Scary, Sporty and Oddball Stories Your Child Will Love

Tim was once a member of the "GMA" family and is now a full-time young adult novelist. This is the moving triumph-over-tragedy story of a 12-year-old orphan, Ty Lewis, whose chance to play for the football team is thwarted by his tyrannical uncle. He winds up involved in a gambling scheme that has ties to the mob and holds the potential for a very tense outcome.

Oddball Heroes and Heroines

For Very Young Readers

Cool Zone With the Pain and the Great One By Judy Blume (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers)

Seven new stories center on spunky siblings Jake (aka the "Pain") and Abigail (aka the "Great One"). From Jake's refusing to get a haircut (afraid his ears might get cut off) to Abigail learning to overcome her fears by riding a bicycle, this comical book will have you and your child in stitches.

For Young Readers:

The Calder Game By Blue Balliett (Scholastic)

When Calder Pillay traveled to England, he didn't expect to disappear. But that's exactly what happened, with a mystery that involves garden mazes and a strange sculpture. An imaginative mystery adventure story that weaves together art, philosophy and great storytelling.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey By Trenton Lee Stewart (Little Brown)

The sequel to "The Mysterious Benedict Society" follows adventures of four children, each with a special talent -- from a photographic memory to logic skills -- as they pursue an international scavenger hunt to find their kidnapped benefactor. Needless to say, they face all sorts of harrowing challenges, escaping just in time at every turn.

For Young Adults

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks By E. Lockhart (Hyperion Books*)

Follow Frankie Landau-Banks from geeky 14-year-old girl to knockout 16-year-old who won't take "no" for an answer and could possibly turn into a criminal mastermind.

Audrey, Wait By Robin Benway (Penguin Group)

Audrey Cuttler dumps her boyfriend, Evan, and suddenly becomes famous when he writes a song about their breakup that tops the charts. The book follows Audrey through one heck of a journey as she's mobbed by fans and paparazzi, confronts Evan on MTV and shows the world her true self.

*Hyperion Books is a part of the Walt Disney Company, parent company of ABC News.

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