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Nightrise

Anthony Horowitz (2007), 368 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction
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Book Three of The Gatekeepers brings together two more of the five when twins Scott and Jamie come together with Matt and Pedro. Nightrise is an evil group targeting the psychic twins with the intent of strengthening the Old Ones at the same time as keeping the five Gatekeepers apart. The series begins with Raven's Gate and continues with Evil Star, Nightrise, and Necropolis.
Book Series: Gatekeepers
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 9/11/2010
ISBN-10: 0439680018
ISBN-13: 9780439680011
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Nighttime:  Too Afraid to Scream

Todd Strasser (2009), 80 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Scary
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The short stories in this book are not just your run of the mill scary stories. Some stories are thought provoking while other stories will touch your heart. Other titles in the series to enjoy: Nighttime: Too Scared to Sleep and Nighttime: Too Dark to See.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 10/21/2009
ISBN-10: 0545124751
ISBN-13: 9780545124751
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Nine Pound Hammer

John Claude Bemis (2009), 357 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
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Ray's father had left 8 years earlier because he had a job to do. He gave Ray a lodestone on a string telling him that the lodestone would guide Ray. His father never returned and after his mother died, Ray and his sister Sally survived on their own on the streets of New York. Now they find themselves on an orphan train heading south. The lodestone seems to be giving Ray strange and frightening dreams at night and during the day it pulls southward. Ray decides that his little sister has a better chance of finding a good home without him, so he jumps off the train and follows the lodestone's pull. He finds himself in a world of magic and mystery. Could his father still be alive? Can the lodestone help him find him? This is the first in the series 'The Clockwork Dark.'
Book Series: The Clockwork Dark
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 1/10/2012
ISBN-13: 9780375955648
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Ninth Nugget

Ron Roy (2001), 96 pages
Illustrated by John Steven Gurney
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Mystery
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Three kids are at a dude ranch when they find a gold nugget. What will they do when the nugget disappears?
Book Series: A to Z Mysteries
Reviewed by: St. Charles Reader
Date read: 10/22/2009
ISBN-10: 037580269X
ISBN-13: 9780375802690
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Ninth Ward

Jewell Parker Rhodes (2012), 224 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction
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Twelve year old Lanesha's mother died when she was born. Mama Ya-Ya, midwife, healer, able to see the future, has raised her in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans ever since. Lanesha has 'the sight', which means she can see ghosts, including her mother. When Hurricane Katrina begins to form offshore, Mama Ya-Ya declares that this will be a bad storm. Lanesha realizes that this time she needs to take care of Mama Ya-Ya, and she needs to use everything she has been taught. The fury of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath come alive through the eyes of Lanesha.
Awards nominated: 2013 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Awards won: ALSC Notable Book 2012; School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 6/4/2012
ISBN-10: 0316043087
ISBN-13: 9780316043083
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