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2011

Do you know which ones will grow?

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Shea
Author's First Name: 
Susan
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tom
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Slaughterb
Publisher: 
Blue Apple
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A brightly illustrated book that encourages reader/listener participation. They rhyme will help with the guessing and the picture flaps add to the surprise. Just enough information in terms of text and illustration to be engaging and not overwhelming.

NOTES FROM THE BLENDER

NOTES FROM THE BLENDER
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cook
Author's First Name: 
Trish
Second Author's First Name: 
Halpern
Second Author's Last Name: 
Brendan
Publisher: 
Egmont
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Neilly's mom is having Declan's dad's baby. Neilly's dad is marrying a man. Declan's mom was killed years before while driving him to soccer practice. Pretty, popular Neilly features in Declan's fantasies, but in reality, she hardly knows he exists until they are about to be step-siblings. Written with boy/girl voices in alternating chapters in "he said", "she said" style, the story has laugh-out-loud funny moments. Declan's edgy, yet vulnerable, teen male voice rings especially true. Two teens with baggage begin to trust and blossom in a situation not of their own choosing.

Season of Secrets

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
NIchols
Author's First Name: 
Sally
Publisher: 
Arthur A. Levine
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Molly and her sister Hannah are reluctantly living with their Grandparents after the sudden death of their mother because their father is unable to care for them. Molly encounters the Green man, the god of spring, who becomes her object of care and concern and as she deals with her loneliness, her sister’s anger and her father’s “inability to cope”.

Jersey tomatoes Are the Best

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Padian
Author's First Name: 
Maria
Publisher: 
Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Eva and Henry (don't call her Henriette) have been friends since they were really little and now at fifteen these two Jersey girls are headed off to pursue their dreams: Eva to summer session at New York School of Dance and Henry to an exclusive tennis camp in Florida. Henry catches the eye of the camp's star male player and has a great deal of success on the court. Eva, though, becomes overwhelmed with her struggles with body image and is unable to fight the eating disorder that has been threatening. Full of details of the high stakes' worlds of junior sports and dance, this story of friendship told in the alternating voices of the two girls is a satisfying read. Well drawn secondary characters, including some pretty flawed adults contribute to the story's success.

Camo Girl

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Magoon
Author's First Name: 
Kekla
Publisher: 
Aladdin
Publication Month: 
January
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Ella and Zachary have always been friends and always been outsiders at school, Ella for her blotchy skin and Z for just being strange. Now they are sixth-graders and Ella longs for more friends and a more normal middle school experience. When a new student arrives, another African American like Ella, she wonders if he will join the others in avoiding them. Instead, Bailey, with his easy way of fitting in, reaches out to Ella, causing Zach to feel betrayed and to sink deeper into depression. This is a beautifully written, if quiet story of fragile kids in fragile families, finding ways to navigate those issues as well as the normal growing pains. Strong follow-up to Magoon's first novel, a CSK/Steptoe winner.

Horton Haflpott or The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor or The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Angelberger
Author's First Name: 
Tom
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
The omniscient narrator clues us in to what will happen as well as reminding us of other publications that could give us additional background as he tells the story of a poor boy who triumphs over the hard heartedness of his ultimate superiors (the lady and son of the manor) as well as some of his fellow servants. There is wry humor that adds a level of sophistication to the story.

INCARCERON

Incarceron
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Fisher
Author's First Name: 
Catherine
Publisher: 
Dial
Publication Date: 
2010

See the annotation under "Audiobooks."

TURTLE IN PARADISE [AUDIOBOOKS]

Turtle_in_Paradise
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Holm
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer L
Narrator's First Name: 
Becca
Narrator's Last Name: 
Battoe
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2010

See the annotation under books for "Ten to Fourteen."

THE CARDTURNER: A NOVEL ABOUT A KING, A QUEEN, AND A JOKER [AUDIOBOOK]

cardturner
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sachar
Author's First Name: 
Louis
Narrator's First Name: 
Louis
Narrator's Last Name: 
Sachar
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2010

See the annotation under books for "Fourteen and Up."

COUNTDOWN

Countdown cover image
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wiles
Author's First Name: 
Deborah
Narrator's First Name: 
Emma
Narrator's Last Name: 
Galvin
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Month: 
January
Publication Date: 
2011
Franny Chapman is growing up in the middle of the Cold War. She has the typical probllems of an eleven year old but she also has to deal with her sister's Ellen mysterious activities, her Uncle Ott's condition, and of course, the fear of any day being hit by a nuclear bomb. Emma Glvin infuses Franny's voice with the angst of a young woman on the cusp of adolescence and with the fear of disaster. The wonderful audio documentary sequences which are very effectively used more than make up for the lack of photographs included in the print version. First of a trilogy. Ages 10+ Maria E.
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