OPERATION REDWOOD, by S. Terrell French, Amulet books, $16.99;
Julian has spent the day with a fever, stuck in his uncle's
office waiting for a meeting to be over so they can go home. When
he intercepts an e-mail, Julian discovers his uncle and his uncle's
company plan to wipe out a very old Redwood forest. Julian, his
best friend Danny and his new friend Robin devise a plan to save
PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE, by Cynthea Liu, Putnam, $16.99; ages
Paris' dad is a builder. He buys a house, fixes it up, they move
in and when the house is sold, they move to start all over again.
It means Paris has to change schools a lot. In her new school, the
entire seventh grade fits in one classroom. And all Paris wants to
do is fit in.
THE MUSICIAN'S DAUGHTER, by Susanne Dunlap, Bloomsbury, $16.99;
ages 13 and up.
On Christmas Eve, Maria's father is found dead and his violin is
gone. The only clue is a strange pendant. Maria, a 15-year-old in
18th century Vienna, works for her godfather to keep her family out
of debt and refuses to go along with the arranged marriage. Maria
is determined to find her father's violin and his murderer.
THE DEVIL'S BREATH (Danger Zone), by David Gilman, Delecorte
Press, $16.99; ages 13 and up.
Max is safely tucked away at boarding school, or so he thinks
until someone tries to kill him. Max learns his dad is missing and
whoever has him is after Max. The only clue leads Max to Namibia.
Max's guide is a boy his own age. Together they discover a plot
that has potential ecological disaster written all over it. And the
man behind the madness is the one who kidnapped Max's dad.
SECRET KEEPER, by Mitali Perkins, Delacorte Press, $16.99; ages 12
Asha's dad leaves India for America to find work and Asha, her
sister and her mother must live with Uncle. Life is not easy in
this new home where they have to obey custom and follow Uncle's
rules. Asha's only solitude is writing in her diary on the rooftop.
Here she meets the neighbor boy, Jay. When news about her father
arrives, Asha is forced to make a choice that will change her life
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