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THE BLOSSOMING UNIVERSE OF VIOLET DIAMOND

Violet Diamond
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Woods
Author's First Name: 
Brenda
Publisher: 
Nancy Paulsen
Publication Date: 
2014
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

The summer 11-year-old Violet expects to be dead and dull turns out to be just the opposite when she finally meets the black grandmother she never knew. Starting with the appealing honey-colored face on the cover, this coming-of-age book directly addresses the issue of race: how it feels to be a bi-racial child. Moving and affirmative. 10-14?, for us, but this is a true 8-12 book. Ten to Fourteen. Kathy Isaacs

THE CROSSOVER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Alexander
Author's First Name: 
Kwame
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2014
2015 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Twins Josh and Jordan learned a love of basketball through their father, a former professional player. Their playing is all team work until Jordan meets a girl, and their father develops health problems. A story told in verse, it brims with energy for sports and family. Moved to 10-14 from 14 and up.

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
See the annotation under "Audio."

PEAK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Smith
Author's First Name: 
Roland
Publisher: 
Harcourt
Publication Date: 
2007

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.

THE NIGHT TOURIST

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Marsh
Author's First Name: 
Katherine
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2007

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.

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