Best Kept Secret: the Third Generation, by Ann Martin

Best Kept SecretFamily Tree: #3
Summary:  In 1977 in Princeton, Dana’s daughter seven-year-old Francie is struggling to keep her dyslexia a secret from her teachers and family, and even the thought of high school and college is part of the remote and unattainable future.

Scholastic

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Revolution, by Deborah Wiles

RevolutionSummary:  It’s 1964, and people from up north are coming to help people register to vote.  They’re calling it Freedom Summer.  Meanwhile, Sunny has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe.  And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool — where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.  In this world where everyone is choosing sides, these kids must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what’s right.

Scholastic

The Fantastic Family Whipple, by Matthew Ward

Fantastic Family WhippleSummary:  49,521 records have been won by Arthur’s twelve brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, unlike his siblings, Arthur hasn’t broken a single, solitary world record! But when the Whipples suffer a spate of catastrophes and a curious amount of attention from a pair of irregularly sized and unusually menacing clowns, Arthur might be the only one who can save his family from losing their collective crown . . . or worse.

Razorbill

All That’s Missing, by Sarah Sullivan

All That s MissingSummary:  When his grandfather’s dementia raises the specter of foster care, Arlo flees to find his only other family member in this genuine, heartening novel.

Candlewick

Better to Wish, by Ann Martin

Better to WishFamily Tree series
Summary: In 1930 Abby Nichols is an eight-year-old girl growing up in Maine, but as the Depression deepens, and her mother dies, the responsibility of taking care of her family falls to her, and she has to put her dreams of going to college and becoming a writer on hold.

Scholastic

The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata

Thing About LuckSummary: Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.  The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss’s cute son. But what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own.  And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family.

Atheneum

Gone Fishing, by Tamera Wissinger

Gone FishingSummary:  Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased.  All ends well in this winsome book of poems-each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found-and most of all, of delicious anticipation.

Houghton Mifflin

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My Summer of Pink & Green, by Lisa Greenwald

My Summer of Pink and GreenSummary:  Rather than a summer of fun transforming her family’s pharmacy into an eco-spa, Lucy Desberg must face her sister Claudia’s new boyfriend Bean, investor Gary’s irritating daughter Bevin, and a spa coordinator who is put in charge of the plans.

Amulet Books

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Homesick, by Kate Klise

Summary:  Benny’s parents are splitting up. His mom leaves home after a fight about a mysterious splinter that is rumored to be part of an important relic. Benny’s dad has always liked clutter, but now, he begins hoarding everything from pizza boxes to old motorcycle parts. As his house grows more cluttered and his father grows more distant, Benny tries to sort out whether he can change anything at all. Meanwhile, a local teacher enters their quiet Missouri town in America’s Most Charming Small Town contest, and the pressure is on to clean up the area, especially Benny’s ramshackle of a house, before the out-of-town guests arrive.

Feiwel & Friends

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One for the Murphys, by Lynda Hunt

Summary:  Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong–until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She’s not really a Murphy, but the gifts they’ve given her have opened up a new future.

Nancy Paulsen Books

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Rebel McKenzie, by Candice Ransom

Summary:  Rebel McKenzie wants to spend her summer attending the Ice Age Kids’ Dig and Safari, a camp where kids discover prehistoric bones, right alongside real paleontologists. But digs cost money.  When she finds out her annoying neighbor Bambi Lovering won five hundred dollars by playing a ukulele behind her head in a beauty contest, Rebel decides to win the Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department’s beauty pageant. Rebel may not be a typical pageant contestant, but how hard can it be?

Disney Hyperion

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Hothead, by Cal Ripken, Jr.

Summary:  Connor is an All-Star shortstop on his Babe Ruth team, but he’s got one big problem: his temper. His coach is ready to kick him off the team. To make matters worse, things aren’t much better at home. His dad is having trouble finding a new job after being laid off. When the sports editor of the school paper threatens to do a big story on his tantrums – complete with embarassing photos – Connor realizes he has to clean up his act.

Disney Hyperion

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Interrupted: Life Beyond Words, by Rachel Coker

Summary:After the loss of her mother, Allie is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Betrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Clinging to the past is comforting but will it cost Allie her chance to be loved?

Zondervan

Bliss, by Kathryn Littlewood

Summary:Twelve-year-old Rose Bliss wants to work magic in her family’s bakery as her parents do, but when they are called away and Rose and her siblings are left in charge, the magic goes awry and a beautiful stranger tries to talk Rose into giving her the Bliss Cookery Booke.
 
 Katherine Tegen Books
 
 
 
 

The Mastermind Plot ,by Angie Frazier

Summary:A new, exciting Suzanna Snow adventure!Suzanna “Zanna” Snow can hardly believe her luck: She’s just arrived in Boston, the city she’s wanted to visit for as long as she can remember. Think of all the mysteries waiting to be solved here! Her grandmother and cousin, Will, welcome her warmly, but her famous detective uncle, Bruce Snow, seems anything but pleased. He doesn’t want Zanna meddling in his current case involving a string of mysterious warehouse fires along the harbor front. But Zanna can’t help herself. Is someone setting the fires? Just when she thinks she’s on to something, a strange man starts following her. Is he a threat? Zanna needs to solve the case before she has the chance to find out.

Scholastic Press

 

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