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.
On her first day in a new school Piddy Sanchez is told that a girl she has not even met is out to "kick her ass" . she spends a good part of this story trying to figure out why as she also deals with her chaning body, the loss of an old friend, the changes in her relationship with her mother, the effort to just survive in what has become a very hostile environment. Piddy could be any girl who suddenly and I explicably is the target if a bully. How that terrorizes her and changes her life in profound and dark ways is well realized in this book as is the sene of the warmth of the Latino community,especially in the beauty parlor. Fourteen and Up. Edie Ching
Life has changed for Piddy Sanchez. Her decrepit apartment building gets so bad that Mama decides to move them across town. Yaqui ends up at a new school with some rough characters including a bullying Latina girl with a violent streak named Yaqui Delgado. Piddy doesn't know why Yaqui has decided to torment her but the torment ends with a physical attack on Piddy that is filmed and put up on the internet. Piddy feels all alone in this new neighborhood and school and her best friend from the old neighborhood has moved away. This once straight A student with enormous potential is slowly falling between the cracks. Will she rat Yaqui out or try to fly under the radar. This is a strong audiobook with a strong story of mother-daugter relationships, inner city gangs, tough girls and bullying. Audio. Joan Kindig
Seeger tackles bullying in her latest book and does so in a rather unique way. The red of the simple front cover along with the bull's angry stare sets the stage for the scenes to come. We first meet the bull in an enclosure with a bigger bull who yells at him to, "GO AWAY!" The look on his face is sadness and hurt and he does what he is told. He comes upon a rabbit, a chicken, and a turtle who ask if he'd like to play. His expression turns mean and he bellows, "NO!" Even though he has just been hurt by the bigger bull, his behavior mirrors him with these new friends. He calls them names and each time he does he grows larger on the page until he is overpowering. Along comes a billy goat who looks like an ant in comparison and he challenges the bull by calling him a bully. After the goat challenges him twice the bull begins to think about what he has done. As if he were a balloon deflating, the bull flies willy-nilly all over the page. When he is back to his normal size he apologizes to the animals and forgiveness is the order of the day. Seeger plays with the bull's size, with font, and placement on the page that makes children see the effects of bullying. Up to Seven. Joan Kindig
Piggie is distraught that a big guy took her ball and Gerald decides, in the interest of gallantry, that he will get to the bottom of it. He strides off ready to confront this bully and finds that the big guy is a whale and is REALLY, REALLY big and that actually it was his ball all along. Piggie had only found it. In addition, E&P both feel awful for the whale because he has no one to play with. Demonstrating the compassion we have come to expect of E&P, they invite him to play Whale Ball (even they don't know what THAT is!) with them. It was nice to see this rush to judgment turned on its head. Up to Seven. Joan Kindig
Tim is a 17 year old albino, who is a senior year transfer to a co-ed prep school. He meets the school's "it" girl Vanessa on his travels to this school, setting up a love triangle with the school's alpha male. Tim is doomed to be an outsider because of his appearance, but this relationship only makes things harder for him. 14 and Up. Kathie Weinberg
Chloe and her friends shun the new girl Maya and call her “Never New” because of her “hand-me-down” clothes. Haunting watercolors, as fluid as the text, support Chloe’s heartbreaking realization of lost opportunity.
Unlike underdog Ishmael, new student James—quirky and independent—turns the tables on the class bully instead of avoiding him. An intrepid English teacher and some unlikely comrades round out this cheeky but touching Australian tale.