The Search for Baby Ruby, by Susan Shreve

Summary: Twelve-year-old Jess O’Fines is resentful that she is expected to watch her baby niece in a Los Angeles hotel room while the rest of her dysfunctional family go off to a wedding rehearsal party — but when Baby Ruby disappears, Jess is convinced she knows who kidnapped her and determined to get her back on her own, whatever the danger.

Arthur A. Levine Books

 

 

Drive Me Crazy, by Terra Elan McVoy

Summary: When Lana’s and Cassie’s grandparents marry each other, the girls find themselves stuck together on a crazy summer road trip that will change the course of their friendship and their lives.

Katherine Tegen Books

Until I Find Julian, bty Patricia Reilly Giff

Summary:  At home in Mexico, Mateo knows where he belongs: with Mami, Abuelita, little brother Lucas, and big brother Julian. When Julian leaves to work in el Norte, the United States, Mateo misses him. And when the family stops hearing from Julian, Mateo knows he has to find his beloved brother. With only his old notebook and a backpack, Mateo heads for the border, where dangers await. Because no matter what happens, he can’t go home until he finds Julian.

Random House

Watch the Sky, by Kirsten Hubbard

Summary: The signs are everywhere, acccording to Jory’s stepfather, Caleb. The end is coming, and they must be prepared. School is Jory’s only escape from Caleb’s tight grasp, and with the help of new friends, he begins to explore a world beyond his family’s desert ranch.

Disney Hyperion

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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