Angel Tree, by Daphne Benedis-Grab

Summary:  Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square and people tie wishes to it, but nobody knows where the tree comes from–but this year four children are determined to solve the mystery of the Angel Tree.

Scholastic

Hunter Moran Digs Deep, by Patricia Reilly Giff

Summary:  Twin siblings Hunter and Zack, along with neighborhood pest Sarah Yulefsky, dig for treasure–the hidden hoard of town founder Lester Dinwitty.

Holiday House

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Life and Times of Benny Alvarez, by Peter Johnson

Summary:  As his English teacher focuses on poetry during the month of October, Benny faces down the smartest girl at school while also navigating his friendships and a difficult family life after his grandfather’s multiple strokes.

Harper

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Rory’s Promise, by Michaela MacColl

Summary:  Twelve-year-old orphan Rory Fitzpatrick lives with her younger sister Violet at New York City’s Foundling Hospital in the early 1900s. But when Rory discovers that Violet will be sent to the Arizona Territory to be adopted, her world is shattered. Although too old to be adopted herself, Rory—brave and smart—is determined to stay with her sister, even if it means hiding out on a train traveling west. When Rory and Violet arrive in Arizona, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. Will Rory give up?

Calkins Creek

Ship of Dolls, by Shirley Parenteau

Summary:  It’s 1926, and the one thing eleven-year-old Lexie Lewis wants more than anything is to leave Portland, where she is living with her strict grandparents, and rejoin her mother, a carefree singer in San Francisco. But Mama’s new husband doesn’t think a little girl should live with parents who work all night and sleep all day. Lexie’s class has been raising money to ship a doll to the children of Japan in a friendship exchange, and when Lexie learns that the girl who writes the best letter to accompany the doll will be sent to the farewell ceremony in San Francisco, she knows she just has to be the winner.

Candlewick

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Meeting Mid-August

We had another fantastic meeting where we shared what we each had been reading.  The highlight this time was when Ethan gave a thumbs-up to Nest by Ehrlich!  We have got to get more copies as soon as possible!
We are currently reading as much as possible before the school year starts in earnest, in preparation for making our first Favorites list of the year.  What titles are we missing?

Anybody Shining, by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Summary:  In a series of letters to her cousin, twelve-year-old Arie Mae relates her life in a mountain valley of North Carolina in the 1920s.

Atheneum

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