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The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux
Emily Arnold McCully

This telling of the Lascaux discovery features the story of the boys who found the prehistoric paintings, and their continued involvement with this amazing site.  Caldecott award-winning artist Emily Arnold McCully captures the excitement and mystery of these artifacts with her own paintings, providing more background on the events and issues surrounding this discovery. 


The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Book 1)
Patrick Ness

Todd is the youngest resident in Prentisstown, the farthest outpost of colonies on a recently-settled planet.  There are no females in Prentisstown -- they died years ago from a virus -- and the men can hear each other's thoughts.  They think a virus caused that too.  The noise is deafening, and secrets are impossible to keep.  As Todd approaches his 13th birthday, he begins to discover a few truths about his life and his world, as well as something he's never seen before:  a girl.  (She's so quiet!)  The first book in a trilogy (all are available now), The Knife of Never Letting Go presents us with a creepy, disturbing and violent world where nothing is as it seems.  This is some wonderful science fiction for the advanced reader. 


Splendors and Glooms
Laura Amy Schlitz

In London in 1860 Clara, the only living child in a doctor’s grief-stricken family, convinces her parents to engage Grisini the puppet master and his two orphaned assistants, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, to entertain for her 12th birthday celebration.  When evil Grisini kidnaps Clara for ransom and disappears, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are left to survive on their own.   Tempted to the remote home of Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch who seeks to control them all for her own wicked needs, the two orphans summon all their pluck and wits to save themselves and Clara.  Splendors and Glooms is a melodramatic tale of mystery, magic and suspense perfect for 4th – 8th graders.