Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Mike LoweryWhat it is: the story of how regular kid (and future author) Mac Barnett became a secret agent in the 1980s. It's all true, too! Or so he says…
What happens: The Queen of England asks young Mac to find her stolen Coronation Spoon, leading him to a corgi sidekick, an international search, and some extremely silly spycraft.
Don't miss: a drawing of the Queen wearing unicorn jammies, one of the many laugh-till-you-snort cartoon illustrations in this series-starting chapter book.
The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan ReichsWhat it's about: There are rumors that a Beast lives in Still Cove, Washington, but when middle school friends Nico, Tyler, Emma, and Opal wind up in the cove by accident, what they discover is more amazing than any rumor -- and it could be far deadlier.
Series alert: If you can't get enough of The Darkdeep's eerie, imaginative thrills, you're in luck – there's a sequel on the way.
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg MedinaStarring: Merci Suárez, who's having a rough year: her friendships are all confusing now that she's in 6th grade, her family duties don't leave her enough time for the soccer team, and her grandpa, Lolo, is acting weird.
Why you might like it: Whether or not you relate to Merci's big family -- who can be as annoying as they are awesome -- it's hard to resist her honest, funny outlook.
Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José OlderIn a world... where dinosaurs never went extinct, domesticated dinos are commonplace for Magdalys Roca, an orphan living in Civil War-era New York City.
What happens: After her fellow orphans are kidnapped by a shady magistrate, Magdalys and her friends plan a pterodactyl-mounted rescue mission.
Why you might like it: high-flying action, an inclusive cast of characters, and did we mention the DINOSAURS?
Mothman's Curse by Christine Hayes; illustrated by James K. HindleWhat it's about: At an estate sale, Josie Fletcher and her brothers discover a gold moth pin that unleashes the winged, red-eyed Mothman, a local legend who appears just before deadly disasters. Can the three siblings stop the vengeful spirit before it claims more lives?
Is it for you? If you're looking for a good scare, don't miss the combination of well-drawn characters and chilling suspense in this "ectoplasmic extravaganza" (Kirkus Reviews).
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