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SILHOUETTED BY THE BLUE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jones
Author's First Name: 
Traci L.
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 
2011

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

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

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.

JUNONIA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Henkes
Author's First Name: 
Kevin
Publisher: 
Greenwillow
Publication Date: 
2011

THE PRINCE OF MIST [AUDIOBOOK]

The Prince of Mist
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Ruiz Zafon
Author's First Name: 
Carlos
Narrator's First Name: 
Jonathan
Narrator's Last Name: 
Davis
Publisher: 
Hachette
Publication Date: 
2010
An original musical score and sound effects enhance Jonathan Davis’s grave, confiding voice in this account of a young boy who moves to a small coastal village and realizes that something is wrong with his new home. When he and his sister befriend a local boy, the boy reveals their eerie connection to a nearby shipwreck and a sinister secret that threatens their lives.

ONE CRAZY SUMMER [AUDIOBOOK]

One Crazy Summer
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Williams-Garcia
Author's First Name: 
Rita
Narrator's First Name: 
Sisi Aisha
Narrator's Last Name: 
Johnson
Publisher: 
Recorded Books
Publication Date: 
2010
Sisi Aisha Johnson's youthful voice perfectly embodies earnest twelve-year-old Delphine whose strong sense of self and big-sister
responsibilities help her understand more about their absentee mother and about the Black Panther Party she supports. Nimbly adjusting her inflection, Johnson also personalizes the other characters in this lively production.

FLIP

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bedford
Author's First Name: 
Martyn
Publisher: 
Wendy Lamb
Publication Date: 
2011

SILENT MUSIC: A STORY OF BAGHDAD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rumford
Author's First Name: 
James
Publisher: 
Neal Porter
Publication Date: 
2008

Ali, a contemporary boy in Baghdad, loves calligraphy and, just as his hero, Yakut, did in the 13th century, finds creating beauty to be a refuge from the trials of war.  Stylized collage illustrations evoke the elegance of Arabic art.

MOCKINGBIRD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Erskine
Author's First Name: 
Kathryn
Publisher: 
Philomel
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
4/15/10

Caitlin is a fifth grader with Asperger's Syndrome.  The death of her older brother in a school shooting launches her on a journey not only to identify her emotions but also to feel them so that she and her grieving father can find closure.

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