Stepdog: A Memoir by Mireya Navarro

When this Pulitzer Prize-winning writer met, fell in love with and married fellow reporter Jim, she anticipated the challenges of winning the favor of his pre-teen children. Never did she expect the difficulties she would face being accepted by his dog Eddie. Quickly she found herself in full-on war with her husband’s pet and his hostile, conniving presence. Ultimately a triumphant story, Stepdog is a reminder of the unforeseen obstacles, not only of the four-legged variety, that can get in the way of happily ever after.

Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne

Following the death of her father, Autumn, her brother, and her mother move down to Aventura, Florida, to help take care of her grandmother. Fortunately, on her first day of school Autumn becomes friends with a quirky group of kids who take her under their wing, and sparks also fly between her and school quarterback Sean. Unfortunately, at the same time she draws the wrath of one of the most popular girls in school, Reenzie, because Reenzie and Sean have been friends for years. 

Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass

It’s Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Archie is finally allowed to tag along with his father.  His dad had the night shift in his yellow taxi.  Instead of picking up customers in the city, Archie discovers that his dad runs a space taxi. Archie is in charge of navigating the taxi from galaxy to galaxy, a skill he inherited from his grandfather.  It seems that stellar navigation is a family gift.  After getting their first fare from HQ, the local bagel shop, Archie and his father enter a new galaxy.

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose is a fifth grader who lives with her father in rural New York.  She has Asperger’s Syndrome and an aide helps her in the classroom.  Rose is obsessed with homophones and prime numbers.  She keeps lists of both and shouts them out when she’s agitated.Rose’s father has a hard time dealing with her endless questions and teacher conferences. He tries, but Rose feels closer to her dog Rain (Reign) and her Uncle Weldon. When a superstorm hits the area, Rain gets lost.

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Since her dad returned from his last tour in Afghanistan, nothing in the lives of the Lovejoys has been the same. After losing a limb, her father’s career is over. He moves the family to his hometown of Pumpkin Falls to take over his parents’ bookstore. While helping clean up at the bookstore, Truly finds a mysterious, un-mailed letter inside a signed first edition of Charlotte’s Web.

Get Happy by Mary Amato

Minerva has been dropping hints for months that she wants a ukulele for her sixteenth birthday.  Instead, her mom gives her a sweater.  But when she answers the door for FedEx, she receives a gift from her father - whom she hasn’t seen or heard from since she was two.  She and her friend audition at Get Happy where they will sing and perform at birthday parties, to earn money to buy the ukulele. Life starts looking up for Minerva, except that she can’t get her dad’s gift off her mind. Who is he, and why is he reaching out after all this time?

Mr. Pants: It's Go Time! by Scott McCormick

It’s the last day of summer, which means the last day of fun!  Mr. Pants has his heart set on playing laser tag but Grommy, his little sister, has chosen to go to the “Fairy Princess Dream Factory" (UGH!)  Mom has promised that if Mr. Pants doesn’t complain during Grommy’s fun time, then they can go play laser tag.  Foot Foot, Mr. Pants other sister, does not make it easy for him to be patient and get along with his siblings.  Go along with Mr. Pants and his cat family to see if he gets to play laser tag!

Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen

Sarah Robinson’s dad has decided to marry a woman after only three dates. Now Sarah’s new stepmom is moving in with her two sons, Marco who’s also twelve and Nacho who is ten. Life is never going to be the same! Hoping to unite their new family, Sarah’s dad and stepmom decide to take them on a dream vacation to Fiji, where they’ll charter a boat and go sailing amongst the islands.

Visible City by Tova Mirvis

In Visible City, author Tova Mirvis explores the anonymity and intimacy of life in New York City, juxtaposing the public and private lives of community members in a transitioning neighborhood of pre-war apartments. Recovering attorney Nina, now a stay-at-home mom, uses her son’s toy binoculars to scrutinize the lives of an older couple living opposite her family on the block. When an innocuous meeting at Starbucks leads to a budding friendship with one half of the couple, Nina struggles to reconcile what she once imagined with what she now knows about their lives.


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