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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?

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Junior Lifeguards: The Test by Elizabeth Doyle Carey

Grades 3-5

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Jenna, Piper, Selena and Ziggy are ready for a fun-filled summer on the Cape as they embark on their journey to become junior lifeguards. They’re hoping to make the cut and that program director Bud Slater will pick them. The girls’ competition is gorgeous Samantha Frankel, and they want to keep their heads in the game long enough to bear her. However, it won’t be easy with the temptation of Hayden Jones and Luke Slater around, two uber-cute boys who also want to make the squad. Can they pull it off? Read Junior Lifeguards: The Test by Elizabeth Doyle Carey to find out!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

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The Boy On the Porch by Sharon Creech

Grades 3-5

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John and Marta are a young couple who find a sleeping boy on their porch one day. The boy is unable to speak, and therefore cannot explain his story to the two of them. They wonder who on earth would leave a young child with no one to care for him, but immediately understand that it is they who must do so. As time goes on, they form an inseparable bond with the boy and become a family, something that no one ever expected.

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Middle School: Escape to Australia by James Patterson

Grades 3-6

australiaRafe Khatchadorian is back in the ninth book in the Middle School series. He has recently won the school art competition, and is thrilled to be headed Down Under. Australia isn’t what he’d imagined it would be, however. He isn’t used to the scorching temperatures, his host siblings’ welcome skills leave a lot to be desired, and he finds himself constantly trying to escape poisonous critters at every corner. Rafe begins to wonder why he was ever excited about the trip in the first place.


 

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Genevieve’s War by Patricia Reilly Giff

genevieveGrades 3-6

This historical fiction novel takes place in 1939, when thirteen-year-old Genevieve spends the summer at her grandmother’s home in Alsace, France. When it is almost time for her to return to the States, Genevieve makes the bold decision to stay in France. It proves to be a tough one, because World War II breaks out soon after. Gen finds herself in the midst of the war when the Nazis take over Alsace and deport Jews. Then her friend Remi commits sabotage, and she is forced to hide him in the attic. This book is the companion book to Lily’s Crossing.

Thanks to Holiday House Hardcover for a review copy of this book.