|Dark Corners, Ruth Rendell
When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one. Mistake number two was keeping his father’s bizarre collection of homeopathic “cures” that he found in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pills. Mistake number three was selling fifty of those diet pills to a friend, who is then found dead. Dermot seizes a nefarious opportunity and begins to blackmail Carl, refusing to pay rent, and creepily invading Carl’s space. Ingeniously weaving together two storylines that finally merge in one shocking turn, Ruth Rendell describes one man’s spiral into darkness– and murder– as he falls victim to a diabolical foe he cannot escape.
|Beneath the Tor, Nina Milton
On Midsummer night on the Glastonbury Tor, Alys Hollingberry suddenly dies. Sabbie Dare is in shock over the news, and when Alys’s shamanic guru confesses that she may have unwittingly taken drugs during his ritual, Sabbie’s shock turns into horror.
|The Sleeper, J. Robert Janes
David Ashby spent the last war killing Germans, and the years after falling in love with one. By the time Hitler comes to power, David has a half-German daughter, Karen, whom he loves more than life itself. So when Europe begins to slide toward war, and it becomes unsafe for an American to stay in the Fatherland, David does the only thing he can: He flees–and takes his daughter with him. David takes refuge in England, becoming a teaching master at a quiet country boarding school, and places Karen with friends on the Cornwall coast. But Hitler will not part with a daughter of the Third Reich so easily. German intelligence sends a sleeper, a dormant agent awakened, to finish off David and recover his child, drawing the mild-mannered schoolteacher–and the British intelligence services–into the thick of a secret war.
|Button Hill, Michael Bradford
When Dekker and his little sister Riley are shipped off for the summer to their strange Aunt Primose in Button Hill, they think they are in for a long, boring summer. But when they find an old grandfather clock with a skull face, they are transported to another place, where children have special powers and the dead come to life!
|The Girl Who Could Not Dream, Sarah Beth Durst
Sophie’s parents run a secret shop where dreams are bought and sold. When Sophie dreams, her dreams become real, so she is forbidden to have any. Sinister events are set in motion when she is accidentally seen by one of her parents’ customers, and it’s up to Sophie to save her family.
|Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure, Jason Fry
Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores a dangerous duel between Luke and a strange new villain.
Beginner and Intermediate Books
|Aaron Has a Lazy Day, P.D. Eastman
Chronicles Aaron’s attempts to beat the heat.
|The Maple Festival, Poppy Green
Sophie helps her mother bake maple treats for the annual Maple Festival in Silverlake Forest. When she notices no one at her mother’s stand, she must find a way to attract more visitors.
|Cops, Crocs, and Crooks!, Trey King
When the swamp police hold a contest, they expect to have a fun day– one without trouble. Too bad no one told the crooks! Now three thieves have stolen the prize money and are trying to flee. Who will win the contest, and will the crooks get away with their crime?