Clayton Stone At Your Service, by Ena Jones

Summary: Twelve-year-old Clayton Stone gets a taste of life as a special agent when he goes undercover as a decoy in a high-stakes kidnapping operation.

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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?

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Jump Back Paul : The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, by Sally Derby

Summary:  From his childhood in poverty and his early promise as a poet to his immense fame and his untimely death, Dunbar’s story is one of triumph and tragedy. But his legacy remains in his much-beloved poetry—told in both Standard English and in dialect—which continues to delight and inspire readers today. More than two dozen of Dunbar’s poems are woven throughout this volume.

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Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco, by Judith Robbins Rose

Summary:  When Jacinta Juarez is paired with a rich, famous mentor, she is swept away from the diapers and dishes of her own daily life into a world of new experiences. But crossing la linea into Miss’s world is scary. Half of Jacinta aches for the comfort of Mamá and the familiar safety of the barrio, while the other half longs to embrace a future that offers more than cleaning stuff for white people. When her family is torn apart, Jacinta needs to bring the two halves of herself together to win back everything she’s lost. Can she channel the power she’s gained from her mentor and the strength she’s inherited from Mamá to save her shattered home life?

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The Safest Lie, by Angela Cerrito

Summary: A nine-year-old Jewish girl, helped by Irena Sendler and the Zegota organization, is smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto, given a new identity, and sent to live in the countryside for the duration of World War II.

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Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11, by N. Griffin

Summary: When Room Eleven’s beloved pet hamster, Patches, goes missing, Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, launch an investigation to bring the thief to justice–but they discover that there may be more than one secret.

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Where Triplets Go Trouble Follows, by Michelle Poploff

Summary: Lily, Daisy, and Violet Divine, triplets, have different interests and like to do things on their own, but they pull together when they need to, whether to find out their grandparents’ secret, create a good science fair project, or teach their new dog to stop chewing.

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