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The Summer of My German Soldier. Greene, Bette.
Sheltering an escaped German prisoner-of-war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a 12 year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.

The Chocolate War. Cormier, Robert.
High-school freshman Jerry Renault risks ostracism and attack in refusing to join the student body of his exclusive private school in their annual chocolate sale fundraiser.

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy In Vietnam. Huynh, Quang Nhuong.
Recollections of the author’s youth in a hamlet in the central highlands of Vietnam.

Interstellar Pig. Sleator, William.
Barney’s boring seaside vacation takes on an interesting dimension when three unusual strangers take the neighboring cabin and spend their days absorbed in a game called “Interstellar Pig.”

Tiger Eyes. Blume, Judy.
Resettled in the “Bomb City” with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father’s death during a hold-up of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City.

Diary of a Young Girl. Frank, Anne.
A poignant account of the Jewish Frank family’s hiding out in an Amsterdam warehouse from the Nazis, told from the diary pages of teenage daughter Anne.

Anne of Green Gables. Montgomery, L.M.
Anne, an eleven year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on all she encounters.

Wizard of Earthsea (also Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore). LeGuin, Ursula.
An awkward, reckless boy named Sparrowhawk becomes a wizard’s apprentice after the wizard reveals Sparrowhawk’s true name.

Nothing But the Truth. Avi.
A ninth-grader’s suspension for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during homeroom becomes a national news story.

Somewhere In the Darkness. Myers, Walter Dean.
A teenage boy accompanies his father, recently escaped from prison, on a trip that turns out to be a time of discovery, often painful, for them both.

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