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Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt

Grades 3-6

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Twelve-year-old Stevie is forced to live with her distant grandfather after her parents are tragically killed. Her grandfather owns a dilapidated motel, and makes it clear he wants nothing to do with his granddaughter. Hurt and confused, Stevie befriends the motel’s guests and neighbors. They all come together and plant a flower garden to brighten the place up, even though her grandfather is dead set against it. Will Stevie ever win her grandfather over?

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Hop by Jorey Hurley

Ages 2-5

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An adorable book perfect for babies and toddlers, Hop follows a rabbit mother and her three babies throughout their day. There is adventure around every corner, but they have to watch out, because nature has a way of sneaking up on them. Brilliant illustrations accompany the minimal text that little ones are sure to enjoy.

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Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Grades 9-12

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Carver Briggs’ life was pretty sweet – he had a supportive family, great friends, and a talent for writing. Then his three best friends, Mars, Eli and Blake are killed in a car accident after Carver sends Mars a text. His life is changed forever, and he is wracked with guilt for the death of his friends. What’s more, Mars’s father is a powerful attorney who want to bring criminal charges against Carver and get justice for his son. Will Carver ever be able to live with himself?

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Grades 9-12

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Reagan O’Neill is a rebellious girl who has just broken up with her equally rebellious boyfriend. Luckily, her BFF Lilah, who also has a broken heart, is about to go on tour, and it’s the perfect opportunity for the two of them to get away and forget about boys for a while. However, when adorable Matt Finch joins Lilah on tour, Reagan realizes that staying away from boys will be harder than she thought. Will she give love another chance?

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Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Grade 2

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It is 1942 during World War II. Joe is a soldier in the war, and he and his 10-year-old brother Charlie are writing letters to each other to keep in touch. Joe tells Charlie all about what it’s like to be a soldier, and Charlie knows that his brother is brave. However, when Joe is sent on a secret mission, Charlie learns just how brave his brother really is. Can Charlie be brave and fight his own bullies at home without his brother by his side? Read Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman to find out.

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Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman

Grades 3-6

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Justine Silver is Jewish, and her best friend Mary Catherine McAllister, is Catholic. One day, Justine decides to become Catholic like Mary Catherine. Instead of giving up chocolate for Lent like her friend, Justine gives up being Jewish. She confesses all of her sins to Father Ted, the stuffed bear in her closet, which she has turned into a confessional. When Justine’s grandmother suffers a stroke, she begins to question her decision to give up her Jewish faith. What will she ultimately decide?