Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
After a year of bad luck, 12-year-old Summer spends a season harvesting wheat with her grandparents and "intense" younger brother, a season of changes in which she has her first kiss and steps up to an adult role, driving a combine. This is a gentle, leisurely paced novel very like her description of A Separate Peace "a book where hardly anything happened for most of the time"  but with fully realized, sympathetic characters and a rich description of modern-day migrant worker lives and her Japanese-American grandparents. 10-14. K. Isaacs
In poetic text that , on the whole, scans naturally, the author and illustrator, celebrate the language,culture, customs of mothers from other countries. While there is clearly a message here, MIT comes across as a warm sweet celebration of differences that really don't matter in the great scheme of things. An appreciation of how we differ and yet how we are the same. Up to Seven. Edie Ching
Willow is a 12 year old girl whose parents are killed in an auto accident. Already unique because of her brillance plus intense interest in nature and medicine, Willow transitions through all the changes in her life with amazing coping skills. Willow and all the supporting characters are beautifully developed in both their strengths and weaknesses. Ten to Fourteen. Kathie Weinberg.
Carey and her much younger sister Jenessa are abandoned by their mother in a remote area. They have "hidden" with her for 10 years in a primative camper van. Rescued by their father, and abruptly brought into a modern world of schools, new step-family and friends, they have much to overcome. A sensatively told yet compelling story of survival. 14 and Up. Kathie Weinberg
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)
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”).
Caught in the act of scaling a skyscraper, 14-year-old Peak goes to Thailand with his mountain-climbing father, a man determined to lead the youngest-ever climber to the top of Mount Everest. Nail-biting suspense and terrific climbing details abound.
After an accident, motherless Jack is sent to New York to see a specialist. There he is pulled into a ghostly underworld where he hopes to rejoin his mother. This new take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice makes rewarding reading.
Elijah, the first child born in a settlement of former slaves in Canada, finds his uneventful life disrupted when he attempts to locate the corrupt preacher who has stolen funds intended to purchase a family’s freedom.