School of Charm, by Lisa Ann Scott

School of CharmSummary:  After her beloved father’s death in 1977, eleven-year-old tomboy Chip tries to fit with her family of beauty queens, making unlikely new friends at Miss Vernie’s unusual charm school in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

Katherine Tegen

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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal, by Margarita Engle

Silver PeopleSummary:  Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the great canal.

Houghton Mifflin

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The Sittin’ Up, by Shelia Moses

Sittin' UpSummary:  When the patriarch of twelve-year-old Bean’s sharecropping community dies, Bean gets a lesson in not only what it means to lose someone you love, but also in how his family and friends care for their dead.

Penguin

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The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill, by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Spy Catchers of Maple HillSummary:  Hazel Kaplansky and new student Samuel Butler investigate rumors that a Russian spy has infiltrated their small Vermont town, amidst the fervor of Cold War era McCarthyism, but more is revealed than they could ever have imagined.

Bloomsbury

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Susan Marcus Bends the Rules, by Jane Cutler

Susan Marcus Bends the RulesSummary:  As a New York-to-Missouri transplant in 1943, ten-year-old Susan Marcus discovers a world of prejudice right in her own backyard and makes a small but courageous stand toward equality.

Holiday House

Under the Egg, by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Under the EggSummary:  Her grandfather’s dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen, but it is her search for answers in her Greenwich Village neighborhood that brings a real treasure.

Dial

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West of the Moon, by Margi Preus

West of the MoonSummary:  In nineteenth-century Norway, fourteen-year-old Astri, whose aunt has sold her to a mean goatherder, dreams of joining her father in America.

Amulet

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What the Moon Said, by Gayle Rosengren

What the Moon SaidSummary:  When Esther’s family moves to a farm during the Great Depression, she soon learns that there are things much more important than that her superstitious mother rarely shows her any affection.

Putnam

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Winter Horses, by Philip Kerr

Winter HorsesSummary:  In 1941 Ukraine, Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. He must also learn to keep secrets—for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park. Kalinka has lost her home, her family, her belongings—everything but her life.  Still, she has gained one small, precious gift: a relationship with the rare wild and wily Przewalski’s horses that wander the preserve. Aside from Max, these endangered animals are her only friends—until a Nazi campaign of extermination nearly wipes them out for good. Now Kalinka must set out on a treacherous journey across the frozen Ukrainian forest to save the only two surviving horses—and herself.

Knopf

Zane and the Hurricane, by Rodman Philbrick

Zane and the HurricaneSummary:  A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.

Scholastic

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Africa is my Home: a child of the Amistad, by Monica Edinger

Africa is my homeSummary:  Presents a tale of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad describing her capture, her witness to a mutiny, and the Supreme Court trial that prompts her return to Africa.

Candlewick

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Salt, by Helen Frost

SaltSummary:  Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.

Frances Foster Books

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Written in Stone, by Rosanne Parry

Written in StoneSummary:  A young girl in a Pacific Northwest Native American tribe in the 1920s must deal with the death of her father and the loss of her tribe’s traditional ways.

Random House

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Bo at Ballard Creek, by Kirkpatrick Hill

Bo at Ballard CreekSummary:  It’s the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village.

Henry Holt

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Duke, by Kirby Larson

DukeSummary: In 1944 Hobie Hanson’s father is flying B-24s in Europe, so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense in the hope that it will help end the war sooner–but when he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is shocked, frightened and determined to get his dog back.

Scholastic

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