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All the Answers, by Kate Messner

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Ava finds an old pencil in her family’s junk drawer and discovers, during a math test, that it will answer factual questions, so she and her best friend Sophie have a great time–and Ava grows in self-confidence–until the pencil reveals a truth about her family that Ava would rather not know.


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Call Me Oklahoma! By Miriam Glassman

Call Me OklahomaSummary: Paige Turner starts fourth grade with a new name in hopes of being more bold and brave, especially when dealing with class bully Viveca and overcoming her stagefright.

Holiday House

Princess Academy Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale

Summary:  Miri returns to Asland and calls upon all of her knowledge of rhetoric and other useful lessons learned at the Princess Academy when she and the other girls face strong opposition while working for a new, fair charter.


The Second Life of Abigail Walker, by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Summary: Bullied by two mean girls in her sixth-grade class, a lonely, plump girl gains self-confidence and makes new friends after a mysterious fox gently bites her.


Beyond Lucky, by Sarah Aronson

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Ari Fish is sure that the rare trading card he found has changed his luck and that of his soccer team, but after the card is stolen he comes to know that we make our own luck, and that heroes can be fallible.

Dial Books

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Icefall, by Matthew Kirby

Summary: Princess Solveig and her siblings are trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen fjord, along with her best friend and an army of restless soldiers, all awaiting news of the king’s victory in battle, but as they wait for winter’s end and the all-encompassing ice to break, acts of treachery make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst.


Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances, by Lenore Look

Summary:  A fearful second grader in Concord, Massachusetts, learns about death when his grandfather’s best friend passes away and he offers to accompany his grandfather to the funeral.

Schwartz & Wade

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