For being a children's department, we've sure got some big fat books over here. Here's a few especially thick titles that are fun for kids seeking a long read.
by D.S. Thornton
Capstone Young Readers, 2016.
"Fifth-grader Jerome Barnes of Shoney Flats is exploring the town junkyard when he finds a strange mechanical robot-creature named Arkie who is made of a collection of spare parts, but seems remarkably alive--and when Arkie shows him the city that exists beneath the junkyard Jerome realizes that he must find a way to save his friend and the junkyard that the town wants removed."
by Brian Selznick
Scholastic Press, 2007.
"When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized."
by J.K. Rowling
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007.
The final book in the infamous Harry Potter series follows Harry, Ron, and Hermoine during what should have been their final Hogwarts year as they search for the Deathly Hallows, destroy horcruxes, and search for a way to end the wizarding world's greatest enemy.
by Brian Selznick
"Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures."
by J.A. White
Katherine Tegen Books, 2015
"Deep within the dangerous Thickety, Kara and her brother Taff must figure out who and what to trust in order to escape and stop the evil Sordyr."
by Henry H. Neff
"For over three thousand years, the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium. But the family s magic has been fading, and with it their power over the empire. Whether it s treachery from a rival house, the demon Lirlanders, or rebel forces, many believe the Faeregines are ripe to fall. Hazel, the youngest member of the royal family, is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But the empress has other plans for her granddaughter, dark and dangerous plans to exploit Hazel s talents and rekindle the Faeregine mystique."
by Tony DiTerlizzi
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010.
"Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. Features "augmented reality" pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eva Nine's world."
by Colin Meloy
Balzer + Bray, 2014.
"In the aftermath of a young's girl's midnight seance that awakens a long-slumbering, malevolent spirit, a band of runaway orphans teams up with an underground collective of saboteurs to rescue friends imprisoned in an industrial wasteland."
by E.J. Patten
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011.
"On the eve of his twelfth birthday, Sky, who has studied traps, puzzles, science, and the secret lore of the Hunters of Legend, realizes his destiny as a monster hunter."
by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2014,
"Chronicles the history of man and civilization from primitive beginnings to the twentieth century.This new version has been brought up to date by best selling historian Robert Sullivan, who continues Van Loons personable style, incorporating the most important developments of the early twenty first century, including the war on terrorism, global warming, and the election of Barack Obama."
by Cornelia Caroline Funke
Chicken House/Scholastic, 2008.
"Meggie and Mo find themselves in yet another dangerous situation when they get lost in the covers of a book and so must find a way to rewrite past events to undo their wrongdoings in the hopes of breaking the frightening curse that may lead to their demise."