Year of the Three Sisters, by Andrea Cheng

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Anna’s friend Andee spearheads a campaign to bring Fan from China to Cincinnati on a year-long cultural exchange, but before Fan even arrives Anna is concerned that Andee and Fan are too different to get along.

HoughtonMifflin

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Wish Girl, by Nikki Loftin

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Peter has never felt at home with his noisy family, but begins to find the strength to live and to be himself when he discovers a special valley in the Texas Hill Country and meets Annie, a girl dying of cancer who knows and accepts him from the start.

RazorBill

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Moonpenny Island, by Tricia Springstubb

Summary:  On Moonpenny Island, eleven-year-old Flor O’Dell experiences a series of life changes after her best friend’s sent away to a private school.

Balzer+Bray

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The Only Game, by Mike Lupica

Summary: Sixth grade is supposed to be the year that Jack Callahan would lead his team to a record-shattering season and the Little League World Series, but after the death of his brother he loses interest in baseball and only Cassie, star of the girls’ softball team, seems to understand.

Simon and Schuster

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The Question of Miracles, by Elana K. Arnold

Summary:  Unhappy about moving from sunny California to rainy Corvallis, Oregon, and grieving over the death of her best friend, sixth-grader Iris looks for a miracle and may find one in new friend Boris.

HoughtonMifflin

 

Waiting for Unicorns, by Beth Hautala

Summary:  After her mother dies, twelve-year-old Talia McQuinn goes to the Arctic with her father, a whale researcher. Over the course of one summer, and through several unlikely friendships, Talia learns that stories have the power to connect us, to provide hope, and to pull us out of the darkness.

Philomel

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Pack of Dorks, by Beth Vrabel

Summary:  Propelled from coolest to lamest after trying to kiss Tom Lemmings, Lucy tries to navigate the social hierarchy of fourth grade.

Sky Pony Press

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