Fifteen-year-old RD thinks that sliding through eighth grade will be even easier the second time around; girls, skipping class, and just waiting for the principal to accuse him of something. But what RD wasn’t counting on was his grandmother skipping town and being left completely and utterly - alone.
In one night, Jack’s life is changed forever. He’s only a toddler, but he escapes the grisly murderer who slays his entire family, wanders through the fog, and is rescued by the supernatural folks who live at a nearby graveyard. But this is just the beginning of the story, because Jack will not be safe until he grows up and faces those that still hunt him.
Petra awakes one morning to find her father returned to her . . . without his eyes. The Prince of Bohemia has taken them for reasons both sinister and selfish. As Petra bravely sets off for Prague, along with her magical tin spider, to get them back, she finds an ally in a gypsy boy with ghost fingers and discovers that she may also have hidden talents of her own.
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs' teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.
At the age of fifteen, a girl who has spent most of her life moving around the country with her father and brother, filling the emptiness inside her with chocolate, remembers her real name, Sherica, and searches the Internet to learn the truth about her mother and her own past.
Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.
This news of being named an [ALA] Alex Award winner is especially sweet because I, personally, know what it means to be included into a world of free access to books, which has been my real family since the first day of the first grade, when I stepped into the bookmobile.