P. K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows, by Caroline Lawrence

P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing WidowsP. K. Pinkerton #3
Summary:  In 1860s Nevada, master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton uncovers a sinister plot when he takes a case that calls for him to shadow his friend and mentor, Poker Face Jace.

Penguin

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A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown’s war against slavery, by Albert Marrin

Volcano Beneath the SnowSummary:  Considers the character and influence of the abolitionist, discussing the religious beliefs that prompted his use of terrorism to combat slavery while assessing his role in the Harper’s Ferry raid that helped trigger the Civil War.

Knopf

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Welcome to Dog Beach, by Lisa Greenwald

Welcome to Dog BeachSummary:  Eleven-year-old Remy loves the traditions of Sea Gate, the island where her family spends every summer vacation, but after her grandmother and a special dog die, and her relationship with best friends changes, Remy takes comfort in the company of the Dog Beach–where she hatches a plan to bring her friends closer and recapture the Sea Gate magic.

Amulet

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Painting the Rainbow, by Amy Gordon

Painting the RainbowSummary:  Over the summer of 1965, thirteen-year-old Holly and her cousin Ivy accidentally discover family secrets no one has spoken of since World War II.

Holiday House

 

Parched, by Georgia Clark

Parched2Summary:  In sixteen-year-old Tessendra Rockwood’s world, natural resources are at an all-time low. Most remaining supplies are funneled into Eden, known as the “powerful city of shining abundance,” while citizens of the surrounding Badlands eat gelatinous gray porridge and drink reddish iron water.  Tess was born an Edenite, but after the death of her scientist mother she decides to combat this inequality by joining a rebel group called Kudzu. Together they uncover a shocking government plot to carry out genocide in the Badlands using artificial intelligence. Unfortunately, Tess has some complicated ties to the project that test her loyalty.

Holiday House

 

Poached, by Stuart Gibbs

PoachedSummary:  Twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy is the prime suspect when FunJungle’s newly-acquired koala goes missing, thanks to a prank staged by middle school bully Vance Jessup.

Simon & Schuster

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Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles, by Douglas Florian

Poem DepotSummary:  An illustrated collection of silly nonsense poems about topics kids care about: talents, avoiding homework, friends and more.

Dial

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