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Absolutely Normal Chaos

                                                    

       Absolutely Normal Chaos                 Author: Sharon Creech

Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up quickly during the summer while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin's search for his biological father.
900 Lexile  240 pgs.

Author's Website: http://www.sharoncreech.com

Author Information: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/sharon-creech

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11633.Sharon_Creech

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrmO33h7XRM             

 

Million Dollar Throw

                                                             

       Million Dollar Throw                                 Author: Mike Lupica

Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie's family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot's game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.
960L   256 pgs

Author's Website: http://www.mikelupicabooks.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2607.Mike_Lupica

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpPa_I-XbP8

 

The Running Dream

                                                                  

              The Running Dream                     Author: Wendelin Van Draanen

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
 HL (high/low) 650L  352 pgs

Author Info: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/wendelin-van-draanen

Goodreads:
 http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12950.Wendelin_Van_Draanen

Book Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAV5ActuNUU             

 

So B. It

                                                                 

                                    So B. It                                         Author: Sarah Weeks

Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbor, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother′s vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi′s thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.
860L  256 pgs

Author's Website: http://www.sarahweeks.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/64028.Sarah_Weeks

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jLG2wEP860 

 

A Mango Shaped Space

                                                                          

           A Mango-Shaped Space                Author: Wendy Mass

Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the death of her beloved cat, Mango.
 770L  224 pgs

Author's Website: http://wendymass.com

Author Info-Scholastic: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/wendy-mass

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/99650.Wendy_Mass 

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icDQuI7V3t0

 

Okay For Now

                                           

                 Okay for Now                                Author: Gary D. Schmidt

Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck faces many challenges, including an abusive father, a brother traumatized by Vietnam, suspicious teachers and police officers, and isolation, but when he meets a girl known as Lil Spicer, he develops a close relationship with her and finds a safe place at the local library.
850L  368 pgs

Author's Website: https://hmhbooks.com/schmidt

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/96375.Gary_D_Schmidt

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7q-Y29gg50

 

Screaming at the Ump

                                                                                        

               Screaming at the Ump                   Author:  Audrey  Vernick 

Twelve-year-old Casey Snowden knows everything about being an umpire. His dad and grandfather run a New Jersey umpire school, Behind the Plate, and Casey lives and b.reathes baseball. Casey’s dream, however, is to be a reporter—objective, impartial, and fair, just like an ump. But when he stumbles upon a sensational story involving a former major league player in exile, he finds that the ethics of publishing it are cloudy at best. This emotionally charged coming-of-age novel about baseball, divorce, friendship, love, and compassion challenges its readers to consider all the angles before calling that strike.
Grade 5-9  272 pgs   (Hardcover)

Author's Website: http://www.audreyvernick.com/index.html

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3430413.Audrey_Vernick 

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