Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
REMINDER : We are now closing the agenda TWO WEEKS before the meeting. Therefore, March 9 at midnight is the last day to nominate titles for the March 24 meeting. At the March meeting, all titles will be on the agenda that were published in January and February.
After plodding through the fall of her freshman year, Marin convinced the college to let her spend winter break in her dorm room, alone. When her best friend, Mabel, flies out to visit, Marin must finally confront the abrupt end to the girls' past summer, and its impact on their relationship. A quiet novel, heavy with loss and loneliness, and beautifully written. (Fourteen and up) ~ Kit Ballenger
This biography of Nellie Bly takes its title from her undercover stay an insane asylum for ten days in one of her most well-known exploits in her career in investigative journalism. Sidebars along with photos and articles from the time period give a complete and entertaining picture of Nellie Bly's life and times.
Steptoe channels Basquiat’s chaotic energy and creative genius in a picture book biography honoring the artist’s spectacular rise and premature death. Vibrant colors hum on materials salvaged from Basquiat’s former haunts, and detailed end notes complement the simple, heartfelt narrative.
A chance encounter, coffee, and a beloved tree bring together Lily (born Timothy) and Dunkin (Lily’s nickname for new-in-town Norman), both grappling with inner struggles their exteriors belie. A tender introduction to mental health struggles and transgender identity, this dual narrative tackles weighty issues with humor and heart. The strong audio rendition holds much appeal as an alternate format for this sensitive story.
16-year-old Vicky Cruz is recovering from a suicide attempt, with the help of other young patients in the hospital. The descriptions of what depression feels like are powerfully realistic and have the potential to save lives.
Caden goes to school and has a family, but he also lives on a pirate ship and is in danger. This stunning, rewarding book gives the reader a glimpse through the eyes of a boy suffering from mental illness.
Violet Markey meets Theodore Finch at the top of their school’s bell tower the day they were both planning on jumping off in this heartbreaking story about love, friendship and the powerful effects of mental illness.
Abducted Carey and Janessa hide from the world trying to cope during their mother’s absences. After a social worker discovers them and returns them to their father, the lies Carey’s mother told her about their father continue to haunt her.