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The King of Jam Sandwiches

Eric Walters (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459825574

Thirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and his dad, but no one knows that his dad isn't like most parents. Sometimes he wakes Robbie up in the middle of the night to talk about dying. Sometimes he just leaves without telling Robbie where he’s going. Once when Robbie was younger, he was gone for more than a week. Robbie was terrified of being left alone but even more scared of telling anyone in case he was put into foster care. No one can know. Until one day when Robbie has to show the tough new girl, Harmony, around school. Their first meeting ends horribly and she punches Robbie in the face. But eventually they come to realize that they have a lot more in common than they thought. Can Robbie's new friend be trusted to keep his secret?

Pop Flies, Robo-Pets, and Other Disasters

Suzanne Kamata (author)Tracy Nishimura Bishop (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781947159389

Thirteen-year-old Satoshi Matsumoto spent the last three years living in Atlanta where he was the star of his middle-school baseball team—a slugger with pro potential, according to his coach. Now that his father's work in the US has come to an end, he's moved back to his hometown in rural Japan. Living abroad has changed him, and now his old friends in Japan are suspicious of his new foreign ways. Even worse, his childhood foe Shintaro, whose dad has ties to gangsters, is in his homeroom. After he joins his new school's baseball team, Satoshi has a chance to be a hero until he makes a major-league error.

Red Menace

Lois Ruby (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541582224

A suspenseful and heartfelt story about an era whose uncertainties, controversies, and dangers will seem anything but distant to contemporary readers. If thirteen-year-old Marty Rafner had his way, he'd spend the summer of 1953 warming the bench for his baseball team, listening to Yankees games on the radio, and avoiding preparations for his bar mitzvah. Instead, he has to deal with FBI agents staking out his house because his parents—professors at the local college—are suspected communist sympathizers. Marty knows what happens to communists, or Reds, as his friends call them: They lose their jobs, get deported...or worse. Two people he's actually met, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, have been convicted of being communist spies, and they're slated to be executed in two months. Marty just wants everything to go back to normal, but that's impossible thanks to the rumors that his parents are traitors. As his friends and teammates turn on him and federal agents track his every move, Marty isn't sure what to believe. Is his family really part of a Red Menace working against the United States? And even if they're simply patriotic Americans who refuse to be bullied by the government, what will it cost them?

Fly Back, Agnes

Elizabeth Atkinson (author)

Publisher: Lerner Books ISBN: 9781541582217

A heartfelt story that sensitively tackles the everyday inner turmoil of growing up and staying true to oneself. Twelve-year-old Agnes hates everything about her life: her name, her parents' divorce, her best friend's abandonment, her changing body . . . . So while staying with her dad over the summer, she decides to become someone else. She tells people she meets that her name is Chloe, she's fourteen, her parents are married, and she's a dancer and actor—just the life she wants. But Agnes's fibs quickly stack up and start to complicate her new friendships, especially with Fin, whose mysterious relative runs a local raptor rehab center that fascinates Agnes. The birds, given time and care, heal and fly back home. Agnes, too, wants to get back to wherever she truly belongs. But first she must come to see the good in her real life, however flawed and messy it is, and be honest with her friends, her family, and herself.

World's Worst Parrot

Alice Kuipers (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459823761

Ava works hard at maintaining a certain image online and at school. As far as anyone else knows, life is great. But when she inherits an African gray parrot from her great-uncle Bernie (whom she barely remembers), Ava’s carefully crafted world starts to crumble. The parrot, Mervin, is loud and messy and obnoxious. Ava’s brother thinks it’s hilarious to post videos of Ava trying to deal with the crazy bird. He even creates a profile for the two of them. Everyone wants to see more of Ava and Mervin. Suddenly, Ava is internet famous—in the worst possible way. Her friends think the parrot is gross and start acting weird. But then a new girl at school helps Ava see that this parrot might not be the worst gift in the world and that just being yourself is the best way to be.

The Most Beautiful Bully

Shannon Freeman (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630782887

New seventh-grade student Carson Roberts learns the hard way not to cross the school bully, and it's only her first day. Book #1 in the series.

The Vegetable Museum

Michelle Mulder (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459816800

Thirteen-year-old Chloë left her whole life back in Montreal, including her mom and her best friend. Now she's stuck in Victoria with her dad and her estranged grandfather, Uli, who recently had a stroke. When Chloë agrees to help Uli look after his garden, she's determined to find out why he and her dad didn't speak to each other for years. For decades Uli has collected seeds from people in the community, distinct varieties that have been handed down through generations. The result is a garden full of unusual and endangered produce, from pink broccoli to blue kale to purple potatoes. But Chloë learns that the garden will soon be destroyed to make way for a new apartment complex. And the seed collection is missing! Chloë must somehow find a way to save her grandfather's legacy.

Nevers

Sara Cassidy (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821644

Resourceful fourteen-year-old Odette is on the move again, traveling as a stowaway on a cheese cart with her hapless mother, Anneline. They are in Burgundy, France, in 1799, fleeing yet another calamity caused by Anneline (who is prone to killing people accidentally). At dawn they find themselves in a town called Nevers, which is filled with eccentric characters, including a man who obsessively smells hands, another who dreams of becoming a chicken and a donkey that keeps the town awake at night, braying about his narrow life. As Odette establishes a home in an abandoned guardhouse, she makes a friend in the relaxed Nicois and finds work as a midwife's assistant. She and Nicois uncover a mystery that may lead to riches and, more important for Odette, a sense of belonging.

Six Seconds of Lightning

Claudia Cangilla McAdam (author) Sandy Rabinowitz (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389553

The boys play some basketball

Perfectly Safe

Uma Krishnaswami (author) Gary Undercuffler (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389515

Nat is all set to ride in a chaser truck at the hot-air balloon festival until he meets a killdeer family.

Surfing Iowa

Karen DelleCava (author) Ken Stetz (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389591

Jeff is upset about moving to a landlocked state until he "finds his waves."

Sonny with a Chance of Buckets

Greg Trine (author) Linda Pierce (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389584

Playing basketball helps a boy find friends in a new hometown.

Small-Town Volleyball

Erin Berger (author) Kathryn Mitter (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389560

Jake tries to ride a bull that's as fast as lightning.

Forgetful Red

Rosalie Maggio (author) Wayne Alfano (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389232

This girl finds a surprising way to make friends at a new school.

Green Thumb

Diana R. Jenkins (author) Natalie Carabetta (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389270

Brad taught his younger sister how plants grow from seeds but what about the pencil stub bits of crayons and the other things she's planted?

Like a Shark

Margaret Springer (author) Susan Spellman (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389355

Jenny plays confidently and boldly after watching and imitating the skillful players on the opposing water-polo team.

Making the Team

Sherryl Warrick (author) Linda S. Pierce (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389362

Jamie has offended the most popular girl on the softball team. Will any of the players ever be friends with her?

I.A.M.M.

Harriett Diller (author) Les Gray (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389317

Dorsi shouldn't leave her lizard's mealworms on a low shelf in the refrigerator, not with a toddler like Travis around.

Mei Mei

Leanne K. Currie-McGhee (author) Cornelius Van Wright, Ying-Hwa Hu (illustrators)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389409

Amanda overcomes a language barrier and begins to relate to her newly adopted sister.

Malia's Chance to Dance

Beth Greenway (author) Wayne Alfano (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389379

Malia is chosen to dance in the luau even after making a mistake.

Night Watch

Jay Heale (author) Laurie Harden (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389478

Alan volunteers for night watch at the wildlife-conservation camp--can he overcome his fear?

Night of the Whippoorwill

Beverly J. Letchworth (author) Denny Bond (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389454

Alex discovers that a nighttime fishing trip can be fun.

No Choice

Beth Troop (author) Tom Simonton (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389485

Can thirteen-year-old Kate drive a tractor-load of hay by herself?

Benjamin and the Paper Trail

Marylin Warner (author) Logan S. Kline (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389119

Benjamin shows Sheriff Leon how he and his Oma saved the money to pay off the mortgage.

Egg Drop Soup

Heather Tomasello (author) Elizabeth O. Dulemba (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389201

Two friends win more than the Egg Drop Challenge.