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The Lie Tree

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hardinge
Author's First Name: 
Frances
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2016
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Fourteen year old Faith has an insatiable desire to learn about the natural world but is stifled under the expectations and mores of Victorian England. When her scientist father dies, Faith suspects he has been murdered because of secret knowledge of a tree that flourishes on lies and she determines to find her father's killer and the tree. Told in vivid historical detail and heart stopping prose.

I AM PRINCESS X

I Am Princess X
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Priest
Author's First Name: 
Cherie
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Arthur A. Levine)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Mini-chapters in comic format propel this mystery-thriller towards the heart pounding climax as May pursues graffiti featuring a katana-wielding heroine she and her long lost best friend dreamt up in fifth grade.

VANGO: BETWEEN SKY AND EARTH

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
de Fombelle
Author's First Name: 
Timothee
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2014

A man-hunt for a young would-be priest falsely accused of murder, an invisible monastery, dare-devil exploits, the Graf Zeppelin, and the rise of Nazi Germany feature in a rip-roaring adventure spanning continents and time. First in a trilogy.

THE NIGHT GARDENER

The Night Gardener and the tree
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Auxier
Author's First Name: 
Jonathan
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2014

Quick-witted storyteller Molly and her younger brother Kip, who won’t let his crippled leg slow him down, seek servants’ work at a ramshackle English Manor house where they uncover a mysterious and deliciously creepy curse.

GREENGLASS HOUSE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Milford
Author's First Name: 
Kate
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jaime
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Zollars
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2014

Multiple guests, each with a secret, arrive at Milo’s house—the Smugglers’ Inn—at same time as a blizzard hits.  This snowed-in mystery includes theft, hidden treasure, people who are not what they seem, and adopted Milo's discovery that he's more than he ever thought he could be.

WE WERE LIARS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lockhart
Author's First Name: 
E.
Publisher: 
Delacorte
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
5/13/14

Cadence struggles to remember what happened her fifteenth summer two years ago when an accident occurred to change everything on her wealthy family’s private island off of Cape Cod. A captivating mystery.

CONSTABLE & TOOP

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jones
Author's First Name: 
Gareth P.
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2013

Ghosts know Sam Toop as a “Talker,” and since he hears them, they ask his help with Unfinished Business. Toop discovers terrible wrongs in some of London’s haunted houses, and the ghosts themselves have to help him help them.

THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE (LOCKWOOD & CO.)

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stroud
Author's First Name: 
Jonthan
Publisher: 
Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2013

See annotation under “Audiobooks.”

 

LIAR & SPY [AUDIO]

Liar & Spy
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stead
Author's First Name: 
Rebecca
Narrator's First Name: 
Jesse
Narrator's Last Name: 
Bernstein
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

Georges (French pronounciation) meets homeschooled Safer at his new Brooklyn apartment. As the two investigate another tenant, Georges ultimately examines the truths, secrets, lies, and imagination that can either create or destroy a relationship. Jesse Bernstein’s narration effectively conveys Georges’ range of emotions, and like the entertaining text, keeps readers wondering until Georges’ final decision. (7-10)

SERAPHINA [AUDIO]

Seraphina
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hartman
Author's First Name: 
Rachel
Narrator's First Name: 
Mandy
Narrator's Last Name: 
Williams
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Ten to Fourteen."

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