The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall
Tree Taylor has two goals for summer: have her first real kiss; and become a writer.
She desperately wants to become a reporter for the high school paper in the fall even though she will only be a freshman. When a gunshot is fired across the street, Tree knows this might be her opportunity to get the scoop before anyone else and write the investigative story that will make her famous.
But when she uncovers more than she intended to, she discovers perhaps that some secrets are not her's to tell.
A great tween mystery, but also a story of friendship and family. One of those books I call a "quiet gem."
Perfect for: grades 5-8.