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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."
BARKUS (book cover)
Patricia
Maclachlan
Marc
Boutavant
Chronicle
2017
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. -Kit Ballenger (Up to Seven)
ORPHAN ISLAND COVER
Laurel
Snyder
HarperCollins (Walden)
2017
Once a year, the little green boat lands at the beach carrying a single, young child. The Elder of the nine island orphans climbs aboard and floats away, while the youngster remains as Care of the new Elder. With plentiful food and a well-practiced routine, the nine orphans have little reason to question this pattern. But when the Changing leaves her in charge, Elder Jinny struggles in her new responsibilities and grapples with the uncertainty of life beyond the island. What will happen if the boat comes for Jinny and she's not ready to leave the island? A coming of age story in beautifully crafted world. - Kit Ballenger
Steve
Sheinkin
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
2017
This ambitious book takes on the subjects of: the early history of football, the Carlisle Indian School and its goal of taking the Indian out of Native children and the life, successes and struggles of legendary Jim Thorpe as well as Pop Warner. Meticulously researched we learn about the role of Teddy Roosevelt in saving football from those who found it too violent, the skill of Warner as well as his "abuse" of his players for perhaps personal gain, certainly fame, and the raw talent of Jim Thorpe who was an incredible athlete. Readers also see the prejudice that the Indians faced as they beat most of the major Ivy league colleges (players older, bigger and playing on home turf). A fascinating read. Edie Ching (10-14)
Diane
Adams
Claire
Keane
Chronicle
2017
A simple rhyming text that scans naturally, about a young girl's affection for a baby duckling she nurses for a while and then sends on its way. The illustrations are all about the girl and the duck, going through life in a close and loving way. There's not a lot of background to distract. The statements about love are true on many levels, in many circumstances. It is simple and lovely. Edie Ching (up to 7)
Marc
Martin
Chronicle
2017
A journey of the imagination, starting and beginning at home, looking out a window, at a river, wondering where it goes, hither and yon. The language is full and rich, as are the illustrations, reflecting the various landscapes of the River's journey. The river slides and murmurs. A window view expands to lush double page spreads. Lots to see and talk about on every page or just quietly enjoy. Edie Ching (up to 7).
SCAR ISLAND (COVER)
Dan
Gemeinhart
Scholastic Press
2017
Jonathan spends one miserable night at the Slabhenge Reformatory for Troubled Boys before things go horribly awry and the inmates take run of the island. The massive storm brewing and a monster churning in the depths of the former asylum haunt Jonathan almost as much as the crime that landed him in the stone fortress. Intensity and foreboding drive the pace, while an insightful new friend injects the quick read with humor. Perfect for fans of HOLES. - Kit Ballenger
Bear smelling flowers
Lane
Smith
Lane
Smith
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
2017
It was a perfect day in Bert's backyard for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and even Squirrel, until Bear came and made it a perfect day for himself. A perfect way to introduce the idea of point of view. This should make you smile. (Up to 7. K. Isaacs)
Caroline
McAlister
Eliza
Wheeler
Macmillan (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)
2017
An introduction to the world and imagination of the young John Ronald Tolkien, focusing especially on his fixation on dragons. Readers will be surprised at some of the details of his life, touched on briefly and enchanted with the illustrations which tend to paint a world of swirls and colors and brimming with life (even the WWI illustration). A brief snapshot into a life of interest and talent. Edie Ching (7-10)
Sue
Macy
Matt
Collins
Holiday House
2017
Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel in 1926, only 6 years after women got the right to vote. The difficulties of the swim, how Gertrude sustained herself with food and music and the support of her "chase boat" help to point out just what an accomplishment this was. A sport time line on the end pages points out other major sports accomplishments of her decade. A "lost" story that is happily found. Edie Ching (7-10).
March Against Fear leaders
Ann
Bausum
National Geographic
2017
A gripping account of the last great Civil Rights march--from Memphis TN to Jackson MS in August, 1966. Bausum tells this well-written and suspenseful story chronologically, and fills with of documented quotations, photographs, and informative details. Timely, too, in her efforts to explain the climate of the time: "Othering breeds a curious loop of fear." (10-14. K. Isaacs)