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THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK [AUDIO]

Lions of Little Rock
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Levine
Author's First Name: 
Kristin
Narrator's First Name: 
Julia
Narrator's Last Name: 
Whelan
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

In 1958, 12-year-old Marlee's forbidden friend, fearless Lizzie, helps her find  her own voice in concert with the adults around her who have been quietly acquiescent to the battle against integration that closed high schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1958. The novel’s verbal power offers a viable alternative for Julia Whelan’s uniquely voiced and perfectly-timed audio narration. (10-14)

SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pennypacker
Author's First Name: 
Sara
Publisher: 
Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 
4/24/2012

When Great-Aunt Louise dies, antagonists Stella and Angel tell no one because their only real home is the summer rental property where they have lived with her. They continue to clean the cottages and keep their secret while this intense situation fosters unexpected friendship and maturation between them.

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Andrews
Author's First Name: 
Jesse
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2012

When Greg’s mother insists he provide support to fellow teen Rachel, who is dying of cancer, he can no longer maintain his desired low profile at school. He recruits his best friend Earl to help with Rachel; hilarity and awkwardness ensue.

WONDER

Wonder
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Palacio
Author's First Name: 
R.J.
Publisher: 
Knopf
Publication Date: 
2012

Auggie, his sister, and classmates offer multiple points of view about the year Auggie, 10, switches from home schooling to a regular classroom. After twenty-seven surgeries to correct his facial deformities, Auggie still looks strange, and both he and his classmates have to learn how to accept, even welcome, differences.

THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Levine
Author's First Name: 
Kristin
Publisher: 
Putnam
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Audio."

LIESL & PO [AUDIOBOOK]

Liesl and Po
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Oliver
Author's First Name: 
Lauren
Narrator's First Name: 
Jim
Narrator's Last Name: 
Dale
Publisher: 
Harper Children's Audio
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

After her father's death, Liesl is determined to bury his ashes next to her mother's. With the help of Po, a ghost from the Other Side, she escapes her step-mother's attic, steals the box of ashes and sneaks aboard a train. Only, the box doesn't actually contain ashes. Will, an alchemist's apprentice, has bungled his deliveries. Liesl is actually carrying terrifically powerful magic. Narrator Jim Dale shines as the characters and storylines come together for a rather satisfying conclusion. (Appears to be available for download only. Both Fairfax and Arlington have copies via Overdrive). Audiobook. Colleen Beaupre

See the annotation under "Ten to Fourteen."

BLUEFISH

Blue fish
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Schmatz
Author's First Name: 
Pat
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2011
While missing his dog and trying to protect his secret, Travis avoids other students at his despicable new school. But the flamboyant Velveeta notices and asks many questions. When she discovers Travis’s motives, the two become something each desperately needs--friends. 

THE UNFORGOTTEN COAT

Tibetan boy with coat as empty space for title and author
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cottrell Boyce
Author's First Name: 
Frank
Illustrator's First Name: 
Carl
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hunter and Clare Heney
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2011

MOUSE & LION

Mouse hiding under leaves
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Burkert
Author's First Name: 
Rand
Illustrator's First Name: 
Nancy Ekholm
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Burkert
Publisher: 
Michael di Capua
Publication Date: 
2011

Delicately detailed watercolors on luxuriously thick cream-colored paper reveal a brave little mouse’s encounter with a fearsome feline in this retelling of Aesop’s famous fable. Generous use of white space lets readers focus on and delight in the world as this tiny hero sees it.

BREADCRUMBS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Ursu
Author's First Name: 
Anne
Illustrator's First Name: 
Erin
Illustrator's Last Name: 
McGuire
Publisher: 
Walden
Publication Date: 
2011
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