This view shows all of the books in this age group that have been selected in years past and nominated for the current year (but not yet selected). The nominations are marked by a "Nomination(not yet selected):" label.
After Jackie's mother dies suddenly at their Kansas home in 1945, his naval officer father enrolls him in a Maine boarding school near the naval base. Jackie soon meets Early Auden, a strange boy whose embellished autonomy leads both into uncharted waters with the number Pi as a guide. Strong writing and underlying symbolism related to Ulysses and Aeneas enhance the story. Ten to Fourteen. Lynda Adamson
An ode to the wonders, and the end, of childhood. Jack is about to "transition" into adolescence from the land of Hokey Pokey, where only childhood cares exist. He and his Amigos mostly play their days away, flying around on bikes, enjoying delicious snacks, and avoiding girls. Not everything is always great; occasionally they have to care for the newly minted kids, and there are bullies. Jack's tomorrow will soon be upon him, and readers usher him along with their own wistful memories. Ten to fourteen. -Todd Krueger
Well researched (note the extensive back matter) with lots of photographs to give life to the men described, this book tells the story of another group of African American men anxious to serve their country during World War II and facing incredible hardship and prejudice. These men were paratroopers who ultimately became smoke-jumpers because of the prejudice and narrow-mindedness of our military leaders. The details of their training, their friendship and their dedication is a story that needed to be told. It found the right author. Ten to Fourteen. Edie Ching
Although the Taliban no longer governs, it continues to threaten Parvana, 15, and all who work to educate girls in contemporary Afghanistan. When Coalition forces arrest Parvana, she remains silent until the dramatic resolution in this final installment of the Breadwinner series.
In the five years since terrorists murdered his sister Rose, Jamie, 10, can barely remember her; Rose’s twin sister, Jaz, has rebelled; his mother has left; and his alcoholic father wallows in Rose’s memory. An unexpected source forces them to reconnect with each other.
While American scientists hidden in the desert worked feverishly on a secret project, enemy spies infiltrated the highest, most secure levels of government. Both sides during World War II tried to sabotage the enemy’s progress toward making a deadly weapon that would ensure victory. Backmatter further enhances the strong text.
In this richly developed fantasy, half-human, half-dragon Seraphina, 16, confronts fear and tension in the uneasy truce between humans and dragons.This absorbing blend of intrigue, romance, and self-discovery features a creative, independent heroine.
Seventh-grader Callie adores both musical theatre and a boy performing with her. With the backdrop of their middle-school’s theater production in this colorful graphic novel with cartoonish illustrations, they must learn to navigate both their first crushes and emerging sexual identities.
Although “face blind,” Chuck Close has spent his life studying faces and making images of them. This colorful, beautifully designed autobiography discusses Close’s techniques and the varied media he uses. An entertaining “mix-and-match” section of his self-portraits reveals his diverse stylistic approaches to the same subject.
At twelve, Fern feels alienated from her siblings—an older brother discovering sexuality, a grumpy sister, and a pesky brother Charlie, 3—while her father works incessantly and her mother meditates. Only family tragedy makes them understand their need for each other.