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.

Our 2010 ALA Trip: In the Exhibit Hall

We had a great time meeting authors like Jaqueline Kelly in the Exhibit Halls at ALA.  Jacqueline wrote The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, one of our favorite books from 2009.  We tried to drop a few hints about wanting to know more about what happened to Calpurnia next.  Will she write a sequel?  We hope so.

We Could Be Brothers, by Derrick Barnes

Summary:  Two eighth-graders from very different backgrounds, Robeson “Crease” Battlefield and Pacino Clapton, discover in afterschool detention that they have a great deal in common.  176 pgs. Scholastic

Nuts, by Kacy Cook

Summary: When eleven-year-old Nell finds a tiny baby squirrel on the ground in her yard, she begs her parents to let her raise it as a pet, even after the research she does shows that this is not a good idea.

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Archvillain, by Barry Lyga

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Kyle Camden develops greater mental agility and superpowers during a plasma storm that also brings Mighty Mike, an alien, to the town of Bouring, but while each does what he thinks is best, Kyle is labeled a villain and Mike a hero. 192 p., Scholastic.

Tortilla Sun, by Jennifer Cervantes

Summary: While spending a summer in New Mexico with her grandmother, twelve-year-old Izzy makes new friends, learns to cook, and for the first time hears stories about her father, who died before she was born. 192 pgs. Chronicle

The Thirteenth Princess, by Diane Zahler

Summary:  Zita, cast aside by her father and raised as a kitchen maid, learns when she is nearly twelve that she is a princess and that her twelve sisters love her, and so when she discovers they are victims of an evil enchantment, she desperately tries to save them. Inspired by the Grimm fairy tale, “The twelve dancing princesses.” 243 pgs. Harper

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To Come and Go Like Magic, by Katie Fawcett

Summary: In the 1970s, twelve-year-old Chili Sue Mahoney longs to escape her tiny Kentucky home town and see the world, but she also learns to recognize beauty in the people and places around her. 272 pgs. Random House

Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger

Summary: Sixth-grader 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. 141 pgs. Amulet


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