Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
Lilo, a Austrian Romani girl, is sent to Buchenwald in 1940 where she is chosen as a film extra supporting the star and director, Leni Riefenstahl. Eventually losing both parents, Lilo meets many hardships and adventures with courage and hope before the liberation of Dachau by the allies. Atrocities such as forced sterilization are included, but details are omitted. Based on an unusual true story of Romani prisoners playing Spanish extras in a German film, this fast-moving, compelling historical novel with well-drawn characters, is appropriate for tweens, although the book opens with the character at age 15. Nominated by Valerie Diamond
Suspenseful telling of the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the officer in charge of the extermination of Jews in World War II and of his successful transport from Argentina where he lived in hiding to Israel where he was tried for his crimes. Bascomb makes the reader feel as if you were part of the team- scared and excited. The tenacity of the Nazi hunters come through from the very beginning, including the samall part teenage Sylvia Hermann played. Many black and white photographs of the characters involved help tell the story plus a few maps makes the story visual. Thoroughly researched with bibliography, notes, and lengthy index. A story of justice done. Ages 10-14. Maria E. Gentle
Hobie Hanson's father is off fighting in World War II and everyone is aware of sacrifices that need to be made for the war effort. Hobie is very aware of his short comings, especially his not being able to stand up to the class bully and when he is bullied into donating his beloved dog to the war effort, he almost instantly regrets it. This is a book about life on the home front, life at school when a bully seems to donate everything and learning to face up to your shortcomings and get on with life. Lots for kids to relate to here and also lots to learn about. Seven to Ten. Edie Ching. (This title will appear on the September agenda.)
This story set during WWII in Nazi occupied Florence, Italy tells the tale of 13 year-old Paola and his dedication to undermining the Nazis. With his father off working in the Resistance, Paolo is left with his mother and his sister to survive as best they can as the Nazis fight to keep control of Florence. It is the risks that Paolo takes on his bicycle that help the Resistance rebound. Simon Vance's narration is a treat throughout. Audio for 10-14. Joan Kindig
Told in a matter of fact tone by Roy Samuelson with just the right breaths to keep you riveted to the story we learn what it took to invent the world's most destructive weapon. We learn how the team of geniuses who came up and carried out the concept of annihilation were assembled and a little bit about their private lives. This book, a winner of multiple awards, will interest not just the young people interested in science but adults as well. Ages 10+ Maria Gentle
Well researched (note the extensive back matter) with lots of photographs to give life to the men described, this book tells the story of another group of African American men anxious to serve their country during World War II and facing incredible hardship and prejudice. These men were paratroopers who ultimately became smoke-jumpers because of the prejudice and narrow-mindedness of our military leaders. The details of their training, their friendship and their dedication is a story that needed to be told. It found the right author. Ten to Fourteen. Edie Ching
An amazing tour de force of historical fiction and the bonds of friendship, this elaborately plotted, impeccably researched, and ultimately heartbreaking novel follows two young women as they struggle to survive in Nazi-occupied France. Christie Morven’s and Lucy Gaskell’s narrations in the audio version enliven both the action and the tension.
When Gail Halvorsen was stationed in Berlin at the end of World War II, he dropped candy bars for the children as he flew overhead. Letters and drawings from these children illustrate how much his kindness meant to this war-damaged city.
A highly visual memoir describes growing up in Czechoslovakia in the Iron Curtain years. Sís loved to draw, admired things western, and learned very early that his country hid information, before he finally defected to the West.