Waiting for Normal
Leslie O'Conner (2008)
Unfortunately, living in a trailer and dealing with hunger, neglect, reading issues, and separated families is the norm for too many children. This book touches on all of this (and more: cancer! music recitals!) in the life of a 6th grade girl but does it with a positive, confident cast of characters that brings hope to the story and reader.
Realistic but not too grim, great characters, humor. A good book to connect with lessons on empathy and recognizing other' circumstances.