The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey Publication: 2013, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Pages: 457 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: The alien invasion has come and gone and it’s nothing like we ever imagined.  No massive warships, no laser blasts from the sky, no little green men.  It’s worse than all that, […]

The Inferior

Author: Pedar O Guilín Publication: 2007, David Fickling Books Pages: 438 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Stopmouth and his tribe fight every day just to survive.  To live, they must hunt other intelligent species, killing them with spears, knives, and slings – and every day those other […]

Uglies

Author: Scott Westerfeld Publication: 2005, Simon Pulse Pages: 425 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Tally is about to turn 16 and she can’t wait, because on her 16th birthday the doctors will make her pretty.  She’ll finally be able to leave Uglyville and head to the party […]

Perry’s Killer Playlist

Title:  Perry’s Killer Playlist Author: Joe Schreiber Publication: 2012, Houghton Mifflin Pages: 224 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Hell Yeah!  Gobija Zaksauskas is back and she’s as bad as ever.  When Perry’s band scores a European tour, one of their first stops is Venice.  And as Perry […]

Don’t Turn Around

Author: Michelle Gagnon Publication: 2012 Harper Collins Pages: 320 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Noa wakes up strapped to a hospital bed in a warehouse.  Through guts and ingenuity she manages to escape, but “They” won’t give up.  Now Noa, a foster kid who’s learned to game […]

Nine Days

Title:  Nine Days Author: Fred Hiatt Publication: 2013, Delacorte Press Pages: 239 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Ti-Anna’s father is a Chinese democracy activist who found asylum in the US.  But after travelling back to Hong Kong to meet with some Chinese labor activists he’s disappeared.  Ti-Anna […]

Rebel Fire – Young Sherlock #2

Author: Andre Lane Publication: 2011, Farrar, Straus & Giroux Pages: 368 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Sherlock’s tutor, Amyus Crowe, reveals that he works with with the famed Pinkerton detective agency and came to England in part to search for John Wilkes Booth – the man who […]

The Killing Sea

Author: Richard Lewis Publication: 2006, Simon and Schuster Pages: 183 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Ruslan and Sarah are from different worlds.  But when a giant tsunami strikes the Aceh region of Indonesia they both find their lives thrown into chaos.  Ruslan is searching for his missing […]

I Am Number Four

Author: Pittacus Lore Publication: 2010, Harper Collins Pages: 440 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: John isn’t human.  He comes from the planet Lorien, one of nine young children smuggled out just before their planet was destroyed by the Mogadorians.  He’s been raised on earth by his guardian, […]

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