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coming of age

ORPHAN ISLAND

ORPHAN ISLAND COVER
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snyder
Author's First Name: 
Laurel
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Walden)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Once a year, the little green boat lands at the beach carrying a single, young child. The Elder of the nine island orphans climbs aboard and floats away, while the youngster remains as Care of the new Elder. With plentiful food and a well-practiced routine, the nine orphans have little reason to question this pattern. But when the Changing leaves her in charge, Elder Jinny struggles in her new responsibilities and grapples with the uncertainty of life beyond the island. What will happen if the boat comes for Jinny and she's not ready to leave the island? A coming of age story in beautifully crafted world. - Kit Ballenger

SOME KIND OF COURAGE [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gemeinhart
Author's First Name: 
Dan
Narrator's First Name: 
Andrew
Narrator's Last Name: 
Eiden
Publisher: 
Scholastic Audio
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

A co-worker described this as the Revenant for kids. Joseph Johnson endures all sorts of trials and adventures after the loos of his family. The final blow is the underhanded sale of his horse, Sarah, by an unscrupulous caregiver. Joseph sets out to get Sarah back through the Northwest wilderness. Along the way he encounters those who would help and hinder. The narrator gives voice to this young man on his quest. This would be a great car trip book for tweens. Jenny Carroll. (10 to 14)

THE THING ABOUT LUCK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Kadohata
Author's First Name: 
Cynthia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Julia
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Kuo
Publisher: 
Atheneum
Publication Date: 
2013

After a year of bad luck, Summer hopes her fortune will change, but a family emergency requires her parents’ presence in Japan. Summer learns to make her own luck by helping her strict grandparents work a grueling Midwestern wheat harvest.

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