(1) An Invisible Thread, The True Story of an 11-year-old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting With Destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. This was an interesting book; I read it in one day. A kid who lives in poverty and is surrounded by violence becomes friends with a successful single woman from a very different world. Theirs is an unlikely friendship, but it is very beneficial to both of them. It's proof again how important it is for every child to have at least one adult who gets to know him/her, shows an interest, and is a positive point in their life; and how this also helps the adult. It's uplifting and hopeful and is a true story.
(2) The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls. Sisters, ages 12 and 15, are left on their own when their mother goes off to "find herself." They decide to go visit their uncle in Virginia. The adventures begin, and the story is quite captivating. Walls is very good at creating eccentric yet believable moms, families with an interesting mix of characters, and true-to-life incidents that mix up yet strengthen one's life.
(3) A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. Not well-written, but some people find the story very heart-warming. I slogged through it for a book club discussion, but couldn't get past the poor writing. The heart-warming quality didn't save it, in my opinion.