Inside Out & Back Again- 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.
Star in the Forest- After eleven-year-old Zitlally's father is
deported to Mexico, she takes refuge in her trailer park's forest of
rusted car parts, where she befriends a spunky neighbor and finds a
stray dog that she nurses back to health and believes she must keep safe
so that her father will return. Includes author's note about
immigration from Mexico to the United States, and Nahuatl and Spanish
The Case of the Diamond Dog Collar- Seven-year-old Tessa and ten-year-old Cammie, the
first female president's daughters, investigate when a diamond goes
missing from the collar of their very rambunctious dog.
City of Orphans- In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a
newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older
sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf
Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.
Smile- From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a
variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels
The Emerald Atlas- Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one
orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to
protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a
prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.
Pie- After the death of Polly Portman, whose
award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in
the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie
investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie
crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.
Heart of a Samurai- In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a
terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a
remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a
samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese
person to set foot in the United States.