Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead

Summary: As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend–or more than friend–Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: “What is my purpose?”

Wendy Lamb Books

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Dolls of Hope, by Shirley Parenteau

Summary: When eleven-year-old Chiyo Tamura is sent from her home in a small Japanese mountain village to a girls’ school in the city of Tsuchiura, she never imagines that she will soon be in Tokyo helping to welcome more than twelve thousand Friendship Dolls from America—including Emily Grace, a gift to her own school. Nor could she dream that she’d have an important role in the crafting of Miss Tokyo, one of fifty-eight Japanese dolls to be sent to America in return. But when an excited Chiyo is asked to be Emily Grace’s official protector, one jealous classmate will stop at nothing to see her fail. How can Chiyo reveal the truth—and restore her own good name?

Candlewick

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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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