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My Jasper June
by Laurel Snyder
A year after Leah's family endures a terrible tragedy, she meets Jasper. Jasper is a girl her age who appears in the neighborhood suddenly. She seems mysterious and almost magical. But Leah will learn that Jasper also has secrets and has endured hardships of her own. Together, the two girls learn to carve out a place for themselves. Although this book deals with heavy topics, Snyder writes with a light touch. This poignant story about grief and friendship will resonate with middle grade readers. Recommended for ages 10 and up.