Bamboo People, by Mitali Perkins

Summary:  Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other. 272 p., Charlesbridge.

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Penny Dreadful, by Laurel Snyder

Summary: When her father suddenly quits his job, the almost-ten-year-old, friendless Penny and her neglectful parents leave their privileged life in the city for a ramshackle property in the eccentric town of Thrush Junction, Tennessee. 304 p., Random House.

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Nightshade City, by Hilary Wagner

Summary: Eleven years after the cruel Killdeer took over the Catacombs far beneath the human’s Trillium City, Juniper Belancourt, assisted by Vincent and Victor Nightshade, leads a maverick band of rats to escape and establish their own city. 260 p., Holiday House.

Prisoners in the Palace, by Michaela MacColl

Summary:  Recently orphaned and destitute, seventeen-year-old Liza Hastings earns a position as a lady’s maid to sixteen-year-old Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace in 1836, the year before Victoria becomes Queen of England. 304 p., Chronicle.

Livvie Owen Lived Here, by Sarah Dooley

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Livvie Owen, who has autism, and her family have been forced to move frequently because of her outbursts, but when they face eviction again, Livvie is convinced she has a way to get back to a house where they were all happy, once. 240 p., Feiwel & Friends.

Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook, by Beverly Patt

Summary:  Fourteen-year-old Louise keeps a scrapbook detailing the events in her life after her best friend, a Japanese-American girl, and her family are sent to a relocation camp during World War II. 92 p., Marshall Cavendish.

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Our 2010 ALA Trip: Meeting Kekla Magoon before the Newbery Banquet

Nineteen members of our 2009-2010 club traveled to Washington, D.C. earlier this week to attend the Newbery Banquet and visit the Exhibition Halls at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference.  We were still on the way to D.C. when Kekla Magoon, the author of our 2010 Mock Newbery winning book, The Rock and the River, was signing books at the exhibits.  But Kekla graciously agreed to meet with us before the banquet to sign books, t-shirts, postcards, etc., and talk with us about her book.  She was so nice!  And we hear she has a new book coming out in January.  Kekla is in the center back of the picture, with the white headband.

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