Waves / Sharon Dogar.
For Hal, now, this summer is different. Sure, he's spending it, as always, with his family at their cottage on the wild west coast of England. But this summer he meets Jackie, beautiful, impetuous Jackie. Lying with her on the beach while she sculpts mermaids from wet sand -- it's paradise. Or would be, if only he didn't keep hearing the desperate pleas of his lost sister Charley in his head . . .
The fighter / Jean-Jacques Greif.
Fighting is a way of life for Moshe Wisniak. As a Jewish boy from a poor neighborhood in Warsaw, he can't run away when Polish kids attack him--his legs are too weak. So he learns to use his fists, his head, and other weapons to defend himself and his brothers. When the family moves to Paris in 1929, everyone finds work and life improves slowly. Moshe, now Maurice, takes up boxing at a Jewish sports club, and he eventually becomes an amateur flyweight. But the war comes to Paris, and in 1942, the French police round up foreign Jews and the Germans deport them. They send Maurice to the death camp at Auschwitz. In the camp, SS officers sense Maurice's strength and command him to box against a dying prisoner. Now Maurice faces an impossible moral dilemma: kill the prisoner or be killed by the SS for refusing to obey them. Is there a way out?
Rurouni Kenshin. Vol. 12, The great Kyoto fire
Kenshin, a one-time assassin turned wandering swordsman, reunites with Sano and Saito to consider what their next step should be in stopping Shishio Makoto from burning Kyoto--the opening move in his plot to conquer Japan.
Twisted / Laurie Halse Anderson.
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.
Naruto. Vol. 12, The great flight!!
Naruto, a ninja-in-training, faces his greatest challenge when he is pitted against Neji in the third phase of the Chunin Selection Exams, a young man considered to be the most talened ninja in the village of Konohagakure.