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….

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.

DARBY By Jonathon Scott Fuqua

One thing Darby has never dreamed of being – not until Evette suggests it – is a newspaper girl who writes down the truth for all to read. In no time, and with more than a little assistance from Evette, Darby and her column in the Bennettsville Times are famous in town and beyond. But is Marlboro County, South Carolina, circa 1926, ready for the truth its youngest reporter has to tell?


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