Freaky Fast Frankie Joe, by Lutricia Clifton

Summary:

Twelve-year-old Frankie Joe Huckaby, forced to live with the father he never knew, a stepmother, and four half-brothers in Illinois, starts a delivery service to finance his escape back to his mother in Texas, not realizing he is making a better life for himself than he ever had with her.

Holiday House

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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Walking Home to Rosie Lee, by A. LaFaye

Summary:  At the end of the Civil War, young Gabe meets many other former slaves getting a feel for freedom whose kindness helps him in his quest to find his mother, who was sold away.

Cinco Puntos Press

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