Wonder

Wonder

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Ten-year-old August, who was born with severe facial deformities, is starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep after years of being homeschooled.  Told through multiple perspectives, this is a story about courage in the face of adversity with a strong message of acceptance of differences. A great book for parents and children/teens to read and discuss together.

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Unstoppable

Unstoppable

Unstoppable, by Tim Green. Harrison’s foster dad is abusive. Finally he’s placed with the middle school football coach. He’s a big kid, a natural at football. He overcomes every obstacle – at home, in school, and on the field. Then he’s injured, and the MRI uncovers something terrible. Can he overcome this latest challenge?

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, by Stephan Pastis. Clueless, awkward detective Timmy Failure + polar bear sidekick = Total Failure Inc., ready to solve any mystery. Funny and fast-paced but filled with a heartwarming and relatable message: Be confident in who you are. Perfect for Wimpy Kid fans, with hilarious drawings to boot! First in a series.

The False Prince

The False Prince

The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen. Sage, a young orphan, is unknowingly facing his destiny – and danger lurks at every turn. This gripping tale of four boys, one treacherous plan, and entire kingdom to fool is a great page-turner for girls and boys alike. Book 1 of a trilogy.

Counting by 7s

Counting by sevens

Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. When Willow’s parents tragically and unexpectedly die, she relies on her one friend’s family and an apathetic school counselor to help her find her way in the world. This is a story about not labeling people, about family being what you make it, and about believing in yourself and others.