Kate Quinn thinks the summer before her senior year in high school will be normal. But when she sees press vehicles and gleaming black Town Cars, she knows that something has changed. In "The Wrong Side of Right," by Jenn Marie Thorne, Kate discovers that she is the daughter of Mark Cooper, the front-running Republican candidate for the president of the United States. But Kate can't ask her mom for details, she died in a car accident a year ago. Within the week, Kate finds herself on the campaign trail with the Cooper family and the inner circle of strategists.
Clementine is part Ramona Quimby, part Junie B. Jones and altogether unique. Just like the fruit she's named after, her life has plenty of sections. In "Completely Clementine," By Sara Pennypacker, Clementine is in the middle of a feud. She's a vegetarian. Her father is not. No matter how many pictures she draws of weeping cows and terrified clams her father refuses to change. Following the advice of her older friend Margaret, Clementine decides to give her dad the silent treatment. But it doesn't go as planned. Meanwhile, her mom is about ready to have a baby.
Losing your friends is bad. Losing your dog is even worse. "Dash," by Kirby Larson, is the story of 11-year-old Mitsi, a Japanese-American girl living in Seattle. After Pearl Harbor is bombed, Mitsi's friends — even her best friend, Mags — begin to ignore her.
Eleven-year-old Ada thinks about force and acceleration and sock-blasting cannons. Fourteen-year-old Mary is a bit romantic and highly intelligent, especially when it comes to words and people. The two girls meet in "The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency: The Case of the Missing Moonstone," by Jordan Stratford. Together they form a "clandestine" detective agency to solve the crimes of London. As girls in 1826, they must keep their identities secret. Their first case involves Miss Rebecca Verdigris. Her valuable necklace has been stolen and her maid has confessed to the crime.
Award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson doesn't disappoint. However, his newest book takes readers and listeners in a new direction. Unlike his previous books, "Baby Bear" is a picture book for preschoolers. The story addresses the universal fear of being lost. We don't know how Baby Bear gets lost. Instead, Nelson throws us into the middle of the action. In the deep of night, Baby Bear asks Mountain Lion to help him find his way home. Mountain Lion answers, "Well, Baby Bear, when I am lost, I try to retrace my steps." This sets the pattern for the rest of the book.
When you think of Alaska, you may think of the early gold rush days. But "Bo at Iditarod Creek," by Kirkpatrick Hill takes place in the late 1920s. Even so, this is a time of adventure for 5-year-old Bo. The gold has run out at Ballard Creek. So she and her 4-year-old brother, Graf, and the two men who are raising them, Arvid and Jack, strap a gramophone to the bow of their boat and follow the rivers to Iditarod Creek. Here the gold is mined with four giant dredges that sound like freight trains crashing.
American engineers faced a huge challenge. They needed to create a structure as impressive as the Eiffel Tower in time for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. In "Mr. Ferris and His Wheel," author Kathryn Gibbs Davis tells the story of George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. He planned to create a giant structure that would "dazzle and move." The construction chief didn't have much hope in the structure. Neither did investors. When George finally started, he hit quicksand at the foundation. But he never gave up. On opening day, George and his wife boarded Car Number One.
When 13-year-old Arianne sees a ball of light leap over the pasture fence during the Perseid meteor shower, she's awestruck. Nearly a year later, a miracle occurs at her family's horse farm. "Centaur Rising," by Jane Yolen, is the story of the unbelievable birth of a centaur — or as Ari's family calls him — a pony-boy. Ari, her brother and her mother decide to name him Kai. It's short for Chiron, the good centaur from Greek Mythology. But then what? At first, Ari's family and the vet decide to keep Kai hidden in order to protect him. But the secret leaks.
If you've read "The Art of Racing in the Rain," By Garth Stein, you'll remember Enzo, the dog narrator. Now it's time for Enzo to tell a children's story. In "Enzo Races in the Rain," Enzo tells the story of how a sweet-smelling girl named Zoe gives him a home. Actually, the pre-Zoe story is quite interesting, too. Unlike his littermates who lounge in the sun, Enzo loves to run. He barks at the cars that smell like rubber and gasoline. When he's chosen by Zoe, his dreams come true. He rides in a car, racing faster than he'll ever run.
"Nest," by Esther Ehrlich, may be the saddest book on the planet. But ultimately, it's optimistic. Eleven-year-old Chirp is a birdwatcher who is deeply attached to her beloved mother. They've ridden the swan boats in Boston, picnicked at the small ponds near their home on Cape Cod, and danced. But Chirp's mom's leg is acting funny. It drags as she walks. The diagnosis is multiple sclerosis. That's just the beginning. Her mom suffers from depression and must move to a special hospital. But the problems become deeper.