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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.

GLORY BE by Augusta Scattergood

For Gloriana June Hemphill, life in Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is filled with doodlebugs, iced tea, and fireworks on her birthday, the 4th of July.  But the summer of 1964 is different.  Glory, as everyone knows her, is eager to turn twelve.  There are times though, when she wishes she could turn back the clock a year.  Maybe it is the new girl from the North----with her black socks and clunky sandals----that's got everyone out of sorts.  Or maybe its the debate about whether or not to keep the town's segregated pool open.  It seems the answers to Glory's questions about the pool ke

STRAWBERRY HILL by Mary Ann Hoberman

When 10 year-old Allie learns that her family will be moving from a two-family home to their very own house, she is hesitant until she finds out they will be living on a street with the magical name of Strawberry Hill.  That changes everything!  The new house though, is in Stamford, Conneticut, far from her current home in New Haven.  Allie's father is lucky to find the new job in Stamford.  Jobs are hard to get during The Great Depression.

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