Boys’ turn to save the world

GOLDEN& GREY: THE NIGHTMARES THAT GHOSTS HAVE, by Louise Arnold, Aladdin, paperback $5.99, ages 9-12.

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 9-12.

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 stone.

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 up.

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 human bomb.

Sandi Pedersen is the mom of four and the Web mistress for Chicago Parent.
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