Jack Gantos' Newbery winner for 2012, Dead End in Norvelt, is a fun read about life in Pennsylvania in the 1960s with mysterious dead bodies, girl scout cookies and Hells Angels! Be sure to give it a chance, you'll be glad you did.
If you like fast-paced adventures set in the west, you will love The Case of the Deadly Desperados by Caroline Lawrence. Even if you don't love fast paced fast-paced adventures set in the west, you should read this book anyway. 12 year old P.K.'s parents have been murdered and he finds himself on the run from Whittlin' Walt and his two pards. I am not going to tell you why P.K. is on the run or why the call him Whittlin' Walt, you will have to read the book to find out. Luckily, this is the first book in a series called Western Mysteries. If you need more convincing, take a look at the book trailer.