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Dragon Rider

by Cornelia Funke

Conditional Recommendation: A dragon, a brownie, and a boy set off on a quest to find the Rim of Heaven, a safe place for dragons to live, before humans invade their home or an ancient villain catches them.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: It was a standalone until 2018 when Funke published the companion novel, Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather
Pages: 523
Published: 2005 (English), 1997 (German)

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

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The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire #2)

by Tui T. Sutherland

Conditional Recommendation: Told from the perspective of Tsunami the SeaWing, the five dragonets of the prophecy travel to the kingdom of the sea in search of Tsunami’s parents and discover mystery and intrigue.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Wings of Fire, Book Two
Hardcover: 296 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2013)

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The Sorcerer of the North (Ranger’s Apprentice #5)

by John Flanagan

Conditional Recommendation: Now a fully fledged ranger, Will is assigned to his own territory but it’s not long before he’s sent on a mission to unravel the mystery of the sorcerer of the north.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice, Book Five
Pages: 304
Published: 2008
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Emma’s Marriage Secret (A Newly Weds #3)

by Margo Hansen

Unconditional Recommendation: Emma Newly encounters mystery, danger, and love when she agrees to help her father on a case.

Age: Young Adult
Series: A Newly Weds series, Book 3
Paperback: 281 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC (2012)

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The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Conditional Recommendation: Orphan boy uses his cunning and wit to stay alive amidst the treacherous plot of a nobleman in this suspenseful adventure.

Age: Young Adult
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Scholastic (April 1, 2012)
Genre: Adventure

Awards: E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Honor Book (2013), Lamplighter Award winner (2014) Continue reading

The Negotiator (O’Malley #1)

by Dee Henderson

Conditional Recommendation: Intriguing mystery and interesting characters combine to form this hard-to-put-down suspense/love/conversion story.

Age: Young Adult
Series: O’Malley #1
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Publishers, Inc. (2000)
Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance


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Danger in the Shadows (O’Malley Prequel)

Danger in the Shadowsby Dee Henderson

Unconditional Recommendation: Sharp detail and expertly written characters are woven together in this suspense story of a woman with real fears and a stalker, her brother who protects her, a man who wishes she would let him close enough to love her and a God who is just and does not want us to live our lives in fear.

Age: Mature Young Adult
Series: Prequel to O’Malley series
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Publishers, Inc. (1999)
Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance/Contemporary

Awards: RITA Award by Romance Writers of America for Best Inspirational Romance (2000), Booksellers’ Best Award, OKRWA National Readers Choice Award for Inspirational (1999) Continue reading

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

The Maid of Fairbourne Hallby Julie Klassen

Unconditional Recommendation: Set in 19th century England this historical romance will keep you engaged with a sprinkle of suspense and a dash of history, and entertained with the antics of well-developed characters.

Age: Young Adult
Series: stand-alone
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 2012)
Genre: Historical Romance

Award: The Christy Award

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Nancy Drew Mystery Stories

by Carolyn Keene

Unconditional Recommendation: Nancy Drew is an amateur detective whose kind heart, resourcefulness, and dedication to solving mysteries for the benefit of others make her a role model character.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Original series: 56 titles
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (1930, rev. 1959)
Genre: Mystery


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