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Love, Ruby Lavender, by Deborah Wiles

Ruby Lavender used to have a fun life, until her Yoo-Hoo-drinking, pink muumuu-wearing, best friend of a grandmother up and left for Hawaii to spend the summer with her new (smelly) grandbaby.  Now Ruby is stuck in boring old Halleluia, Mississippi, reading to her chickens, sweeping the floors at the general store (torture), and being tormented by the curly-haired, tip-tapping Melba Jane.

A Faraway Island by Annika Thor

 

It's the summer of 1939.  Two Jewish  sisters from Vienna---twelve-year-old Stephie Steiner and seven-year-old Nellie---are sent to Sweden to escape the Nazis.  They expect to stay there six months, until their parents can flee to Amsterdam; then all four will go to America.  But as the world war intensifies, the girls remain, each with her own host family, on a rugged island off the western coast of Sweden.

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