Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal, by Margarita Engle

Silver PeopleSummary:  Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the great canal.

Houghton Mifflin

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The Sittin’ Up, by Shelia Moses

Sittin' UpSummary:  When the patriarch of twelve-year-old Bean’s sharecropping community dies, Bean gets a lesson in not only what it means to lose someone you love, but also in how his family and friends care for their dead.

Penguin

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A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd

Summary: Snicker of Magic The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic–but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

Scholastic

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Space Rocks, by Tom O’Donnell

Space RocksSummary:  Chorkle narrates the adventures of Earth children Hollins, Becky, Nicki, and Little Gus, marooned on his asteroid, Gelo, as he watches over them with his fives eyes, teaches them to fight a ferocious thyss-cat, and seeks a way to get them home.

RazorBill

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Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight, by Wendy Mass

Space Taxi Archie Takes FlightSummary:  On “Take Your Kid to Work Day,” eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another.

Little, Brown

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The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill, by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Spy Catchers of Maple HillSummary:  Hazel Kaplansky and new student Samuel Butler investigate rumors that a Russian spy has infiltrated their small Vermont town, amidst the fervor of Cold War era McCarthyism, but more is revealed than they could ever have imagined.

Bloomsbury

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The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days, by Michele Hurwitz

Summer I Saved the World in 65 DaysSummary:  Inspired by her late grandmother, thirteen-year-old Nina spends a summer secretly doing good deeds for her neighbors and enjoying the changes she brings about, even as she is dealing with changing friendships and family issues.

Random House

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