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by W.H. Beck
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

When Malcolm (a smaller than average rat) arrives at crumbling McKenna School, he revels in the attention, the Poptart crumbs, and his new Comf-E-Cube. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that protects the students. There’s just one problem: it turns out that rats have a terrible reputation. Have you heard? They are sneaky, disloyal, dirty, and greedy! So when everyone assumes Malcolm is a mouse, he doesn’t exactly squeak up. Maybe once he proves himself in the Academy, he can admit his rattiness.

But Malcolm’s is not the only secret at McKenna. Why does fifth grade teacher Mr. Binney roam the halls after midnight? Who is stealing chemicals from the science room? And what exactly are those shrieks from the clock tower? Then Malcolm’s secret is exposed—just as an Academy member disappears. The Academy turns on Malcolm with suspicion. After all, rats can’t be trusted. And now, banished from the Academy, Malcolm must use all his rat traits to prove his innocence—and to learn what kind of rat he really is. 

by F.T. Bradley
Harper Children's, 2012 (now available in paperback!)

ALEX RIDER meets THE DA VINCI CODE when a regular kid goes undercover in Paris...

Undercover spies, codes and ciphers, a secret painting with unimaginable powers . . . It's all in a day's work when you're one of the world's top kid agents. 

But Linc Baker isn't a kid agent at all. He just happens to look exactly like one of them. And when this lookalike goes missing, Linc will have to impersonate him on a mission that plunges him into a world of intrigue, danger, and great pastries. 

No pressure, right?

by F.T. Bradley 
Harper Children's, 2013

The supersecret government organization Pandora wants Linc to go to Washington, D.C., to protect the first daughter and find George Washington's legendary coat, rumored to make its wearer invincible. Pandora needs to find it before a deadly CIA mole uses it in a plot against the president.

Unfortunately for Linc, his look-alike agent nemesis, Ben Green, is already on the case and making his life difficult. With the first daughter's help, Linc will have to dig deep into the history of America's first spies--the Culper Ring--to beat Ben at his own game and stop the mole before it's too late.


by Elle Cosimano

Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin, 2014 - New Release!!

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Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next.


by Laura Ellen
Harcourt Children's Books, 2012 (available now in paperback!)

Sixteen year old Roswell Hart is used to missing things. With macular degeneration, an eye disease that robs her of central vision (and it seems, best friends too), Roz is constantly piecing together bits and pieces to make sense of her life. But she has always managed without help. When she finds she’s been placed in a special needs class, Roz begins a desperate attempt to prove she is 'normal'. Her attempts cause her to make some very wrong choices and be blind to everything going on around her. When her classmate Tricia Farni is found dead and Roz was the last person to see her alive, Roz must find what she missed that awful night. Problem is, she doesn’t remember. 

by Ashley Elston 
Disney-Hyperion, 2013 (now available in paperback!)
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She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.

by Ashley Elston
Disney-Hyperion, coming May 20, 2014! 
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Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom.

But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.

The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he's using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it's time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.

Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life back once and for all. But her true enemies are hidden in plain sight. Before long, Anna will learn that putting her trust in anyone may be the last mistake she ever makes.

by Lamar Giles
HarperCollins Children's Books/Amistad, 2014 - new release!!

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Nick Pearson is pretending to be someone he isn’t. Not high school pretending. Witness Protection pretending. And the #1 rule is “stay low-key”. But, when his sole friend Eli dies in the school’s journalism room under mysterious circumstances, and Nick stumbles upon the conspiracy Eli planned on exposing, staying low-key takes a backseat to staying alive.

Newspaper Nerd Eli had a secret, an in-the-works story codenamed “Whispertown”. And it’s got a lot of folks interested. Like corrupt cops, the town’s shady mayor, and certain high-ranking government officials. Teaming with Eli’s estranged (and gorgeous) sister, Nick sets out to unravel the mystery and still maintain his cover. He’ll have to use all the deviant skills he’s gained from his racketeering dad, assassin godfather, and their Serbian gangster boss to find the truth. However, each clue brings him closer to answers he may not want. Whispertown is bigger than he could have ever imagined, and in its shadow stands a killer…a killer Nick fears may be his own father.

The Shakespeare Mysteries, Book I
by Deron Hicks
Houghton Mifflin, 2012 (now available in paperback!)  

 Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands.  Her father is the owner of an old and prestigious publishing house.  Sinister forces, however, are plotting to take her father’s business away from him.  Undaunted, Colophon comes up with a plan.  If she can find a long-rumored family treasure before Christmas Eve, she might be able to save the family business. Will she discover the link between her family’s literary legacy and Shakespeare’s tomb before it’s too late? Antique paintings, secret passages, locked mausoleums, a four-hundred-year-old treasure, and a cast of quirky (and some ignoble) characters all add up to a fun adventure. Readers will revel in a whirlwind journey through literary time and space in real-world locales from Mont St. Michel to Stratford-Upon-Avon to Central Park!

The Shakespeare Mysteries, Book II
by Deron Hicks
Houghton Mifflin, 2013 (now available in paperback!)


Colophon Letterford’s life changed overnight when she uncovered Shakespeare’s lost manuscripts. Now the authenticity of those manuscripts is in question . . . and the centuries-old family publishing business is in danger. In this exciting mystery, thirteen-year-old Colophon travels from Oxford’s lofty Tower of the Five Orders to the dank depths of London’s sewers in her pursuit of truth and honor. But the stakes are high. Budding cryptologists, Shakespeare fans, and mystery lovers alike will revel in the twists and turns of this fascinating middle grade sequel to Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave.

by Kristen Kittscher
Harper Children's, 2013

Sophie Young and Grace Yang:  best friends, seventh graders, spies.  Equipped with walkie-talkies, binoculars, and candy, the girls sneak out for one of their midnight spy missions expecting a simple stakeout.  But what starts as a game turns real when they peek in on Luna Vista’s notoriously bizarre middle school counselor, Dr. Charlotte Agford (a.k.a. Dr. Awkward).

Is there more to Dr. Agford than her tacky clothes and sugary falsetto?  Sophie and Grace are convinced something sinister lurks below the surface…and they just might be right.  Soon, they’re racing to outsmart the suspicious counselor — all while cracking secret codes, dodging a mysterious blue car, and keeping tabs on strangers with unibrows and Texas twangs.

But the strain of the investigation pushes the girls further apart. Even if Sophie and Grace uncover the truth about Agford in time, will their friendship survive?  

by Elisa Ludwig
Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, 2012 (now available in paperback!)
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Things couldn't be better for 15 year-old Willa Fox: Her mom has just moved them to beautiful Paradise Valley, playground for the rich and powerful. Already Willa's been welcomed into the inner circle of her school's most exclusive clique and she's attracted the attentions of the superfine Aidan Murphy. But when Willa finds out that her new best friends are actually bullies, she decides she has to take a stand—even if it means taking the law into her own hands. 

(Pretty Crooked #2)
by Elisa Ludwig
Kathering Tegen/HarperCollins, 2014 - new release!!

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Willa Fox was told to stay out of trouble. In fact, it was an order from a very serious juvenile court judge.

However, that was before Willa found her house ransacked and a mysterious email from her mother telling Willa she had to leave Paradise Valley for a while and not to come looking for her. Willa knows her mom’s in danger and that no one at school will miss her after her recent sticky-fingered stunts with the Glitterati. So with the help of her pal Tre and with her degenerate crush Aidan as her wingman, Willa violates her probation and hits the California highway in search of her mom.

But when Willa and Aidan’s journey turns dangerously criminal and they wind up being the focus of a national manhunt, they realize it’s sometimes easier to escape the law than the truth—and that everything Willa thought she knew about her mom, and her life, was wrong.

by Elisa Ludwig
Adaptive Studios, Coming June 10, 2014!

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The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school.  But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. 
United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the nerd, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint.  This diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.  
COIN HEIST is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the perspectives of four teens with different motivations for pulling off the biggest heist in recent history. 

by Mary McCoy
Disney-Hyperion, coming February 2015!
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Alice was twelve when her big sister, Annie, stormed out of the house and disappeared into the streets of Los Angeles, abandoning a promising acting career - and Alice. Three years later, Annie turns up in MacArthur Park, beaten into a coma and carrying nothing but a photograph with Alice's name and phone number scrawled on the back.

Alice vows to find Annie's attacker, but to do that she'll have to retrace her sister's steps. The investigation will lead her into a world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets - and onto the trail of Celeste, a young runaway who witnessed a terrible crime. What Celeste knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars. But only if Alice can find her first.

by Diana Renn
Viking/Penguin, 2012 (now available in paperback!)
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Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns sour when priceless sketches by van Gogh are stolen from her father’s client and held ransom for a painting by the artist. The problem is that nobody knows where this painting is hidden, and until they find it, all their lives are in danger.

Joined by her friend Reika, Violet searches for the missing van Gogh in a quest that takes her from the Seattle Art Museum to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals—before it’s too late.

by Diana Renn 
Viking/Penguin, coming July 3, 2014!

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“I have to run,” said Juan Carlos. “You will call? Please? It is very important.” 
“Yes. I will call. Definitely. At two.”
That’s what Tessa promises. But by two o’clock, young Ecuadorian cycling superstar Juan Carlos is dead, and Tessa, one of the last people ever to speak to him, is left with nothing but questions. The media deems Juan Carlos’s death a tragic accident at a charity bike ride, but Tessa, a teen television host and an aspiring investigative journalist, knows that something more is going on. While she grapples with her own grief and guilt, she is being stalked by spies with an insidious connection to the dead cycling champion. Tessa’s pursuit of an explanation for Juan Carlos’s untimely death leads her from the quiet New England backwoods to bustling bike shops and ultimately to Ecuador, Juan Carlos’s homeland. As the ride grows bumpy, Tessa no longer knows who is a suspect and who is an ally. The only thing she knows for sure is that she must uncover the truth of why Juan Carlos has died and race to find the real villain—before the trail goes cold.

by Sarah Skilton 
Amulet Books, March 2013
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When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else - more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shootout. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world - full of dark humor and hard truths.

by Sarah Skilton 
Amulet Books, coming April 14, 2014!

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(And that's just Sunday night.)

High school soccer player Charlie Dixon has until Friday to sober up, clear his name, save his best friend from a life of crime, and win back the girl of his dreams.

How would *you* do it?

by Talia Vance
Egmont, 2012
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Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.

Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.

But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.


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