iRead features the best ebooks, eaudiobooks and print books for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.
Whether it's running from danger or running towards adventure, these are stories of friends and family discovering new things about the world and themselves.
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
recommended for middle grade readers place a request on print copies
The pact was simple. Two rules: No turning back home. No looking back.
Every year during the Autumn Equinox Festival, thousands of lanterns are set in the river and the town watches as they drift away... but where?
This year, a group of friends decide to make a pact to follow the lanterns and find out.
This Was Our Pact brings two unlikely friends into an adventure they'll never forget.
Think Super 8 + The Iron Giant & The Goonies!
Recommended by Zuleyka Zayas | Children's Room Associate
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
recommended for middle grade readers place a request on print copies available as an eaudiobook and ebook through Overdrive
Imagine discovering the life you've always known isn't what it seems.
The three Greystone children – Chess, Emma, and Finn – know exactly who they are. Chess is the protective big brother, Emma is the code-cracking math whiz, and Finn is the happy-go-lucky youngest child. Despite losing their father, they've made a happy life with their mother.
Then they begin hearing reports that three children have been kidnapped. Three children with their exact names and birthdays. How is it possible for these strangers to have so much in common with the Greystones? And why is their mother suddenly leaving town? What is she hiding?
Having no other choice but to leave the children with strangers – Ms. Morales and her daughter Natalie – their mother flees quickly, without any further explanation. Not knowing who they can trust, the siblings take a risk and team up with Natalie to discover hidden clues, tricky codes, secret passages, and danger. Together they uncover secrets that change everything they thought they knew about their past, their families, and the world.
The first book in a new series by Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Strangers (The Greystone Secrets #1) is a middle-grade sci-fi thriller. Follow the twists and turns as the three Greystone children uncover the mystery of their past and try to save their mother. For more thrilling adventures with Chess, Emma, and Finn, check out The Deceivers (The Greystone Secrets #2).
For fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events and The City of Ember.
Recommended by Rebecca Kelley | Children's Room Associate
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Can four very different kids work together to overcome evil? Would YOU be able to stay strong when faced with great temptation?
In this fast-paced book, four kids qualify to become secret agents. Their mission is to gather information that will be used to bring down a delusional man. This man, who sees no limit to who or what he can control, is very busy creating mind-altering computer programs. Will they be able to find out secrets before they are found out?
This story emphasizes the truth that all people matter and desire to belong. These kids forge a friendship that gives strength to their mission and to each individual. We truly do need each other.
Recommended by Paula Coonce | Children's Room Associate
A run in the woods turns into a kidnapping when Julia risks her life to save her best friend, Liv, from a unknown attacker. During the struggle Liv escapes, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours.
With their attacker caught and dying in custody, both girls are left reeling, trying to cope the best they can--Liv through self-destructive behavior and Julia through an obsession with kidnapping/missing person statistics and cases and a reluctant attempt at therapy.
One year later when a dead girl's body is found in the woods, Julia is determined to find the link between her abduction and this girl in the woods by any means necessary.
Recommended by Kenyanah Bryant | Teen Center Associate
Request or download some of these great titles today. All you need is your Richland Library card (apply here), a laptop or mobile device and Wi-Fi access or you can requesta physical copy online or by phone (803-799-9084).