Extraordinary, by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

Summary: Pansy often backed out of things her best friend, Anna, wanted to do, including attending the sleepaway camp where Anna contracted meningitis and became disabled, but when Pansy learns that surgery might restore Anna to her old self, she will do anything to become extraordinary in time for Anna’s return.

Sky Pony Press

Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead

Summary: As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend–or more than friend–Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: “What is my purpose?”

Wendy Lamb Books

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The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin

Summary: Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend’s death.

Little, Brown

Paper Hearts, by Meg Wiviott

Summary: Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that’s based on a true story.
An act of defiance.
A statement of hope.
A crime punishable by death.

Margaret K McElderry

Lightning Queen, by Laura Resau

Summary: On the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico, an eleven-year-old Mixtec boy called Teo lives with his family and the animals that he has healed, but one day a Romany caravan rolls into town with a young girl who calls herself Esma, the Gypsy Queen of Lightning–it is the beginning of a life-long friendship that will change both their lives.

Scholastic

Chasing Secrets, by Gennifer Choldenko

Summary: Thirteen-year-old Lizzie and her secret friend Noah, who is hiding in her house, plan to rescue Noah’s father from the quarantined Chinatown, and save everyone they love from contracting the plague that is spreading in 1900 San Francisco.

Wendy Lamb

Connect the Stars, by Marisa de los Santos

Summary: When thirteen-year-olds T.E. and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends. But as they trek through the challenging and unforgiving landscape, they learn that they each have what it takes to make the other whole.

Harper

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