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Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Life isn't like the movies, and eleven-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple.  She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending.  After all, it's 1935, and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce.  So when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida, to stay with relatives she has never met.  Florida is like nothing Turtle has ever seen.  It's hot and strange, full of ragtag boy cousins, family secrets, and even buried treasure!  Before she know

The Klipfish Code by Mary Casanova

Her plan to help the Resistance soldier was unraveling.  She was the fool, and not only had she put herself in danger, but she now risked her brother's life and the soldier's too.

The year is 1942, and Norway is under Nazi occupation.  Twelve-year-old Marit has decided to take action, decided not to heed her grandfather's warnings.  But will her plan work?  Can she really complete her part of this secret code?  And even if she can, would it make any difference to the Resistance? 

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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