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Historical Fiction

*BLUE BIRDS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rose
Author's First Name: 
Caroline Starr
Publisher: 
Putnam
Publication Date: 
2015
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

When settlers from London sail to the "New World" they expect to meet native "savages" but they would never fathom that a friendship would develop between 2 young girls, making them closer than sisters. The story is alternately told between Kimi and Alis' perspectives. Kimi is part of the Roanoke tribe and her people have every right to be fearful and even hate Alis and her group of settlers. But can the 2 girls find a way to set aside their fears in order to bring peace? (Ten to Fourteen) Anne Womack

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE

Girl and pony and fighter planes
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bradley
Author's First Name: 
Kimberly Brubaker
Publisher: 
Dial
Publication Date: 
2015
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

The evacuation of an abused, crippled child to the Kent countryside during the Battle of Britain provides her with mobility (crutches and a pony she teaches herself to ride) and restores her sanity. Ada’s anger and determination get her out of the flat where she’d been hidden for ten years; her clubfoot untreated. Grimy and malnourished, she and her little brother Jamie are placed with grieving Miss Smith – not a “nice” person, by her own account, but one who comes to love them. These children know nothing. Neither has ever been to school. Their ignorance and their learning is part of the stuff of the story, but there’s also their gradual warming up to their new guardian, and the increasingly serious war around them. Ada’s first-person narration is honest and sometimes heartbreaking. The ending - with the house destroyed - is still hopeful because they have become a family. It’s unlikely, yes, but appropriate for the intended readers.Ten to Fourteen (but really 8-12). K. Isaacs

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.

ECHO

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Ryan
Author's First Name: 
Pam Muñoz
Illustrator's First Name: 
Dinara
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Mirtalipova
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2015
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Three intertwined stories of music, a harmonica and dealing with difficult situations and one more story about the magic underlying all. The first story is set in Nazi Germany, the second in Phil. in 1935,the third in Calif in 1942. Prejudice affects Fritz and Ivy, poverty is the curse of Mike and Frankie. Their stories draw the reader in, the cliff hanger ending of each leaves lots of questions, the resolutions, while a bit improbable, will be very satisfying to middle school readers. Ten to Fourteen. Edie Ching.

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
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