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Shaking Up the House

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 by Yamile Saied Mendez Genre:  Realistic Fiction Ingrid and Winnie have been first kids in the White House for 8 years.  Now that their father has completed his two terms in office, it is time for them to move out.  Skylar and Zora are about to move into the White House as their mother has just been elected president.  The girls have met briefly, but are surprised to learn that both families will occupy the White House for a few weeks before inauguration.  Ingrid and Winnie are intrigued.  What will it be like to show Skylar and Zora the behind the scenes of life of the White House?

World in Between

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 by Kenan Trebincevic Genre:  Memoir Kenan loves drawing and playing soccer like most boys his age who are growing up in Bosnia.  But when the people in his country go to war against each other, life changes in an instant.  His so called friends won't speak to him and his most beloved teacher has reported his family to governmental officials.  Suddenly the family has only moments to escape their country and start their lives completely over. They make it to Vienna, Austria where they have to rely on the generosity of strangers to help them survive. When they get approval to come to the United States, Kenan is unsure about how he feels about having to start over again without knowing when he might ever get back to his home.

Once Upon a Camel

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 by Kathi Appelt Genre:  Fantasy, Animal Story Zada was probably the first camel to ever set foot in Texas.  She was a gift to the US Army from the Pasha for whom she won many races for.  She worked hard as for the US Army until they no longer needed camels and she was then set free to fend for herself in the desert, with her life long friend, Asiye at her side.  But as the two camels grew older, it has become harder and harder to navigate the desert.  When a massive dust storm hits, Zada is put in charge of saving two young kestrels.  Does Zada have the strength and courage to get them to safety?

Violets are Blue

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 by Barbara Dee Genre:  Realistic Fiction In the last few months, Wren's life has completely changed.  Her parents have divorced, her dad has moved to New York to be with his new wife who is pregnant with twins, her mom won't talk to her except to tell her that they are moving to a new town for a fresh start.  Wren has to start over...new school, new friends...new relationships with her parents, so everything just feels different.  And now her mom has said that she has to be more social and get involved in an activity at school.  The one constant in Wren's life has been her love of makeup and following Cat FX's blog for all the tips on how to apply character makeup.  When Wren's new school is looking for someone to do the makeup for the school musical, Wren thinks she might be interested.  But doing makeup for someone else is a whole new experience.  Is Wren ready to put her hobby on display for the whole school?

Out of My Heart

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 by Sharon M. Draper Genre:  Realistic Fiction Melody is always interested in trying new things.  Now that she's got communication figured out with her Medi-Talker, she sees no reason why she can't do more of the things she hears and reads about her children doing.  She decides that she wants to go to summer camp so Melody does online research in preparation for presenting the information to her parents.  She is convinced that if they will let her go to camp, it will be the best summer ever!  Will her parents see the value in letting her out of their sight for awhile to try new activities like swimming, boating, ziplining and horseback riding?  

Franklin Endicott and the Third Key

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 by Kate DiCamillo Genre:  Realistic Fiction Franklin Endicott loves to worry.  He worries so much that he can't sleep at night.  So that leads him over to the Lincoln's home.  Eugenia Lincoln has insomnia which means that she is up all night too.  Eugenia invites Franklin along on her errand to get a duplicate key made.  She takes him to Buddy Lamp's unusual store and when Franklin gets the envelope with the keys back, there are 3 inside, instead of 2.  Franklin is tasked with figuring out where the 3rd key came from.  Will this adventure keep his mind occupied enough that he won't have time to worry about other things?

JoJo Makoons: The Used-to-be Best Friend

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 by Dawn Quigley Genre:  Realistic Fiction Jo Jo is growing is a member of the Ojibwe Nation and is growing up on the Pembina Reservation.  She has just started school and is working to understand the differences between her at home best friend (Mimi, her cat) and her at school best friend, Fern.  Having 2 best friends and learning how to behave all day long at school is tricky, but Jo Jo is trying her best to keep everyone happy!