Josh Beck. Strike Three, You’re Dead. [Lenny & the Mikes] (Knopf, 2013) Lots of middle school guys think baseball is a life or death matter. But when Lenny and the Mikes set off on their greatest baseball summer ever, someone will actually end up dead. The only question is, will it be one of them?
J. Burchett and S. Vogler. “Wild Rescue” (Series)
Poacher Panic. [Book 1] (Stone Arch, 2012)
Earthquake Rescue. [Book 2] (Stone Arch, 2012)
Rainforest Rescue. [Book 3] (Stone Arch, 2012)
Polar Meltdown. [Book 4] (Stone Arch, 2012)
What could be better than being a twelve-year-old secret agent in defense of the most endangered animals on the planet?
Andrew Clements. A Week in the Woods. (Simon & Schuster, 2002)
Mark A. Cooper. “Jason Steed” (Series)
Fledgling. (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2010)
Revenge. (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2012)
It’s nonstop spy action with a twelve year old multiple-black belt secret agent. Jason Steed makes Alex Rider look like a wimp.
Dan Gutman. Getting Air. (Simon & Schuster, 2007)
Dan Gutman. “The Genius Files” (Series)
Bruce Hale. “From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye” (Series):
The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse. (Harcourt, 2000)
The Mystery of Mr. Nice. (Harcourt, 2000)
Farewell, My Lunchbag. (Harcourt, 2001)
The Big Nap. (Harcourt, 2001)
The Hamster of the Baskervilles. (Harcourt, 2002)
This Gum for Hire. (Harcourt, 2002)
The Malted Falcon. (Harcourt, 2003)
Trouble is My Beeswax. (Harcourt, 2003)
Give My Regrets to Broadway. (Harcourt, 2004)
Murder, My Tweet. (Harcourt, 2004)
The Possum Always Rings Twice. (Harcourt, 2006)
Key Lardo. (Harcourt, 2006)
Hiss Me Deadly. (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2007)
From Russia With Lunch. (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2009)
Carl Hiaasen. Chomp. (Knopf, 2012) Alligators, pythons, monkeys, iguanas, bats, mosquitoes, television reality show stars, there is no end of things that will bite you in the Florida Everglades.
Sid Hite. Stick & Whittle. (Scholastic, 2000)
Will Hobbs. Never Say Die. (Harper, 2012) Nick is half Inuit (Eskimo), half white. The monster towering over him is half grizzly, half white (polar) bear. The world changes; things evolve, if they want to survive. Only one of them will.
Will Hobbs. Take Me to the River. (Harper, 2011) Will Hobbs means adventure. Name the outdoor thrill ride, and Hobbs has written it, usually with layer upon
layer of added dangers and complications. So when Dylan Sands set off for a river adventure on the Rio Grande, well you know the water will be wilder than he expects. But who would guess he would end up in the middle of a hurricane and an international manhunt? Anyone who has ever read Will Hobbs, that’s who.
Will Hobbs. Wild Man Island. (HarperCollins, 2002)
Anthony Horowitz. “Alex Rider Adventures” (Series):
Stormbreaker. (Philomel, 2000)
Point Blank. (Philomel, 2002)
Skeleton Key. (Philomel, 2003)
Eagle Strike. (Philomel, 2004)
Scorpia. (Philomel, 2005)
Ark Angel. (Philomel, 2006)
Snakehead. (Philomel, 2007)
Gordon Korman. “Kidnapped” (Series):
Abduction. (Scholastic, 2006)
The Search. (Scholastic, 2006)
Rescue. (Scholastic, 2006)
Gordon Korman. “Dive” (Series):
The Discovery. (Scholastic, 2003)
The Deep. (Scholastic, 2003)
The Danger. (Scholastic, 2003)
Gordon Korman. “Everest” (Series):
The Contest. (Scholastic, 2002)
The Climb. (Scholastic, 2002)
The Summit. (Scholastic, 2002)
Gordon Korman. “Island ” (Series):
Shipwreck. (Scholastic, 2001)
Survival. (Scholastic, 2001)
Escape. (Scholastic, 2001)
Gordon Korman. “On the Run” (Series):
Chasing the Falconers. (Scholastic, 2005)
The Fugitive Factor. (Scholastic, 2005)
Now You See Them, Now You Don’t. (Scholastic, 2005)
The Stowaway Solution. (Scholastic, 2005)
Public Enemies. (Scholastic, 2005)
Hunting the Hunter. (Scholastic, 2006)
Gordon Korman. “Swindle” (Series):
Swindle. (Scholastic, 2008)
Zoobreak. (Scholastic, 2009)
Framed. (Scholastic, 2010)
Showoff. (Scholastic, 2012)
Hideout. (Scholastic, 2013)
Josh Lacey. Island of Thieves. (Houghton Mifflin, 2012) Hunting for lost Spanish gold promises danger and fortune, but there is more danger and more fortune in play
than troublemaking Tom Trelawney could ever dream of when he follows his uncle to Peru, looking for the lost Island of Thieves.
Ben Mikaelsen. Jungle of Bones. (Scholastic, 2014) Dylan panicked and began running down the trail. But even as he ran, he realized it was probably the dumbest thing he could do after a snake bite. Still he kept running. If he stopped he would just die here on some muddy overgrown trail in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. By morning, rats would have picked his bones clean. By next week, other critters would have his bones scattered through the forest like twigs and branches. The world would never even know what had happened to Dylan Barstow.
… also by Ben Mikaelsen:
Rescue Josh McGuire. (Hyperion, 1991)
Ben Mikaelsen. Countdown. (Disney, 1996)
Touching Spirit Bear. (HarperCollins, 2001)
Ghost of Spirit Bear. (HarperCollins, 2008)
Rodman Philbrick. The Young Man and the Sea. (Scholastic Paperbacks, 2005)
Graham Salisbury. Night of the Howling Dogs. (Wendy Lamb Books, 2007)
Roland Smith. Peak. (Harcourt, 2007) There is no end of adventure when it comes to challenging the highest mountain in the world, but this adventure begins clinging to the side of a skyscraper in New York City. A gutsy, gritty story of an attempt to
put the youngest climber ever on the “Roof of the World.”
Roland Smith. “Storm Runners” (Series)
Storm Runners. [Book One] (Scholastic, 2011)
The Surge. [Book Two] (Scholastic, 2011)
Eruption. [Book Three] (Scholastic, 2012)
The “MD” on the truck doesn’t stand for medical doctor, but for “Masters of Disaster”, two guys and one teen who live on the road driving towards storms, fires, volcanoes, and all kinds of situations everyone else is fleeing from. What does growing up the son of a disaster recovery expert do for you? For Chase Masters, it makes you the one guy everybody can count on no matter what comes at you, and believe me, it is ALL coming at you.
Wendelin Van Draanan. “The Gecko & Sticky” (Series)
Wendelin Van Draanen. “Shredderman” (Series)
Primarily for High School Guys:
Kevin J. Anderson. “Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.” (Series)
Death Warmed Over. (Kensington, 2012)
Unnatural Acts. (Kensington, 2013)
Hair Raising. (Kensington, 2013)
There are some tough private eyes out there in print, but Dan Shamble was murdered in the line of duty, and got over it in this genre-bending gothic humor mystery series. Catch the audiobooks, they are to die for… twice!
Joseph Bruchac. Bearwalker. (HarperCollins, 2007)
Harlan Coben. “Mickey Bolitar Novels” (Series)
Shelter. [Book One] (Putnam, 2011)
Seconds Away. [Book Two] (Putnam, 2012)
A mysterious old lady shouts strange and disturbing words from a haunted house, a man in a big black car seems to be following him, his father dies, and Mickey Bolitar’s girlfriend just disappears. Oh, and I think I got whiplash on that last plot twist.
April Lurie. Less Dead. (Delacorte, 2010) Noah’s friend Will is one of the ‘less dead’, an outcast with no family, no home, a gay teen on the outside. No one will really care for a nobody in a pauper’s grave once the headlines about his murder have passed. But Noah won’t have it. He’ll put it all on the line, his freedom, his family, even his life to
acknowledge the bright light that was his friend, and maybe stop the next murder.
Gary Paulsen. The Car. (Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994)
Stefan Petrucha. Ripper. (Philomel, 2012)
A teenage aspiring detective is hunting his father. A New York police commissioner is hunting a serial killer. A legendary Pinkerton Detective is hunting the most notorious killer that ever lived. When these investigations collide, the fallout is murder.
Joe Schreiber. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)
This one starts off like a typical teen angst novel, but soon enough, Perry Stormaire has a lot more to worry about than bullies, high school, and cheerleaders. It’s a nonstop, action/adventure shoot’em up with fast cars and hip bars, explosion and helicopters…
Todd Strasser. “Drift X” (Series):
Slide or Die. (Simon Pulse, 2006)
Battle Drift. (Simon Pulse, 2006)
Sidewayz Glory. (Simon Pulse, 2006)
Tim Tharp. Mojo. (Knopf, 2013) Who wouldn’t want it all? The money, the friends, the cars, the swagger? So when Dylan, the classic outsider, gets a taste of the privileged life, it’s easy to get lost. But he got here for a reason, to find a missing girl who runs with the rich and beautiful crowd, and the deeper he gets, the uglier the whole scene becomes.
Alan Zadoff. Boy Nobody. (Little, Brown, June 2013) He wasn’t there. Sure, you remember somebody, but he was here and gone so fast. And nobody seemed to get to know him. Nobody went to his house. Nobody met his parents. And the one person he connected with… well, they are too preoccupied mourning the loss of a loved one to remember the boy who wasn’t there. He was just… nobody.