Middle Grade Readers Gift Pack
Dear Blue Sky
by Mary Sullivan
In this middle-grade novel, seventh-grader Cassie feels like her world is falling apart. Her brother is fighting in Iraq, her parents are fighting about Irag, and her sister is making all kinds of bad decisions. Her best friend, Sonia, has stopped speaking to her, and her little brother has stopped talking altogether. Cassie's only relief comes from daily runs and hanging out with Kimberly Love, the offbeat classmate who has surprised Cassie with friendship after Sonia and her crowd dropped her. Cassie's perspective on things shifts when she discovers Blue Sky's blog. Blue Sky, an Iraqi girl, seems so similar to Cassie, yet her world really is falling apart. The girls begin a correspondence. Cassie takes strength from Blue Sky's courage and is inspired to reclaim her life.
5.8" x 8.5" Paperback
The Spy with the Wooden Leg: The Story of Virginia Hall
by Nancy Polette
How did a young woman from Baltimore, born at a time when daughters led sheltered lives and a woman's place was in the home, become one of the bravest and most valued intelligence agents in World War II? Virginia Hall had a dream to become the first woman ambassador for the United States. Turned down by the US State Department time and again, Virginia could not stand idly by while the German army swept through Europe conquering country after country. She volunteered to drive an ambulance in France. She rescued downed airmen, radioed vital information to the Allies, and led three battalions of French Resistance forces in guerrilla warfare. Known as la dame qui boite or the Limping Lady, she rose to the top of the Gestapo's Most Wanted list. The Limping Lady was the spy with the wooden leg.
5.125" x 7.5" Hardcover
Summer of Courage
by Karen Pavlicin
Ten-year-old Andy spends the summer with Grandma in rural upstate New York, where his adventure of the heart is filled with fishing, family, friendship, and cow dung. As he faces recent changes in his life, Andy discovers what happens when you mix rotten apples with a little bit of faith. Includes a recipe for crow's nest, rules for gin rummy, and a discussion guide. Originally published in hardcover as Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow's Nest.
5.5" x 7" Paperback
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