Quilt Walk, by Sandra Dallas

Summary:  It’s 1863 and 10-year-old Emmy has been told by her father that, come spring, their family will leave their farm, family, and friends in Illinois and travel the Overland Trail to a new home in Golden, Colorado. Emmy has mixed feelings about going. It’s difficult leaving family and friends behind. They might not see one another ever again. When her grandmother comes to say goodbye, she gives Emmy a special gift, something to keep her occupied on the trip. The journey by wagon train is long and full of hardships. But the family perseveres and reaches their destination in Colorado, ready to start their new life.

Sleeping Bear Press

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Cloak Society, by Jeramey Kraatz

Summary:  The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago they were defeated by the Rangers of Justice and vanished without a trace. But the villains of Cloak have been biding their time, waiting for the perfect moment to resurface. And twelve-year-old Alex Knight wants to be one of them. But on the day of his debut mission, Alex does the unthinkable: he saves the life of a young Ranger named Kirbie. Even worse . . . she becomes his friend. And the more time he spends with her, the more Alex wonders about the world outside of Cloak-and what, exactly, he’s been fighting for.


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On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s, by Barbara O’Connor

Summary:  Summer days drift by slowly in Meadville, South Carolina–that is, until Sherman the one-legged pigeon flies into town and causes a ruckus. First Stella, who’s been begging for a dog, spots him on top of a garage roof and decides she wants him for a pet. Then there’s Ethel and Amos, an old couple who sees the pigeon in their barn keeping company with a little brown dog that barks all night. The pigeon lands smack in the middle of Mutt Raynard’s head, but he’s the town liar, so no one believes him. And when Stella’s brother Levi and his scabby-kneed, germ-infested friends notice the pigeon, they join the chase, too. Meanwhile, across town, Mr. Mineo has one less homing pigeon than he used to…

Frances Foster Books

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Keeping Safe the Stars, by Sheila O’Connor

Summary:  Orphaned and living with their grandfather, Old Finn, in rural Minnesota, the children, like their grandfather, are wary of outsiders. They believe, as Old Finn taught them, in self-reliance. But then Old Finn falls seriously ill and is taken to the hospital all the way in Duluth, leaving the children to fend for themselves. Pride, as oldest, assumes the lead. Though she makes mistakes, she keeps them afloat; they even earn money for the bus trip to Duluth. But when they finally see Old Finn, he can’t walk or even say his own name, and Pride knows her days of keeping safe the Stars are drawing to a close. Self-reliance can’t make Old Finn well again. But maybe, just maybe, a secret from Old Finn’s past might make a way for them to stay together after all.


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Katerina’s Wish, by Jeannie Mobley

Summary:  Thirteen-year-old Trina’s family left Bohemia for a Colorado coal town to earn money to buy a farm. But by 1901 she doubts that either hard work or hoping will be enough, even after a strange fish seems to grant her sisters’ wishes.

Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Jump Into the Sky, by Shelley Pearsall

Summary:  Levi’s staying with his Aunt Odella while his father is serving in the U.S. Army. But it’s 1945, and the war is nearly over, and Aunt Odella decides it’s time for Levi to do some leaving of his own. Before he can blink, Levi finds himself on a train from Chicago to Fayettville, North Carolina, where his father is currently stationed–last they knew.  Levi makes his way across the United States–searching for his father and finding out about himself, his country, and what it truly means to belong.

Alfred A. Knopf

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First Top 3 Nominations

We had a great meeting Friday!  Pizza, new books, criteria discussion, freeze tag in the library, nominations, and taking home another stack of books to read – how could it NOT be a great meeting?!

This is a list of our nominations at this time (with partial reasons).  Another Top 4 titles from each person will be added to these the end of November.

Bomb, by Steve Shenkin; Roaring Brook Press
– “It read more like a story than it did a non-fiction book.” – Bonnie
Broken Lands, by Kate Milford; Clarion Books
– “I really like the relationship between Sam and Jin.” – Cassidy
Crow, by Barbara Wright; Random House
– “This book was very deep and it was sad, making the characters strong.” – Ben
A Diamond in the Desert, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice; Viking
– “The setting was good and it takes place in our nation’s history.” – Ajay
Dreamsleeves, by Coleen Paratore; Scholastic
– “The concept and the plot are distinguished, and I like how the story seemed very realistic.” – Varunya
Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson; Nancy Paulsen Books
– “It made you feel the regret that the character was feeling.” – Ajay
The Exceptionals, by Erin Cashman; Holiday House
– “The main character had a believable life even though it was extraordinary.” – Cassidy
– “I think the plot was the best thing about this book.” – Yazeed
The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen; Scholastic
– “I thought a plot like this was only in the movies!” – Surya
If Only, by Carole Geithner; Scholastic
– “The plot is relateable, heartfelt and touching.” – Ponni
In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz; Dutton
– “This style of writing and humor distinguishes this book.” – Andrew
The Last Princess, by Galaxy Craze; Little, Brown & Company
– “The writing style draws a person in and never lets go until the story is at an end.” – Rebekah
Laugh With the Moon, by Shana Burg; Delacourte
– “The story is a page turner as well as touching.” – Ponni
The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine; Putnam
– “I was drawn into this book and I was lost in it quickly.” – Mukil
May B., by Caroline Starr Rose; Schwartz & Wade
– “I felt that the main character had excellent character development.” – Jessica
Merits of Mischief The Bad Apple, by T. R. burns; Aladdin
– “I really liked the originality of this book.” – Shreya
The Mighty Miss Malone, by Christopher Paul Curtis; Random House
– “These characters were well described and changed a lot.” – Gokul
One for the Murphys, by Lynda Hunt; Penguin
– “It captures the emotion very, very, very well.” – Varunya
Son, by Lois Lowry; Houghton Mifflin
– “When Clair has finally finished her journey you think that the book’s just going to be done, but when you find that’s not true you feel surprised and helpless, which makes you want to keep reading.” – Krista
Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz; Candlewick
– “The characters were excellent, the presentation of information was well done, the setting was good, and the writing style was just right for this book.” – Claire
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage; Dial Books
– “The characters were all interesting and I liked how there was not just one story going on.” – Ethan
Ungifted, by Gordon Korman; Balzer+Bray
– “This author has set up a situation that 13 year old boys can relate to, laugh at, and still have a deeper meaning or concept.” – Benjamin
The Unfortunate Son, by Constance Leeds; Viking
– “The plot is the best part.  I still love this book.” – Surya
Wonder, by R. J. Palacio; Knopf
– “The author still manages to make the reader feel a compelling desire to not stop reading.” – Benjamin

I am SO proud of these kids and their dedication.  We will continue to read, as well as compare criteria between books.  What are we still missing?

One Year in Coal Harbor, by Polly Horvath

Summary:  Even though her parents, once lost at sea, are home, there’s a whole slew of problems and mysteries to keep Primrose busy. There’s Uncle Jack and Kate Bowzer, who may (or may not) be in love. There’s Ked, a foster child who becomes Primrose’s friend. And there’s the new development on the outskirts of town that threatens the Coal Harbor that Primrose knows and treasures.


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Icarus Project, by Laura Quimby

Summary: Accompanying her father on a wooly mammoth excavation in the Arctic, thirteen-year-old Maya discovers something hidden in the ice that will change her life forever.


Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver

Summary:  When Liza’s brother, Patrick, changes overnight, Liza knows exactly what has happened: The spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul. She knows, too, that she is the only one who can save him. To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, where she uncovers a world populated with talking rats, music-loving moles, as well as terrible dangers. But she will face her greatest challenge at the spindlers’ nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly tests, or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.


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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, by Sy Montgomery

Summary:  When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism.    While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead.    Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make.

Houghton Mifflin

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Zip, by Ellie Rollins

Summary:  When Lyssa’s mother died, so did the magic–that special something that always made the sunflowers grow taller and the strawberry jelly taste sweeter. Now that her mother is gone, Lyssa struggles to get used to a life of the Ordinary with her kind but clueless stepfather in Kirkland, Washington. But secretly, she longs for change. Then one day change does come, when the most peculiar occurrence brings Lyssa alarming news about her childhood home. With no time to lose, she sets off on a two-wheeled cross-country journey to get back to Texas. With new friends by her side and the winds of change at her back, Lyssa discovers adventure at every turn–and uncovers her mother’s magic, little by little, all along the way.


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Unstoppable, by Tim Green

Summary:  If anyone understands the phrase ‘tough luck,’ it’s Harrison. As a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing for the NFL is a long shot. Then Harrison’s luck seems to change. He is brought into a new home with kind, loving parents–his new dad is even a football coach. Harrison’s big build and his incredible determination quickly make him a star running back on the junior high school team. In no time, he’s practically unstoppable. But Harrison’s good luck can’t last forever.


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Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy

Summary: Prue’s mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.  But all is not well in that world. Under a growing threat, Prue is drawn back into Wildwood, where she and Curtis will face their greatest challenge yet: to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood.


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Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck, by Emily Fairlie

Summary:  Two sixth graders solve the 80-year-old mystery of their school, Tuckernuck Hall, in a clue-filled scavenger hunt that leads them to unexpected treasure.

Katherine Tegen Books

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