Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
by Gary D. Schmidt
I couldn't stop myself from reading another book by Schmidt to see if I was still impressed. I am. I really like his books and this is another excellent one.
This time the setting is early 20th century in a small town in Maine. Racism and segregation are central to the story, and there are some pretty intense scenes, including a death (not graphic), that make this book more appropriate for older kids and teens. There are a couple of uses of common mild swear words. It's a clean, touching and profound story that includes themes of inter-racial friendship and doing the right thing even when everyone else is against you. The story is loosely based on actual historical events.
Recommended for ages 12 and up.