Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl by Virginia Hamilton In this retelling, using Gullah speech, of a familiar story the wily Brer Rabbit outwits Brer Fox who has set out to trap him.
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.
Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her.
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.
Stop the Train! by Geraldine McCaughrean Despite the opposition of the owner of the Red Rock Runner railroad in 1893, the new settlers of Florence, Oklahoma, are determined to build a real town.
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron's relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special momento of her past.
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive--until he finds he is not lone.
The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud The first book in a thrilling new trilogy about an apprentice magician and the powerful djinni he summons.
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan
In this hilarious tale, a local production of The Sound of Music directed, stagecrafted, choreographed, and costumed by Applewhites -- brings the family together and shows E.D. and Jake the value of the special gifts they've had all along.
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.