The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Thre Magical Children and their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
This was excellent. Gidwitz has a natural humor. (Wait, they let a dog babysit the kids?) while keeping a story moving and sucking you in. There were more than a few surprises about who characters were and their motives. And I cried (a lot!) at the book burning of hand copied Talmuds. This story has action, and yet a deep spirituality. And it's historically sound. (Just don't call it the Dark Ages per Mr Gidwitz) The trio of a peasant girl, a large African monk child, and a Jewish boy makes for great thoughtful interactions. This is a winner. 4th+

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Annabelle is living between the Wars in rural Pennsylvania. Betty joins their small school and becomes a bully to Annabelle and others. On the edge of their property is a wandering young man who suffers shellshock. This gets quite dark. 5th+

Stick Dog by Tom Watson
a collection of strays is continually looking for food. They find a line worker who has a box of delightful donuts in the back of his truck. As well as a fine cup of coffee. The story really revolves around the silly conversations between the dogs. Good for 3rd grade readers.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill