Dan Gemeinhart: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise (Palgrave 2020)
Coyote lost her mother and her sisters five years ago. Since then, she and her father have been traveling the country in a school bus. Now, however she wants to take her father home, since she just learned that the park next to their old home, where she and her mother buried a memory box is about to be demolished. Along the 3,600 mile journey, they are accompanied by a very mixed group, all looking for happiness.
Kate Allen: The Line Tender (Puffin Books 2020)
Lucy’s mother was an ocean biologist researching sharks, but since she disappeared at sea, the little girl and her father prefer to live on land. But this summer brings a big change to Rockport’s life. In order for Lucy to move on, she must grasp the line that connects her depressed father, a stubborn fisherman and a widow, to her mother’s research.
Claire Legrand: Some Kind of Happiness (Simon & Schuster 2017)
Finley Hart doesn’t want to talk about her parents having problems (but they say they don’t) or that she has to spend the summer with her grandparents, whom she’s never met, or that on her ‘blue days’ she doesn’t even want to move. Her only comfort is Everwood, the forest she imagined for herself. However, when she sees the endless forest behind her grandparents’ house, she realizes that Everwood is real.
Ashley Herring Blake: The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James (Little, Brown & Company 2020)
When Sunny St. James receives a new heart, she decides that her life will be different from this moment on: 1) she will do amazing things she never dared to do before; 2) find a new best friend; and 3) she finally kisses a boy. However, when she meets her new best friend, Quinn, Sunny questions whether she really wants to kiss a boy.