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2016

The Lie Tree

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hardinge
Author's First Name: 
Frances
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Fourteen year old Faith has an insatiable desire to learn about the natural world but is stifled under the expectations and mores of Victorian England. When her scientist father dies, Faith suspects he has been murdered because of secret knowledge of a tree that flourishes on lies and she determines to find her father's killer and the tree. Told in vivid historical detail and heart stopping prose.

123 Dream

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Krans
Author's First Name: 
Kim
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kim
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Krans
Publisher: 
Penguin (Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This counting book is just as engaging as the author's companion alphabet book. Numbers are paired with alliterative objects in the natural world and stunningly illustrated.

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cuevas
Author's First Name: 
Michelle
Illustrator's First Name: 
Erin
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Stead
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Evocative illustrations enhance the imaginative narrative of the lonely postman who delivers messages in a bottle near and far but never for himself.

SLEEP TIGHT FARM : A FARM PREPARES FOR WINTER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Doyle
Author's First Name: 
Eugenie
Illustrator's First Name: 
Stadtlander
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Becca
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Did you know farms get sleepy too? But instead of putting on pajamas and being read a bedtime story vegetables are harvested, wood is stacked and equipment is put away. This quiet and beautifully illustrated picture book shows the reader exactly how to tuck in a farm for a long (yawn!) winter's nap. Melisa Bailey (Ages 0-7.)

IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dumas
Author's First Name: 
Firoozeh
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When eleven-year-old Zomorov moves to Newport Beach, California in 1978 she’s tired of explaining her Iranian country and culture to others, and just wants to make friends and blend in. So she changes her name to Cindy and sets out to be “normal.” She eventually makes friends and even joins the Girl Scouts. All seems to be going well until the Iranian Revolution puts Iran on the front page. Then the American hostages are taken, and Zomorov’s family faces discrimination and hatred. Told with humor and an authentic middle-school voice, Zomorov’s story about trying to fit in also informs about the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Sadly, although it's set in the 1970s, it also reflects current issues of prejudice and xenophobia. Ten to fourteen. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies

IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dumas
Author's First Name: 
Firoozeh
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When eleven-year-old Zomorov moves to Newport Beach, California in 1978 she’s tired of explaining her Iranian country and culture to others, and just wants to make friends and blend in. So she changes her name to Cindy and sets out to be “normal.” She eventually makes friends and even joins the Girl Scouts. All seems to be going well until the Iranian Revolution puts Iran on the front page. Then the American hostages are taken, and Zomorov’s family faces discrimination and hatred. Told with humor and an authentic middle-school voice, Zomorov’s story informs about the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis, while sadly reflecting current issues of prejudice and xenophobia. Ten to fourteen. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies

THE BEST MAN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
PECK
Author's First Name: 
RICHARD
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Growing up is hard but Archer has three great men to look up to, his grandfather, his father and his uncle. Archer navigates elementary school and middle school with humor while getting gentle guidance from the men in his life. When he discovers his uncle and student teacher Mr. McLeod are a couple things get interesting. Matter-a-fact and moving this is a timely book about the limitless definition of love.

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Connor
Author's First Name: 
Leslie
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Perry has grown up in a minimum security prison with his mother and a family of inmates. It’s been a warm and loving experience, although he is aware of how different his “family” is from those on the outside. Then assistant district attorney learns of this unusual arrangement and arranges for him to be placed in foster care. Perry feels like a fish out of water and struggles to adjust to a new world while desperately missing his mother. Add in a class project, bullies at school and a very important parole hearing and Perry will have to work hard to rise to the top.

SHADOWSHAPER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Older
Author's First Name: 
Daniel Jose
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Arthur A. Levine)
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2015

 Sierra has to come to grips with her own supernatural abilities and the magic in her Puerto Rican heritage when her community is targeted by an outsider seeking to steal the power and use their spiritual strength against them.

TWO MICE

two mice
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Ruzzier
Author's First Name: 
Sergio
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Count up from one to three and then back down in this delightful adventure for beginning readers.

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