Across the Floor
Luc Waldon always figured he knew what his passion was: football. He lives it, he breathes it—and he thinks he has what it takes to go all the way to the NFL. So when his football coach orders him to sign up for contemporary-dance classes to improve his game, Luc’s less than thrilled. When he realizes that dance might actually be his true passion, he faces a tough decision. Is he willing to leave behind the field and a real shot at professional sports, and disappoint his parents, his coach and his teammates, in order to pursue a new dream? Check out Natasha’s video on the book here.
The Not so Secret Case Files of Billy Vale, P.I.
Billy Vale is the best detective in the school. Of course, he’s the only detective in the school, but that’s beside the point. Whether he’s dealing with a tricky client, dodging the school bully, or out-smarting the school’s meanest teacher, Mrs. Smith, if there’s a case that needs solving, then Billy’s the kid to call!
Sleight of Hand
A CCBC Best Pick for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
On a dare from his girlfriend’s brother, Javvan steals a neighbor’s car. Now he’s got a criminal record and a bigger problem: get a job or violate his parole. Endless interviews later and no one will hire him because of his criminal record. Whatever happened to a second chance? Finally, he gets a gig with a contractor named Kevin, and Javvan figures his life is on an upswing. Too bad Kevin’s a thief and he’s given Javvan one choice. Help him steal, or he’ll make sure Javvan ends up back in jail.
At Dock’s End
Three hours after accepting the case of Cyril Tethers, teen detective Briscoe and Boots find themselves standing on the rainy docks of the Thames, watching as their client’s body is pulled from the murky water. In 1895 London, the death of the fashion designer is their biggest case—and the one that can cost them. If high society finds out the terrible secrets Cyril was hiding, the scandal will leave his widow and her children destitute. As the sleuths race to catch the killer and protect their client’s family, Boots discovers a shocking secret of his own. Now, he must make the ultimate choice: sacrifice his integrity for self-preservation, or lose everything he loves in the name of justice.
The True Grime Series
(A P&E Top Five Pick for 2011 YA Book)
Grime cop and teen fairy Pepper Powder lives for one thing: protecting the human species from magical zealots who seek to eradicate them with Violent Illness of Unusual Resistance and Strength (humans call them “viruses,” but their mistake is understandable. The very young often get their words wrong.). When a terrorist leader releases a necrophage bomb, it not only decimates Grime headquarters, it turns Pepper into the magical world’s first fairy amputee—but she’s not going to let a little thing like a missing leg stop her. To catch her criminal, and prevent him from unleashing a V.I.U.R.S in one of the human world’s biggest shopping centers, West Edmonton Mall, she goes undercover as a human. But once Pepper’s theories of humanity collide with the reality of bullies, cliques, and environmental destruction, will she still believe humanity’s worth saving?
For the last two years, human Aponi Runningbear has been training to be part of Grime, the magical police division tasked with protecting humanity from SOAP terrorists. But things aren’t going well. She’s barely keeping up with her studies, failing the physical component, and her Generalized Anxiety Disorder is making her bad days even worse. When her team is given the chance to find a missing coworker and stop SOAP from producing a DNA-altering drug that’s killing humans, Aponi grabs hold of the chance to show she’s meant for Grime. But as the investigation heats up, she’s forced to deal with the tormentor from her past, dead bodies, and the certainty that SOAP’s going to win this battle. Humanity’s dying, Grime’s in trouble, and she’s failing…does a foster kid really have what it takes to save the world and herself?