The Education of Ivy Blake, by Ellen Airgood

Summary: When eleven-year-old Ivy Blake leaves the nice farm family where she has been living in upstate New York and moves back in with her mother she is finally forced to face up to the fact that her alcoholic, dysfunctional parent will never be able to provide her with a stable home–and if she wants to achieve her dreams she is going to have to take charge of her own future.

Penguin

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Finding Fortune, by Delia Ray

Summary: Angry with her mother, twelve-year-old runaway Ren finds an unusual boarding house in a nearby ghost town, Fortune, where she meets some interesting people and learns of a forgotten treasure from when the town was famous for buttons made of Mississippi River shells.

FS&G

Kiki and Jacques, by Susan Ross

Summary: Eleven-year-old Jacques, who must contend with difficult family dynamics and pressure from an older boy to help him commit a crime, is surprised to discover that he has much in common with Kiki, one of the many new Somali refugees who have immigrated to his Maine town.

Holiday House

A Night Divided, by Jennifer Nielsen

Summary:  When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West–four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.

Scholastic

The Doldrums, by Nicholas Gannon

Summary: An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic.

Greenwillow

The Looney Experiment, by Luke Reynolds

Summary: The Looney Experiment chronicles one boy’s journey through bullying, first love, and—with the help of an older than dirt and crazier than insanity itself substitute English teacher named Mr. Looney—an up-close examination of the meaning of courage.

Blink

Rules for Stealing Stars, by Corey Ann Haydu

Summary: Four sisters rely on each other–and a bit of mysterious magic–to cope with their mother’s illness.

Katherine Tegen Books

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