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This list displays the most recent books nominated for Capitol Choices. You can filter by age group by selecting it from the drop-down box and clicking "select."
Olinguito
Sandra
Markle
Millbrook
2017
A new species of mammal, discovered through museum research is found in the wild in Ecuador in this stellar description of an unusual process of scientific discovery. Pair with ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z!. (K. Isaacs. 7-10)
Silhouette in birdcage
Jerry
Spinelli
Penguin (Knopf/ Random House)
2017
Cammie O'Reilly, the warden's motherless, angry daughter, looks back at the summer of her 13th birthday, the summer she spent trying to turn silent, distant Eloda, the trustee working as "Cammie-keeper,"into a mother figure. Set in the Two Mills, PA 1950s of the author's childhood, this is a moving coming-of-age novel with background issues of race and incarceration. (K. Isaacs. 10-14)
Child sailing along an ocean current
Molly
Bang
Molly
Bang
Scholastic (Blue Sky)
2017
This latest title in their stellar Sunlight Series clearly describes the effect of the sun's light on water molecules, the water cycle, ocean currents, and water vapor in the air that serve as a greenhouse gas, and points to human controls and the need to protect it. (K. Isaacs. 7-10)
Sherri Duskey
Rinker
Tom
Lichtenheld
Chronicle
2017
With bold active illustrations and lively rhyming text, this duo once again gives us a dawn to dusk visit with a construction site and the big trucks that do the work. The vehicles are described in human terms, stretching, wiping their faces. Challenging language at times, immense/intense, but natural rhyme. Various roles/jobs are described. Two page spreads are intermixed with pages with multiple images that provide a close up view of some jobs. Fun and informative. Edie Ching (up to 7)
THE HATE U GIVE (cover)
Angie
Thomas
HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray)
2017
Sixteen-year-old Starr is used to navigating two worlds: Garden Heights, the tough neighborhood where she and her family live, and Williamson Prep, a tony private school across town, where Starr is one of only a few Black students. After Starr is the only witness to the killing of her childhood friend Khalil by police, she comes forward to defend Khalil and their community, putting her school relationships--and her family's safety--on the line. A gripping narrative inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a contemporary tale of complicated and tender family dynamics, loyalty, race relations, and bravery in the face of fear. -Kit Ballenger (14 and Up)
A List of Cages
Robin
Roe
Disney (Hyperion)
2017
This heart-wrenching novel follows the rekindled friendship between Adam, a popular high school senior, and his former foster brother Julian, a quiet and socially anxious freshman trying to navigate the world years after his parents' death. This was an impressive author debut that explores the difficult themes of death and domestic abuse as well as the life-saving power of kindness and friendship. Meaghan McKeron. 14 and up.
Ellen (editor)
Oh
Penguin (Crown/Random House)
2017
Edited by Ellen Oh and dedicated to the memory of Walter Dean Myers, this is a collection of short stories celebrating the diverse stories that everyone needs. Sometimes race is very apparent, see Main Street by Woodson, and sometimes it is just an additional aspect of the character (see Matt da la Pena's first story about friendship and father son relationships. Each character wants to be heard, some shot at us, some whisper. Each story is unique and brings to life a memorable character. Edie Ching (10-14)
A BOY CALLED BAT (COVER)
Elana K.
Arnold
Charles
Santoso
HarperCollins (Walden)
2017
Bixby Alexander Tam ("Bat") doesn't always remember the polite things he is supposed to say to his classmates. Bat likes his routines, tolerates the afternoons when his big sister babysits, and navigates their every-other-weekend trips to stay with their dad. When Bat's mom, a veterinarian, brings home a skunk kit from her practice, animal-obsessed Bat sets out to convince her to let Bat care for the baby until it is ready for release to the wild. A third-grader negotiating typical childhood experiences like making a friend and wanting a pet, Bat's vulnerabilities make for a sympathetic, relatable character sure to appeal to early elementary readers. Bat exhibits neuroatypical behaviors often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but no labels are applied here. Simple illustrations interspersed throughout the story capture the warmth of the family. ~ Kit Ballenger
The Inexplicable Logic of my Life
Benjamin Alire
Saenz
HMH (Clarion)
2017
In this character- and plot-rich story we meet many unforgettable characters who fill up Salvadore Silvia's world. The adopted son of a Mexican-American father who happens to be gay, he has a best friend Sam, a feisty girl with attitude, a loving grandmother and a friend in need, Fito. But all the characters are in need in this book in the way that we are all in need, of self-understanding, companionship, love, families. This is a book that looks at how to live life, face grief, find self-awareness, understand love. Sounds ambitious, yes......and memorable. Edie Ching (14 and up)
SAFE AND SOUND (cover)
Jean
Roussen
Loris
Lora
Other
2017
The gentle rhymes and vintage-styled illustrations of this tender picture book introduce young readers to an eclectic array of animal babies and the cozy comforts of parenting. From burrows to pouches, under wings and in mouths, baby animals lead us through their habitats to a young boy's bedroom. We find him -- with his parents and a menagerie of stuffed animals -- safe, sound, and ready for sleep. A lovely bedtime story. [Flying Eye Books (Nobrow)]. -Kit Ballenger (up to Seven)