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THE PLAYBOOK; 52 RULES TO AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME CALLED LIFE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Alexander
Author's First Name: 
Kwame
Illustrator's First Name: 
Thai
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Neave
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A great read for "particular" readers with short descriptions of important choices sports figures have made over their careers and rules for playing the game of sports and life. Simple but powerful points supplemented with strong illustrations that add a "punch" to the text. After Rule 52 there is even attention to Overtime and Tenacity. Broad appeal to children and the adults who should share this book with them as there is room for lots of conversation (Edie Ching 10-14 but could be for all ages).

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)

GHOST

GHOST
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Reynolds
Author's First Name: 
Jason
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Caitlin Dlouhy/Atheneum)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2016

 Ghost’s natural speed helps him overtake a cocky, seasoned sprinter, so Coach convinces Ghost to give the track team a try. Ghost is insightful yet immature, and haunted by unhealed trauma from his family's past, he keeps running into trouble. Reynolds’ honest, accessible writing shines in the first of a series.

PEAK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Smith
Author's First Name: 
Roland
Publisher: 
Harcourt
Publication Date: 
2007

Caught in the act of scaling a skyscraper, 14-year-old Peak goes to Thailand with his mountain-climbing father, a man determined to lead the youngest-ever climber to the top of Mount Everest.  Nail-biting suspense and terrific climbing details abound.

JABBERWOCKY: THE CLASSIC POEM FROM LEWIS CARROLL'S THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Carroll
Author's First Name: 
Lewis
Illustrator's First Name: 
Christopher
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Myers
Publisher: 
Jump at the Sun
Publication Date: 
2007

This familiar poem is reset on a city basketball court where the Jabberwock is a gigantic player, and the ball goes "snicker-snack" as it drains the basket. Intense fiery colors, black silhouettes, and a bold typeface add excitement and drama.

WE ARE THE SHIP [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nelson
Author's First Name: 
Kadir
Narrator's First Name: 
Dion
Narrator's Last Name: 
Graham
Publisher: 
Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 
2009

The author / illustrator of this panoramic view of the Negro Baseball League’s impact on the history of the sport narrates these personal stories of hardship and sacrifice juxtaposed against comical and ironic anecdotes with great passion and conviction. Ages 10-14.

YOU NEVER HEARD OF SANDY KOUFAX?!

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Winter
Author's First Name: 
Jonah
Illustrator's First Name: 
André
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Carrilho
Publisher: 
Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: 
2009

From extraordinary highs to devastating lows, the shy rookie was as likely to pitch a wild ball as a strike. With minimal colors throughout, angular action contrasts with quiet mood scenes, to tell the story of quiet determination to succeed.

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