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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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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I Kill the Mockingbird, by Paul Acampora

I Kill the MockingbirdSummary:  When best friends Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see To Kill A Mockingbird included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic.

Roaring Brook

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The Battle of Darcy Lane, by Tara Altebrando

Battle of Darcy LaneSummary:  Twelve-year-old Julia’s summer with her friend Taylor is disrupted when new girl Alyssa moves to Darcy Lane and ruins Julia’s friendship with Taylor, her crush Peter, and her fun summer plans.

Roaring Brook

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Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake, by Julie Sternberg

Like Carrot Juice on a CupcakeSummary:  A new girl at school throws nine-year-old Eleanor’s relationship with her best friend Pearl into disarray.

Amulet

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Graham Cracker Plot, by Shelley Tougas

Graham Cracker PlotSummary:  No one believes her, but Daisy Bauer knows her dad has been wrongfully imprisoned and that it’s up to her to break him out of jail (aka Club Fed). She has a plan that she’s calling the Graham Cracker Plot because it was all Graham’s idea.  She just needs a miniature horse, a getaway truck, and a penny from 1919—the idea coin.

Roaring Brook Press

Also Known as Elvis, by James Howe

Also Known as ElvisSummary:  While his friends Bobby, Joe, and Addie are spending the summer on exciting adventures, thirteen-year-old Skeezie Tookis must get a job and help around the house, and things only get worse when his long-lost father appears.

Atheneum

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Life on Mars, by Jennifer Brown

Life on MarsSummary:  Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers comes from a family of stargazers and his quest to find life on other planets is unstoppable. But when Arty’s family announces they’re moving to Las Vegas, the City of Lights threatens to put an end to his stargazing dreams forever—especially when he has to stay with his scary next door neighbor while his parents look for a house. As it turns out, “Mr. Death” isn’t terrifying at all—he’s actually Cash Maddox, a bonafide astronaut! But when Cash falls ill, will Arty find the courage to complete his mission by himself? And might he actually prove, once and for all, that there is life on Mars?

Bloomsbury

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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The Riverman, by Aaron Starmer

RivermanSummary:  The first book in a trilogy about a girl who claims she is visiting a parallel universe where a nefarious being called The Riverman is stealing the souls of children and the boy she asks to write her biography because she fears her soul may be next.

FS&G

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Say It Ain’t So, by Josh Berk

Say It Aint SoSummary:  Lenny gets jealous when Mike makes the school baseball team, but together they and Other Mike stumble upon a stealing signals scandal that could go further up than anyone knows.

Knopf

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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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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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