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Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Teen-aged Jenna is smart, pretty and popular. What her friends and boyfriend don’t know is that Jenna used to be Jennifer–a shy, overweight, picked-on child with a soul mate who disappeared. Jenna’s past and present converge when Cameron, her one true friend, abruptly re-enters her life.

After being so intensely affected by Sara Zarr’s newest [...]

The Batboy by Mike Lupica

If you like books with great sports writing, schmaltzy endings, and regular kids in extraordinary situations, then you should definitely read The Batboy.

Brian loves baseball, even though his big league father left him and his mom because of it. Now 14-year-old Brian has the ultimate summer job as a batboy for the Detroit [...]

Dramarama by E. Lockhart

Sadye and Demi are best friends. Kindred spirits in a town that isn’t ready for their big personalities and high levels of razzle dazzle. The duo is on their way to Wildewood Academy for a summer full of singing, dancing and lots of drama.

Dramarama has it all! Dancing, singing, acting, falling [...]

Raven Summer by David Almond

How smitten am I with David Almond’s books?

Let’s see…

1. I drove to a children’s literature conference in Toronto for an opportunity to hear him speak.

2. I will read everything he publishes.

3. He is tied with Roald Dahl in the standings for my favorite children’s author.

4. I have very high expectations [...]

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Auden is an insomniac overachiever who excels in everything except her social life. The responsible, focused daughter of divorced writer/professors, Auden is looking for a change. For eight weeks she moves to the beach with her father, stepmother and infant half-sister, Thisbe. Over the course of that summer she makes friends, meets [...]