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
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
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
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
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
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
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