Family Life

Keeping Score

By Linda Sue Park

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In Brooklyn in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a "Bums" (Dodgers) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them.
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Bird Lake Moon

By Kevin Henkes

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Twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother are spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate. Ten-year-old Spencer and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer's little brother drowned long ago, and as the boys become friends and spend time together, each of them begins to heal.
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Clementine

By Sara Pennypacker

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While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
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The Truth About Sparrows

By Marian Hale

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Twelve-year-old Sadie promises that she will always be Wilma's best friend when their families leaves drought-stricken Missouri in 1933, but once in Texas, Sadie learns that she must try to make a new home--and new friends, too. J Fic Hal
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Ruthie's Gift

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Just before the beginning of World War I, eight-year-old Ruthie, who lives with her parents and six brothers on a farm in Indiana, wishes for a sister and tries to behave like the lady her mother wants her to be. J Fic Bra
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Each Little Bird That Sings

By Deborah Wiles

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Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto. J Fic Wil
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Sailing Home: A Story of a Childhood at Sea

By Gloria Rand

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"Every morning we'd wake up far away from where we'd gond to sleep."
For Captain Madsen's wife and four kids, their four-masted boat is home as they sail around the world. Based on the family's true adventures, from 1896 to 1910.

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Sail Away

By Donald Crews

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This picture book tells of a family's lovely day out in a sailboat.

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Pinky Pye

By Eleanor Estes

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The fun-loving Pye family goes on vacation to Fire Island where the find an "ABANDID" kitten with a very unusual talent. This is the sequel to Ginger Pye, a Newbery winner.

Suggested for ages 6 - 11

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Ramona and Her Mother

By Beverly Cleary

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Ramona at 7 1/2 sometimes feels discriminated against because she is the youngest in the family.

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