Close to Famous is absolutely adorable. I recommend it to young teens often.
We really enjoyed How to Babysit a Grandpa! Cute story, and my 3yo really got into it. I really liked Bear Has A Story to Tell, too. Nice friendship tale.Maria @novalibrarymom.com
I'm glad you liked the Bette Lord book. I've not been able to weed it, although very few students pick it up. I do love Joan Bauer's work.