Diamonds and Daggers by Elen Caldecott
Hollywood star Betty Massino has come to town Piotr and his friends Andrew and Minnie couldn’t be more excited! But when the famous actress’s hugely expensive diamond necklace goes missing, Piotr’s dad is a prime suspect. With the help of Sylvie and her twin sister Flora, can Piotr, Andrew and Minnie solve the crime or will Piotr and his family have to move back to Poland?
Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Roz, the robot, discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there. Her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment and the animals that live there. This is picture book writer, Peter Brown’s first book for middle grade readers.
Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home in Washington state and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens. This is a very readable historical fiction book about a dark time in American history.
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