Making sense: issues, change, problems, loss, laughs…

Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back! by Winerip, Michael
When some high-school kids mug him for his snow shoveling money, middle-
grader Adam Canfield, star reporter of The Slash, is embarrassed when the
media shares his story and his co-editors plan a contest to "out" bullies in their
school. 2007

After Tupac and D Foster by Woodson, Jacqueline
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their
shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the
unpredictable world in which they live. 2008

Bird Lake Moon by Henkes, Kevin
Twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother are spending the summer with his
grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate, and ten-year-old Spencer
and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer's little brother drowned
long ago, and as the boys become friends and spend time together, each of them
begins to heal. 2008

Fold by Na, An
Although happy with the way she looks, Joyce begins to consider her aunt's offer
to get her eyes "fixed" after she gets a crush on the most gorgeous guy in school,
but thinking seriously about the final results, Joyce still isn't certain that making
her Asian-looking eyes look more American in appearance is something she
really wants. 2008

Hacking Harvard : A Novel by Wasserman, Robin
When three brilliant nerds--Max Kim, Eric Roth, and Isaac "The Professor"
Schwarzbaum--bet $20,000 that they can get anyone into Harvard, they take on
the Ivy League in their quest for popularity, money, and the love of a beauty
queen valedictorian. 2007

Home, And Other Big, Fat Lies by Wolfson, Jill
leven-year-old Termite, a foster child with an eye for the beauty of nature and a
talent for getting into trouble, takes on the loggers in her new home town when
she tries to save the biggest tree in the forest. 2006

Hurricane Song by Volponi, Paul
welve-year-old Miles Shaw goes to live with his father, a jazz musician, in New
Orleans, and together they survive the horrors of Hurricane Katrina in the
Superdome, learning about each other and growing closer through their painful
experiences. 2008

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Mass, Wendy
Just before his thirteenth birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a keyless locked box--
set aside by his father before his death five years earlier--that purportedly
contains the meaning of life. 2006

Letters from Wolfie by Sherlock, Patti
Certain that he is doing the right thing by donating his dog, Wolfie, to the Army's
scout program in Vietnam, thirteen-year-old Mark begins to have second
thoughts when the Army refuses to say when and if Wolfie will ever return. 2007

My Dad's a Birdman by Almond, David; Dunbar, Polly (ILT)
In a rainy town in the north of England, there are strange goings-on. Dad is
building a pair of wings, eating flies, and feathering his nest. Lizzie is missing her
Mom and looking after Dad by letting him follow his newfound whimsy. What's
behind it all?It's the great human bird competition. 2008

Rex Zero and the End of the World by Wynne-Jones, Tim
In the summer of 1962 with everyone nervous about a possible nuclear war, ten-
nearly-eleven-year-old Rex, having just moved to Ottawa from Vancouver with
his parents and five siblings, faces his own personal challenges as he discovers
new friends and a new understanding of the world around him. Funny! 2007

Rex Zero, King of Nothing by Wynne-Jones, Tim
In 1962 Ottawa, wildly imaginative eleven-year-old Rex Norton-Norton, while
hatching a plan to get rid of the substitute teacher from hell, faces several
confusing mysteries, including his father's troubling secrets from World War II
and the problems of a beautiful woman in white. Funny! 2008

Schooled by Korman, Gordon
After his hippie grandmother ends up in the hospital, Cap Anderson is forced to
leave the commune where he is homeschooled and attend Claverage Middle
School, where his odd looks and behavior make him the target of bullies.

Smiles to Go by Spinelli, Jerry
Will Tuppence's life has always been ruled by science and common sense but in
ninth grade, shaken up by the discovery that protons decay, he begins to see the
entire world differently and gains new perspective on his relationships with his
little sister and two closest friends. 2008

When the Black Girl Sings by Wright, Bil
Adopted by white parents and sent to an exclusive Connecticut girls' school
where she is the only black student, fourteen-year-old Lahni Schuler feels like an
outcast, particularly when her parents separate, but after attending a local church
where she hears gospel music for the first time, she finds her voice. 2008

The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Friedman, Aimee (See Girls…)