Outlaw

Author: Stephan Davies Publication: 2011, Clarion Pages: 286 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: Amazon says 12+, but I’d classify it as 9-12. Brief Summary: After one too many pranks, Jake Knight finds himself kicked out of boarding school and on the way home to the West African country of Burkina […]

Artemis Fowl

Author: Eoin Colfer Publication: 2002, Hyperion Pages: 280 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Artemis Fowl – millionaire, genius, criminal mastermind, twelve years old.  Artemis is the latest in a long line of Fowls with a reputation for the criminal.  But recently the family has fallen on somewhat […]

Stranded

Author: Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts Publication: 2013, Scholastic Pages: 176 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Vanessa, Carter, Buzz, and Jane are on a sailing boat in the South Pacific – a vacation with their uncle that’s supposed to help bring the half-siblings closer together. But a […]

Skullduggery Pleasant

  Author: Derek Landy Publication: 2008, Thorndike Press Pages: 381 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: When Sophie meets Skullduggery Pleasant at the reading of her Uncle’s will, her first impression is that he’s merely strange. But strange doesn’t begin to cut it once Sophie finds herself thrust […]

Raven’s Gate

Author: Anthony Horowitz Publication: 2008, Scholastic Pages: 272 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Matt is an orphan living with an aunt who doesn’t want him. Alone and penniless, he falls in with the wrong crowd and helps break into a warehouse where a security guard gets stabbed. […]

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 […]

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 […]