Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan

 All young people believe their parents are evil ... but what if they really are? Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico - whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives - vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

 From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap. Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

Sources of Light by Margaret McMullen

 1962. Jackson, Mississippi. A broken camera lay in the dried out pine needles of the wood. Smantha finds it and thinks nothing of it. She'd never thought that it could possibly belong to someone so close to her heart. Sam and her mother view the world through a very different lens than the Southern folks around them. People like the McLemores fear that Sam, her mother, and her mother's very close friend, Perry, are in the South to "Agitate" and to sake up the dividing lines between black and white and blur it all to grey. In examining the natue of segregation and its boundaries, Sam navigates quite a few difficult relationships--romantic, familial, uncomfortable, painful, and cheerful--to frame the truth that she herself can envision in such a tumultuous time. And when Perry gives Sam her first camera, the lens acts as another eye for her to focus with--she may documnet the shadows of hatred in order to bring forth the brilliance of hope.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Gone by Michael Grant

 One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone." Just vanished—along with everyone else over the age of 13 in a 20-mile radius around Perdido Beach, CA. The children left behind find themselves battling hunger, fear, and one another in a novel strongly reminiscent of William Golding's Lord of the Flies . Things go from bad to worse when some of the children begin exhibiting strange powers, animals show signs of freakish mutations, and people disappear as soon as they turn 14.

Haunted House Podcast

 Two of the teens who organized the Haunted House in July talk about the planning and execution of the Haunted House in July.