The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin
When their beloved cat falls ill and is taken for an extended stay at the veterinarian’s office, Oona imparts to her younger brother fairy-tale renditions of the cat’s previous lives which echo difficult family transitions, from their father’s death to their mother’s new relationship
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
When twelve-year-old Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar’s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can’t control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.
A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander
A to Z Mysteries: The Empty Envelope by Ron Roy