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Friendship

PAGE BY PAIGE

Page by Paige
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gulledge
Author's First Name: 
Laura Lee
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2011

NOTES FROM THE BLENDER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cook
Author's First Name: 
Trish
Second Author's First Name: 
Brendan
Second Author's Last Name: 
Halpin
Publisher: 
Egmont
Publication Date: 
2011

NOTES FROM THE BLENDER

NOTES FROM THE BLENDER
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cook
Author's First Name: 
Trish
Second Author's First Name: 
Halpern
Second Author's Last Name: 
Brendan
Publisher: 
Egmont
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Neilly's mom is having Declan's dad's baby. Neilly's dad is marrying a man. Declan's mom was killed years before while driving him to soccer practice. Pretty, popular Neilly features in Declan's fantasies, but in reality, she hardly knows he exists until they are about to be step-siblings. Written with boy/girl voices in alternating chapters in "he said", "she said" style, the story has laugh-out-loud funny moments. Declan's edgy, yet vulnerable, teen male voice rings especially true. Two teens with baggage begin to trust and blossom in a situation not of their own choosing.

THUNDER OVER KANDAHAR [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McKay
Author's First Name: 
Sharon
Narrator's First Name: 
Mozhan
Narrator's Last Name: 
Marno
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Marno's beautiful narration of this modern wartime story brings listeners right into Yasmine's and Tamanna's world, celebrating the rugged beauty of the Afghan land and people while in the midst of both UN and Taliban occupation. Ages 14 and Up. - Paula Langsam

I AM J

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Beam
Author's First Name: 
Cris
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2011

Born in a girl's body, J knows he’s a guy, but even his parents and best friend can't see him for who he really is. In this nuanced portrait, J's search for self includes attending an LGBT-oriented school and investigating gender-reassignment. LGBT resources list appended.

 
 

AFTER EVER AFTER [AUDIOBOOK]

After Ever After
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sonnenblick
Author's First Name: 
Jordan
Narrator's First Name: 
Nick
Narrator's Last Name: 
Podehl
Publisher: 
Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Jeffrey Alper is probably the most famous kid in his town. Even though eight years have passed, most still know him as the boy with leukemia. Now in remission, and eighth grade, Jeffrey is dealing with the aftermath of his cancer treatment and trying to navigate life as a teenager. Podehl embodies Jeffrey, obsessing equally over the new girl Lindsey, his older brother's sudden disappearance into Africa to "find himself", his parents' sudden fighting, as well as the real possibility he may never get out of the eighth grade. Fortunately Tad, Jeffrey's best friend, keeps him anchored to reality. Tad's acerbic voice and black humor is the perfect contrast to Jeffrey. This sequel to "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie" stands on its own.  Audio forTen to Fourteen. Paula Langsam

HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR

HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Willems
Author's First Name: 
Mo
Publisher: 
Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 
2011

A gentle lesson about friendship and a lot of laughs are tucked into 6 ½ short chapters about Amanda, her stuffed alligator, and an interloping panda bear…all presented with panache in Willem’s signature style and highly expressive cartoons.
 

PINK

Pink
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wilkinson
Author's First Name: 
Lili
Publisher: 
Harper Teen
Publication Date: 
2011

JERSEY TOMATOES ARE THE BEST

Jersey Tomatoes are the Best
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Padian
Author's First Name: 
Maria
Publisher: 
Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 
2011

Camo Girl

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Magoon
Author's First Name: 
Kekla
Publisher: 
Aladdin
Publication Month: 
January
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Ella and Zachary have always been friends and always been outsiders at school, Ella for her blotchy skin and Z for just being strange. Now they are sixth-graders and Ella longs for more friends and a more normal middle school experience. When a new student arrives, another African American like Ella, she wonders if he will join the others in avoiding them. Instead, Bailey, with his easy way of fitting in, reaches out to Ella, causing Zach to feel betrayed and to sink deeper into depression. This is a beautifully written, if quiet story of fragile kids in fragile families, finding ways to navigate those issues as well as the normal growing pains. Strong follow-up to Magoon's first novel, a CSK/Steptoe winner.
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