Great reads for middle and high school students.
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Nisha, an indispensable spy for the ruling Matron, has been raised safely within the city's walls along with other abandoned girls. When one is murdered, Nisha investigates, putting her friends, including the feral cats to which she can speak, and her own future at risk.
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
In 1958, Marlee makes her first real friend only to discover that Liz is "passing" for white. Neither girl believes that should interfere with their friendship, but they're in the minority. Soon they and their families are in danger and faced with a decision—stand up for what is right or play it safe.
Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
Will's parents always warned him against drawing attention, but amazing test results earn him an invitation to an exclusive private school, and get his parents kidnapped. Fleeing to the safety of the school, Will soon finds himself embroiled with a dangerous secret society in this book that is part mystery, part science fiction and all non-stop action.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
When a member of the royal family is murdered, delegates from the dragon world are presumed to be guilty. Accusations are flying, and young court musician Seraphina finds herself deep in the midst of murder, political intrigue and secrets galore.
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Two girls in foster care, desperately hoping to be reunited with their families, discover that their caregiver has died and believe they have only one choice--keep it secret! Despite that grisly detail, this is a moving story of two lost girls working together to survive, and finding a family in an unexpected place.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Auggie was born with a facial deformity that until now has prevented him from attending traditional school. He considers himself an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face, but with his sense of humor and dogged determination, readers quickly learn that Auggie is anything but ordinary.