Smörgåsbord Booklist

Most people, even children, know exactly what type of books they like.  Some adore series, while others will follow specific themes, genres or authors.  That being said, there are times in one’s life that you have a desire for something out of the ordinary…Something unfamiliar and fresh.
When I feel the need for something new to read, I take a smörgåsbord approach. I quickly pick out several books that I may or may not like. Then I begin to read them.  More often than not, this approach leads me to discover a new love.  Below are a few of my current picks.  I hope that they are delicious and tasty reads. Let me know if you like any of them.

Saint Training, by Elizabeth Fixmer 

During the turbulent 1960s, sixth-grader Mary Clare O'Brian makes a deal with God: she will try to become a saint if He provides for her large, cash-strapped family.

The Wonder of Charlie Anne, by Kimberly Newton Fusco
In a 1930s Massachusetts farm town torn by the Depression, racial tension, and other hardships, Charlie Anne and her black next-door neighbor Phoebe form a friendship that begins to transform their community.

Wild Girl, by Patricia Reilly Giff

When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.

In Side Out and Back Again  [On Order ] Lai, Thanhha
Inspired by the author's own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam as a refugee and immigrating to Alabama, this tween novel told in verse is sure to capture young readers' hearts and open their eyes.

The Year of Goodbyes: a True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells by Debbie Levy. 

The author's mother's 1938 autograph book filled with inscriptions from family and friends is the inspiration for a collection of narrative poems about life in Nazi Germany for a Jewish family trying to escape the horrors.  This book is recommended for mature readers.