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  1. 1. 2012 Nerdy Book Club Awards This list includes the final nominees for the 2012 Nerdy Book Club Awards. IL=Interest Level, RL=Reading Level Annotations and levels taken from TitlewaveAbraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: the story Amulet. Book five, Prince of the elvesbehind an American friendship By Kibuishi, KazuBy Freedman, Russell Max Griffin has escaped with the Mother Stone, and theLooks at the lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Elf King has forged new amulets, giving him the abilityLincoln, including their friendship and their affect on to invade and destroy Cielis. Meanwhile, Emily and herEmancipation and the Civil War. IL:5-8 RL:8.7 friends prepare to defend Cielis and defeat the Elf King. IL:3-6 RL:5.2And then its spring Annie and HelenBy Fogliano, Julie By Hopkinson, DeborahSimple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, Describes the relationship between Helen Keller and herhaving planted seeds while everything around is brown, teacher, Annie Sullivan, and includes excerpts fromfears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the letters written by Annie about her work with Helen.world turns green. IL:K-3 RL:1.6 IL:K-3 RL:3.9Ask the passengers: a novel Babymouse. 16,Babymouse for presidentBy King, A. S. By Holm, Jennifer LAstrid Jones, who realizes that she is a lesbian, deals When Babymouse decides to become president of thewith the gossip and rejection she faces by sending love student council, she learns that there is more to runningup to the people on airplanes as they pass over her. for office than being famous and in charge.IL:YA IL:3-6 RL:2.6Bad Kitty for president Bear has a story to tellBy Bruel, Nick By Stead, Philip CKitty decides to run for President of the Neighborhood Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers theCat Association. IL:K-3 RL:4.3 story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter. IL:K-3 RL:2.6The beetle book Beyond courage: the untold story of JewishBy Jenkins, Steve resistance during the HolocaustAn illustrated introduction to a variety of beetle species By Rappaport, Doreenwith information on unique characteristics and how Provides detailed accounts of twenty-one acts ofthese insects have adapted to survive. IL:3-6 RL:6.4 defiance committed against Nazis in Nazi-occupied countries during World War II. IL:5-8 RL:5.9Bink & Gollie, two for one Bird & Squirrel on the run!By DiCamillo, Kate By Burks, JamesThe state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie-utter Squirrel, who is afraid of everything, teams up withopposites and best friends extraordinaire-must use Bird, who is fearless but grounded by a wounded wing,teamwork while navigating its many wonders. to head south for the winter, closely followed by Cat,IL:K-3 RL:2.4 who wants to eat them both. IL:3-6 RL:2.3Birds of a feather BitterblueBy Pittau, Francisco By Cashore, KristinLiftable flaps reveal colorful pop-up illustrations of Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizesbirds with brief providing facts about each bird. her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying onIL:K-3 RL:3.8 advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities. IL:YA Page | 1
  2. 2. A black hole is not a hole Bomb: the race to build and steal the worlds mostBy DeCristofano, Carolyn C dangerous weaponAn examination of black holes that discusses what they By Sheinkin, Steveare, what causes them, how they are discovered, and Examines the history of the atomic bomb, discussing themore. IL:3-6 RL:5.7 discovery of the behavior of uranium when placed next to radioactive material, the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on societies around the world. IL:YABon appetit! : the delicious life of Julia Child The book of blood : from legends and leeches toBy Hartland, Jessie vampires and veinsFollow Julia Child—chef, author, and television By Newquist, H. P.personality—from her childhood in Pasadena, A thrilling and lively tour of the world of blood, fromCalifornia, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking ancient history to modern science, to dark and oftenclasses she took in Paris, to the publication of Mastering gruesome legends of vampires and plague, this bookthe Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of informs readers about the most important tissue in thebeing a chef on TV. --Provided by publisher. body.--Provided by publisher. IL:5-8 RL:8.9IL:3-6 RL:5Boy 21 Boy + BotBy Quick, Matthew By Dyckman, AmeFinley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite theirplayer on his high schools varsity basketball team, lives differences. IL:K-3 RL:1.5in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irishmob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubledAfrican American student who has transferred therefrom an elite private school in California, he finds thatthey have a lot in common in spite of their apparentdifferences. IL:YAA boy called Dickens Brothers at bat: the true story of an amazing all-By Hopkinson, Deborah brother baseball teamNarrates the tale of twelve-year-old Charles Dickens By Vernick, Audreywho, despite poverty and long hours of factory work, Shares the story of the Acerras and their sixteenstill has time to discover and share the stories of other children, who had enough members to fill every positionresidents of 1824 London. Includes authors note about on a baseball team. IL:K-3 RL:3.6Dickens life and some of his books.IL:K-3 RL:3.2Capture the flag CardboardBy Messner, Kate By TenNapel, DougWhen the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, Cam gets a cardboard box for a birthday present that heseventh-graders Anne, Jose, and Henry, all descendants makes into a man who comes to life, but when hisof the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport neighbor Marcus takes the cardboard box, he creates hiscarts and through baggage handling tunnels while own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all.stranded at a Washington, D.C., airport during a IL:5-8 RL:3.4snowstorm. IL:3-6 RL:6.2Chloe and the lion ChopsticksBy Barnett, Mac By Anthony, JessicaMac, the author, fires Adam, the illustrator, over their Glory, having been raised by her father as a pianoartistic differences about Chloe, the main character of prodigy after the death of her mother, is drawn to hertheir book, until Mac realizes both of their talents are new neighbor Frank and begins a downward spiral intoneeded and they must work together or their story about madness before disappearing. IL:YAChloe will never be finished. IL:K-3 RL:2.9 Page | 2
  3. 3. Chopsticks The cloak societyBy Rosenthal, Amy Krouse By Kraatz, JerameyA pair of chopsticks gets separated, but after some Alex Knight, a twelve-year-old in training to be atraumatic moments the two friends eventually learn to supervillain in the elite Cloak Society, becomes friendsstand on their own. IL:K-3 RL:2.7 with a young superhero and begins to question where his loyalty lies. IL:5-8 RL:4.1Code name Verity Creepy carrots!By Wein, Elizabeth By Reynolds, AaronIn 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are theFrance and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannotespionage, and great courage as she relates what she resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, untilmust to survive while keeping secret all that she can. he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever heIL:YA goes. IL:K-3 RL:2.3Crow The crown of embersBy Wright, Barbara By Carson, RaeMoses Thomass summer vacation in 1898 does not go Seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen Elisa,as planned, and while he deals with family problems and struggling to earn trust and respect inside her court, setsfickle friends, Moses comes to be more aware of the out on an adventure to find the mythical source of theescalating tension between the African American and Godstones power as her country crumbles and herwhite communities of Wilmington, North Carolina. enemies resurface. IL:YAIL:5-8 RL:4.6The diviners DramaBy Bray, Libba By Telgemeier, RainaSeventeen-year-old Evie ONeill is thrilled when she is Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving onexiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, the stage crew for a middle school production of Mooneven when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie over Mississippi as various relationships start and end,and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American and others never quite get going.Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of IL:5-8 RL:5.2the investigation. IL:YAThe duckling gets a cookie!? Each kindnessBy Willems, Mo By Woodson, JacquelinePigeon is very angry when the duckling gets a cookie When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloejust by asking politely. IL:K-3 RL:1.4 realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Mayas shabby clothes and refusing to play with her. IL:K-3 RL:2.8Earthling! Edgar Allan Poes pie: math puzzlers in classicBy Fearing, Mark poemsWhen Bud gets on the wrong school bus and finds By Lewis, J. Patrickhimself at Cosmos Academy on another planet, where Poet J. Patrick Lewis reimages Edgar Allan Poes "TheEarthlings are considered extremely dangerous, he must Raven," Langston Hughess "April Rain Song," andconceal his identity as a native of Earth. other classic works, and offers parodies and puzzles thatIL:3-6 RL:2.6 encourage critical thinking and math skills. IL:K-3 RL:2.5Electric Ben: the amazing life and times of Benjamin EndangeredFranklin By Schrefer, EliotBy Byrd, Robert A girl, having travelled with her mother to an animalAn illustrated biography of Founding Father and sanctuary for bonobos in the Congo, struggles to surviveinventor Benjamin Franklin. IL:5-8 RL:8 with the animals after revolution breaks out and she and the chimpanzees are forced to flee into the jungle. IL:YA Page | 3
  4. 4. Every day Extra yarnBy Levithan, David By Barnett, MacEvery morning A wakes in a different persons body, in With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabellea different persons life, learning over the years to never knits for everyone and everything in town until an evilget too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.and falls in love with Justins girlfriend, Rhiannon. IL:K-3 RL:2.2IL:YAEye of the storm The fairy ring, or, Elsie and Frances fool the worldBy Messner, Kate By Losure, MaryJadens summer visit with her meteorologist father, who Relates the story of Francis and Elsie, cousins whohas just returned from spending four years in Russia concocted a story and photographs about fairies becauseconducting weather experiments not permitted in the nobody believed Francis could see the tiny men andUnited States, fills her with apprehension and fear as she were surprised when their photographs were found bydiscovers that living at her fathers planned community Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who truly believed in fairies.Placid Meadows is anything but placid. IL:5-8 RL:5.3IL:5-8 RL:4.8Fake mustache, or, How Jodie ORodeo and her The false princewonder horse (and some nerdy kid) saved the U.S. By Nielsen, JenniferPresidential election from a mad genius criminal In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engagesmastermind four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected toBy Angleberger, Tom impersonate the kings long-missing son in an effort toLenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his avoid a civil war. IL:5-8 RL:5.2evil-genius best friend Casper and world domination asCasper uses a spectacularly convincing fake mustacheand the ability to hypnotize to rob banks, amass a vastfortune, and run for president. IL:3-6 RL:4.6The fantastic flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore The fault in our starsBy Joyce, William By Green, JohnMorris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and Sixteen year old Hazel, who has cancer, meets Augustusafter a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and at a kids-with-cancer support group and as they fall incolorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him love they both wonder how they will be remembered.to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need IL:YAhim as much as he needs them. IL:K-3 RL:3.8Fifty cents and a dream: young Booker T. Forget-me-nots: poems to learn by heartWashington A collection of more than 120 poems for children toBy Asim, Jabari learn, including selections from classic andAn illustrated introduction to the life of Booker T. contemporary poets, with tips and tricks from formerWashington that focuses on his hard work and Childrens Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman ondetermination to earn a college degree. memorization and recitation. IL:K-3 RL:2.3IL:K-3 RL:3.6Forgive me, I meant to do it: false apology poems Friends with boysBy Levine, Gail Carson By Hicks, Faith ErinA collection of poems with false apologies from author After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with herGail Carson Levine. IL:K-3 RL:5 mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life. IL:YA Page | 4
  5. 5. The giant and how he humbugged America Giants beware!By Murphy, Jim By Aguirre, JorgeA description of the Cardiff Giant mystery in which a Claudette wants nothing more than to slay a giant butman in upstate New York buried a ten-foot-tall, petrified her little village is too safe and quiet. IL:3-6 RL:2.7model of a man, which was discovered by well diggers ayear later, and set into motion a money-makingspectacle. IL:3-6 RL:6.9Glory be Grave mercyBy Scattergood, Augusta By LaFevers, RobinGloriana faces her twelfth birthday in 1964 and Seventeen-year-old Ismae avoids an arranged marriagestruggles with the changes she sees happening around by making a place for herself at the convent of St.her, but while she struggles to understand the shift in her Martin, where she learns of her unique gifts and mustrelationships with her sister--who is about to enter high determine whether she will be trained as an assassin andschool--and her best friend, Frankie, Gloriana witnesses serve as a handmaiden to Death. IL:YAtempers rise in a debate over a segregated public pool.IL:3-6 RL:4.3The great unexpected GreenBy Creech, Sharon By Seeger, Laura VaccaroOrphans Naomi and Lizzie, living in America, and Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the manygrown-up sisters Sybil and Nula, from Ireland, learn shades of the color green. IL:K-3 RL:.8 $14.49what life is truly about as they receive help from oneanother and open up their hearts to love and forgiveness.IL:3-6 RL:4.1Guy-write: what every guy writer needs to know Helens big world: the life of Helen KellerBy Fletcher, Ralph By Rappaport, DoreenA guide to writing for boys, including tips and advice An illustrated biography of Helen Keller, introducingfrom established authors. IL:3-6 RL:6.9 young readers to her life and legacy, and including quotations by Keller. IL:K-3 RL:3Hello! hello! Here come the Girl Scouts! : the amazing all-trueBy Cordell, Matthew story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and her greatA child seeks a way to communicate with parents and a adventurebrother who are busy with their electronic devices. By Corey, ShanaIL:K-3 Introduces Juliette Gordon Low to readers and describes how her life-long love of the outdoors led her to found the Girl Scouts. IL:K-3 RL:3.9The heros guide to saving your kingdom A home for BirdBy Healy, Christopher By Stead, Philip C.Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav, all former princes Vernon the toad takes the silent Bird on a journey inwho had been rejected by their princesses and cast out hopes of finding Birds home. IL:K-3 RL:2.1of their castles, encounter trolls, witches, and dragonsduring their quest to become heroes. IL:3-6 RL:6.1The humming room I have a dreamBy Potter, Ellen By King, Martin Luther, Jr. and Kadir NelsonTwelve-year-old Roo Fanshaw, who has a talent for Presents illustrations and the text of the speech given byhiding, is sent to live with her estranged uncle on Cough Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, at theRock Island, where she discovers the secrets of the Lincoln Memorial, in which he described his visionarylargely uninhabited house and its hidden garden. dream of equality and brotherhood for humankind.IL:5-8 RL:4.9 Includes a CD with official recording of the speech. IL:3-6 RL:7.2 Page | 5
  6. 6. Im bored Ive lost my hippopotamus: more than 100 poemsBy Black, Michael Ian By Prelutsky, JackWhen a bored girl meets a potato who finds children A collection of more than one hundred childrens poemstedious, she tries to prove him wrong by demonstrating by Jack Prelutksy, accompanied by black-and-whiteall of the things they can do, from turning cartwheels to illustrations. IL:K-3 RL:3using their imaginations. IL:K-3 RL:1.6Immortal lycanthropes The impossible rescue: the true story of an amazingBy Johnson, Hal Arctic adventureHorribly disfigured thirteen-year-old Myron Horowitz By Sandler, Martindiscovers that he is the first immortal lycanthrope, a Presents the true story of three men sent by Presidentwere-mammal, born since time began, that can switch McKinley in 1897 to drive two herds of reindeer acrossfrom a human to an animal. IL:YA parts of Alaska to feed stranded whalers whose ships were trapped in ice. IL:5-8 RL:6.6In the sea InsurgentBy Elliott, David By Roth, VeronicaA collection of poems for children featuring woodcut Tris Prior survives the Erudite simulation attacks thatillustrations and rhyming text from David Elliot on the occur during the time she expected to be celebrating hercharacteristics and behaviors of sea horses, sharks, achievement of being ranked first among the initiateurchins, whales, and other sea creatures. IL:K-3 RL:2 class of her chosen faction, Dauntless. Even though the Dauntless have been freed from Erudite mind control, a war develops and secrets emerge. IL:YAInvincible microbe: tuberculosis and the never- Island: a story of the Galapagosending search for a cure By Chin, JasonBy Murphy, Jim A history of the Galapagos Island, describing how theDiscusses the history of tuberculosis and the attempts to island formed and animals came to inhabit it.find a cure. IL:5-8 RL:8.9 IL:K-3 RL:4It jes happened: when Bill Traylor started to draw A leaf can be--By Tate, Don Dewey: 759.13 By Salas, Laura PurdieA biography of Bill Traylor, a former slave who began In rhyming text and illustrations, explores some of theto draw pictures--based on his recollections of rural and many things a leaf can be, from tree topper to rainurban life--at the age of 83. IL:3-6 RL:4.5 stopper. Includes facts about leaves and a glossary. IL:K-3 RL:1.5Legends of Zita the spacegirl Lets go for a drive!By Hatke, Ben By Willems, MoZita is determined to find her way home to Earth, but Elephant Gerald and Piggie want to go for a drive, buther exploits have made her an intergalactic megastar, as Gerald thinks of one thing after another that they willand as her true self is eclipsed by her public persona, she have to take along, they come to realize that they lackfaces a robot doppelganger, unsure of who she can trust. the most important thing of all. IL:K-3 RL:1.3IL:3-6 RL:2.8Liar & spy Lies, knives and girls in red dressesBy Stead, Rebecca By Koertge, RonaldSeventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house Free-verse reveals true stories behind well-known fairyto an apartment, his fathers efforts to start a new tales, some reset in modern times, as a strung-out matchbusiness, his mothers extra shifts as a nurse, being girl sells CDs to drug users, Little Red Riding Hoodpicked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help admits that she wanted to know what it is like to bespying on another resident of their building. swallowed whole, and Cinderellas stepsisters are duped.IL:5-8 RL:4.8 IL:YA Page | 6
  7. 7. Life in the ocean: the story of oceanographer Sylvia The lions of Little RockEarle By Levine, KristinBy Nivola, Claire Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendshipA picture book biography of oceanographer Sylvia with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenlyEarle, discussing her childhood along the Gulf of stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that herMexico, her passion for the environment, and her friend is actually an African American girl passingexperiences in ocean exploration. IL:K-3 RL:5 herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families. IL:5-8 RL:3.9Listen to my trumpet! Little White Duck: a childhood in ChinaBy Willems, Mo By Liu, NaWhen Piggie plays her new trumpet for Gerald, the In graphic novel format, a young girl describes herelephant decides he must be honest in his response. experiences growing up in China, beginning with theIL:K-3 RL:1.5 death of Chairman Mao in 1976. IL:5-8 RL:3.2Looking at Lincoln Lulu walks the dogsBy Kalman, Maira By Viorst, JudithA young girl is curious about Abraham Lincoln and sets Lulu needs help from a boy named Fleischman if she isout to find out more about the life of the nations to earn money walking her neighbors dogs, and shesixteenth president. IL:K-3 RL:3.3 finds out that if she wants her business venture to succeed, she has to be nice. IL:3-6 RL:5.3Lunch Lady and the mutant mathletes Lunch lady and the picture day perilBy Krosoczka, Jarrett By Krosoczka, JarrettFor having skipped the school field trip, Dee, Hector, When eccentric photographer Stefani DePino comes toand Terrence must join the mathletes team but as they Thompson Brook to take school pictures in the midst ofare poised to beat the undefeated champions, secret an acne epidemic, Lunch Lady, Betty, and the Breakfastcrime fighter Lunch Lady discovers something strange Bunch learn that Stefani is using them to break into theabout the opposing team. world of high fashion. IL:3-6 RL:2.3IL:3-6 RL:2.5Mal and Chad. 2, Food fight! The mark of AthenaBy McCranie, Stephen By Riordan, RickMal tries to help Chad, his talking dog, defeat the In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met inmonster that has been tormenting his dreams and invents Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Campa dream portal, but instead of defeating the creature, Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods toMal manages to bring it back through the portal and into complete a dangerous quest. The third book in thereality. IL:3-6 RL:2.5 Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?—Provided by publisher. IL:5-8Marty McGuire digs worms! May B.: a novelBy Messner, Kate By Rose, Caroline StarrMarty McGuires third-grade class has a special When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterlyassignment: Save the Earth! Even more exciting, the family, twelve-year-old Mays father pulls her frombest project wins a special award. Martys pretty sure school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansasher classmates ideas wont stand a chance against her frontier. IL:3-6 RL:3.7plan to turn the garbage from the school cafeteria intofertilizer. All she needs is a little help from herteammate and best friend, Annie--and the worms in hergrandmas garden. –Provided by publisher.IL:K-3 RL:3.8 Page | 7
  8. 8. Me and Earl and the dying girl: a novel A meal of the stars: poems up and downBy Andrews, Jesse By Jensen, DanaSeventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part A collection of poems related to the concepts of up andof every social group at his Pittsburgh high school down. IL:K-5 RL:4.3without having any friends, but his life changes whenhis mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he onceknew in Hebrew school who has leukemia. IL:YAThe mighty Mars rovers: the incredible adventures The mighty Miss Maloneof Spirit and Opportunity By Curtis, Christopher PaulBy Rusch, Elizabeth Deza Malone, the smartest girl in her class in Gary,The story of the two robot vehicles, Spirit & Indiana, accompanies her mother and older brother on aOpportunity, which were sent to explore Mars, lasting trip to find her father, who left to find work after thefar past their projected lives of three months and Great Depression hit. They end up in a Hoovervillesending back invaluable images of the planet. IL:3- outside of Flint, Michigan. IL:3-6 RL:3.86 RL:6.4The monsters monster Monstrous beautyBy McDonnell, Patrick By Fama, ElizabethGrouch, Grump, and little Gloom n Doom spend much In alternating chapters, tells of the mermaid Syrenkasof their time arguing over who is the "biggest and love for Ezra in 1872 that leads to a series of horrificbaddest" until they build a monster together that turns murders, and present-day Hesters encounter with aout to be very different than what they expect. ghost that reveals her connection to the murders and toIL:K-3 RL:3.3 Syrenka. IL:YAMoonbird : a year on the wind with the great National Geographic book of animal poetry: withsurvivor B95 favorites from Robert Frost, Jack Prelutsky, EmilyBy Hoose, Phillip M. Dickinson, and more: 200 poems with photographsChronicles a year in the life of rufa red knot B95, also that squeak, soar, and roar!called Moonbird, following him through his migration Full-color photographs accompany two hundred poemspattern and discussing the environmental problems that about animals. IL:K-5 RL:3.1caused the rufa population to collapsed by nearly eightypercent. IL:YANic Bishop snakes. No crystal stair: a documentary novel of the life andBy Bishop, Nic work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem booksellerNaturalist Nic Bishop provides an in-depth examination By Nelson, Vaunda Micheauxof snakes, featuring full-color images, and sharing Tells the story of Lewis Michaux who built a bookstoredetails on the characteristics, habitats, and abilities of in Harlem despite widespread opposition. IL:YAvarious species of reptiles. IL:K-3 RL:3.1October mourning: a song for Matthew Shepard Oh, no!By Newman, Leslea By Fleming, CandaceRelates, from various points of view, events from the A series of animals falls into a deep hole, only to benight of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old saved at last by a very large rescuer. IL:K-3 RL:1.5Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured outof a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, andleft to die. IL:YAOlympians. 4, Hades, lord of the dead The one and only IvanBy OConnor, George By Applegate, KatherineA fictionalized account, in graphic novel format, of the When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-Greek myth of Hades, God of the Underworld, and his and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a babyabduction of the goddess Demeters daughter, elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides thatPersephone, to make her his wife, and the chaos that he must find her a better life. IL:3-6 RL:4ensued. IL:5-8 RL:4 Page | 8
  9. 9. One cool friend One for the MurphysBy Buzzeo, Toni By Hunt, Lynda MullalyElliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the Carley struggles with being open to love after shepenguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home suffers a betrayal that forces her to move in with a fosterwith him. IL:K-3 RL:4.8 family. IL:5-8 RL:3.5Outside your window: a first book of nature PandemoniumBy Davies, Nicola By Oliver, LaurenAn illustrated treasury of poems reflects the experiences After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressiveof children as they encounter nature for the first time. society where love is outlawed and everyone mustIL:K-3 RL:2.3 receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love. IL:YAPenny and her doll Penny and her songBy Henkes, Kevin By Henkes, KevinPenny instantly loves the doll her grandmother sends Penny comes home from school eager to share her veryher, but finding the perfect name for her is a challenge. own song, but must wait until the time is right to teach itIL:K-3 RL:1.9 to her parents and the babies. IL:K-3 RL:2.1Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons The plant hunters: true stories of their daringBy Litwin, Eric adventures to the far corners of the EarthPete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that By Silvey, Anitahe makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons Uses primary source materials to introduce explorerspop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing. from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries whoIL:K-3 RL:1.9 traveled the world to discover, collect, and transport new and unusual plants in the name of science. IL:5-8 RL:7.1Poem runs: baseball poems and paintings The presidents stuck in the bathtub: poems aboutBy Florian, Douglas the presidentsA collection of baseball poems by Douglas Florian, By Katz, Susanincluding selections that depict a "mean-armed pitcher," A collection of poems that present miscellaneous factsa "daisy-picking right fielder," and related topics. about individuals who served as president of the UnitedIL:K-3 RL:2 States throughout history. IL:K-3 RL:4.3Rabbit & Robot: the sleepover The Raven BoysBy Bell, Cece By Stiefvater, MaggieRabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blueplanned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some Sargents only gift seems to be that she makes otherdifferent ideas about how things should go. peoples talents stronger. When she meets Gansey, oneIL:K-3 RL:1.6 of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own-- and that together their talents are a dangerous mix. IL:YAA rock is lively Rocket writes a storyBy Aston, Dianna Hutts By Hills, TadFrom dazzling blue lapis lazuli to volcanic snowflake Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, butobsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in he cant think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellowall their splendor. –Provided by publisher. bird to look closely at the world around him forIL:K-3 RL:4.7 inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. –Provided by publisher. IL:K-3 RL:2.8 Page | 9
  10. 10. Sadie and Ratz The secret of the Fortune WookieeBy Hartnett, Sonya By Angleberger, TomHannah and her hands, named Sadie and Ratz, regularly McQuarrie Middle Schools students miss Origamiget into trouble, especially when younger brother Baby Yoda when Dwight leaves for Tippett Academy, but heBoy is around. IL:K-3 RL:2.3 sends Sara a paper Fortune Wookiee that seems to give advice just as good as Yodas--even if, in the hands of girls, it seems preoccupied with romance. IL:3-6 RL:4.6See you at Harrys SeraphinaBy Knowles, Johanna By Hartman, RachelTwelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, In a world where dragons and humans coexist in anwhere grumpy eighteen-year-old Sarah is working at the uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form,family restaurant, fourteen-year-old Holden is struggling Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her,with school bullies and his emerging homosexuality, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets andand adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center royal scandals, while she struggles to accept andof attention. When tragedy strikes, the fragile bond develop her extraordinary musical talents.holding the family together is stretched almost to the IL:YAbreaking point. IL:YASeymour Simons extreme earth records Shadow and boneBy Simon, Seymour By Bardugo, LeighExamines extreme weather conditions throughout the Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is takenworld, discussing the hottest, coldest, rainiest and driest from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become theplaces on Earth. IL:3-6 RL:5.6 protégé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold. IL:YASplendors and glooms Squish. No. 3, The power of the parasiteBy Schlitz, Laura Amy By Holm, JenniferWhen Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two At swim camp, Squishs new friend Basil helps himorphaned assistants appear at her twelfth birthday party, avoid learning to swim with pranks that sometimes gosuspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from too far, but the comic book exploits of Squishs idol,London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap Super Amoeba, help him deal with Basil and conquerset by Grisinis ancient rival, a witch with a deadly his fear. IL:3-6 RL:2.4inheritance to shed before it is too late.IL:5-8 RL:5.5Squish. No. 4, Captain Disaster Starry River of the SkyBy Holm, Jennifer By Lin, GraceSquish, comic book fan and grade school amoeba, is An innkeepers chore boy discovers that a visitorsmade captain of his soccer team and, following the stories hold the key to returning the moon to the Starryexample of his favorite superhero, must figure out how River of the Sky. IL:3-6 RL:5.8to turn a losing streak around without losing his friends.IL:3-6 RL:2.4Step gently out A stick is an excellent thing: poems celebratingBy Frost, Helen outdoor playStunning close-up photography and a lyrical text By Singer, Marilynimplore children to look more closely at the world A collection of illustrated poems for children thataround them. –Provided by publisher. IL:K-3 RL:2.4 celebrates the outdoors, featuring lyrical poetry about playing hide-and-seek, making mud soup, transforming a stick into a magic wand, and more. IL:K-3 RL:3 Page | 10
  11. 11. A strange place to call home: the worlds most TeenBoat!: the angst of being a teen, the thrill ofdangerous habitats & the animals that call them being a boat!home By Roman, DaveBy Singer, Marilyn Follows the adventures of Teen Boat!, a teenage boyDiscusses dangerous habitats and the animals that live who can transform into a small yacht, as he navigatesthere. IL:5-8 RL:3.5 the waters of adolescence. IL:YATemple Grandin: how the girl who loved cows There goes Ted Williams: the greatest hitter whoembraced autism and changed the world ever livedBy Montgomery, Sy By Tavares, MattExamines the life and accomplishments of Temple Briefly chronicles the life of Ted Williams, who spentGrandin, whose childhood diagnosis of autism and love his entire career in major league baseball as the leftof cows led her to revolutionize the livestock industry. fielder for the Boston Red Sox. IL:3-6 RL:3.4IL:5-8This is not my hat Those rebels, John & TomBy Klassen, Jon By Kerley, BarbaraA tiny fish wearing a blue hat hopes not to wake up the Introduces children to the lives and accomplishments oftrouble that might be following close behind. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.IL:K-3 RL:2 IL:3-6 RL:4.8Three times lucky Titanic: voices from the disasterBy Turnage, Sheila By Hopkinson, DeborahWashed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Draws on stories from survivors and archivalCarolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend photographs to describe the history of the Titanic fromDale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner its launch to its sinking. IL:3-6 RL:7.6of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana,seems implicated in a murder. IL:5-8 RL:4.5UnBEElievables: honeybee poems and paintings Unspoken: a story from the Underground RailroadBy Florian, Douglas By Cole, HenryA collection of poems about honeybees and their role in In this wordless picture book, a young Southern farmthe ecosystem. IL:K-3 RL:2.5 girl discovers a runaway slave hiding behind the corn crib in the barn and decides to help him. IL:K-3Unusual creatures: a mostly accurate account of Walking on earth & touching the sky: poetry andsome of the Earths strangest animals prose by Lakota youth at Red Cloud Indian SchoolBy Hearst, Michael Poems and prose by Lakota youth at Red Cloud IndianText and illustrations introduce children to extraordinary School, describe life on the reservation, Lakota culturelife forms. IL:5-8 RL:7 and the present-day world. IL:3-6 RL:3.8Water sings blue: ocean poems Weve got a job: the 1963 Birmingham ChildrensBy Coombs, Kate MarchA collection of poems about the sea, accompanied by By Levinson, Cynthiawatercolors by artist Meilo So. IL:K-3 Discusses the 1963 Birmingham Childrens March in Birmingham, Alabama. IL:5-8 RL:7.1Whats looking at you, kid? The wicked and the justBy Lewis, J. Patrick By Coats, Jillian AndersonSimple rhymes and illustrations are used to help explore In medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family isand identify wildlife such as birds, insects, and sea lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman tocreatures. IL:K-3 RL:1.7 help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress. IL:YA Page | 11
  12. 12. Wonder A wrinkle in time: the graphic novelBy Palacio, R. J. By Larson, HopeTen-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with A graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time inextreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to which Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friendsurvive, goes from being home-schooled to entering Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time,fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, assisted by three otherworldly women, when they setwhich entails enduring the taunts and fear of his out to find Megs father, a physicist who disappearedclassmates as he struggles to be seen as just another while experimenting with time travel. IL:5-8 RL:4.4student. IL:3-6 RL:5.1The year of the beasts Z is for MooseBy Castellucci, Cecil By Bingham, Kelly L.Fifteen-year-old Tessa tries to be happy when her crush, Moose is terribly eager to play his part in ZebrasCharlie, falls for her younger sister, Lulu, and it alphabet book, but when his letter passes him by, Moosebecomes easier after she begins a secret relationship behaves rather badly. IL:K-3 RL:.8with Jasper, a social outcast who lives next door toTessas best friend. Alternate chapters are in graphicnovel form. IL:YAZombie makers: true stories of natures undeadBy Johnson, RebeccaExamines real-life accounts of zombies in nature,including a fly-enslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and acockroach-taming wasp, and related topics.IL:5-8 RL:5 Page | 12