Copper Magic, by Julia Mary Gibson

Summary:  The year is 1906, and twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman–a copper hand–beside the stream where her mother used to harvest medicine. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand and it begins to reveal glimpses of another time. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic–and if anyone is in need of its powers, it’s Violet. Surely the magic of the copper hand can make things right for Violet and restore her fractured family. Violet makes a wish. But her ignorant carelessness unleashes formidable powers–and her attempts to control them jeopardizes not only herself, but the entire town of Pigeon Harbor.

Tom Doherty Books

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Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer Holm

Summary: Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Random House

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Greenglass House, by Kate Milford

Summary:  At Greenglass House, a smuggler’s inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, on an adventure.


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A Million Ways Home, by Dianna Dorisi-Winget

Summary:  When her grandmother and guardian suffers a stroke, twelve-year-old Poppy Parker’s life turns upside down–but when she witnesses a murder and has to go into witness protection with Detective Brannigan’s mother it becomes hard to believe she will ever find a way home, let alone save Gunner, a beautiful German shepherd with an uncertain future.


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Nuts to You, by Lynne Rae Perkins

Summary:  After surviving being carried off by a hawk, a young squirrel resolves to find his way home, as his best friends begin their search for him.


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The Watcher, by Joan Hiatt Harlow

WatcherSummary:  After Wendy is kidnapped by her own mother, the only way she can survive wartime Germany is with the help of a special dog and the family she never knew she had.

Margaret McElderry Books

Our first “Favorites” list

2014GroupAfter reading all summer, 22 of us met the last Friday of August to come up with our favorite titles so far.  You will see that this list is as diverse as we are!

Bird, by Crystal Chan
Blood Guard, by Carter Roy
Curiosity, by Gary Blackwood
The Eighth Day, by Dianne Salerni
Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle, by George Hagen
Girl in Reverse, by Barbara Stuber
Half a Chance, by Cynthia Lord
I Kill the Mockingbird, by Paul Acampora
Mending Horses, by M. P. Barker
Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy
Nest, by Esther Ehrlich
Painting the Rainbow, by Amy Gordon
Paper Cowboy, by Kristin Levine
Riverman, by Aaron Starmer
Secret Hum of a Daisy, by Tracy Holczer
Sittin’ Up, by Shelia Moses
Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd
Swim That Rock, by John Rocco
Tin Star, by Cecil Castellucci
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, by Julie Lamana

Please comment on which is YOUR favorite!


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