MY FATHER'S SON, by Terri Fields, Roaring Book Press, $16.95;
ages 13 and up.
Kevin is channel-surfing during the evening news when he sees an
image that makes him stop. The announcer is talking about the
capture of a suspected serial killer. The image on TV is a picture
of Kevin's dad. Kevin knows his dad is not a serial killer. What
does he have to do to prove it?
THE GIRL WHO THREW BUTTERFLIES, by Mick Cochrane, Knopf Books for
Young Readers, $15.99; ages 9-12.
Molly loves baseball. But girls play softball. Molly decides she
is going to try out for baseball. She has a trick pitch her dad
taught her before he died, a knuckle ball. Now all she has to do is
prove to the coaches, the boys on the team, her mom and practically
the whole middle school that she is not "the girl whose dad died;"
she is the girl who can play baseball.
THE AMARANTH ENCHANTMENT, by Julie Berry, Bloomsbury, $16.99,
ages 12 and up.
When Lucinda was young, her parents left for the royal ball and
never returned. Ever since, she has been serving her aunt and uncle
in their jewelry shop. On the day a strange woman leaves a very
unusual jewel in the shop for repair, Lucinda's life changes. She
discovers the truth about her parents' death and maybe even wins
the heart of the prince.
CAROLINA HARMONY, by Marilyn Taylor McDowell, Delecorte Press,
$16.99; ages 9-12.
The summer of 1964 finds 10-year-old Carolina hiding out at
Harmony Farm, deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
She loves life on the farm and wishes she could stay here forever.
But she hasn't exactly been honest with the Harmonys and is afraid
if they learn the truth she'll be sent away. Carolina learns how to
milk cows, gather eggs and drive the tractor, but what she needs to
learn the most is how to trust love.
OLIVIA KIDNEY AND THE SECRET BENEATH THE CITY, Ellen Potter, Puffin
Books, $7.99; ages 9-12.
Olivia is starting seventh grade at yet another new school. She
calls her brother, Christopher, to help calm her nerves. Brotherly
advice is good, but advice from a brother who has been dead for a
year is weird. Not for Olivia, who can talk to ghosts. Subway
tunnels, rats, ghosts, cavemen and snapping turtles are all part of
this very fun addition to the Olivia Kidney series.
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