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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson (winner of the Newbery and Caldecott awards) has written a warm, elegant memoir. This was one of my favorite reading experiences this year—through some writing alchemy, her specific story seems like my own. This will probably happen to you as well. Grades 5 & up.

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ISBN: 9780399252518
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2014

Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

Zane flies into New Orleans the day before Hurricane Katrina strikes. To call that bad timing, Zane remarks, “is the understatement of the century.” What happens next is an adventure story amidst chaos and flooding. It includes the plucky mutt named Bandit; new friends like Malvina and her jazz musician guardian Mr. Tru, who pluck Zane off a rooftop in their pliable canoe; and a few sinister enemies. With a light touch, constant bits of humor, and sharp descriptions of the ravaged city, Philbrick pulls you into the experience of being afloat during the greatest American storm of the century. It’s both a gripping survival story and a thoughtful look at the different types of people swirling in the boiling cauldron of New Orleans during the storm. Grades 5–8.
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ISBN: 9780545342384
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Published: The Blue Sky Press - February 25th, 2014

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire

The essence of all Russian mythology is encapsulated on one gorgeous, astronomically expensive Fabergé egg, intended for the prince of Russia. There’s the Firebird, democratic if reluctant granter of wishes, biding his time before going up in a poof of smoke. There’s the Ice Dragon, who snoozes through winter; when he wakes, spring comes. And there’s Baba Yaga, the witchy meddler in destinies, who may or may not eat children, but who certainly lives in a house with chicken legs. If only these creatures existed just in myth, things would be a whole lot easier for Cat and Elena, two girls who happen to look very similar and whose paths coincide one day when a train breaks down on its way to the winter ball in St. Petersburg. Elena is so poor she eats wild turnips and acorns, if she’s lucky. Cat is rich and a little snobby, though she doesn’t know it. And none of their adventures would have happened if it weren’t for the egg (worth more than both their heads) going astray. Gregory Maguire, the creator of Wicked, gives us not just adventure but a memorable coterie of mythological creatures with a whole lot of sass. Grade 6 & up.
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ISBN: 9780763672201
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Published: Candlewick - September 9th, 2014

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

I’ve often passed over the plethora of novels set in the 1960s because they did not feel right—they had the facts, but they lacked the truth. In Wiles’ Revolution, photos, newspaper clippings, and song lyrics join a fictional narrative in as perfect a work of historical fiction as I’ve ever encountered in children’s literature. Grades 6–12
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ISBN: 9780545106078
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 27th, 2014

Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman

A hopeful, environmental wake-up call for teens ready to act. After finding a dead bee on his doorstep, Fleischman (Newbery Award winner and local author) began extensive research into environmental challenges and changes. Eyes Wide Open is a toolkit for decoding the daily barrage of conflicting information about major issues (population, global economics, water, climate change). This book helps young people learn to look behind the headlines to examine how things got to be the way they are and what can be done about it. I recommend it to every teen, teacher, and parent eager to make the world a better place. Grades 6 & up. --Noreen
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ISBN: 9780763675455
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Published: Candlewick - September 23rd, 2014

Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carlson

Laila now lives in a narrow apartment in the placid suburbs south of Washington, DC, with her mother and 7-year-old brother, “the little king.” But she remembers opulent palaces, riots at the gates, and her father’s calm reassurance. He was the king of their (unnamed) Middle Eastern country—at least, that’s what she was told. It isn’t until an emergency evacuation brings the remnants of her family to America that Laila realizes they aren’t royalty at all. But what are they? Her broken mother tells her one thing, the newspaper reports tell another. The threatening man who hovers nearby refuses to tell her anything at all. Her new friends at school and a boy who likes her can’t make sense of her, despite how hard she tries to flirt and gossip and hide her panic. Who is Laila? And as she starts to understand the truth of her old world, will she stand up for what she knows is right? An explosive, perception-altering story from a former CIA agent, pulled from the headlines of today’s newspapers but transformed into a gripping personal drama. Grades 7 & up.
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ISBN: 9780449809976
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 11th, 2014

The Thing about Luck

Twelve-year-old Summer and her Japanese-American family work every harvest season to earn money to pay their mortgage. But this last year, Summer has had malaria (she is now obsessed with learning everything to be known about mosquitoes and is both amazed and repelled); her parents have to travel to Japan to care for elderly relatives; her grandmother, now in charge of cooking for the combine crews, has intense spinal pain; and her grandfather is driving the giant harvesting machine all day and night and is getting very tired. Her brother, Jaz, amusing and puzzling, earnest and autistic, is, like Summer, attempting to maneuver within friendship and family ties. The Thing About Luck is heartfelt, perfect in structure and narrative, accessible, and very funny. Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Grades 5–8.

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ISBN: 9781442474659
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

Jinx

Enter the dreamy forest of the Urwald, where the orphaned Jinx is snatched up by a secretive wizard. For what purpose? Uncertain who to trust, Jinx sets out to uncover the secrets of his new master and the strange and persistent callings of the Urwald forest. Sage Blackwood evokes the mysterious and unsettling terrain of Grimm’s fairy tales, and the soft-hearted Jinx stumbles through these lands until he learns that in the midst of perilous danger he can trust his own powers. A mesmerizing fantasy, told with droll humor and packed with witches who travel in butter churns; botched curses; and cranky, if loveable, friendships. Grades 4–7.

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ISBN: 9780062129918
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 7th, 2014

Three Times Lucky

“What do you get when you combine Because of Winn-Dixie’s heart with the mystery and action of Holes? You get an engaging, spirit-lifting and unforgettable debut for young readers. Turnage introduces readers to the homey yet exotic world of Tupelo Landing, N.C., well populated with one-of-a-kind characters. A stranger with justice on his mind has just arrived in town, and Hurricane Amy is on its way. Rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads the cast through a series of clues as the whole town tries to figure out who among them might be a murderer. [The novel’s opening lines reveal the unflappable Mo LoBeau as a latter-day Philip Marlowe: ‘Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt.’ This is the first of many genius turns of phrases.] Pairing the heartbreaking sadness of children who don’t get their fair share from parents with the hilarity of small-town life, Turnage achieves a wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and gumption than folks twice her age. Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children’s fiction. Readers may find they never want to leave Tupelo Landing.” —Kirkus Reviews. Grades 4–6.

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Published: Puffin Books - December 31st, 2013

One Came Home

In all good westerns, place is palpable. Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871 was the site of the largest passenger pigeon nesting ever, a flock covering 850 square miles. The birds in flight darkened the sky, soiled the town like dirty snow, and made wild pigeon pie a staple in most homes. Thirteen-year-old Georgie, living in Placid, is content to help Ma and Grandfather Bolte run the general store. Her older sister, Agatha, on the other hand, yearning to be accepted into a college that would allow a woman student, leaves town. When a body wearing her clothing is found, but in such poor condition that its identity cannot be confirmed, Georgie refuses to believe that her sister is dead, and taking her Springfield rifle (she’s the best shot around), hits the road. One Came Home is a gritty, engrossing mystery/western with superb comic relief. Grades 6–9.

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ISBN: 9780375873454
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Published: Yearling - January 7th, 2014

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