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Bud, Not Buddy. Curtis, Christopher Paul.
Ten year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father – the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Jacob Have I Loved. Paterson, Katherine.
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to feel her identity.

The Pool Party. Soto, Gary.
While helping his father and grandfather work as gardeners in Fresno, California, 10 year-old Rudy sees some differences between his Mexican-American family and the wealthy families that live nearby.

Because of Winn-Dixie. DiCamillo, Kate.
Ten year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all of the good things that happened to her because of her big ugly dog, Winn-Dixie.

Number the Stars. Lowry, Lois.
During the 1943 German occupation of Denmark, 10 year-old Annemarie learns to be brave and courageous while helping shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

A Wrinkle In Time. L’Engle, Madeleine.
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers, and a search for Meg’s father, who disappeared while involved in secret work for the government.

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. Staples, Suzanne Fisher.
When 11 year-old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, according to custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father’s wishes.

Miracle’s Boys. Woodson, Jacqueline.
Twelve year-old Lafayette’s close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.

Island of the Blue Dolphins. O’Dell, Scott.
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends 18 years, not only merely surviving through her own courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

Scorpions. Myers, Walter Dean.
After reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions, Jamal finds his enemies treat him more respectfully when he acquires a gun -- until a tragedy occurs.

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