Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

thebooksmugglers.com Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt tells the unforgettable story of an adolescent boy, Doug Swieteck, who grows up in the small town of Middletown.  In the beginning of the novel, it is obvious that Doug doesn’t have a lot of reasons to be happy.  Things on the home front are very dysfunctional.  […]

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

traceybaptiste.wordpress.com Set in1968 in Oakland, California during a time of civil rights unrest, One Crazy Summer tells the story of an almost 12-year old girl, Delphine, and her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern.  Originally from Brooklyn, and now growing up with their father and grandmother, these girls travel to Oakland, California to spend a […]

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

http://www.jumpintoabook.com/2013/01/newbery-cadecott-and-more-award-winning-childrens-authors-of-2013/ Based, in part, on the true story of a gorilla captured in the now Democratic Republic of the Congo, Katherine Applegate introduces us to the fictitious and unforgettable character of a gorilla named Ivan.  Forced to live in the Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, Ivan quickly learns to forget the previous life he […]