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SALT TO THE SEA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sepetys
Author's First Name: 
Ruta
Publisher: 
Penguin (Philomel)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2016
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Four strangers' lives intertwine as World World II draws to a close. Each young adult carries a secret but must trust the others in order to survive. Short chapters and alternating perspectives immerse you in their icy, perilous trek, and Sepetys captures the commonality of humanity in the context of a little-known naval tragedy during the evacuation of (then) East Prussia. Fourteen and Up. Kit Ballenger

THE BLACKTHORN KEY

Cover image of The Blackthorn Key
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sands
Author's First Name: 
Kevin
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Aladdin Mix)
Publication Date: 
2015
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Alternately funny and can't-put-the-book-down adventure, Kevin Sands creates a compelling historical fiction world where apothecaries are murdered as they search for the Blackthorn key. Christopher Rowe, an apothecary's apprentice who is know for the "stupidest idea in the universe", must solve the riddles & codes left behind in order to find the key before the killers do. The insertion of the riddles and codes into the story contribute to a fast-paced and very satisfying adventure for the readers. Ten to fourteen. Ruth Compton

X: A NOVEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Shabazz
Author's First Name: 
Ilyasah
Second Author's First Name: 
Magoon
Second Author's Last Name: 
Kekla
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2015
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

A novel about Malcolm X during his teen years, as his family is broken apart by his father's murder and his mother's mental breakdown. This fictionalized account of Malcolm Little life before he becomes Malcolm X is told by a daughter with the help of author Magoon. The time period runs from the Great Depression to 1945 and moves from Lansing to Harlem and Boston, and ultimately to prison. Fourteen and Up. Kathie Weinberg.

DODGER [AUDIO]

Dodger
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pratchett
Author's First Name: 
Terry
Narrator's First Name: 
Stephen
Narrator's Last Name: 
Briggs
Publisher: 
Harper Audio
Publication Date: 
2012

Dodger, 17, survives in nineteenth century London by scouring its sewers for jewels. When he sees a girl desperately flee from a horse-drawn carriage trying to escape captors, he takes action that leads him to encounters with Sweeney Todd, Charles Dickens, and Benjamin Disraeli. Stephen Briggs brilliantly conveys the sorrow, dry humor, and danger in this historical fantasy. (14 up)

THE DIVINERS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bray
Author's First Name: 
Libba
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Audio." 

THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK [AUDIO]

Lions of Little Rock
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Levine
Author's First Name: 
Kristin
Narrator's First Name: 
Julia
Narrator's Last Name: 
Whelan
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

In 1958, 12-year-old Marlee's forbidden friend, fearless Lizzie, helps her find  her own voice in concert with the adults around her who have been quietly acquiescent to the battle against integration that closed high schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1958. The novel’s verbal power offers a viable alternative for Julia Whelan’s uniquely voiced and perfectly-timed audio narration. (10-14)

THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Curtis
Author's First Name: 
Christopher Paul
Publisher: 
Wendy Lamb
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Audio."

MOON OVER MANIFEST [AUDIOBOOK]

Moon Over Manifest
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Vanderpool
Author's First Name: 
Clare
Narrator's First Name: 
Jenna
Narrator's Last Name: 
Lamia, et. al.
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2011
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Note: Renominated for new narrator -- Twelve-year-old Abilene has just been sent to live in the town where her father grew up. A drifter since childhood, he doesn't have any living relatives, but for a time, he found a home in Manifest, Kansas. Though upset about being sent away, Abilene takes the opportunity to dig into her dad's (and the town's) storied past. Jenna Lamia's young voice suits Abilene and the story's other characters while the use of multiple narrators helps listeners keep track of the story as it jumps between 1936 and 1918. Audio. Colleen Beaupre

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sepetys
Author's First Name: 
Ruta
Publisher: 
Philomel
Publication Date: 
2011

HEART OF A SAMURAI

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Preus
Author's First Name: 
Margi
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
8/1/10

This fictional account of Manjiro, the 14-year-old Japanese boy whom whalers rescued in 1841, is filled with hardship and adventure as well as an outsider's perspective on nineteen-century American culture. Gritty details and authentic illustrations evoke the period.

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