A quick read and definitely one I'll keep in my back pocket to recommend to middle grade students. Soar deals with a young boy named Eddie who is dealing with his fathers death, his father who was obsessed with birds and claimed he saw a Golden Eagle. Problem is, no one believed him. Now its up to Eddie to find the truth.
I liked this for many reasons, it deals with loss and death in the family, has a student from another country trying to learn English AND has a boy who has turrets (though it would have been nice if he wasn't the bully)
A lot of different middle school student's can easily relate to Soar.