From The Washington Post:
  1. "Going Where It’s Dark," by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Delacorte, ages 10 and up)
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    Buck Anderson loves to explore the natural tunnels and caves beneath the Virginia countryside, where he lives. Buck stutters, and in these quiet underground places he doesn’t have to deal with his concerned family or the mockery at school.
  2. "Breakthrough!," by Jim Murphy (Clarion, ages 9 to 12)
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    This medical history book begins in Baltimore in 1944, with an 18-month-old patient with severe heart defects. Murphy focuses on the team that came together for the risky medical intervention that helped galvanize modern heart surgery.
  3. "The Only Child," by Guojing (Schwartz & Wade, ages 4-10)
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    The child in Guojing’s impressive, wordless picture book could be any small girl, round-cheeked and barely out of toddlerhood, clinging briefly to her mother in the morning — and later at home feeling alone during her parents’ work day.