Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day by Judith Viorst
A Book of Coupons by Susie Hoch Morgenstern
Monsieur Noel is an old, unconventional eighth-grade teacher who gives coupon books for things like dancing in class and sleeping late. Because these coupons are going bound to get him in trouble with the military discipline of Principal Incarnation Perez, the students and teacher have to deal with this opposition together.
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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.