2013 Illinois Rebecca Caudill Award


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Highlights of the 2013 Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award nominees.

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2013 Illinois Rebecca Caudill Award

  1. 1. The 2013 Rebecca CaudillYoung Readers’ Book Award Naomi Mellendorf Library Information Specialist Robert Crown Elementary School Wauconda Community Unit School District #118 Wauconda, Illinois
  2. 2. About the RCYRBAThe Rebecca Caudill YoungReaders Book Award (RCYRBA) isa program sponsored by the IllinoisAssociation of Teachers of English,the Illinois Reading Council, and theIllinois School Library MediaAssociation. The program is namedafter childrens author RebeccaCaudill, who lived and worked inUrbana, Illinois. Books honored bythis award are selected by a popularvote taken of students betweengrades 4-8 in the State of Illinois. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  3. 3. Anything but TypicalBy Nora Raleigh Baskin Jason, an autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  4. 4. Black Radishes By Susan Lynn MeyerGustave has been forced to move fromParis to the countryside after hisparents decided it was not safe forJews to live in the city during WorldWar II. He meets a Catholic girl namedNicole and together they devise a planto rescue his friend and familymembers from the Nazi occupiedterritory. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  5. 5. Born to Flyby Michael Ferrari In 1942, Bird McGill is obsessed with flying. She withholds her judgment while her classmates maintain that the new Japanese American student, Kenji Fujita, is a spy. She realizes Kenji is just as American as she is when they find evidence of real spy activity during their research for a class project. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  6. 6. Countdown By Deborah WilesAs Franny Chapman deals withdrama at home and with her bestfriend in 1962, she tries tounderstand the larger problems inthe world after President Kennedyannounces that Russia is sendingnuclear missiles to Cuba. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  7. 7. Dark Life by Kat Falls Ty has always lived on the ocean floor and one day joins Topside girl Gemma in the frontiers underworld. Together, they seek to stop outlaws who threaten his home and learn that the government may pose an even greater threat.Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  8. 8. The Graveyard Book By Neil GaimanThe orphan Bod, short for Nobody, istaken in by the inhabitants of a graveyardas a child of eighteen months. He israised lovingly and carefully to the age ofeighteen years by a community of ghostsand otherworldly creatures. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  9. 9. Inside Out and Back Again By Thanhha Lai Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life- changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  10. 10. Love, Aubrey By Suzanne LaFleurWhile living with her Gram inVermont, Aubrey writes letters as away of dealing with losing her fatherand sister in a car accident, and thenbeing abandoned by her grief-stricken mother. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  11. 11. Ninth WardBy Jewell Parker Rhodes Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans Ninth Ward. She doesnt have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like the other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker and when Mama Ya- Yas visions show a powerful hurricane--Katrina--fast approaching, its up to Lanesha to help them both survive the storm. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  12. 12. One Crazy Summer By Rita Williams-GarciaIn the summer of 1968, after traveling fromBrooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend amonth with the mother they barely know,Delphine and her two younger sisters arriveto a cold welcome as they discover that theirmother, a dedicated poet and printer, isresentful of the intrusion of their visit andwants them to attend a nearby Black Panthersummer camp. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  13. 13. Out of My MindBy Sharon M. Draper Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory and can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  14. 14. Shooting Kabul By N.H. Senzai Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  15. 15. Smile By Raina TelgemeierThe author relates, in graphic form, herexperiences after she injured her twofront teeth and had to have surgeriesand wear embarrassing braces andheadgear, all while dealing with thetrials and tribulations of school. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  16. 16. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda By Tom Angleberger Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  17. 17. Turtle in Paradise By Kekla MagoonIn 1935, when her mother gets a jobhousekeeping for a woman who doesnot like children, Turtle is sent to staywith relatives she has never met in faraway Key West, Florida and findsherself coming out of the shell shesspent her life building. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  18. 18. The Year Money Grew on Trees By Aaron Hawkins In early 1980s New Mexico, Jackson Jones recruits his cousins and sisters to help tend an elderly neighbors neglected apple orchard for the chance to make big money and, perhaps, to own the orchard. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012