Code of Silence
by Tim Shoemaker
When thirteen-year-olds Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives.
Heart of a Shepherd
by Rosanne Parry
Ignatius "Brother" Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family's Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be.
In Front of God and Everybody
by K.D. McCrite
In the summer of 1986, eleven-year-old April Grace, who lives on a rural Arkansas farm with her family, across a field from her grandmother, has her sense of Christian charity tested when a snooty couple from San Francisco moves into a dilapidated house down the road and her grandmother takes up with a loud, obnoxious, and suspicious-acting Texan.
No Place Like Holmes
by Jason Lethcoe
When Griffin is sent to stay with his detective uncle at 221A Baker Street for the summer, he is certain that his uncle must be the great Sherlock Holmes! But Griffin is disappointed to discover that Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street. His uncle is a detective, just not a very good one.
by Elizabeth Fixmer
During the turbulent 1960s, sixth-grader Mary Clare O'Brian makes a deal with God: she will try to become a saint if He provides for her large, cash-strapped family.
Samantha Sanderson On the Scene
by Robin Carroll
Samantha has little sympathy when she hears that "mean girl" Nikki's parents are divorcing, but when Nikki come under attack, Samantha uses her investigative skills and help from her "tech-savvy" best friend Makayla to track down clues in hopes of writing a series on bullying for the school newspaper.
by S.J. Dahlstrom
Twelve-year-old Wilder Good spends a week in West Texas at his grandfather's ranch, working cattle on horseback and exploring the rough ranch country.
The Georges and the Jewells
by Jane Smiley
Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life.