Book List:81 titles
  • Newbery Medalist Avi brings us mud-caked, tent-filled San Francisco in 1848 with a willful heroine who goes on an unintended — and perilous — adventure to save her brother.Victoria Blaisdell longs for independence and adventure, and she yearns to...


  • Convicted of thievery and transported from England to America, Oliver Cromwell Pitts, shackled to his fellow prisoners, endures inedible food, filthy conditions, and deadly storms on his voyage across the Atlantic. But the hazardous shipboard journey...


  • Renowned, award-winning author Avi pens a stark, unflinching tale of ordinary boys living in wartime as tensions -- and desperations -- mount among them. Twelve-year-old Patryk knows little of the world beyond his tiny Polish village; the Russ...


  • From Newbery Award-winning author Avi comes the gripping and amazingly true tale of a boy plucked from the gutter to become the King of England. England, 1486. King Henry VII has recently snatched the English Crown and now sits on the throne, whil...


  • High adventure from a master storyteller about one boy’s attempt to fend for himself among cruel orphan masters, corrupt magistrates, and conniving thieves. In the seaside town of Melcombe Regis, England, 1724, Oliver Cromwell Pitts wakes to find h...


  • In this spine-tingling story from Newbery Medal winner Avi, a boy must solve the mystery of the ghost haunting him. For most of Tony Gilbert’s life, he has thought of his uncle as “Weird Uncle Charlie.” That is, until Uncle Charlie moves in ...


  • One of the most beloved writers of our time presents seven short stories exploring the vital ties between fathers and sons. Luke sees the ghost of his father but can’t figure out what Dad wants him to do. Paul takes a camping trip with the grand...


  • Avi charts the turning points in seven young lives in this extraordinary collection of short stories. In the overlapping years when childhood and adolescence blend and shift like waves and sand, nothing is certain and every...







  • Hunting -- the predator, and its prey -- is at the heart of this riveting and suspenseful novel from Newbery Medalist Avi with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca. In the computer game world of Bow Hunter -- Casey’s world -- there ...


  • Brooklyn, New York, 1951. Twelve-year-old Pete Collison is a regular kid who loves Sam Spade detective books and radio crime dramas, but when an FBI agent shows up at Pete's doorstep accusing his father of being a Communist, Pete finds himself caught...


  • Whenever someone dies their souls leave their bodies and turn into spirits. According to the rules, these spirits are supposed to wait for the Grim Reaper to come for them and take them to the great beyond as some people call it. But rules are meant ...


  • Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery medalist. In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army. Sophia i...


  • Avi's suspenseful seafaring adventure ESCAPE FROM HOME continues in INTO THE STORM. Fifteen-year-old Maura and twelve-year-old Patrick O'Connell are finally free from the impoverished conditions of their small Irish village. Though they've made it...


  • As a newsboy on the streets of 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks Geless has a hard enough time evading the grasp of the Plug Ugly gang, whose sinister boss wants to control all the newsies on the Lower East Side. But now Maks is burdened with a n...


  • With a star-studded lineup of writers, there’s a stage full of drama, comedy, and great storytelling waiting behind these curtains! Sharon Creech spoofs a publishing office in The Raven, and the environment fights back against overdevelopment in...


  • As long as I could keep myself out of bondage, I would be true to Bear's teaching. And so it was that beyond all else, I was determined to keep my freedom. After the death of their beloved mentor, Bear, Crispin and Troth are more desperate than ev...


  • A plot to overthrow King Claudio is brewing in the Kingdom of Pergamontio. Scholarly Mangus the magician -- along with his street-smart and faithful new servant boy, Fabrizio -- have been marked as easy scapegoats for the traitor lurking within the k...


  • HAS ERETH LOST POPPY FOREVER? Poppy, a deer mouse, has spent the long winter curled up inside her tree snag home in Dimwood Forest. When the ground thaws and life returns to the woods, Poppy sets out in search of excitement. Suddenly, swooped up ...


  • Early Whitcomb's family needs a miracle. Their Iowa farm has been in the family for generations, but a long drought has withered their savings and left them in debt. Meanwhile, the great Chicago and Northwestern Railroad wants their land, and if the ...



  • Horace Carpetine does not believe in ghosts. Raised to believe in science and reason, Horace Carpetine passes off spirits as superstition. Then he becomes an apprentice photographer and discovers an eerie -- and even dangerous -- supernatural powe...


  • When his father is killed fighting for the Union in the War Between the States, thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll must take a job to help support his family. He manages to find work at a bustling ironworks in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where doz...


  • John Huffam is sure the tall man's beard is false. He's sure of little else in November 1849, the year he is fourteen, the year his father is sentenced to London's Whitecross Street Prison. Maybe the man following John -- who claims to be one Insp...


  • HE WAS A NAMELESS orphan, marked for death by his masters for an unknown crime. Discovering his name -- Crispin -- only intensified the mystery. Then Crispin met Bear, who helped him learn the secret of his full identity. And in Bear -- the enormous,...


  • Having tried for years to unlock the secrets of the magical Book Without Words, old man Thorston dies in failure and the book is passed on to his servant, Sybil, and her magical raven who eagerly begin the process of breaking the code in the hopes of...


  • APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING... Children become cats and birds, a once-invisible young woman pieces herself back together, and the identity of a mysterious baseball mascot is uncovered--all within this eclectic collection from master storyteller A...


  • There's trouble at Gray House, the girlhood home that Poppy left long ago. Poppy's family has called her back to save them all--mother, father, sisters and brothers, and dozens and dozens of deer mouse cousins. Poppy invites her rebellious son, Junio...


  • SMALL STEPS LEAD TO BIG ADVENTURES! This is a story that begins where it ends, and ends where it begins: in the treetop home of a rather small snail named Avon. Avon longs to go on an adventure. Adventure, he has heard, is the key to a happy life. S...






  • On a stormy night in the Kingdom of Pergamontio, an insistent knocking brings Fabrizio, the servant boy, to the door. Outside stands a solider summoning Fabrizio's master, Mangus the Magician, to the king's castle. Because Mangus has been under house...


  • Life is good for Oscar Westerwit. He's the mayor of Central Park -- the greatest place on earth for the squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and other animals who live there. He's the shortstop and manager of his baseball team. What could be bad?Plenty! Big D...


  • Black-and-white images follow one after another. The story of an immigrant family alone in a big city. Close-ups of a mother, a son -- faces filled with heartache and joy. Plenty of action. Excitement. Melodrama. A Silent Movie....


  • Here are a few things that sometimes happen: HAPPY THINGS An unpopular Black Crayon proves to a Little Girl how useful he really is. SAD THINGS On a very hot day, an Ice-Cream Cone waits...and waits...to be eaten. EXCITING THINGS A Papa catches...


  • "Asta's son" is all he's ever been called. The lack of name is appropriate, because he and his mother are but poor peasants in fourteenth-century medieval England. But this thirteen-year-old boy who thought he had little to lose soon finds himself wi...


  • ERETH IS HAVING A DREADFUL BIRTHDAY! No one, not even his best friend, the deer mouse Poppy, remembers Preth's birthday. At least that's what the old porcupine thinks. Determined to celebrate alone, he sets off into the forest to search for his o...


  • Brooklyn, New York, 1943: a time and place so remarkable that a mere five years later, Howie Crispers, wise at sixteen, can look back to record its fleeting intensity, already long behind him in memory. In 1943, Howie's pop is in the merchant marine...


  • Reading the prairieIt's the 1880s, Noah works hard on the family farm and roams free on the Colorado prairie. One day his Aunt Dora arrives to give him some schooling. Noah doesn't think he needs it. What use is reading on the prairie? But what Noah ...


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    WHEN THE WILD CALLS McKinley, a malamute, is a good dog -- he's reliable and trustworthy. Whether it's watching over the other dogs of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, or taking care of his human pup, Jack, McKinley never even thinks of letting anyone d...


  • More than anything, Ida Bidson wants to become a teacher. To do that, she must finish eighth grade, then go on to high school. But her dream falters when the one-room school in her remote Colorado town shuts down. Her only hope is to keep the school ...



  • He is one weird Christmas visitor -- his hair and moustache an unearthly white-blond, his voice a gruff rumble. He fills the apartment doorway. From two metal cases he produces what a boy would expect from an exterminator: Toxic roach powders and poi...


  • The first book in the beloved Poppy series by Newbery Medal–winning author Avi, with illustrations from Caldecott Medal–winning artist Brian FlocaA mouse has to do what a mouse has to do. Ragweed is determined to see the world. He leaves his fami...



  • Awesome! That's the only word Amanda the raccoon can think of to describe the circus, and she's determined to join it as a clown. Her brother, Phillip, wants to join the circus, too. But the two raccoons don't know there's someone who plans to close ...


  • The young raccoon is going places -- even if it's in the wrong direction. When Amanda decides she wants to be a professional thief, it's up to her brother, Phillip, to keep her from a life of crime. To do so, he's going to need the help of every anim...


  • A MOST UNLIKELY LEADER.... A scholarly, shy member of the rabbit-like Montmers, Perloo is content sipping myrtle tea and reading his history books in his warm burrow. Until the day Perloo's quiet life is interrupted by a mysterious summons from the...


  • Heartbroken over the death of her fiance, Ragweed, Poppy, a deer mouse, journeys west through the vast Dimwood Forest to bring the sad news to Ragweed's family. But Poppy and her prickly porcupine pal, Ereth, arrive only to discover that beavers have...


  • In this extraordinary collection, Newbery Medalist Avi charts the turning points in the lives of seven young protagonists. Among others in these stories, you will meet William of "What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?," who wonders why he shouldn't ...


  • The year is 1635, and Mary Williams and her family live in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Her father, Roger, is on trial for preaching new ideas about freedom. When found guilty, he flees into the cold, telling Mary that she must trust in God's provid...






  • Maura and Patrick have escaped the desperate poverty and danger of leaving home in Ireland to face even greater peril as they continue their daring voyage to the New World with their friend Laurence Kirkle. Aboard ship, they are crowded into the sten...


  • Maura O'Connell, 15, and her brother, Patrick, 12, escape Ireland's brutal poverty with only the belongings in their bundles and tickets for ocean passage. Sir Laurence Kirkle, 11, flees a life of privilege to seek justice. When fate brings them toge...


  • KING OF THE NIGHT At the very edge of Dimwood Forest stood an old charred oak where, silhouetted by the moon, a great horned owl sat waiting. The owls name was Mr. Ocax, and he looked like death himself. With his piercing gaze, he surveyed the lands...


  • TOMTom is bored all the time. When he's given a homework assignment to write The Most Exciting Thing That Ever Happened to Me, Tom realizes that not one exciting thing has happened to him in his entire life. Then Tom makes a deal to trade places with...



  • The schoolmaster says nine-year-old Benjamin is the finest student he's ever seen-fit for more than farming; destined for great things someday But his father's grave illness brings Ben home,from school and compels him to strive forsomething great rig...


  • "You're crazy, Shadrach Faherty," Davey called."Crazy! You're going to get yourself killed!"Shadrach is enraged. Bootleggers have taken over his island home, using it as a base from which to run their illegal operations. The community cooperates bec...




  • A fast-paced, madcap adventure--with a fresh new cover treatment--from the always surprising raconteur, Avi It's the spring of 1945 in Brooklyn, and while WWII rages in Europe, sixth grader Frankie Wattleson--inspired by the heroics of The Lone Range...


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    What is magic really for? As Maggie approaches her thirteenth birthday, she wants to believe that some kind of magic can stop the changes all around her. Her visit with her father and his new family at a lakeside cabin makes her wonder. Will he st...


  • Patriotism or practical joke? Harrison, NH -- Ninth-grade student Philip Malloy was suspended from school for singing along to The Star-Spangled Banner in his homeroom, causing what his teacher, Margaret Narwin, called "a disturbance." But was he st...


  • Tony can hardly believe it. He's sailing with the wind, maneuvering through the narrow channels between the offshore islands with amazing skill. And he's just learned to sail! But suddenly Tony is confused. Which way had he come? Which way is he head...


  • The Seahawk looms against a darkening sky, black and sinister. Manned by an angry, motley crew at the mercy of a ruthless captain, the rat-infested ship reeks of squalor, despair...and mutiny! It is no place for the lone passenger, thirteen-year-old ...


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    The Old City Lay Dark And Cold... It is night. And Edmund is alone. His mother is gone. His aunt, who went in search of her, is dead. His sister has disappeared. Edmund has no one. Except for a stranger of the night.A dark, mysterious stranger who f...


  • Pete Saltz, the pudgy poet from S.O.R. Losers, has fallen hard for Anabell Stackpoole, and she likes him, too. But both are much too shy to do anything about it. It's Pete's friend Ed Sitrow to the rescue, as he and other eighth-graders at South ...


  • THE MYSTERY DEEPENS The room was shabby and dirty, heavy with heat. None of the things which Kenny called his own remained. Even the painted walls and skylight were gone. Baffled, he wondered if other things -- even outside -- had changed. Kenny ...


  • Sixteen-year-old John Proud discovers his family's dark secret in 1854 an ancestral namesake confessed to being a demon. Now John finds himself battling his ancestor who is trying to use John for an evil purpose. Mounting suspense plus the sure draw ...


  • The phone rang three times before Andy picked it up. "Hello?" he said. A voice replied, "I just killed someone." Only Andy Zadinski is convinced that the caller is serious. But no one else will listen; not the police, not his friends, not even hi...


  • In one day, Morwenna has gone from being the lowliest servant in the king's castle to the most powerful person in the land, for she has become the wizard, the bearer of the last five wishes in the kingdom. But with her new gift come rules: She cannot...


  • April 3, 1778 HE MAY BE JUST THIRTEEN, but Jonathan knows he's ready to go to the war against the British. He can handle a gun. He yearns to battle for glory, just like his brother and cousin. So when Jonathan hears the tavern bell toll, calling me...


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    THEY'RE THE WACKIEST BUNCH OF LOSERS SINCE THE BAD NEWS BEARS! The South Orange River (S.O.R.) School is famous for its winning sports teams--until the special 7th grade soccer team comes along. Led by the amazingly inept Ed Sitrow, this non-jock ...



  • THIEF! Becky is furious! The Checkertown librarian has accused her of stealing a rare children's book, and she's determined to prove her innocence by tracking down the real culprit. With the help of her twin brother Toby, Becky investigates a rash o...


  • There'sno reasoning with Owen.The island cottage where he and his family have spent the last ten summers must be preserved.And he's going to do it. Never mind that bulldozer stands outside, ready to move in and level the place for a modern hotel. Nev...


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    Will someone believe Jamie--before it's too late? Everyone knows that Jamie is a dreamer. When he looks up at the sky, instead of clouds he sees knights and dragons from centuries past and fabulous creatures from far-off lands. But one day he look...


  • Will Robert and Elizabeth find in Easton the life they want so desperately?The year is 1768. In eight years, the American Revolution will begin. Two indentured servants, little more than children, escape first from their master and then from a search...


  • Eleven-year-old Harry's adventures, involving lies, attempted robbery, and the possibility of murder, begin when his parents go away for a few days and he is left in the care of the young Miss Trowbridge....


  • The year is 1767, and newly-orphaned teenager Peter York has been adopted by a deeply religious Quaker farmer. Peter chafes at his new guardian's strict and unyielding ways and vows to break away. When a pair of runaway indentured servants are report...


  • Bankrupt! Emily Upham's father is ruined, finished, all his money gone. One night, he disappears, vowing never to return until he can pay his debts. Banished! Distraught, Emily's mother sends her daughter from their home in Boston to a small count...


  • Young Kevin Cartwright is the prisoner of a pirate king. "I shall find a way to get free." "Free!" he shouted. "You are here, with us now. You can forget about your father and your sister, or anybody else you may have known. You belong to no nati...


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    Curiouser and curiouser. . . Was it the one-legged witch, the masked nurse, the warlock, or the mummy? When Chris's bicycle disappears on Halloween, he suspects witchcraft. Especially after he learns that the warlock costume belonging to his new ...