Cracker! : The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.
A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.
Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone.
In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.
Crispin : The Cross of Lead by Avi.