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Samurai Rising / Pamela Turner

Samurai Rising is the true-life story of Minamoto Yositsune, a legendary twelfth-century Japanese samurai.  His mother was a famed beauty pageant winner and his father was an overly ambitious samurai, who led a failed campaign that condemned most of his sons to death or monkhood.  Yositsune was an infant when his father died, and a young child when he was sent to a monastery.  …

 
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One Last Shot / John David Anderson

When his failures during his time with his Little League baseball team get to be too numerous, Malcolm’s dad begrudgingly lets him quit the team.  When Malcolm discovers mini-golf and finds that he is both good at it AND really enjoying it, his dad is all too ready to sign him up for competitions.  Suddenly, there’s a new coach in his life,…

 
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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl / Stacy McAnulty

Lucy doesn’t technically HAVE to go to middle school—after an accident in a lightning storm when she was 8, she developed genius level mathematical skills—but her Nana is making her go.  She has to try it out for at least one year, but that’s going to be a difficult problem to solve with homeschooling behind her and advanced college courses in front of her. …

 
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One Trick Pony / Nathan Hale

Strata and her companions have stumbled across a robot horse.   It’s a great find for the friends, because they live among some of the last remaining humans on earth after aliens (who scavenge technology…including robots) have invaded.  Will they make it back to their giant caravan full of old tech with their amazing new find… or will the Pipers find them first? …

 
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Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers / Celia C. Pérez

A series of unlikely circumstances bring friendship to four tween girls for an unforgettable summer.  Each girl comes from a unique background, and struggle at first to find common ground but eventually come together to support a shared cause.  Through a series of targeted efforts, the girls learn about the history of the cultures of their town, social activism, and the bonds of friendship. …