Massachusetts Children’sBook Award nominees2012-2013Created by Laurie Wodin, Hopedale Elementary School
The Golden Ghost By Marion Dane Bauer Delsie knew it wasnt a goodidea to dare her best friend Toddto explore the abandoned housesby the old mill. But she couldntback down after the wordsslipped out of her mouth. Delsieand Todd sneak inside anddiscover two strange things.Someone is living there. Andsomething doesnt want Delsie toleave. Its a dog, a strange goldendog, that only Delsie can see!
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob BuyeaIt’s the start of a new year for seven kidsat Snow Hill School. There’s Jessica, thenew girl, smart and perceptive, who’shaving a hard time fitting in; Alexia, abully, your friend one second, yourenemy the next; Peter, class pranksterand troublemaker; Luke, the brain;Danielle, who never stands up forherself; shy Anna, whose homesituation makes her an outcast; andJeffrey, who hates school.Only Mr. Terupt, their new andenergetic teacher, seems to know howto deal with them all. He makes theclassroom a fun place, until the snowywinter day when an accident changeseverything—and everyone.
Falling Inby Frances O’Roark DowellIsabelle Bean is trying to payattention to her teacher, but shehears a buzz in her ear that shecan’t seem to shake. Isabelle’s sodistracted by the buzz that shegets sent to the principal’s office,and then while awaiting herpunishment, she tumbles into anadventure—into another worldthat’s a little bit different, a littlebit Hansel and Gretel-y, a littlebit like a fairy tale. Which wouldbe great, but since she shows upin fairy-tale land wearing herfavorite high, pointy boots, thefairy-tale people start thinkingthat Isabelle is a witch—and notjust any witch, but the witch!
Mockingbird By Kathryn ErskineFrom inside Caitlins head, readerssee the very personal aftermath of amiddle school shooting that took thelife of the older brother she adored.Caitlin is a bright fifth grader and agifted artist. She also has Aspergerssyndrome, and her brother, Devon,was the one who helped her interpretthe world.Now, it’s up to Caitlin to help herselfheal with some help from hercounselor, and doing so, helps thewhole community heal from thisterrible tragedy.
The Robe of Skulls: The FirstTale from the Five Kingdoms By Vivian FrenchHigh above the mountain villageof Fracture, trouble is brewing.The sorceress Lady Lamornawants a skull-studded gown ofdeep black velvet, but her treasurechest is empty of gold. Thatdoesn’t stop herfrom kidnapping,blackmailing, and magic to getwhat she needs. Will her plans befoiled by the heroic GracieGillypot, two chatty bats, a gallant,but scruffy prince, a troll, andsome very ancient crones?
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano (but she does love being in recitals), By Peggy GiffordPreparing for her piano recital, Moxyputs all her time and energy into herdress and the other nine things she hasto do before her big night, includingmaking a fake ermine trim for her cape;trying on her crown, warming up hervoice in case she gets asked to sing andmost important of all--putting on herstage make up, leaving no time foractual rehearsal. Will she get stagefright? Will she get stuck on the samepart? Who knows what will happenwhen Moxy gets on stage?
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel By Nikki GrimesDyamonde Daniel may be new intown, but that doesnt stop herfrom making a place for herself ina jiffy. With her can-do attitudeand awesome brainpower, sheknows the whole neighborhoodin about a minute. The only thingpuzzling her is the other new kidin her class. Hes awfullygrouchy--but Dyamondesdetermined to get to the bottomof his frowning attitude. Whoknows--maybe they havesomething in common, andmaybe they could even befriends.
Roberto & Me by Dan GutmanWhat would you do if youknew there was going to be aterrible accident?When Stosh travels into thepast to meet RobertoClemente, a legendaryballplayer and a belovedhumanitarian, he’s got onlyone goal: warning Roberto notto get on the doomed planethat will end his life in aterrible crash.
Turtle in Paradise By Jennifer HolmIn 1935, jobs are hard to comeby, and Turtles mother islucky to find work as a live-inhousekeeper. When she learnsthat her employer cant standchildren, she sends her 11-year-old daughter from NewJersey to Key West, Florida tolive with relatives. Turtlediscovers boisterous cousins,Nana Philly, and… buriedtreasure.
Guinea Dog By Patrick JenningsRufus has been dreaming ofgetting a dog. His best friendhas one. His worst friend hasone. But his dad has a fewobjections: They whine. Theygnaw. They bark. They scratch.They beg. They drool.But then, Rufus’s mother comeshome with a guinea pig. And ifRufuss dad thinks dogs are aproblem, he wont know whathit him when he meets theGuinea Pig that Thinks Shes aDog. She barks. She bites.Shelleven eat your homework.
Scumble by Ingrid LawIn this sequel to Savvy, Ledger’s13th birthday arrives with the usualfamily inheritance of a “savvy”—apower unique to each individual,who must then learn how to controlthis new talent. At first it seems thatLedge’s savvy is one for destruction:“I could blow stuff apart without atouch, but during a summer visit toUncle Autry’s Wyoming ranch,Ledger struggles against 13-year-oldSarah Jane Cabot, an aspiringreporter looking to expose thefamily’s secrets, and whosebusinessman father is trying toforeclose on the ranch.
Touchblue by Cynthia LordThe state of Maine plans to shutdown her islands schoolhouse,which would force Tesss family tomove to the mainland--and Tess toleave the only home she has everknown. Fortunately, the islandershave a plan too: increase thenumbers of students by havingseveral families take in fosterchildren. So now Tess and herfamily are taking a chance onAaron, a thirteen-year-old trumpetplayer who has been bounced fromhome to home.
Shoot-Out By Mike LupicaWhat happens when a star playerends up on the worst team? Heeither learns to lose or he stopsplaying the game he loves. Theseare the choices facing Jake, whohas gone from champion to lastplace, testing his sportsmanshipevery time his soccer team getswaxed. It is his teammate Kevinwho shows Jake that being a goodcaptain means scoring andassisting off the field as much asbeing the star player on it.
The Sixty-Eight Rooms By Marianne MaloneThe Chicago Art Institute has acollection of 68 exquisite miniaturerooms made in the 1930s by Mrs.James Ward Thorne. Each of the 68rooms is designed in the style of adifferent historic period, and everydetail is perfect, from the knobs onthe doors to the candles in thecandlesticks. Some might even say,the rooms are magic.Imagine—what if you discovered akey that allowed you to shrink sothat you were small enough to sneakinside and explore the rooms’secrets? What if you discovered thatothers had done so before you? Andthat someone had left somethingimportant behind?
Everything for a Dog By Ann M. MartinBone is a stray dog, all alone in theworld, looking for a safe place to callhome. Charlie is devastated by thedeath of his older brother, but atleast he has his brother’s dog tocomfort him. All Henry wants is adog of his own, and even when hisbest friend moves away, his parentsstill won’t let him have one. Bone,Charlie, and Henry don’t know eachother, but their lives are about toconnect in a very surprising way.Because dogs, and dog lovers, havea way of finding each other . . .
The Candymakers By Wendy MaasIn the town of Spring Haven, fourchildren have been selected to competein the national candymaking contest ofa lifetime. Who will make a candymore delicious than the OozingCrunchorama or the Neon YellowLightning Chew?Will it be Logan, the candymakers son,or Miles, or Daisy, or Philip, the suit-and-tie-wearing boy whos alwaysscribbling in a secret notebook?This story is told from eachcontestants perspectiveand filled withmystery and friendship.
Heart of a Samurai By Margi PreusManjiro is 14 when a freak stormwashes him and his four fishingcompanions onto a tiny island far fromtheir homes in Japan. Shortly beforestarving, they are rescued by anAmerican whaling ship. But it’s 1841and there is distrust between Japan andAmerica. The captain, however, forgesa bond with the boy, and when offeredthe chance of going to America asWhitfield’s son, he picks the path ofadventure. Bracketed by grittyseafaring episodes—salty and bloody,the book’s heart is its middle section, inwhich Manjiro, possibly the firstJapanese to set foot in America, dealswith the prejudice and promise of anew world.
The Magic Thief, Book 1 by Sarah PrineasConn should have dropped deadthe day he picked Neveryspocket and stole the wizardslocus magicalicus, a stone used tofocus magic and work spells. Butfor some reason he did not.Astonished and intrigued, Neveryagrees to take Conn on as hishelper apprentice, on thecondition that the boy find a locusstone of his own within a month.But with his wizard lessons andattempts to discover who — orwhat — is stealing the city ofWellmets supply of magic, time isrunning out for Conn to find hisstone.
Mamba Point By Kurt ScalettaLinus and his family have moved toLiberia, where his father works forthe U.S. embassy. Shy and anxious,the 12-year-old keeps seeing afriendly black mamba, one of thedeadliest snakes in the country, andhe discovers that he has a kaseng, aconnection with this particularanimal. He secretly brings the snakehome, forgetting it is a deadlyanimal, and you can imagine whathappens. Mamba Point is a tightlywound tale, from the author ofMudville, that will make you laugh,hold you in suspense, and have youchecking underneath your bed tomake sure there arent any mambasslithering about.
The Night Fairy By Laura Amy SchlitzWhat would happen to a fairyif she lost her wings and couldno longer fly? Flory, a youngnight fairy no taller than anacorn and still becomingaccustomed to her wings —wings as beautiful as those ofa luna moth — is about to findout. What she discovers is thatthe world is very big and verydangerous. But Flory is fierceand willing to do whatever ittakes to survive.
Shooting Kabul By N.H. SenzaiIn July 2001, as 11-year-old Fadi andhis family hurriedly board a truck tobegin their escape from Afghanistan,six-year-old Mariam lets go of herbrothers hand and is tragically leftbehind. In San Francisco, Fadistruggles with fitting into Americanmiddle school culture, an Afghannative in the months following 9/ 11,and eventually finds a place in thephotography club. Still, he is mostconcerned with the part he played inlosing Mariam and getting her back.A photography contest with the prizeof a trip to India seems to be his bestmeans of getting back to Afghanistanto find his missing sister.
The Emerald Atlas By John Stephens Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years. Ripped from their parents as babies,they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secretcorners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.
My Life as Book By Janet TasjianTwelve-year-old Derek is not areader. His assignment to readthree books over the summerstinks. But then something that hewants to read catches Derek’s eye.In the attic, he finds a 10-year-oldarticle about a teenage girl whodrowned on a Martha’s Vineyardbeach. Usually playful and introuble, Derek now turns hisattention to solving this mysteriouspuzzle.An illustrator himself, there ismuch to remind you of the Diary ofa Wimpy Kid books.
Moon Over Manifest By Clare Vanderpool Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train,sending her off to live with an old friend while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a fewpossessions, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. There she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friendson an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to “Leave Well Enough Alone.”
One Crazy Summer By Rita Williams-Garcia Its 1968 and Delphine and heryounger sisters are sent to Oakland, California to visit the mother that abandoned them soon after the youngest was born. The girls havegrand ideas about a mother who will hug them and take them to Disneyland. Instead, their mother, Cecile, doesnt want anything to do with them. Shecares more about her poetry than her kids, sends them to a Blank Panther- run summer camp during the day and for Chinese food…every singlenight. The girls learn about revolution and family in a summer they will never forget.