When Life Gives You O. by Erica Perl. Zelly Fried wants a dog more than anything. So during the summer before sixth grade she takes care of a "practice dog" made out of an orange juice jug to show her parents she's ready for the responsibility.
Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes. Gaby enjoys working at the local animal shelter and wants to adopt a cat but is unsure of her own living situation when her mother is deported back to Honduras.
Rules by Cynthia Lord (Grades 4 & up). Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.
"Go for the Goal," by Fred Bowen. Thirteen-year-old Josh joins an elite travel league soccer team on which the individual members are all talented but not playing well as a team, so their coach suggests that they do some team-building exercises.
The False Prince: Jennifer A. Nielsen In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
I Funny - A Middle School Story by Chris Grabenstein, James Patterson: Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about.