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*** Garzon Library 2009

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The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

Perloo the Bold by Avi

“A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the long as they stay in the Underneath.” - Atheneum Awards: ALA Newbery Honor Book ALA Notable Children's Book Nominee CCBC Choices National Book Award Finalist NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

“The reluctant hero of this fantasy, Perloo, is a mild-mannered, shy, reclusive member of the Montmer tribe — animals that are a cross between jackrabbits, prairie dogs, and humans. Dragged unwillingly from his comfortable mountain burrow by his friend Lucabara and brought to the tribe's headquarters, Perloo is astonished to learn that he has been selected to become the new "granter," or leader, of the Montmers.

Hair-raising adventures ensue as Perloo finds himself involved in a power-struggle with the villanous Berwig the Big...”- Scholastic

Awards: Top 10 Fantasy Books for Youth : 1999

The Search for Delicious

The Penderwicks

by Jeanne Birdsall

by Natalie Babbitt “Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided. Gaylen’s quest leads him to the woldweller, a wise, 900-year-old creature who lives alone at the precise center of the forest; to Canto, the minstrel who sings him an old song about a mermaid child and who gives him a peculiar good-luck charm; to the underground domain of the dwarfs; and finally to Ardis who might save the kingdom from havoc.” - Macmillan

Awards: New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List

“Meet the Penderwicks, four different sisters with one special bond. There’s responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and shy little sister Batty, who won't go anywhere without her butterfly wings. When the girls and their doting father head off for their summer holiday, they're in for a surprise. Instead of the tumbledown cottage they expected, they find themselves on a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon the girls are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the most wonderful discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton... who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.” -

Awards: 2005 National Book Award for Young People

The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

All Stations! Distress!

by Betty Birney

by Don Brown

“When Eben McAllister reads about the Seven Wonders of the World, his imagination races. He's itching to escape the sameness of the small farming community of Sassafras Springs, Missouri, and explore the world. Then Pa challenges Eben to find Seven Wonders in his own neighborhood. Eben doubts Sassafras Springs has much to offer, but rises to the test when Pa promises him a coveted trip out west if he succeeds. While his mission puzzles his friends and neighbors, Eben perseveres, with the help of his faithful dog, Sal. Though wary at first, the members of the community are eventually enlivened by his mission and folks eagerly share their seemingly simple possessions and their eerily true tales - and some downright whoppers, as well. A haunted table ... a half-mad rainmaker ... a flying outhouse ... a loom that weaves the truth ... an evil ship in a bottle: Eben is amazed at the range of wonders he finds on his own home turf.” Awards: Kids' BookPlanet Main Selection Honor Book-Judy Lopez Memorial/Women's National Book Association Children's Book

“THE "UNSINKABLE" MEETS THE UNTHINKABLE -A gripping account of the illfated maiden voyage of the Titanic. It took 4,000 men to build it, 23 tons of animal grease to slide it into the ocean, 100,000 people to wave bon voyage, but only one wrong move to tear the Titanic apart, sinking it into the pages of history. On a cold moonless night in April of 1912, 2,000 passengers--both the super-rich enjoying a luxury cruise and the dirt-poor hoping to find a new life in America--struggled to survive. Only 700 succeeded. Lifeboats were launched half-full; women were forced to leave their husbands and sons behind; and even those who made it out alive were forever haunted, constantly wondering "why me?" Told through captivating prose and chilling first-hand accounts, Don Brown take the pieces of the broken Titanic and gives it such a vivid shape that you'd swear you've never heard the story before. “ - Macmillan

Awards: Starred Review Booklist Starred Review School Library Journal

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac

The Landry News by Andrew Clements

“Ever since the morning Molly woke up to find that her parents had vanished, her life has become filled with terrible questions. Where have her parents gone? Who is this spooky old man who's taken her to live with him, claiming to be her great-uncle? Why does he never eat, and why does he lock her in her room at night? What are her dreams of the Skeleton Man trying to tell her? There's one thing Molly does know. She needs to find some answers before it's too late.” HarperCollins

“The bad news is that Cara Landry is the new kid at Denton Elementary School. The worse news is that her teacher, Mr. Larson, would rather read the paper and drink coffee than teach his students anything. So Cara decides to give Mr. Larson something else to read -- her own newspaper, The Landry News.”

Awards: IRA/CBC Children's Choice School Library Journal Best Book Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award ALA Notable Children’s Book

Before she knows it, the whole fifth-grade class is in on the project. But then the principal finds a copy of The Landry News, with unexpected results. Tomorrow's headline: Will Cara's newspaper cost Mr. Larson his job? “ - Simon and Schuster

Awards: Parents' Choice Award School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

“ Love That Dog is the story of Jack, his dog, his teacher, and words. The story develops through Jack's responses to his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, over the course of a school year. At first, his responses are short and cranky: "I don't want to" and "I tried. Can't do it. Brain's empty." But as his teacher feeds him inspiration, Jack finds that he has a lot to say and he finds ways to say it.

“Ruby Holler is a beautiful and mysterious place, deep in the country, a "basin in the hills. . .where cool breezes drifted through the trees, and where the creek was so clear that every stone on its

Jack is both stubborn and warm-hearted, and he can be both serious and funny. Although he hates poetry at first, he begins to find poems that inspire him. All year long, he is trying to find a way to talk about his beloved dog, Sky, and the poems his teacher offers him eventually give him a way to do that. Jack becomes especially fond of a poem by Walter Dean Myers titled "Love That Boy," and it is this poem that finally gives Jack a way to tell the whole story of his dog, Sky. In gratitude, Jack invites Walter Dean Myers to visit his class.“ Awards: Christopher Award Claudia Lewis Poetry Award

bottom was visible." An older couple, Tiller and Sairy, live in the holler and are looking for new adventures, each of them hoping to set off on a trip. When they invite the "trouble twins," Dallas and Florida, to join them, all of their lives take new turns. “ -

Awards: Carnegie Medal 01.asp

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Golden by Cameron Dokey

“When orphan Sophie is snatched from her bed by a Giant, she fears that he’s going to eat her. But although he carries her far away to Giant Country, the Giant has no intention of harming her. As he explains, in his unique way of talking, “I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant

“Before Rapunzel's birth, her mother made a dangerous deal with the sorceress Melisande: If she could not love newborn Rapunzel just as she appeared, she would surrender the child to Melisande. When Rapunzel was born completely bald and without hope of ever growing hair, her horrified mother sent her away with the sorceress to an uncertain future. After sixteen years of raising Rapunzel as her own child, Melisande reveals that she has another daughter, Rue, who was cursed by a wizard years ago and needs Rapunzel's help. Rue and Rapunzel have precisely "two nights and the day that falls between" to break the enchantment. But bitterness and envy come between the girls, and if they fail to work together, Rue will remain cursed...forever.” - Simon and Schuster

Country! I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG.” The BFG tells Sophie how he mixes up dreams to blow through a trumpet into the ears of children. But soon, all the BFG’s powers are put to the test as he and Sophie battle to stop other Giants from tucking into the children of the world... “ -

Awards: Federation of Children's Book Groups Award Good Book Guide "Best Books of the Past 20 Years"

Awards: Thumbs Up! Award Master List

Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell “My name is Dovey Coe and I reckon it don't matter if you like me or not. I'm here to lay the record straight, to let you know them folks saying I done a terrible thing are liars. I aim to prove it, too. I hated Parnell Caraway as much as the next person, but I didn't kill him. There have been Coes living in the mountains of Indian Creek, North Carolina, going on forever, and everyone in town is amazed that twelve-yearold Dovey might up and do such a terrible thing. Even if the girl does have a tendency to shoot her mouth off, she's had good reason since she's always had to stick up for her brother, Amos, who may be older and bigger, but folks treat like he's slow on account of his being deaf... Dovey's not one to sit back when troubles are brewing, but now with this murder charge, for once she might just have to keep quiet and let the slick city lawyer take care of things...or will she?“ - Simon and Schuster

Awards: Children's Literature Choice List Edgar Allan Poe Award

The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle “Hollow Hill has a strange and tragic history. For thousands of years, young women have been vanishing from the estate, never to be seen again. Now Kate and Emily have come to live at Hallow Hill. Brought up in a civilized age, they have no idea of the land’s dreadful heritage. Until, that is, Marak decides to tell them himself. Intelligent, pleasant, and completely pitiless, Marak is a powerful magician who claims to be a King—and he has very specific plans for the two new girls who have trespassed into his kingdom.” -

Awards: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature ALA Best Books for Young Adults Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book hkjacket.htm

City of Ember by Jeanne DePrau

Overboard by Elizabeth Fama

“Lights shine in the city of Ember—but at the city limits the light ends, and darkness takes over. Out there in the Unknown Regions, the darkness goes on forever in all directions. Ember—so its people believe—is the only light in the dark world.

“Fourteenyear-old Emily longs to escape from the Indonesian hospital in Sumatra where her parents work long hours saving lives. When her Uncle Matt invites her to escape and meet him for a welcome relief, she boards the overcrowded ferry and sets off to meet her uncle. When the terribly cramped ferry sinks at night, she realizes that no one knows where she is. Afloat in the terrifying darkness, Emily and a handful of survivors, including a small child, fight for their lives in the Andaman Sea.” - Random House

And now the lights are going out. Is there a way to save the people of Ember? No one knows. But Lina Mayfleet has found a puzzling document, and Doon Harrow has made discoveries down in the Pipeworks. With these clues, they start their search.” - Awards: American Library Association Notable Book Kirkus 2003 Editor’s Choice Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start

Awards: ALA Best Books for Young Adults

Phineas Gage:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleishman

“Phineas Gage was truly a man with a hole in his head. Phineas, a railroad construction foreman, was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain.

Miraculously, he survived to live another eleven years and become a textbook case in brain science. At the time, Phineas Gage seemed to completely recover from his accident. He could walk, talk, work, and travel, but he was changed. Gage “was no longer Gage,” said his Vermont doctor, meaning that the old Phineas was dependable and well liked, and the new Phineas was crude and unpredictable. His case astonished doctors in his day and still fascinates doctors today. What happened and what didn’t happen inside the brain of Phineas Gage will tell you a lot about how your brain works and how you act human.” - Scholastic Awards: William Allen White Children’s Book Award

“Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.” - HarperCollins

Awards: Newbery Medal

Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

“Lily Mollahan can't wait to get to Rockaway, the coastal town where she and her father and grandmother spend each summer. Little does she know that the summer of 1944 will be marked by change. Her father goes to war; her best friend, Margaret, moves to Detroit; and she meets Albert, a Hungarian refugee. As Lily and Albert become friends, they begin sharing their fears, their secrets, and their wishes. More than anything, Lily wants her father home safely, and Albert wishes to be reunited with his sister, Ruth. Through her friendship with Albert, Lily starts to see life differently and pledges to stop her worst habit--lying.” - Random House

Awards: Newbery Honor Book Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year ALA Notable Children's Book Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

“Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend. Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside. Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?” - Simon and Schuster Awards: ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults,

Samuel Blink and The Forbidden Forest

Brooklyn Bridge


Matt Haig “Samuel and Martha’s new life with their Aunt Eda in Norway is filled with rules, but most important is rule number nine:

NEVER—UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES — GO INTO THE FOREST. Sure their Uncle Henrik disappeared in the forest ten years ago, but it can’t be the forest’s fault…can it? Samuel is skeptical until he finds an unusual book, The Creatures of Shadow Forest, which describes the fantastic and sinister creatures supposedly living there. Could Aunt Eda be right? Samuel discovers the truth about the forest’s dangerous secrets when Martha becomes lost in the forest, and it’s up to him to save her.” - Penguin Books, 2007

Awards: Nestle Children’s Book Prize Shortlist

by Haren Hesse “It’s the summer of 1903 in Brooklyn and all fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom wants is to experience the thrill, the grandeur, and the electricity of the new amusement park at Coney Island. But that doesn’t seem likely. Ever since his parents—Russian immigrants—invented the stuffed Teddy Bear five months ago, Joseph’s life has turned upside down. No longer do the Michtom’s gather family and friends around the kitchen table to talk. No longer is Joseph at leisure to play stickball with the guys. Now, Joseph works. And complains. And falls in love. And argues with Mama and Papa. And falls out of love. And hopes. Joseph hopes he’ll see Coney Island soon. He hopes that everything will turn right-side up again. He hopes his luck hasn’t run out—because you never know.” - Macmillan, 2008

Awards: Sidney Taylor Award

Far North by Will Hobbs

The Bone Magician by F. E. Higgins “Pin Carpue is on his own in the world. His mother is dead and his father is missing after being labeled a suspect in a rash of murders. Pin finds a job working for the local undertaker as a body watcher, making sure people are really dead before they’re buried. The body he’s supposed to be watching tonight is currently surrounded by three people engaged in a most unusual ceremony. An old man, a bone magician, and his young female assistant are waking a woman so her grieving fiancé can have one last goodbye with her. Pin can’t believe it will work, but then the dead woman sits up and speaks. Pin is determined to discover how the magic works.  He cannot believe they are raising the dead. He cannot believe his father is a murderer.” - Feiwel & Friends, 2008

Recommended: Booklist Bulletin-Center Child Books School Library Journal

“From the window of a small float plane, 15-year-old Gabe Rogers is getting his first look at Canada's magnificent Northwest Territories with Raymond Providence, his roommate from boarding school. Below is the spectacular Nahanni River: wall-to-wall whitewater racing between sheer cliffs and plunging over Virginia Falls. The pilot sets the plane down on the lakelike surface of the upper river for a closer look at the thundering falls. Suddenly the engine quits. The only sound is a dull roar downstream, as the Cessna drifts helplessly toward the falls. . . . With the brutal subarctic winter fast approaching, Gabe and Raymond soon find themselves stranded in Deadmen Valley. Trapped in a frozen world of moose, wolves, and bears, two boys from vastly different cultures come to depend on each other for their very survival.” - Harper Collins, 1996

Awards: Best Books for Young Adults (ALA) Top Ten Young Adult Books for 1996 (ALA)

Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs

Kokopelli’s Flute by Will Hobbs

"A meteorite is hurtling toward the Black Hills of South Dakota . . . "

“Brady Steele watches in awe as a fireball comes crashing through the roof of his house. Brady immediately calls up his cousin, Quinn. They both love all things extreme, and this is the most extreme thing ever! Fred, as Brady names his space rock, turns out to be one of the rarest meteorites ever found. Professor Rip Ripley from the museum in Hill City wants to study a sliver of it in search of extraterrestrial bacteria. He's hoping to discover the first proof of life beyond Earth, a momentous breakthrough for the new science of astrobiology,  During a wild week of extreme bicycling, fishing, and caving, Brady and Quinn battle their rivals, the notorious Carver boys, for possession of the meteorite.?” Harper Collins, 2008

“The magic had always been there. 13-year-old Tepary Jones could feel it. Fascinated by Picture House, the ancient cliff dwelling near his parents' Seed Farm, he knew this would be the perfect place to view his first total eclipse of the moon. Waiting for the eclipse to begin, Tep admired the mysterious pictures chipped into the cliff walls by the Ancient Ones. His favorites were two of Kokopelli, the legendary humpbacked flute player. Suddenly Tep's dog Dusty heard noises—robbers with shovels were digging in the red sandstone, destroying the ancient ruins and stealing the priceless treasures! In their haste the vandals left behind a small, polished bone flute. Something told Tep he shouldn't put the flute to his lips, but he did. . .” - Harper Collins

Awards: Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

“When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-yearold Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in grueling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he's off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers. Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country - but there's more to the gift than meets the eye.” Walker Books, 2005.

“Readers will know right from the start that the narrator of Everything on a Waffle is going to tell her story straight and pull no punches. Primrose's parents have been lost at sea, but she believes without an iota of doubt that they are still alive, somewhere. She moves in with her Uncle Jack, but feels generally friendless. Her only real refuge is a local restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, where the owner, Miss Bowzer, serves everything on waffles — except advice and good sense, which come free of charge and are always reliable. Food in general plays an important role in Primrose's journey toward peace and understanding (a recipe dictated in her unmistakable voice is appended to each chapter), and readers will eagerly cheer her on through this funny, bittersweet novel.” - Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001

Awards: New York Times #1 Bestseller (children series)

Awards: Newbery Honor Book

Savvy by Ingrid Law “For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" — a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity... and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day. As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus... only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up — and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.” - Dial Books, 2008

Awards: Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year Newbery Honor Book

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis “The adventure begins

Narnia ... where Talking Beasts walk ... where a witch waits ... where a new world is about to be born. On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible.” Harper Collins. Awards: ALA Notable Children’s Book

Heat by Mike Lupica

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

“Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-today life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-year-old brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated in the foster-care system—or worse, sent back to Cuba. Together, the boys carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. But then someone wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws. With no way to prove his age, no birth certificate, and no parent to fight for his cause, Michael’s secret world is blown wide open, and he discovers that family can come from the most unexpected sources.” - Penguin Books

“Georgina Hayes is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car. With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live, Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother, Toby. And she has her heart set on improving their situation. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach.” Macmillan Books


Top 10 Sports Books for Youth : 2006 Notable Children's Books : 2007

Awards: IRA Notable Books for a Global Society Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI) Parents' Choice Award Winner NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies Booklinks Lasting Connection School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park “Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a 12th-century Korean potters? village. For a long time he is content living with Craneman under a bridge barely surviving on scraps of food. All that changes when he sees master potter Min making his beautiful pottery. Tree-ear sneaks back to Min?s workplace and dreams of creating his own pots someday. When he accidentally breaks a pot, he must work for the master to pay for the damage. Though the work is long and hard, Tree-ear is eager to learn. Then he is sent to the King?s Court to show the master?s pottery. Little does Tree-ear know that this difficult and dangerous journey will change his life forever.“ - Random House

Awards: Newbery Medal Winner ALA Notable Children's Book

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck “What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice -- two city slickers from Chicago -make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town? August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he isn't resting easy.

August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back. August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma trespass, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry -- all in one day. And there's more, as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's -- each one funnier than the year before -- in self-contained chapters that readers can enjoy as short stories or take together for a rollicking good novel. In the tradition of American humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, popular author Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining.” - Penguin Books Awards: Newbery Honor Book National Book Award

Where the Red Fern Grows

Blizzard’s Wake by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

by Wilson Rawls

“Billy, Old Dan and Little Ann -a Boy and His Two Dogs...

A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains -and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. And close by was the strange and wonderful power that's only found”... Random House

Awards: Literary Guild selection Great Stone Face Children's Book Award North Dakota Flicker Tale Children's Book Award Massachusetts Children's Book Award

“Ever since fifteen-year-old Kate Sterling's mother died four years ago, nothing has been the same. Filled with resentment and sadness, and trying to fill the void left by her mother, Kate has shut herself off from the world and her family. Zeke Dexter is heading home to begin a new life after completing his prison term, but he is filled with anxiety. Will anyone in his small town be able to forget his shameful past — or the crime he committed — and let him start anew? And if he's not welcomed at home, where else could he go? Phyllis Reynolds Naylor weaves a taut, gripping story about grief, determination, and healing as the lives of the Sterling family and Zeke Dexter bind together. Set against the actual events of the March 1941 blizzard, Naylor's touching new period novel will be welcomed by her many fans.” - Scholastic Books

Awards: Maud Hart Lovelace Award Master List Young Hoosier Book Award Master List

The Wednesday Wars

The London Eye Mystery

by Gary Schmidt

by Dowd Siobhan

“Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation—the Big M—in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.” - Clarion Books Awards: Newbery Honor Book

“Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye. But after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off– except Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery. This is an unput-downable spine-tingling thriller–a race against time.” - Random House


NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award.

Book Sense Children's Pick List School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Booklist Children's Editors' Choice Horn Book Fanfare Book Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books Book Links Lasting Connection Book

Belle Prater’s Boy

The Executioner’s Daughter

by Ruth Belle White

by Laura Williams

“When Belle Prater disappears, Belle’s boy, Woodrow, comes to live with his grandparents in Coal Station, Virginia. Woodrow’s cousin Gypsy is the town beauty, but she has hidden sorrows and secrets of her own. She wonders how Woodrow can accept his mother’s disappearance when she’s never gotten over her father’s death...” - Random House

Awards: Newbery Honor Book ALA Best Book for Young Adults ALA Notable Children's Book Boston Globe-Horn Book Best Book of the Year Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year School Library Journal Best Book of the Year IRA Teachers' Choice IRA Notable Book for a Global Society NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age NCTE Notable Children's Trade Book for the Language Arts Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award

“The riveting tale of an executioner’s daughter who struggles to find a different path in life Born into the family of an executioner, Lily has always been sheltered by her mother from the horrors of her father’s occupation. But when her ailing mother takes a turn for the worse, Lily is suddenly thrust into the paralyzing role of executioner’s assistant. Aside from preparing healing concoctions for the suffering and maimed, Lily must now accompany her father at the town executions, something she has never done before. Though she loves her father, the emotional burden of his disturbing profession is just too much for her to bear. Lily must find a way to change her destiny, no matter the consequences. Set in medieval England, this wellresearched and beautifully written novel tells the story of one girl’s fight to rise above her fate.” Henry Holt and Company

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Publisher synopses and brief descriptions of books included in BOB.