Whether your readers are out traveling the world or relaxing at home, these middle-grade adventure reads will spice up any winter break! And make sure to check out our “If you loved” titles to see which books are the best fit.
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever!
Welcome to Wonderland
by Chris Grabenstein
There’s always something crazy happening when you live at a motel, and eleven-year-old P. T. Wilkie (named after P. T. Barnum, of course!) has grown up at the world’s wackiest one: the Wonderland! Like his namesake, P.T. loves a good story. So when the motel is in trouble, he knows only his tall tales can save the day. P.T. joins forces with extended-stay guest and business whiz kid Gloria Ortega and together they launch one wild venture after another, hoping to make enough money to save the Wonderland—all while trying to get to the bottom of who the strange new guests are on the second floor.
All twelve-year-old Ted is good at is video games—specifically escape-the-room puzzles. So when he inherits his great-uncle’s apartment and all the treasure to be found within, he can’t help but look at it as a real-life puzzle. Then he discovers it actually is a puzzle, and his uncle may have been hiding an enormous treasure from his days in the Nisai Brigade in World War II. The apartment is just the start, and the games take Ted all across his neighborhood. But someone else is dying to get his hands on the treasure, too. Can Ted and his friends solve the puzzles and beat their ruthless competitor to the prize to make sure the treasure gets into the right hands?
by D. J. MacHale
Earth is in danger! Without a renewable source of clean energy, our planet will be toast in less than a year. There are six essential elements that create a new power source when properly combined. But the elements are scattered throughout the galaxy. And only a spaceship piloted by children can reach them and return to Earth safely. First the ideal team of four twelve-year-olds must be chosen, and then the first element must be retrieved. There is not a mistake to be made, or a moment to lose. The source is out there. Voyagers is blasting off in 3, 2, 1 . . .
Time Traveling with a Hamster
by Ross Welford
My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine and again four years later when he was twelve. On his twelfth birthday, Al Chaudhury receives a letter from his dead father. It directs him to the bunker of their old house, where Al finds a time machine. The letter also outlines a mission: travel back to 1984 and prevent the go-kart accident that would eventually end up taking his father’s life. But as Al soon discovers, whizzing back thirty years not only requires imagination and courage, but also lying to your mom, stealing a moped, and setting your school on fire—oh, and keeping your pet hamster safe.