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Shug by Jenny HanShug
Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there is nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure there is not one truly amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark, the boy she's known her whole life through.  How is a person supposed to prepare for what happens tomorrow when there's just no figuring out today?

“As this delightful, utterly realistic first novel shows, Han hasn't forgotten what it's like to be twelve.” 
Entertainment Weekly

“Something has awakened in Annemarie, all right, and Han depicts the change with a delicacy and nuance that sets this first novel above the rest of the pack of similar books. This new author bears watching." 
School Library Journal

“Han's heartfelt first novel persuasively expresses the woes of Annemarie "Shug" Wilcox during her first year of junior high… With its distinct Southern flavor, its presentation of universal conflicts and a cast of characters sure to be recognizable to readers, this book will likely draw a wide audience.”
Publishers Weekly

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny HanClara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream
Clara Lee likes her best friends, her grandpa, kimchi, candy necklaces (her signature look!), and the idea of winning the Little Miss Apple Pie contest.

Clara Lee doesn't like her mom's fish soup, bad dreams (but Grandpa says they mean good luck!), speaking in public, or when her little sister is being annoying.

One day, after a bad dream, Clara Lee is thrilled to have a whole day of luck (Like!). But then, bad luck starts to follow (Dislike!). When will Clara Lee's luck change again? Will it change in time for the Little Miss Apple Pie contest?

"The message shines through but doesn't overwhelm this engaging chapter book that will be welcomed by fans of Clementine."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Clara Lee thinks, speaks, and acts just like the third grader she is in this charming early chapter book."
School Library Journal