I think this one has a really good chance for a Newbery prize or honor. It's a story with a bit of everything, humor, friendship, family, but most of all it's about doing what's right, even when it's terrifying.
Marlee is just starting middle school in the fall of 1958, the year after the Little Rock Nine, when the announcement comes that the public high schools will not be opening. Her parents (teachers) don't have any work to do, her sister is sent away, her brother is gone off to college, and the one real friend quiet Marlee has ever made is kicked out of school because she's been passing - she's really a colored girl. Now Marlee has to find her voice and stand up, alone, for what she believes in.