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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The Penderwicks in Spring, by Jeanne Birdsall

Summary:  As spring arrives on Gardam Street, there are surprises in store for each Penderwick, from neighbor Nick Geiger’s expected return from the war to Batty’s new dog-walking business, but her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray.

Knopf

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My Near-Death Adventures (99% True), by Alison DeCamp

Summary: In 1895, twelve-year-old Stan decides to find his long-lost father in the logging camps of Michigan, documenting in his scrapbook his travels and encounters with troublesome relatives, his mother’s suitors, lumberjacks, and more.

Crown Books

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From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, by Meg Cabot

Summary:  A middle-grade spinoff of The Princess Diaries, about the long-lost sister of Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia.

Feiwel & Friends

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Genuine Sweet, by Faith Harkey

Summary:  Genuine Sweet, twelve, of tiny, impoverished Sass, Georgia, inherited the ability to grant any wish except her own but with help from new friends, her life and town are improving until unexpected trouble arrives and Genuine learns the difference between wishing for a better life and building one.

Clarion

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How to Speak Dolphin, by Ginny Rorby

Summary: Since her mother died, twelve-year-old Lily has struggled to care for her severely autistic half-brother, Adam, in their Miami home, but she is frustrated and angry because her oncologist step-father, Don, expects her to devote her time to Adam, and is unwilling to admit that Adam needs professional help–but when Adam bonds with a young dolphin with cancer Lily is confronted with another dilemma: her family or the dolphin’s freedom.

Scholastic

My Secret Guide to Paris, by Lisa Schroeder

Summary: Twelve-year-old Nora has always dreamed of going to Paris with her grandmother, but when her grandmother dies it seems like Paris is gone with her–until Nora finds three airline tickets in a trunk, and sets out to persuade her mother to use them.

Scholastic

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