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NUTS by Kacy Cook

A squeaking sound outside her bedroom leads eleven-year-old Nell to a baby squirrel abandoned in her yard.  Nell and her younger brothers end up saving two wild squirrels that appear to be orphaned.  With the help of some online research and a new friend, Nell learns how to care for the squirrels, but she also learns that she should not try to do this on her own.  Still, if Nell has the time and devotion, why shouldn’t she raise the squirrels?  She loves them, and they need her—don’t they?  Nell is willing to do anything to save her new pets, even if it involves telling a few lies….

Football Champ by Tim Green

When Troy White proved his remarkable “football genius” to the Atlanta Falcons, they brought him on board as a team consultant. Now, thanks to Troy’s ability to predict winning plays, the Falcons are pulling in victories. Troy loves his starring role behind the scenes and the thrill of having NFL star linebacker Seth Halloway (who’s dating Troy’s mom) to coach his own Duluth Tigers team on their way to a state championship.

Fish by Gregory Mone

Fish—nicknamed for his incredible swimming abilities—is a twelve-year-old boy from a poor farming family. After taking a job as a courier for his uncle, Fish is waylaid by pirates, who steal the package he’s carrying. He soon learns that it’s the key to locating the Chain of Chuacar, a legendary treasure.

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