Rita Recommends... Fantastic Adventures

Exploits and escapades for Intermediate readers (ages 9-11, grades 4-6)

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Kendra and Seth discover that their grandparents are keepers of a magic creature preserve in this first book in the “Fablehaven” series. Centaurs, fairies and demons, oh my!

Boov take over the Earth, relocating all the humans to crowded camps and inadvertently leaving Tip separated from her mother and on the run. Lucky for her one of the Boov, the oddly-named J. Lo, is also a fugitive. Together they work to find Tip’s mom and save the world from new invaders who want to not just enslave the humans but utterly destroy them. Made into the animated feature Home, Smekday is fast-paced and hilarious.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
London has a problem - a ghost problem - and since only young people can see them, kids are best at getting rid of them. Now, kid-run Psychic Detective Agencies are popping up all over. Anthony, George, and Lucy make up Lockwood & Co. and must tackle Combre Carey Hall, the most haunted house in all of London, in this first book of the “Lockwood & Co.” series.

Poor Anastasia’s parents are killed in a tragic vacuum cleaner accident. Lucky for her two aunts she has never met show up to take care of her…or is it? It turns out her “aunts” live in a former insane asylum complete with secret rooms guarded by attack poodles and they might not be related to her at all! But who - or what - are they? And what do they want with Anastasia?

Twelve-year-old Claudia runs away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city with her tagalong little brother. They sleep hidden during the day and explore the museum at night. A realistic adventure with a hint of mystery.

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