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SAVING RED, by Sonya Sones

May 22, 2017

The story: Molly feels bad about a lot of things in her life, yet it seems like things might just be changing when she befriends homeless Red and falls in love with Cristo. But when Cristo dumps her and Red just keeps listening to the voices in her head, Molly realizes that she can’t fix […]

THINGS TO HUGE TO FIX BY SAYING SORRY, by Susan Vaught

May 22, 2017

The story: Dani’s Grandma Ruth has Alzheimer’s, and it looks like the truth about her part in the history of the Civil Rights Movement may go to the grave with her, untold. But Dani’s been given a rambling manuscript, a key with no lock, and a story written by Grandma’s worst enemy and she intends […]

100 DAYS, by Nicole McInnes

January 24, 2017

The story: None of them knows it, but Agnes has only 100 days to live. Moira, her Goth best friend, spends most of her time trying to protect Agnes. Boone, with his dead father and semi-crazy mother, has lots of other things to worry about beside two less-than-perfect girls. But when they forgive him for […]

THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET, by Tara Sullivan

November 28, 2016

The story: Amadou and Seydou are essentially slaves on a cacao plantation in Ivory Coast. If they don’t pick enough pods every day, they’re beaten; they’ve finally figured out they’re never going to be able to earn enough to pay off their “debt” to the bosses. It’s not until kidnapped Kahdija is dropped off at […]

WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME, by Paul Griffin

October 18, 2016

The story: Ben Coffin has had a really tough life, but for the first time ever, he’s got a best friend who’s a girl and another one who’s a dog. Can they teach him to trust life, even when it’s been throwing its worst at Ben as long as he can remember? Mrs. Friend’s opinion: […]

FALLING OVER SIDEWAYS, by Jordan Sonnenblick

October 18, 2016

The story: 8th grade–mean girls, dorky boys, friends drifting apart–is bad enough before Claire’s dad has a stroke. But the stroke changes everything. Can she make it to high school without losing her friends, her seat in band, her place in dance class, and worst of all–her dad?   Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you’ve enjoyed […]

WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME, by Paul Griffin

October 7, 2016

The story: Ben Coffin has had a really tough life, but for the first time ever, he’s got a best friend who’s a girl and another one who’s a dog. Can they teach him to trust life, even when it’s been throwing its worst at Ben as long as he can remember? Mrs. Friend’s opinion:┬áIf […]

HALF A WORLD AWAY, by Cynthia Kadohata

August 22, 2016

The story: Jaden’s family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt another baby, and Jaden knows why: it’s because he’s such a failure as a son. He’s got a whole bunch of terrible habits, but the worst of them is that he can’t bring himself to love his adoptive parents, even after all these years. It’s […]

OCDANIEL, by Wesley King

August 22, 2016

The story: Daniel just wants to be normal. So he warms the bench in football because it’s important to his best friend Max. He tries to figure out ways to talk to his crush, Raya. He tries to get along with his brother Steve. And he tries to keep The Routine a secret, all the […]

SOAR, by Joan Bauer

August 22, 2016

The story: Jeremiah has always loved baseball, but a heart transplant at age 10 is still keeping him on the sidelines. When he and his dad move to Hillcrest, Ohio, Jeremiah thinks he’s going to baseball heaven–but he lands in the middle of a scandal, and finds the team demoralized and fading. Who would ever […]