Enchanted Air, by Margarita Engle

Summary: Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba but most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. Will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

Atheneum

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl DreamingSummary:  Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Nancy Paulsen

May B.: a novel, by Caroline Starr Rose

Summary:  When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May, who suffers from dyslexia, from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.

Schwartz & Wade

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Addie on the Inside, by James Howe

Summary: Outspoken thirteen-year-old Addie Carle learns about love, loss, and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with her boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her former best friend.

Atheneum

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.

Amulet

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Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai

Summary:  Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Harper

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Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse, by Marilyn Singer

Summary:  A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. 32 p., Dutton.

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