P. K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows, by Caroline Lawrence

P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing WidowsP. K. Pinkerton #3
Summary:  In 1860s Nevada, master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton uncovers a sinister plot when he takes a case that calls for him to shadow his friend and mentor, Poker Face Jace.

Penguin

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Painting the Rainbow, by Amy Gordon

Painting the RainbowSummary:  Over the summer of 1965, thirteen-year-old Holly and her cousin Ivy accidentally discover family secrets no one has spoken of since World War II.

Holiday House

 

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

Rush Revere and the First Patriots, by Rush Limbaugh

Rush Revere and the First PatriotsSummary:  Substitute middle-school history teacher Rush Revere takes his students back in time to eighteenth-century Boston to experience the start of the American Revolution as it happens.

Threshold Editions

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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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