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Aiken, Joan The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Cousins Sylvia and Bonnie are left under the care of an evil governess.
Will they be able to escape? (Mystery)
Ardagh, Philip A House Called Awful End
(The Eddie Dickens Trilogy)
When Eddie's parents catch a terrible disease, he goes to stay with Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud. The other titles in the trilogy are Dreadful Acts
and Terrible Times.
Ardagh, Philip The Fall of Fergal; or Not So Dingly in the Dell
(The Unlikely Exploits Series)
The McNally children go to the Dell Hotel for the final Tap n' Type competition,
where they encounter many strange characters. The sequel is titled Heir of Mystery.
Bellairs, John The House with a Clock in its Walls
After the sudden death of his parents, Lewis goes to live in his mysterious
uncle's mansion, full of secret passages and hidden rooms. (Mystery)
Byng, Georgia Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Molly lives in an awful orphanage, but when she discovers she has a talent for
hypnosis, she hypnotizes her way to New York City and stardom.
There is a sequel titled Molly Moon Stops the World.
Artemis, a twelve-year-old evil genius, captures a fairy and demands a
ransom in order to restore his family's fortune.
Other books in this series are The Eternity Code and The Arctic Incident.
Dahl, Ronald Matilda
When Matilda discovers she possesses unusual mental powers, she decides to
use them to get rid of her school's evil headmistress.
The Spiderwick Chronicles series
The Grace siblings go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's house where
they find a field guide to fairies which leads them on some unusual adventures.
The titles in the series are: The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, Lucinda's Secret,
The Ironwood Tree, and The Wrath of Mulgarath.
Horvath, Polly The Canning Season
Ratchet is sent to her eccentric great aunt's house for the summer,
a gloomy prospect that eventually leads to three new friends.
Horvath, Polly Everything on a Waffle
Primrose's parents are lost at sea, although she still believes they're alive.
Meanwhile, she's being cared for by the eccentric residents of her home town.
Ibbotson, Eva Haunting of Granite Falls
Helen's father buys her a haunted castle and has it shipped to Texas.
When Helen and the castle's former owner, Alex, are kidnapped, the ghosts
save the day.
Jones, Diane Wynne Ogre Downstairs
When their mom marries Jack the "Ogre," her children are not happy, until the
Ogre gives them a chemistry set that is anything but ordinary.
Maguire, Gregory Seven Spiders Spinning
(The Hamlet Chronicles)
A funny, zany story about seven spiders who invade a classroom in Vermont.
Nimmo, Jenny Midnight for Charlie Bone
(Children of the Red King series)
Charlie Bone discovers he has magical abilities and is sent to a boarding school
with other magical students where he finds himself in a battle of good versus evil.
Other titles in the series are: Charlie Bone and the Time Twister and
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy.
Pullman, Philip Count Karlstein
The evil Count Karlstein is going to sacrifice his two nieces to save himself-
will they be able to escape in time.
Sachar, Louis Holes
Stanley is unjustifiably sent to Camp Green Lake, a detention center, where
he and the other boys are forced to dig holes all day, every day, but why?
Stewart, Paul Beyond the Deep Woods
(The Edge Chronicles)
Twig, a human boy, is being raised by Woodtrolls. In an attempt to find out
who he really is, Twig leaves the Deep Woods and encounters many interesting characters.
Other titles in the series are Stormchaser and Midnight Over Sanctaphrax.
Wallace, Barbara Brooks Cousins in the Castle
With both of her parents dead, Amelia heads to America to live with her unknown Cousin Basil, but along the way she becomes the victim of a villain's fiendish plans.