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J AVICITY OF ORPHANS
In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works.
Includes historical notes.
Avi
JT BARDARK OF THE MOON
Retells the story of the minotaur through the eyes of his sister, Ariadne, a girl destined to become a goddess of the moon, and her new friend, Theseus, the son of Athens' king who was sent to Crete as a sacrifice to her brother.
Tracy Barrett
JT BELTHE LAST KNIGHT : a Knight and Rogue Novel
In alternate chapters, eighteen-year-old Sir Michael Sevenson, an anachronistic knight errant, and seventeen-year-old Fisk, his street-wise squire, tell of their noble quest to bring Lady Ceciel to justice while trying to solve her husband's murder.
Hilari Bell
J BUCTHE TIME THIEF
When an attempt to bring Peter and Kate back to their own time is bungled, Peter finds himself stranded in 1763 while The Tar Man, a villainous eighteenth-century criminal, returns with Kate to twenty-first-century London.
Linda Buckley-Archer
J CARSUMMER OF THE WOLVES
In the wilderness lake country of northern Minnesota, an orphaned twelve-year-old girl and a wolf pup share a rare bond.
Polly Carlson-Voiles

J CHONO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT
With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.
Gennifer Choldenko
J COLHOUSE OF SECRETS
Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor Walker, aged fifteen to eight, must rely on a mysterious book to face the Wind Witch and her father, the Storm King, who have kidnapped Dr. and Mrs. Walker and taken them to a strange world of magic.
Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini
JT EVAMICHAEL VEY : The Prisoner of Cell 25
Michael Vey, a fourteen-year old who has Tourette's syndrome and special electric powers, finds there are others like him, and must rely on his powers to save himself and the others from a diabolical group seeking to control them.
Richard Paul Evans
J FEICHANGE-UP
While covering baseball's World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story.
John Feinstein
JT FUNRECKLESS
Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.
Cornelia Funke
JT GIERUBY RED
Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust.
Kerstin Gier
JT HADGAME CHANGER
While playing in the championship softball game, star pitcher KT Sutton blacks out and awakes to a changed world where the roles of academics and sports at her middle school have flipped, making talented athletes, such as KT, outcasts and brainy nerds popular.
Margaret Peterson Haddix
J HARDARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT
When Darwen moves from England to Atlanta, Georgia, he discovers a world of magic and monsters on the other side of his closet mirror.
A.J. Hartley
JT HARSERAPHINA
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
Rachel Hartman
J HOLTHE WATER SEEKER
Traces the hard life, filled with losses, adversity, and adventure, of Amos, son of a trapper and dowser, from 1833 when his mother dies giving birth to him until 1859, when he himself has grown up and has a son of his own.
Kimberly Willis Holt
J LAFTHEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS
Twelve-year-old Theo uses arcane knowledge and her own special talent when she encounters two secret societies, one sworn to protect the world from ancient Egyptian magic and one planning to harness it to bring chaos to the world, both of which want a valuable artifact stolen from the London museum for which her parents work.
R.L. LaFevers
JT LANDEATH CLOUD : Sherlock Holmes the Legend Begins
In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Farnham, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.
Andrew Lane
J LERTHE COLOSSUS RISES
Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis' power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities.
Peter Lerangis
J MCCPETER PAN IN SCARLET
Peter Pan, the Darling children, and the fairy Fireflyer must save Neverland from the threat of nightmares and Time.
Geraldine McCaughrean
J MELUNDER WILDWOOD
Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to the divided country of Wildwood.
Colin Meloy
J MILTHE MOUSEHUNTER
Emiline, who works for the wealthy Isiah Lovelock and dreams of the day when she can become a famous mousehunter, is thrilled when she gets the opportunity to go on a grand adventure in pursuit of the legendary pirate Mousebeard.
Alex Milway
J PARWHEN MY NAME WAS KEOKO
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.
Linda Sue Park
JT STETHE EMERALD ATLAS
Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.
John Stephens
J WALH.I.V.E. : Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.
Mark Walden