The Crims by Kate DaviesWhat it's about: Imogen Crim is hiding out at Lilyworth Ladies’ College, hoping that no one will guess she's from a family of bumbling criminals. But after the Crims are accused of a high-profile crime and Imogen's identity is exposed, she's forced to rejoin her outlandish relatives and prove their innocence.
For fans of: the witty wordplay and absurd humor in Holly Grant's League of Beastly Dreadfuls series or Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events.
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa GraffStarring: Cady, an 11-year-old orphan with a magical Talent for baking perfect cakes, plus an intriguing variety of other characters whose connections only become clear as they take turns telling this deliciously twisty tale.
For fans of: Ingrid Law's Savvy series, and other stories that blend the magical with the everyday.
Series alert: Don't miss the companion book, A Clatter of Jars.
Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby LarsonWhat it's about: Sharp, adventurous orphan Audacity Jones is quick to volunteer when Commodore Crutchfield arrives at her school in search of an assistant for a secret mission. Soon Audie and her cat, Min, are traveling to Washington D.C., where they must foil a shady scheme against President Teddy Roosevelt.
Why you might like it: Set in 1910 and bursting with quirky characters who take turns narrating, this book kicks off a series of page-turning historical mysteries.
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace LinWhat it's about: In order to rescue Amah, her beloved storytelling grandmother, from the Tiger Emperor, Pinmei must go on a quest to find the legendary Luminous Stone That Lights the Night.
Series alert: Pimei's and Amah's stories blend with Chinese folktales in this captivating follow-up to When the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, binding all three books into one sweeping saga.
Try this next: Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
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