Protocol. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2008)
Alan Zadoff. Boy Nobody. (Little, Brown, June 2013)
He wasn't there.Sure, you remember somebody, but he was here and gone so fast. And nobody
seemed to get to know him. Nobody went to his house. Nobody met his parents. And the one person
he connected with... well, they are too preoccupied mourning the loss of a loved one to remember the
boy who wasn't there. He was just... nobody.
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Chris Morphew. Arrival. [The Phoenix Files] (Kane Miller, 2012)
"You know those conversations that are so full-on, you actually come away feeling physically
exhausted? Turns out deciding what to do about the end of the world can really take it out of you."
Three friends have to get past their own disbelief and distrust of each other and they have to do it
fast. They are, quite literally, completely cut off, and the clock is ticking. 100 days, 99...
Kevin J. Anderson. "Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I." (Series)
Death Warmed Over. (Kensington, 2012)
Unnatural Acts. (Kensington, 2013)
Hair Raising. (Kensington, 2013)
There are some tough private eyes out there in print, but Dan Shamble was murdered in the line of
duty, and got over it in this genre-bending gothic humor mystery series. Catch the audiobooks, they
are to die for... twice!
Tim Tharp. Mojo. (Knopf, 2013)
Who wouldn't want it all? The money, the friends, the cars, the swagger? So when Dylan, the classic
outsider, gets a taste of the privileged life, it's easy to get lost. But he got here for a reason, to find a
missing girl who runs with the rich and beautiful crowd, and the deeper he gets, the uglier the whole