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THE ONLY CHILD

Cover of: The Only Child
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Guojing
Publisher: 
Schwartz & Wade
Publication Month: 
December
Publication Date: 
2015
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

This wordless, 105-page graphic novel presents the story of a young child left home alone when her mother leaves for work. It has its origins in an experience the author had as a child growing up in China. Her heroine tires of her toys and boards a bus for Grandma's house. After falling asleep, missing her stop, and running, terrified, into the woods, she is guided by a deer up a ladder to a cloud-filled paradise in the sky. The animal is a perfect playmate--attentive, playful...present. The soft pencil drawings depict a range of exquisite views and moods. Goujing has mastered the use of sequential panels to express time and emotional content. Seven to Ten. Wendy Lukehart. (This title will appear on the December agenda.)

THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL OR HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yee
Author's First Name: 
Lisa
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2015
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

High school senior Higgs Bosom Bing has it all going for him. He is the valedictorian, a track star, with a good-looker for a girl friend, plus an acceptance letter from Harvard and with only seven days of school left what could go wrong? How about everything. His life starts to unravel day by day. Wonderful young adult voices, clever situations and interesting to the very last chapter. Fast paced and most entertaining. Ages 14+ Maria E. Gentle

*MIRACLE ON 133RD STREET

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Manzano
Author's First Name: 
Sonia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Marjorie
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Priceman
Publisher: 
Atheneum
Publication Date: 
2015
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

This miracle doesn't involve any belief in magical beings, just the kindness of neighbors/friends and the power of the sweet aroma of a roast, reminding lots of people of the good things in life. Set in the city on Christmas Eve, neighbors come together and put aside their grouchiness to celebrate. Vibrant illustrations pulsate on every page, and their are swirls of smells and snow everywhere. A very joyous book whatever your holiday tradition. Up to Seven. Edie Ching.

THE CROSSOVER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Alexander
Author's First Name: 
Kwame
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2014

Twins Josh and and JB inherited their basketball skills from their dad, who played professionally before his health forced him off the court. Poems ranging from free verse to hip-hop rhymes by turns propel the plot and moderate the cadence of the storytelling in this tale of love, basketball, music, and family.

THE THING ABOUT LUCK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Kadohata
Author's First Name: 
Cynthia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Julia
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Kuo
Publisher: 
Atheneum
Publication Date: 
2013

After a year of bad luck, Summer hopes her fortune will change, but a family emergency requires her parents’ presence in Japan. Summer learns to make her own luck by helping her strict grandparents work a grueling Midwestern wheat harvest.

COUNTING BY 7s

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sloan
Author's First Name: 
Holly Goldberg
Publisher: 
Dial
Publication Date: 
2013

Twelve-year-old Willow Chance’s genius makes life harder after her adoptive parents die in a car accident. Her observer/outsider status allows for humor, solace, and surprise as she finds both friends and strangers who care about her and each other.

 

IF YOU FIND ME

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Murdoch
Author's First Name: 
Emily
Publisher: 
St. Martin's
Publication Date: 
2013

Abducted Carey and Janessa hide from the world trying to cope during their mother’s absences. After a social worker discovers them and returns them to their father, the lies Carey’s mother told her about their father continue to haunt her.

 

THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE [AUDIO]

The Mighty Miss Malone
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Curtis
Author's First Name: 
Christopher Paul
Narrator's First Name: 
Bahni
Narrator's Last Name: 
Turpin
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

Funny, smart, and hard working Deza Malone, from Bud, Not Buddy, has to rely on her talents when her Dad goes missing and her Mom loses her job during the Great Depression. Turpin’s narration covers the gamut of emotions, distinguishing each character and bringing Deza’s intelligence and humor to life. The novel fulfills qualities of a superb story punctuated with both laughter and tears. (10-14)

BENEATH A METH MOON

Beneath a Meth Moon
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Woodson
Author's First Name: 
Jacqueline
Publisher: 
Penguin
Publication Date: 
2012

The loss of her mother and grandmother as well as her family home in hurricane Katrina nearly devastates Laurel. Her attempt to cope with the pain sends her to the depths of despair and near death through her addiction to methamphetamine (“moon”).

THE PENDERWICKS AT POINT MOUETTE

Penderwicks in Maine
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Birdsall
Author's First Name: 
Jeanne
Publisher: 
Random House
Publication Date: 
2011
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