Torn

Author: David Massey Publication: 2013, Chicken House Pages: 274 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Ellie Nielson is a British army medic on her first tour in war-torn Afghanistan.  On patrol in a village she comes under attack and sees a beautiful young Afghan girl shot.  But when […]

Unbreakable

Author: Kami Garcia Publication: 2013, Little, Brown Books Pages: 320 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: When Kennedy finds her mother dead she has no idea what’s really going, not until twins Lukas and Jared break into her house and kill a vengeance demon sent to destroy her.  […]

How to Lead a Life of Crime

Author: Kirsten Miller Publication: 2013, Razor Bill Pages: 434 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Flick is a teenage pickpocket recruited by the world famous Mandel Academy.  It’s a school with a reputation for taking the most needy children off the streets and transforming them into world leaders.  […]

Proxy

Author: Alex London Publication: 2013, Philomel Pages: 379 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Knox is a patron, the son of one of The City’s most wealthy and powerful families. Syd is his proxy. Whenever Knox does something wrong, Syd gets punished. He’s done hard labor for Knox, […]

Siege

Author: Sarah Mussi Publication: 2013, Holder Children’s Books Pages: 303 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: A normal day at school turns violent when gunmen take over. Caught up in the siege, Leah Jackson must fight to survive. But even as she struggles to save her own life, […]

SYLO

Author: DJ MacHale Publication: 2013, Razor Bill Pages: 407 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Tucker and his family live on Pemberwick Island, Maine. He loves the slow pace of life there and uses it as an excuse to avoid taking any big risks. But all that comes […]

ACID

Author: Emma Pass Publication: 2013, Delacorte Pages: 381 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Jenna Strong is the only female inmate in a maximum security prison, sentenced there for the murder of her parents. She’s learned to defend herself and adjusted to her new life, but everything changes […]

Shift

Author: Jeff Povey Publication: 2014, Simon and Schuster Pages: 361 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Rev, Billie, the Ape, Lucas, Johnson, Moth, Carrie, and GG – eight teens thrown together for detention. Then a white light goes off, and when it’s gone they find themselves in an […]

Solitary (Escape from Furnace, book 2)

Author: Alexander Gordon Smith Publication: 2009, Faber and Faber Pages: 272 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Alex and his friends have made their escape, blowing a hole in the prison floor. But the river they leap into is no escape at all. They soon find themselves locked […]

Insignia

Author: S.J. Kincaid Publication: 2012, Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 446 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Tom’s dad is a professional gambler. They drift from casino to casino, but these days his loses more often than not and it’s only Tom’s skills as a VR gaming hustler that […]