All the Answers, by Kate Messner

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Ava finds an old pencil in her family’s junk drawer and discovers, during a math test, that it will answer factual questions, so she and her best friend Sophie have a great time–and Ava grows in self-confidence–until the pencil reveals a truth about her family that Ava would rather not know.

Bloomsbury

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Anywhere But Paradise, by Anne Bustard

Summary: In 1960 twelve-year-old Peggy Sue and her family move to the island of Oahu, and she is finding it anything but paradise, because from the first day at school she is bullied and made fun of by the Hawaiian children, and she is worried sick about her beloved cat who is in mandatory quarantine–and then the tsunami hits Hilo where her parents have gone on business.

Egmont

Beneath, by Roland Smith

Summary: Pat O’Toole has always idolized his older brother, Coop, right up until the day Coop ran away from their home just outside Washington, D.C. — now a year later he has received a package containing a digital voice recorder and a cryptic message from his brother, which will lead Pat on a strange and dangerous journey to the mysterious Community living beneath the streets of New York.

Scholastic

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Best Friend Next Door, by Carolyn Backler

Summary: This story of a friendship between two girls has honesty and charm. While Hannah and Emme are alike in so many ways, they’re also different in some wrong ways, too. Is this the perfect friendship . . . or a recipe for disaster?

Scholastic

 

 

The Big Game, by Dan Smith

Summary:  Every boy in Oskari’s remote mountain village must face a ritual hunt on his thirteenth birthday—the Trial—to become a man. It’s Oskari’s turn, and whatever animal he kills—if he succeeds—will symbolize who he will become. Not long after he sets out, Oskari comes across a figure who introduces himself as the president of the United States. Air Force One, sabotaged, has crashed, and the president is running for his life. Will Oskari be brave enough, strong enough, and smart enough to save the president and himself?

Scholastic

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Blue Birds, by Caroline Starr Rose

Summary: As tensions rise between the English settlers and the Native peoples on Roanoke Island, twelve-year-old Alis forms an impossible friendship with a native girl named Kimi.

Putnam

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The Book that Proves Time Travel Happens, by Henry Clark

Summary: Twelve-year-olds Ambrose, Tom, and Frankie are transported to the boys’ hometown of Freedom Falls, Ohio, in 1852 when Frankie blows her Romani family’s magical trombone, and to return home they will have to use both Morse code and the ancient form of divination known as the I-Ching.

Little, Brown

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