First Nominations for 2016 !

We had a great discussion Friday and came up with the following list for our first 3 nominations from each member:

Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel
**”Alice was a delight. The writing style was simple but sufficient.” – Sierra

Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
**”…very well-written and described…I could relate to the main character… I could imagine everything very clearly.” – Puja

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
**”..characters that I got so attached to that the ending was able to make me tear up at the thought that these kids grew up so happy..” – Elizabeth
**”I am impressed by how I could get so attached to all the characters by reading only a little bit about them.” – Sage

Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
**”a memoir in verse told almost like a story..lots of imagery..” – Haley

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
**”…Love the realism..made me understand..” – Sarah

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
**”..a work of poetic art with theme of empowerment..Mimi is a more than competent narrator…” – Elizabeth

Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow
**”Great plot and amazing 3-dimensional characters…” – Abigail

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
**”Dramatic, entertaining writing style that has a unique balance between her true self and the person she’s pretending to be…” – Kayla

Like a River by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
**”The plot and characters stuck out to me as attributes that perfected the story… inspired me.” – Sarah

Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd
**”…how hard it was for the older men so deeply set in their ways…compared to the young girl that still has a chance to change her views.” – Benjamin

Red Butterfly by A. L. Sonnichsen
**”..written in poetry it is more emotionally moving..made me feel heart-warmed in the end.” – Manaal

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
**”…characters and motives you could really understand. It made me feel a part of something.” – Caleb
**”…The way the author wrote made me feel like the kid in the book.” – James

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
**”…a moving book rich with figurative language and a plot that makes you think…” – Ellie

Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri Smith
**”The setting was really felt like you were in the book.” – Hayden

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
**”Relates two different concepts to each other in a unique way – recipes and daily life..very cool.” – Avni

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
**”It has very multifaceted characters that play into reality rather than drama…” – Sienna
**”Ada went through so much tension and you saw that all erased… I saw determination in every chapter…” – Hannah

Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin
** “The setting is so well described it is almost a character..” – Philip

The Toymaker’s Apprentice, by Sherri Smith

Summary:  Journeyman toymaker Stefan Drosselmeyer is recruited by his mysterious cousin, Christian, to find a mythical nut that will save Boldavia’s princess and his own kidnapped father from a fanatical Mouse Queen and her seven-headed Mouse Prince, who have sworn to destroy the Drosselmeyer family.


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Big Game, by Stuart Gibbs

Summary: Someone is trying to hunt FunJungle’s Asian greater one-horned rhinoceros, and twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy is on the case.

Simon & Schuster

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Freedom’s Price, by Michaela MacColl

Summary: Dred Scott’s daughter learns what it means to pay the price of freedom. When Eliza is confronted by vicious slave catchers, the spread of cholera, and a devastating fire, she is forced to come to terms with what it really takes to be on her own. 

Calkins Creek

Last in a Long Line of Rebels, by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Summary: When the city of Zollicoffer, Tennessee, where her family lives, announces plans to seize their one hundred seventy-five year old house through eminent domain, twelve-year-old Louise Mayhew needs to come up with a way to save it–and her ancestor’s Civil War diary linking the house to the Underground Railroad, as well as a hidden treasure, seem to offer her family the best chance of saving their home.

Nancy Paulsen Books

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic, by Lisa Papademetriou

Summary: Two girls on opposite sides of the planet connect through a mysterious book, whose phantom narrator guides them into spinning a story about the past that will affect their futures.


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Mid-October Meeting

We had a wonderful group Friday, as always.  Not only did we eliminate more titles off our book cart, but we also added a few new ones as well.  Look for upcoming reviews on:

Crenshaw by Applegate
The Hired Girl by Schlitz
The Most Dangerous by Sheinkin
The Odds of Getting Even by Turnage
The Thing about Jellyfish by Benjamin

Which other titles are we missing?


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