Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Lucky Strike, by Bobbie Pyron

Summary: ¬†Nathaniel Harlow lives with his grandfather in a trailer park in Franklin County, Florida, and he has always been unlucky–but when he is struck by lightning on his eleventh birthday and survives, it seems like his luck starts to change.

Scholastic

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Posted in 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The Unfortunate Son, by Constance Leeds

Summary:¬† Kidnapping, family secrets, and adventure on the high seas–perfect for middle grade fans of historical fiction! When Luc is chosen to become an apprentice to a local fisherman, his life takes a turn for the better. Luc is a natural at sea, and before long he and a teenaged girl who lives with the fisherman form a strong bond. That bond is tested when Luc is taken captive by a band of merciless pirates, and sold into slavery. Moving from 1485 to 1500, from France to Africa, from humble beginnings to a noble future, this historical fiction adventure will leave readers pondering the true meaning of good fortune.

Viking

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