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May B by Caroline Starr Rose

"I watch the wagon

until I see nothing on the open plain.

For the first time ever,

I am alone."  Caroline Starr Rose

May is sent to help out on a neighbor's homestead---just until Christmas, her pa promises.  But when a terrible turn of events leaves her all alone, she must try to find food and fuel---and courage--- to make it through the approaching winter.

The Leanin' Dog by K.A. Nuzum

I looked down at her on the porch.

"It's okay, dog. I won't hurt you.  I want to be friends."

She stretched her nose out toward me, it went crazy, sniffing quick and loud.

Oh! That big brown nose was cold as ice and nice and wet.  And her saggy jowls that brushed against my hand as she sniffed it all over, they were velvety soft.

Her tail thumped, and she laid her head back on her front paws, and when I took my next scootch, she didn't move a whit."  K.A. Nuzum

THE LAST BEST DAYS OF SUMMER by Valerie Hobbs

For twelve-year-old Lucy Crandall, the last week of August is the most perfect time in the world.  It is when everything she has been worried about---her overprotective mother, her best friend Megan's obsession with being popular, and Eddie, the neighborhood boy with Down syndrome who keeps insisting their friends-----melts away, and she gets to visit Grams at the cabin in Crescent Lake, California.  Grams has a way of making Lucy feel centered, like one of the pots on her kick wheel----perfect, steady, and completely at peace.

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