Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell is about a 12 year-old girl, who has been raised "army." Her father is a colonel and her brother has just enlisted. The unique twist in this book is that the super patriotic colonel does not want his son to go to Vietnam.
This thought provoking novel about the Vietnam era manages to avoid political agendas, giving poignant insight into the emotions of the time. Highly Recommended.
The Naked Mole Rat Letters by Mary Amato tells the story of Frankie (Francine) and her efforts to keep her father from having a romantic relationship. Never fear! The father is widowed, not divorced, the family is church-going, and Frankie's maze of lies and deceit catches up with her in the end. Amato tells a fabulous story of familial love and small town closeness. I have to recommend any book that incorporates both naked mole rats and hammer dulcimers. Highly Recommended.
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban is the quirky tale of Zoe, would-be concert pianist. Her loving and somewhat agoraphobic father buys her a wheezy electric organ instead. This book has several endearing plot lines, but my personal favorite would be Zoe's discovery of how full your life can be, even without brand name clothing. Highly Recommended.
The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff is...now don't spoil this for your kids...Georgie is a dwarf. His parents are both professional musicians, and the length of his arms prevents him from playing any instruments. When Georgie finds out that he is to be a big (yet little) brother, Georgie struggles with the knowledge that he isn't exactly what his parents were looking for in a child, but learns that he is everything they ever wanted. Highly Recommended.