Ten to Fourteen, 2014 List
From the harrowing capture on an “unlit road on a windy night” in Argentina, this true spy thriller describes the fifteen-year hunt to bring Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who carried out Hitler’s plan to exterminate the Jewish people, to justice in Israel. Photographs and maps enhance this well-documented and compelling history.
For years, Zach, Poppy, and Alice have played a fantasy game of imagination and adventure. As they begin middle school, Zach faces pressure to quit the game. To save the game and their friendship, the friends undertake their creepiest adventure yet—to bury a haunted doll and avoid her curse.
Although Little Hawk's friendship with John, a young pilgrim, leads to his own death, his strong ties with John continue throughout John’s life. This historical fantasy carefully examines native tribes conflicting with settlers in changing America during the 1600s.
With help from his “BFF” Libby, thirteen-year-old Nate endeavors to escape his small town to audition on Broadway, resulting in hilarious misadventures and poignant self-discovery. Undercurrents of age-appropriate sexual identity, bullying, and family problems, fuel this well-paced plot.
An eclectic cast of characters, each with their own unique magical talent link like puzzle pieces in the space above the Lost Luggage Emporium. Mouthwatering cake recipes, lyrical descriptive language, and wistful humor make this adventure worth the telling.
The value of George Ohr’s “art pottery,” as unconventional as he, became recognized fifty years after his death. Vivid narration, photographs, and quotes form Potter’s autobiographical article (1901) present an engaging, well-researched look at an artist and his legacy.
Kind-hearted “Eel” slinks through the murky Thames River and mucky streets of London in 1854 to save his brother from their evil stepfather. He also saves thousands of others when his quest helps Dr. Snow solve a medical mystery.
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.
After a year of bad luck, Summer hopes her fortune will change, but a family emergency requires her parents’ presence in Japan. Summer learns to make her own luck by helping her strict grandparents work a grueling Midwestern wheat harvest.