Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart


Joe, who has lost both his parents and his sister, is furious that his guardian sells off his beloved horse without his permission. He sets off on a wild goose chase to find the horse, meeting a boy who speaks only Chinese along the way, and has an adventure of a lifetime.

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch


“Bad Magic” is an adventurous mystery about a boy named Clay who ends up at a camp for troubled youth on a volcanic island. The funny part – he swears he didn’t do the thing that landed him there! What’s more mysterious is that everything is just a little bit strange on this island, including the mysterious girl hiding in a window of a forbidden building. Who is the girl? Is she a ghost? And what’s with the library no one can enter? Will Clay make it off the island unscathed, or is there something sinister (or magical) going on?

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

Nuts to You

As a big fan of “Criss Cross,” I was excited to read this book by Lynne Rae Perkins. “Nuts to You” is a cute story about an adventure that begins when one squirrel named Jed was snatched up by a hawk. Two of his squirrel friends witness this catastophe, but one is lucky enough to see him dropped from the talons of the mighty hawk a ways in the distance. Together, the two friends take off on a journey to locate and bring home their dear friend Jed. However, the squirrels all encounter a great ruckus, which we can plainly see is the trimming of the trees along the power lines (although to squirrels seems like the world might be ending!). I think this book would make a great classroom read aloud for kids of many ages.

Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody

Will in Scarlet

This adventure story is a 2016 Rebecca Caudill nominee. Will, heir to an influential family in Medieval Europe, finds himself on the run after fleeing his castle which has been overtaken by a politcal opponent. He bands up with the Merry Men, along side a man named Rob, who befriend him and unknowingly help him on his quest to avenge his family’s honor.