Zombie Baseball Beatdown

Author: Paolo Bacigalupi Publication: 2013, Little Brown Pages: 298 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe literally smell the trouble coming.  The odor from the local meat packing plant is way more foul than usual and the cows are behaving kind of strange.  But […]

Dead City

Author: James Ponti Publication: 2012, Aladdin Pages: 277 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Molly is a science geek who spends her summers hanging out at the morgue. Her mom used to be a medical examiner and took Molly to work with her. After she died, Molly just […]

The Supernaturalist

Author: Eoin Colfer Publication: 2005, Disney-Hyperion Pages: 272 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Cosmo Hill is a no sponsor – an orphan at the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys in Satellite City. He spends his days being sent to test products – from television commercials […]

Wolf Brother

Author: Michelle Paver Publication: 2004, Harper Collins Pages: 295 Overall Rating:  Rating for Action:  Quantity of Action:  Age Category: 9-12 Age of Main Character: 12 Brief Summary: Torak’s father has just been killed by a bear.  His only companion now is a wolf cub.  But together the two of them must brave the dangers of […]

The Phoenix Files: Arrival

Author: Chris Morphew Publication: 2011, Scholastic Pages: 291 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary:  When Luke’s mom drags him to Phoenix, a brand new town in the middle of nowhere, his biggest worry is when he’ll be able to contact his dad.  Well, that and the fact that […]

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 […]

Blue Fingers

Author: Cheryl Aylward Whitesel Publication: Clarion Books, 2004 Pages: 256 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action:  Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary:  Koji’s identical twin, Taro, rescues Lord Oda’s master dye maker from drowning.  The dye maker offers Taro an apprenticeship, but […]

Storm Runners

Author: Roland Smith Publication: 2011, Scholastic Pages: 143 Overall Rating:                          Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Chase Masters and his dad run a very specialized kind of business.  They go wherever a big storm is threatening to blow in, provide free help to prepare for it, and then charge the […]

Wild River

Author: P.J. Peterson Publication: Delacorte Press, 2009 Pages: 128 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Ryan’s older brother, Tanner, takes him on a kayaking and camping trip.  Ryan doesn’t want to go – he’d much rather […]

Wild Man Island

Note: Don’t be turned off by this book’s cover.  It looks like some cheesy novel from 1970s.  That’s unfortunate, but it’s in no way a reflection on the book itself, which is actually pretty good.  Author: Will Hobbs Publication: Harper Trophy, 2002 Pages: 184 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 […]