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The Curious Tale of the In-Between, by Lauren DeStefano

Summary: Bright, imaginative, eleven-year-old Pram lives with two aunts who run a retirement home, hiding the fact that she can talk with ghosts–but not the spirit of her mother–and after befriending Clarence, who also lost his mother, she decides to find her father in hopes he can answer her questions.


Fourmile, by Watt Key

Summary:  A mysterious stranger arrives at a boy’s rundown Alabama farm home, just as a dangerous situation is unfolding for the twelve-year-old and his widowed mother.


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Summer of the Gypsy Moths, by Sara Pennypacker

Summary:  Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, so while Mom “finds herself,” Stella fantasizes that someday she’ll come back to the Cape and settle down. Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in, is tough and prickly, and the girls hardly speak to each other. But over the course of the summer they discover the one thing they do have in common: dreams of finally belonging to a real family.


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Eva of the Farm, by Dia Calhoun

Summary: Twelve-year-old Eva writes beautiful poems on the farm in Washington State that her family has owned for generations, but when money runs out and then her baby brother gets sick, the family faces foreclosure and the way of life she loves is threatened.


Interrupted: Life Beyond Words, by Rachel Coker

Summary:After the loss of her mother, Allie is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Betrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Clinging to the past is comforting but will it cost Allie her chance to be loved?


A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

Summary:  Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Candlewick Press

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