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.
Clive Campbell, the soon to be DJ Kool Herc, was a Jamaican boy living in a desolate neighborhood in the South Bronx who dreamed of rocking the party. Eventually Herc's creativity and innovation would lay the groundwork for the new art form of hip hop. Hill and Taylor's book is a vibrant mix of playful language, rich illustration, and legendary lyrics that befits a trailblazer's biography from the lively mashup culture that is hip hop. Extensive back matter that includes a timeline round out this positive and hopeful story on the power of art. Seven to Ten. Lizzie Nolan.
A short history and description of Capitol Choices appears in October's issue of BOOKLINKS folded into the October 1, 2010 issue of BOOKLIST. The web address is http://booklistonline.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pid=4488815 but you have to have an account to read the full article.
The article includes do-it-yourself guidelines for starting a similar group and a list of books to practice on, mostly suggested by members.
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.
Alternating sections of words and bold pictures show how orphaned Hugo, hidden above a Paris train station in 1931, discovers the secret of a broken automaton and its surprising connection to the history of early movies.
Nineteen monologues, two dialogues, and six explanatory interludes bring to life the world of young people in a medieval manor in England in 1255. Pen-and-ink drawings reminiscent of manuscript decoration illustrate this useful and engaging read.
A reporter provides vivid descriptions of his experiences covering Black September and the Yom Kippur War in 1973 for a U.S. wire service. His timely insights guide readers through the continuing conflicts in the Middle East.
When elves take Jack's younger sister, he searches for her with Pega, the slave he has freed, in Elfland. Ancient English legends, Pictish symbols, early Christianity, and even earlier religions blend in this lively sequel.