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.
Originally published in the UK in 2010, North American publishers finally got the green light to publish in 2013. What is the best way to track down your drug-dealing uncle in New York City? Well if you're a fearless 10-year old from Winnipeg, you bike to the Canadian border, than charm a cigar-smuggler into sneaking you into the States. Once in New York, you pan-handle in Times Square and befriend a rapper with a penthouse apartment. But let's be real...if you befriend a rapper with a penthouse apartment, is finding your uncle really a priority? Colorful characters and adventurous escapades abound. Ten to Fourteen. -Anne Womack
16 year old James Whitman is depressed and anxious, for good reason: namely, his abusive parents, whom he calls "the brute" and "the banshee." Feeling a connection to Walt Whitman (no relation), James attempts to celebrate life anyway by yawping, hugging trees and joining the high school literary magazine, which brings him closer to both an attractive girl and solving the mystery around his sister's expulsion from both school and the family home. Funny, dark, and poignant. Fourteen and Up. Sylvie Shaffer
Auggie, his sister, and classmates offer multiple points of view about the year Auggie, 10, switches from home schooling to a regular classroom. After twenty-seven surgeries to correct his facial deformities, Auggie still looks strange, and both he and his classmates have to learn how to accept, even welcome, differences.
A little boy's questions become more pointed as Mommy's tummy becomes rounder. Retro cartoon illustrations mix with delicate contemporary scenes to highlight what big brother imagines about the new arrival.
Flora longs to rid herself of pesky little brother Crispin, but when she gets the perfect opportunity, will she really want to say goodbye? The swirling, tumbling ink, watercolor, and pastel illustrations skillfully embody the whirlwind of sibling emotions.
Shipped off to spend time with their estranged poet-activist mother in Oakland, California, three young girls encounter the Black Panthers in this funny, wise, and ultimately life-affirming narrative about being young, Black, and proud in the 1960s.