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OLIVE'S OCEAN by Kevin Henkes

"Olive Barstow was dead.  She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago.  That was about all Martha knew."

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends.  But they weren't---and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret without knowing it.

Now Martha can't stop thinking about Olive.  A family summer on Cape  Cod should help banish those thoughts; instead, they seep in everywhere.

PENNY FROM HEAVEN by Jennifer L. Holm

It's 1953 and eleven-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball.  But nothing is that simple for Penny.  For starters, she cannot go swimming because her mother is afraid Penny will catch polio at the pool.  To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car.  Her Nonny cries every time Penny's father's name is mentioned.  And the two sides of her family are not speaking to each other!  When it rains, it sure does rain, but Penny is learning that like the song says...even the darkest clouds may just contain some pennies from heaven.

KEEPER OF THE DOVES BY BETSY BYARS

Amen McBee, the youngest of five sisters, gobbles up words the way other children gobble up sweets.  She couldn't be more different from her twin sisters Arabella and Annabella---called the Bellas.  The mischievous Bellas constantly frighten Amen with stories about Mr. Tominski---the old recluse who lives in the woods nearby and mysteriously tends to a flock of doves.  The Bellas insist that Mr.

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