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Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer.

Summary:  When seemingly unrelated and strange 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.

 

Berlin, Eric. The Puzzling World of Winston Breen.

Summary:  Winston Breen loves solving puzzles; and when his sister uncovers a twenty-five-year-old scavenger hunt--which leads to a ring worth thousands of dollars--he and his family jump at the opportunity to solve it.

 

Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl.

Summary:  When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

 

Gantos, Jack. Heads or Tails: stories from the sixth grade.

Summary:  Jack's diary helps him deal with his problems which include dog-eating alligators, a terror for an older sister, a younger brother who keeps breaking parts of himself, and next-door neighbors who are really weird.

 

Grisham, John. Theodore Boone: kid lawyer.

Summary:  Hoping to one day become a lawyer, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone has his desire to enter the courtroom granted a bit early when he is called in to testify against a suspected murderer. The man is about to be set free, but only Theo knows the truth -- a truth that could put his life at risk.

 

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Found.

Summary:  When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.

 

Holmes, Sara. Operation Yes.

Summary:  In her first ever teaching job, Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her sixth-grade students at an Air Force base school, and when she experiences a family tragedy, her previously skeptical class members use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.

 

Horowitz, Anthony. Stormbreaker.

Summary:  After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.

 

Korman, Gordon. The 6th Grade Nickname Game.

Summary:  Jeff and Wiley are notorious for attaching nicknames on other students, teachers, and even their own class; however, their game backfires as the nicknames turn into name calling and the games suddenly ceases to be funny.

 

Peck, Richard. The Teacher's Funeral: a comedy in three parts.

Summary:  In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle dies.

 

Ritter, John H. The Desperado Who Stole Baseball.

Summary:  In 1881, the scrappy, rough-and-tumble baseball team in a California mining town enlists the help of a quick-witted twelve-year-old orphan and the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid to win a big game against the National League Champion Chicago White Stockings.

 

Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl.

Summary:  In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

 

Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me.

Summary:  As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

 

Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society.

Summary:  After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.