Pieces of Why, by K. L. Going

Summary: Twelve-year-old Tia lives in a white slum in New Orleans with her mother, and her whole world revolves around singing in the gospel choir with her best friend, Keisha–but when practice is interrupted by a shooting outside the church, and a baby is killed, Tia finds that she cannot sing, and she is forced to confront her feelings about her incarcerated father who killed a girl in a failed robbery years before.

Kathy Dawson Books

Listen Slowly, by Thanhha Lai

Summary:  Assisting her grandmother’s investigation of her grandfather’s fate during the Vietnam War, Mai struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar culture while redefining her sense of family.

Harper

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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 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.

Scholastic

Found Things, by Marilyn Hilton

Summary:  Eleven-year-old River Rose, bullied at school and missing her older brother, Theron, makes friends with a strange new classmate, Meadow Lark, and the two search for a miracle by floating wishes down the river.

Atheneum

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Best Kept Secret: the Third Generation, by Ann Martin

Best Kept SecretFamily Tree: #3
Summary:  In 1977 in Princeton, Dana’s daughter seven-year-old Francie is struggling to keep her dyslexia a secret from her teachers and family, and even the thought of high school and college is part of the remote and unattainable future.

Scholastic

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Revolution, by Deborah Wiles

RevolutionSummary:  It’s 1964, and people from up north are coming to help people register to vote.  They’re calling it Freedom Summer.  Meanwhile, Sunny has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe.  And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool — where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.  In this world where everyone is choosing sides, these kids must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what’s right.

Scholastic

The Fantastic Family Whipple, by Matthew Ward

Fantastic Family WhippleSummary:  49,521 records have been won by Arthur’s twelve brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, unlike his siblings, Arthur hasn’t broken a single, solitary world record! But when the Whipples suffer a spate of catastrophes and a curious amount of attention from a pair of irregularly sized and unusually menacing clowns, Arthur might be the only one who can save his family from losing their collective crown . . . or worse.

Razorbill

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