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Friendship

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.

I AM GOING!

I_am_going
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Willems
Author's First Name: 
Mo
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2010

Hurray!  Piggie and Elephant are back and up to their usual hilarious antics. In this installment, Elephant's anxiety is assuaged when he discovers Piggie is only going to get lunch, and a picnic ensues. Another perfect beginning reader about this mercurial friendship.

PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
King
Author's First Name: 
A.S.
Publisher: 
Knopf
Publication Date: 
2010

Vera's ex-best friend Charlie has died, and Vera has decided to survive high school by melting into the background and learning how to avoid her parents’ lifestyle. She keeps a tenuous hold on life while disaster waits for her in unexpected places.

Snook Alone

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nelson
Author's First Name: 
Marilyn
Illustrator's First Name: 
Timothy
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Ewing
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2010
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A story of love, friendship and loyalty. A monk lives on a small island with his faithful friend, a rat terrier. A terrible storm separates them and the dog has several adventures in the natural world (some quite scary) before being reunited with his very best friend. The pictures are lush and powerful, Nelson takes on a very different subject with subtly and grace.

JUSTIN CASE: SCHOOL, DROOL, AND OTHER DAILY DISASTERS

Justin Case by Rachel Vail, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Vail
Author's First Name: 
Rachel
Illustrator's First Name: 
Matthew
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cordell
Publisher: 
Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: 
2010

Justin’s journal reflects the normal worries of a third grader such as rope-climbing anxiety, shaky friendships, and school embarrassments. But his family supports the introspective boy in subtle and satisfying ways.

ART & MAX

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wiesner
Author's First Name: 
David
Publisher: 
Clarion
Publication Date: 
2010

In this exploration of creativity, Wiesner deconstructs art itself—layer by layer and line by line—with the help of two lizards, a fan, a vacuum cleaner, and a whole lot of havoc.

MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN MEATLOAF: A YEAR TOLD THROUGH STUFF

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Holm
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer L.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Elicia
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Castaldi
Publisher: 
Ginee Seo
Publication Date: 
2007

“Stuff,” including post-it notes, school assignments, to-do lists, diary entries, and more reveal Ginny’s navigation through a typical bumpy year of seventh grade. This “graphic fiction” will intrigue readers who enjoy piecing together a story.

BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hale
Author's First Name: 
Shannon
Illustrator's First Name: 
James Noel
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Smith
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2007

This captivating fantasy is told through the diary pages of a young peasant girl imprisoned in a tower. Romance, mistaken identities, danger, a monster, and an engaging pet cat will leave readers sighing with contentment.

DRAGON SLIPPERS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
George
Author's First Name: 
Jessica Day
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2007

Although her aunt gave her to a dragon, Creel negotiates her freedom along with a curious pair of shoes which bring her a new friend but also spark a war in this clever fairy tale that mixes medieval and modern elements.

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