GOLDEN & GREY: THE NIGHTMARES THAT GHOSTS
HAVE, by Louise Arnold, Aladdin, paperback $5.99, ages
Tom Golden has a best friend,
Grey Arthur, who is a ghost. What more could any kid want? Grey
decides to open a school for other ghosts to learn how to be
invisible best friends. But something weird is happening. Ghosts
are beginning to disappear. Are Tom and Grey in over their heads or
can they save the ghosts?
THE HOUND OF ROWAN: BOOK ONE OF
THE TAPESTRY, by Henry H. Neff, Random House Books for
Young Readers, $16.99, ages 11 and up.
Max and his father go on a field
trip to the Art Institute in Chicago, where Max finds himself
looking at a strange tapestry while a strange man looks at him. Max
is invited to attend a boarding school called the Rowan Academy in
New England where Max and the other students are being trained to
fight the enemy. But right now, they don't know who the enemy is.
Soon, students and agents are disappearing. I'll be anxiously
waiting for the next book in the series.
GRIMOIRE: TRACKED BY
TERROR, by Brad Strickland, Dial, $10, ages
In the first book, Grimoire:
Curse of the Midions, Jarvey and his parents go to London for the
reading of his great-great grandfather's will. Jarvey soon learns
he has inherited much more than he expected. He finds his parents
missing and himself living in the mysterious magical world of an
alternate London created by his magical ancestors.
In the second book, Jarvey and
his friend Betsy are still trapped. Jarvey meets magical old
relative after relative trying to find his parents. He must learn
how to use the magic he has inherited.
GRIMPOW: THE INVISIBLE
ROAD, by Rafael Abalos, Delacorte Books for Young
Readers, $17.99, ages 12 and up.
Grimpow is a poor, homeless boy
who lives in an old cabin in the woods with a thief. One day,
Grimpow finds a dead man lying face down in the snow. Underneath
the man is a bag of treasure, in his pocket is a note written in a
strange language and clutched in his hand is a small
Grimpow is about to embark on the
adventure of a lifetime, filled with knights, kings, popes, secret
codes, battles, foreign languages and so much more.
AVENGER, by Andy
McNab and Robert Rigby, Putnam Juvenile, $16.99, ages 12 and
In this third book of the series,
Danny, his grandfather and his friend Elena are on a new case.
Random suicide bombings are happening all over the globe. A man
called Black Star is recruiting teens to carry out his evil plan.
Elena begins corresponding with Black Star through e-mail, posing
as a disgruntled teen willing to blow herself up. Black Star lures
Elena to New York where she is expected to turn herself into a
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