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Eight Keys, by Suzanne LaFleur

Summary:  When twelve-year-old Elise, orphaned since age nine, becomes disheartened by middle school, with its bullies, changing relationships, and higher expectations, keys to long-locked rooms and messages from her late father help her cope.

Random House

Hurricane Katrina 2005, by Lauren Tarshis

Summary: Eleven-year-old Barry Hunter and his family attempt to ride out Hurricane Katrina at home in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans when his little sister gets ill, but when the levees break, Barry gets swept away from his family.


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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, by Julie Sternberg

Summary:  When nine-year-old Eleanor’s beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one.


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Marty McGuire, by Kate Messner

Summary:  When tomboy Marty is cast as the princess in the third-grade play, she learns about improvisation, which helps her become more adaptable.


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Junonia, by Kevin Henkes

Summary:  The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway are.


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Flirt Club, by Cathleen Daly

Summary:  Through notes and journal entries, best friends and self-proclaimed “drama geeks” Cisco (Izzy) and the Bean (Annie) write of the trials of middle school, as well as their efforts to attract boys by forming a Flirt Club.

Roaring Book Press

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From Willa With Love, by Coleen Paratore

Summary:  When her best friend Mariel and boyfriend JFK spend the summer away from Cape Cod, sophomore-to-be Willa, who works part-time in her family’s inn, is unprepared for new romance and other surprises.



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