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.

Scholastic

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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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Found Things, by Marilyn Hilton

Summary:  Eleven-year-old River Rose, bullied at school and missing her older brother, Theron, makes friends with a strange new classmate, Meadow Lark, and the two search for a miracle by floating wishes down the river.

Atheneum

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Skies Like These, by Tess Hilmo

Summary:  While visiting her eccentric aunt who lives in Wyoming, twelve-year-old Jade befriends a boy who believes he is a descendant of Butch Cassidy.

FS&G

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All Four Stars, by Tara Dairman

Summary:  Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents.

Putnam

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The Swift Boys and Me, by Kody Keplinger

Swift Boys and MeSummary: Nola Sutton has always been friends with the Swift boys, Cannaan, Brian, and Kevin, but when their father leaves them without saying good-bye the boys start to change, and her long-time friends begin to pull away from her at a time when she needs them more than ever.

Scholastic

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Always Abigail, by Nancy Cavanaugh

Always AbigailSummary:  Sixth grader Abigail, assigned a different homeroom than her two best friends and made only the alternate on the pom-pom squad, learns a lot about popularity and true friendship when paired with unpopular Gabby for a year-long “Friendly Letter Assignment.”

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