First 2015 Nominations!

We had 18 very well-read kids, including several costumed participants, who each came prepared to nominate 3 titles Friday night.  In alphabetical order, here is our list to give you a heads-up on what this group is really appreciating so far:

All Four Stars, by Tara Dairman
*Humorous, great characters…” – Hannah
Bird, by Crystal Chan
*… lifelike and three-dimensional characters… plot was something new.” – Ethan
*… I perceived the grandfather exactly as Jewel did: he seemed like a crazy old man. ..Sharing his music with Jewel revealed a lot about his personality. Also the character of John/Eugene was very interesting and complex…The characters were brilliant in this book.” -Olivia
Eighth Day, by Dianne Salerni
*I enjoyed how all the legends were woven into the story…” -Hayden
Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle, by George Hagen
*…lots of twists and riddles to make you think about the book…” -Hayden
Girl in Reverse, by Barbara Stuber
*…has a very unique way of handling its plot…that brought out the characters and how they have changed from beginning to end.” -Sienna
Greenglass House, by Cynthia Lord
*…I love the attention to all the small, quirky details and the use of the kids’ role-playing game to explore a place they’ve seen all their lives.” – Elizabeth
Half a Chance, by Cynthia Lord
*The writing style distinguishes this from any average book.” -Abigail
Immortal Max, by Lutricia Clifton
*The characters and plot were amazing! -Sarah
Jungle of Bones, by Ben Mikaelsen
*The setting of this jungle is distinguished. -Yazeed
Mending Horses, by M. P. Barker
*The theme is really deep and characters are very realistic…” -Abigail
Nest, by Esther Ehrlich
*…the setting mirrored the characters’ feelings.” – Ellie
*..plot is amazing…” -Katie
*The writing style is able to show the beauty of each scene not with words or shallow descriptions, but with symbols that throughout the story gather depth…perfect amount of carefree and just enough pain to ring true.” -Krista
The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier
*The plot was so chilling and captivating while giving backstories that explained character motivations…” -Ellie
*..characters are a joy..while you are intrigued by the plot. This book also teaches you a lesson about greed and has a mystery of Molly’s secret.” -Kayla
Paper Cowboy, by Kristin Levine
*..The setting, dutifully explained, affects the characters’ reasoning..” -Benjamin B
*The characters each have a backstory…they each have their own unique voice…” -Olivia
The Riverman, by Aaron Starmer
*…the story ended without a true ending, which I took to mean that the Riverman had not won.” -Elizabeth
*…the setting of a smaller town fit the moodiness of the book well. – Shaan
Running Out of Night, by Sharon Lovejoy
*The plot sets up different conflicts of each journey…” -Christiana
The Sittin’ Up, by Shelia Moses
*…The big events and climax were perfectly timed. One of my favorites.” -Benjamin W
Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd
*The setting helps you get to know the character better.” -Christiana
Time of the Fireflies, by Kimberley Griffiths Little
*..the writing style made it suspenseful and interesting, which makes you want to keep reading it.” -Puja
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, by Julie Lamana
*…mix of sadness, love and joy…” -Haley

Please keep in mind that we all are still reading, and will each be nominating an additional 4 titles the first Friday in December to consider for this year’s award.

Dory Fantasmagory, by Abby Hanlon

Summary:  Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.


Find it at WCPL

The Red Pencil, by Andrea Pinkney

Summary:  After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.

Little, Brown and Company

Find it at WCPL

Arcady’s Goal, by Eugene Yelchin

Summary:  When twelve-year-old Arcady is sent to a children’s home after his parents are declared enemies of the state in Soviet Russia, soccer becomes a way to secure extra rations, respect, and protection but it may also be his way out if he can believe in and love another person–and himself.

Henry Holt

Find it at WCPL

Centaur Rising, by Jane Yolen

Summary:  In 1965, a year after Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family’s horse farm, a baby centaur is born and the family, already under scrutiny because Arianne’s six-year-old brother has birth defects, struggles to keep the colt a secret.

Henry Holt

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Dangerous Deception, by Peg Kehret

Summary:  Sixth-grader Emmy and her classmates start a secret community service project to help a hungry family, but soon Emmy finds herself involved in a home burglary ring operated by the family’s neighbor.


Find it at WCPL

Family Romanov, by Candace Fleming

Summary:  Traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family, and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography.


Find it at WCPL


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