Browse Books by Year

Ten to Fourteen

This view shows all of the books in this age group that have been selected in years past and nominated for the current year (but not yet selected). The nominations are marked by a "Nomination(not yet selected):" label.

TUMBLE & BLUE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Beasley
Author's First Name: 
Casey
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Blue Montgomery knows he is cursed, he can never win at anything, and that is why his "lucky" dad abandons him at the family homestead. Tumble Wilson is trying to escape her "history" and rescue Blue. Unlikely friends, the two discover inner strengths that change their fate and that of their families. A complex book worth the careful reading it demands. (10-14) Edie Ching

TRAIN I RIDE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Mosier
Author's First Name: 
Paul
Publisher: 
Harper
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
On a train from California to Chicago, where she’ll live with an unknown relative, Rydr is struggling with loss, anger, and self-acceptance. She has survived the deaths of her drug-addicted mother and of her mean, chain-smoking grandmother. On the train ride Rydr transforms, and is transformed by, her fellow passengers, including a poet, a renegade Boy Scout, and a kind food vendor. Simple but powerful prose deliver wisdom and an unforgettable, heart-wrenching character. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies (10-14)

When the Sky Breaks: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and the Worst Weather in the World

storm clouds, twister, and lightning
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Winchester
Author's First Name: 
Simon
Publisher: 
Penguin (Viking)
Publication Month: 
Jan
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes--disastrous weather explained by the author of When the Earth Shakes. Graceful writing and stunning photographs combine for an inviting introduction to superstorms.(10-14. K. Isaacs)

ME AND MARVIN GARDENS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
King
Author's First Name: 
Amy Sarig
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Arthur A. Levine)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Obe is a loner who cares more about the environment than almost anything else until he "discovers" a very unusual animal that eats "plastic". This is a book about environmental awareness, bullying and friendship, family relation ships and self acceptance. Pretty ambitious but very engaging. The daily school "facts" about environmental dangers will be of interest to young scientists. Edie Ching (10-14)

BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION; A FIGHT FOR SIMPLE JUSTICE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rubin
Author's First Name: 
Susan Goldman
Publisher: 
Holiday House
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A book that sheds new light on this famous Supreme Court decision thanks to Rubin's extensive research and interest in the subject. There were many cases combined to go beyond just the concept of separate schools but to look at the larger picture of civil rights and the equality of all people. The background of each case is presented, the sacrifices that many families endured and the problems that followed even after the decision. Edie Ching (10-14)

EYES OF THE WORLD; ROBERT CAPA, GERDA TARO AND THE INENTION OF MODERN PHOTOJOURNALISM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Aronson
Author's First Name: 
Marc
Second Author's First Name: 
Marina
Second Author's Last Name: 
Budhos
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
The authors, a husband and wife team, bring to this book about the "partnership" of two people whose lives and work are deeply entwined a sense of what collaboration is all about and how it impacts relationships and identities. The book looks at the influence both subjects had on the world of photography, how they attempted to sway the public about international events and the risks they took to tell the events that took place before their eyes. The Spanish Civil War is an important subject in this book as is the impact of photojournalism. It is also a strong depiction of a woman who would not be deterred and while a companion of a talented man, developed her own talent and insisted on her own work and recognition. A book with broad appeal and lots to excite further exploration. (Ten to Fourteen)

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).

THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER

Silhouette in birdcage
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Spinelli
Author's First Name: 
Jerry
Publisher: 
Penguin (Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Month: 
Jan
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Cammie O'Reilly, the warden's motherless, angry daughter, looks back at the summer of her 13th birthday, the summer she spent trying to turn silent, distant Eloda, the trustee working as "Cammie-keeper,"into a mother figure. Set in the Two Mills, PA 1950s of the author's childhood, this is a moving coming-of-age novel with background issues of race and incarceration. (K. Isaacs. 10-14)

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)

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
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