Rick Riordan – author of “The Lightning Thief” – is back with yet another series, this one about the Norse gods of Asgard: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. In “The Sword of Summer,” the first book in the series, teenager Magnus Chase is surviving on his own on the streets of Boston, eventually finding out from his crazy uncle Randolph that Magnus is the son of a Norse god. Gripping and hilarious.
Rachel Renée Russell, author of “The Dork Diaries,” has also come out with a new series with “The Misadventures of Max Crumbly.” In the first book, “Locker Hero,” Max has just started middle school and is having a tough time dealing with being the new kid on the block, but also with staying out of the way of the school bully.
“The Leaving” by Tara Altebrando revolves around six children who disappeared as kindergartners and have returned year later as teenagers – mostly. They have no memory of the past eleven years of the lives, and Max, who left with them, has not returned.
Finally, “Graduation Day” by Joelle Charbonneau concludes the “Testing” series. The first book in the series – “The Testing” – was included in this year’s Flume nominees for Best Book for New Hampshire students grades 9 – 12.
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- The Leaving* / Tara Altebrando (School Library Journal review)
- Graduation Day [Final book of “The Testing” series] / Joelle Charbonneau
- The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero / Rachel Renée Russell
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer / Rick Riordam