SUGGESTED OUTSIDE READING BOOKS: MYSTERY/ADVENTURE
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk. Being a large, deaf new student almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than he is, the dork-namic team has the intelligence and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney. No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar--a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey--she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl--it was she. How could it possibly be true? Janie can't believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really Janie's parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. Narrated by a 15-year-old autistic boy obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a coming-of-age story, and a fascinating glimpse into a mind that cannot process emotions.
Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison. Ever since her father died, kooky Gilda Joyce has been working hard to sharpen her psychic skills. She's determined to communicate with spirits from the Other Side and become a crack investigator of spooky, twisted mysteries.
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach. Hero changed into a T-shirt, grabbed a book, and padded barefoot into her sister's room. The large windows overlooked the backyard. She could see the moonlight streaming over the trees and bushes, making long, crazy shadows across the grass. Was there a diamond hidden out there somewhere? She looked at Beatrice, already settled under the covers. She wanted to tell her about the Murphys, but at the same time, she didn't. She wanted to keep the secret. To have something that belonged only to her. A missing diamond, a mysterious neighbor, a link to Shakespeare-can Hero uncover the connections?
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester. Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie. Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma's at her wits end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities, whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences. Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore. By turns exhilarating and terrifying, an unforgettable story of defiance and courage starring an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must... fly.