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Friendship

TRIANGLE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Barnett
Author's First Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jon
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Klassen
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Only Jon Klassen, working with the text of Mac Barnett could make a triange look devious, devilish AND purposeful. This beautifully constructed book has a very simple premise, Triangle walks from his house (looking very purposeful) to that of his friend Square, in order to play a sneaky trick. There are no secondary characters here giving hints, there is lots of repetition of simple (and not so simple) words and a HEAVY emphasis on what are triangles, what are squares and those shapes with no names. Could one make the argument that this is a concept book? If one was so inclined, but really this is a book about friends, and tricksters and being purposeful or not. Edie Ching (up to 7)

WE ARE OKAY

We Are Okay (cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
LaCour
Author's First Name: 
Nina
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dutton)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
After plodding through the fall of her freshman year, Marin convinced the college to let her spend winter break in her dorm room, alone. When her best friend, Mabel, flies out to visit, Marin must finally confront the abrupt end to the girls' past summer, and its impact on their relationship. A quiet novel, heavy with loss and loneliness, and beautifully written. (Fourteen and up) ~ Kit Ballenger

A LIST OF CAGES

A List of Cages
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Roe
Author's First Name: 
Robin
Publisher: 
Disney (Hyperion)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This heart-wrenching novel follows the rekindled friendship between Adam, a popular high school senior, and his former foster brother Julian, a quiet and socially anxious freshman trying to navigate the world years after his parents' death. This was an impressive author debut that explores the difficult themes of death and domestic abuse as well as the life-saving power of kindness and friendship. Meaghan McKeron. 14 and up.

FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Oh
Author's First Name: 
Ellen (editor)
Publisher: 
Penguin (Crown/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Edited by Ellen Oh and dedicated to the memory of Walter Dean Myers, this is a collection of short stories celebrating the diverse stories that everyone needs. Sometimes race is very apparent, see Main Street by Woodson, and sometimes it is just an additional aspect of the character (see Matt da la Pena's first story about friendship and father son relationships. Each character wants to be heard, some shot at us, some whisper. Each story is unique and brings to life a memorable character. Edie Ching (10-14)

THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Saenz
Author's First Name: 
Benjamin Alire
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
In this character- and plot-rich story we meet many unforgettable characters who fill up Salvadore Silvia's world. The adopted son of a Mexican-American father who happens to be gay, he has a best friend Sam, a feisty girl with attitude, a loving grandmother and a friend in need, Fito. But all the characters are in need in this book in the way that we are all in need, of self-understanding, companionship, love, families. This is a book that looks at how to live life, face grief, find self-awareness, understand love. Sounds ambitious, yes......and memorable. Edie Ching (14 and up)

AMINA'S VOICE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Khan
Author's First Name: 
Hena
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Amina shares with us her shyness, her jealousy when her best friend welcomes the friendship of another, her worries about her brother. She just happens to be Muslim. When, in the later chapters of the book her mosque is vandalized the emphasis is on the support of the community. I appreciated that the iman was going to participate in the dunking game at the carnival. A story that creates a feeling of inclusiveness. Ten to Fourteen -Edie Ching

THE INQUISITOR'S TALE: OR, THE THREE MAGICAL CHILDREN AND THEIR HOLY DOG

Three children and a dog with a halo
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gidwitz
Author's First Name: 
Adam
Illustrator's First Name: 
Hatem
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Aly
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dutton)
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2016

 Three unusual children and a saintly dog experience prejudice against Muslims, Jews and peasants in this funny and serious set of tales of spiritual and earthly adventure, all wrapped up in the guise of an illuminated manuscript. A great introduction to the Canterbury Tales.

GIRL MANS UP

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Girard
Author's First Name: 
M-E
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Harper Teen)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Pen is a female gamer who dresses in loose jeans and men's t-shirts, and lately everyone seems to have an opinion on who she "should" be. In the face of souring relationships with her best friend and parents and a budding romantic relationship, it's time for Pen to "man up" and assert herself.

HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR [AUDIOBOOK]

HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR [AUDIOBOOK]
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Whaley
Author's First Name: 
John Corey
Narrator's First Name: 
Robbie
Narrator's Last Name: 
Daymond
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016

 In this hilarious and heartbreaking story, Solomon’s agoraphobia keeps him happily ensconced in his home, but ambitious Lisa decides to “cure” him in hopes of earning acceptance at a prestigious psychology program. Daymond’s upbeat performance brings Sol to life and pairs perfectly with Whelan’s driven, but earnest portrayal of Lisa.

SAVE ME A SEAT

SAVE ME A SEAT
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Weeks
Author's First Name: 
Sarah
Second Author's First Name: 
Gita
Second Author's Last Name: 
Varadarajan
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2016

 Ravi, new to the United States from India, has always been the top student in class while Joe has always lived in the same town and has learning problems. Their lives intersect in the first week of 5th grade when they are brought together by a common enemy—the biggest bully in class—and find friendship in their differences.

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