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2018

THE SEARCH FOR OLINGUITO: DISCOVERING A NEW SPECIES

Olinguito
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Markle
Author's First Name: 
Sandra
Publisher: 
Millbrook
Publication Month: 
Jan
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A new species of mammal, discovered through museum research is found in the wild in Ecuador in this stellar description of an unusual process of scientific discovery. Pair with ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z!. (K. Isaacs. 7-10)

THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER

Silhouette in birdcage
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Spinelli
Author's First Name: 
Jerry
Publisher: 
Penguin (Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Month: 
Jan
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Cammie O'Reilly, the warden's motherless, angry daughter, looks back at the summer of her 13th birthday, the summer she spent trying to turn silent, distant Eloda, the trustee working as "Cammie-keeper,"into a mother figure. Set in the Two Mills, PA 1950s of the author's childhood, this is a moving coming-of-age novel with background issues of race and incarceration. (K. Isaacs. 10-14)

RIVERS OF SUNLIGHT: HOW THE SUN MOVES WATER AROUND THE EARTH

Child sailing along an ocean current
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bang
Author's First Name: 
Molly
Second Author's First Name: 
Penny
Second Author's Last Name: 
Chisholm
Illustrator's First Name: 
Molly
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Bang
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Blue Sky)
Publication Month: 
Jan
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This latest title in their stellar Sunlight Series clearly describes the effect of the sun's light on water molecules, the water cycle, ocean currents, and water vapor in the air that serve as a greenhouse gas, and points to human controls and the need to protect it. (K. Isaacs. 7-10)

MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rinker
Author's First Name: 
Sherri Duskey
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tom
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lichtenheld
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With bold active illustrations and lively rhyming text, this duo once again gives us a dawn to dusk visit with a construction site and the big trucks that do the work. The vehicles are described in human terms, stretching, wiping their faces. Challenging language at times, immense/intense, but natural rhyme. Various roles/jobs are described. Two page spreads are intermixed with pages with multiple images that provide a close up view of some jobs. Fun and informative. Edie Ching (up to 7)

THE HATE U GIVE

THE HATE U GIVE (cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Thomas
Author's First Name: 
Angie
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Sixteen-year-old Starr is used to navigating two worlds: Garden Heights, the tough neighborhood where she and her family live, and Williamson Prep, a tony private school across town, where Starr is one of only a few Black students. After Starr is the only witness to the killing of her childhood friend Khalil by police, she comes forward to defend Khalil and their community, putting her school relationships--and her family's safety--on the line. A gripping narrative inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a contemporary tale of complicated and tender family dynamics, loyalty, race relations, and bravery in the face of fear. -Kit Ballenger (14 and Up)

A LIST OF CAGES

A List of Cages
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Roe
Author's First Name: 
Robin
Publisher: 
Disney (Hyperion)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This heart-wrenching novel follows the rekindled friendship between Adam, a popular high school senior, and his former foster brother Julian, a quiet and socially anxious freshman trying to navigate the world years after his parents' death. This was an impressive author debut that explores the difficult themes of death and domestic abuse as well as the life-saving power of kindness and friendship. Meaghan McKeron. 14 and up.

FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Oh
Author's First Name: 
Ellen (editor)
Publisher: 
Penguin (Crown/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Edited by Ellen Oh and dedicated to the memory of Walter Dean Myers, this is a collection of short stories celebrating the diverse stories that everyone needs. Sometimes race is very apparent, see Main Street by Woodson, and sometimes it is just an additional aspect of the character (see Matt da la Pena's first story about friendship and father son relationships. Each character wants to be heard, some shot at us, some whisper. Each story is unique and brings to life a memorable character. Edie Ching (10-14)

A BOY CALLED BAT

A BOY CALLED BAT (COVER)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Arnold
Author's First Name: 
Elana K.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Charles
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Santoso
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Walden)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Bixby Alexander Tam ("Bat") doesn't always remember the polite things he is supposed to say to his classmates. Bat likes his routines, tolerates the afternoons when his big sister babysits, and navigates their every-other-weekend trips to stay with their dad. When Bat's mom, a veterinarian, brings home a skunk kit from her practice, animal-obsessed Bat sets out to convince her to let Bat care for the baby until it is ready for release to the wild. A third-grader negotiating typical childhood experiences like making a friend and wanting a pet, Bat's vulnerabilities make for a sympathetic, relatable character sure to appeal to early elementary readers. Bat exhibits neuroatypical behaviors often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but no labels are applied here. Simple illustrations interspersed throughout the story capture the warmth of the family. ~ Kit Ballenger

THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Saenz
Author's First Name: 
Benjamin Alire
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
In this character- and plot-rich story we meet many unforgettable characters who fill up Salvadore Silvia's world. The adopted son of a Mexican-American father who happens to be gay, he has a best friend Sam, a feisty girl with attitude, a loving grandmother and a friend in need, Fito. But all the characters are in need in this book in the way that we are all in need, of self-understanding, companionship, love, families. This is a book that looks at how to live life, face grief, find self-awareness, understand love. Sounds ambitious, yes......and memorable. Edie Ching (14 and up)

SAFE AND SOUND

SAFE AND SOUND (cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Roussen
Author's First Name: 
Jean
Illustrator's First Name: 
Loris
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lora
Publisher: 
Other
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
The gentle rhymes and vintage-styled illustrations of this tender picture book introduce young readers to an eclectic array of animal babies and the cozy comforts of parenting. From burrows to pouches, under wings and in mouths, baby animals lead us through their habitats to a young boy's bedroom. We find him -- with his parents and a menagerie of stuffed animals -- safe, sound, and ready for sleep. A lovely bedtime story. [Flying Eye Books (Nobrow)]. -Kit Ballenger (up to Seven)
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