New Fiction for Middle-Graders by Lois Lowry

Like The Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Piecre. 

 Lydia is 11  in 1918 when her parents die of the influenza.  She and her older brother are taken in by a grouchy uncle who lives in a Shaker community.

Lois Lowry is the author of the Giver, and many other classics.  This is her first Dear America book.

Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry

Mouse Mistress Hildegarde musters all her ingenuity to keep a large colony of church mice safe from the exterminator.  And on the Feast of St. Frances, all animals are welcome in the church for the blessing — even the dreaded Cat!  Fun and lighthearted story for ages 7-11

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