Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff Lidie doesn't like pink or Snow White anymore, and she is an excellent rider. Unfortunately, her horse-loving brother and father don't know this. They left for America when she was 5 years old, and Lidie is now 12 as she finally joins them. Slowly, Lidie finds her way back into her new family, finding courage in the new filly and her brother's horse racing. Even without their mother, they must learn to be a family. Powerful, short novel.
"Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." - Atticus Finch/Harper Lee
Rain Reign. Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein). Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different - not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father. When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.