Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, by Varsha Bajaj

Summary:  Astonished to discover that the father she never knew is actually Bollywood’s biggest celebrity, 13-year-old Abby travels to Mumbai to meet her famous father and struggles with cultural differences, the challenges of her secret identity and her changing sense of self.

Albert Whitman

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All Four Stars, by Tara Dairman

Summary:  Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents.

Putnam

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Bad Magic, by Pseudonymous Bosch

Summary:  Thirteen-year-old Clay, a boy who no longer believes in magic, tags graffiti on his classroom wall and, as punishment, is sent to a camp for wayward kids located on a volcanic island, where eccentric campmates abound, a ghost walks among the abandoned ruins of a mansion, and a dangerous force threatens to erupt with bad magic.

Little, Brown and Co.

 

Eighth Day, by Dianne Salerni

Summary:  Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn’t expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there’s an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it’s clear his life will never be the same.

Harper

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Paper Cowboy, by Kristin Levine

Summary:  In a small town near Chicago in 1953, twelve-year-old Tommy faces escalating problems at home, among his Catholic school friends, and with the threat of a communist living nearby, but taking over his hospitalized sister’s paper route introduces him to neighbors who he comes to rely on for help.

Putnam

Mid-July Meeting

We had another wonderful meeting Friday!

We discussed accuracy, clarity and organization of information in regard to choosing our Mock Newbery winner.  And we commend Benjamin B.  for reading all the non-fiction we have on our reading list!  Thanks, Benjamin B.  Hopefully more of our readers will follow his example to see what each title has to offer.

We continue to add more titles to our cart, and are trying hard to keep up our reading through the summer.  Which titles have we missed?  Feel free to comment.

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl DreamingSummary:  Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Nancy Paulsen

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