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.
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.
Christopher Sloan discusses the many other Tyrannosaurs that lived in the Mesozoic Era among their more well-known cousin Tyrannosaurus rex. This National Geographic production features the publisher’s usual excellent art. Graphs and timelines help explain when each of these Tyrannosaurs lived, and sidebars discuss the theories that paleontologists have regarding their close relationship to the birds of today. Particularly clear is the explanation of the simultaneous era of the dinosaurs and the breakup of supercontinent Pangaea resulting in the continents that now exist. Ten to Fourteen. -Todd Krueger
In the early days of English settlement in what is now Massachusetts, a Pokanoket boy, Little Hawk, and a colonist, John Wakely, form a friendship which endures a lifetime. Survival narrative, ghost story, and historical fantasy, this is a very moving depiction of our colonial beginnings partly from the point of view of the natives and partly from the point of view of an unchurched young man who eventually joins Roger Williams heretical colony. Sure to provoke discussion. Ten to Fourteen. Kathy Isaacs
This is a hot topic today, with weekly reports of famous athletes experiencing the results of repeated concussions. This focuses on young athletes. The author gives us football's history and how, from the first, deaths occurred due to injury. She presents new research and studies of the results of concussions on developing brains, and includes graphics of brain samples, brain scan test results and photographs. Back matter includes concussion symptoms, return to play recommendations, a bibliography and a list of further readings. Thoroughly researched with a an engaging narrative, this presents a contemporary topic in an unpreachy way. Ten to Fourteen. Carolyn La Chance
Lilo, a Austrian Romani girl, is sent to Buchenwald in 1940 where she is chosen as a film extra supporting the star and director, Leni Riefenstahl. Eventually losing both parents, Lilo meets many hardships and adventures with courage and hope before the liberation of Dachau by the allies. Atrocities such as forced sterilization are included, but details are omitted. Based on an unusual true story of Romani prisoners playing Spanish extras in a German film, this fast-moving, compelling historical novel with well-drawn characters, is appropriate for tweens, although the book opens with the character at age 15. Nominated by Valerie Diamond
We see graphic design everywhere we look. But could you describe what it is? In this book, Chip Kidd breaks up graphic design into four basic elements: form, typography, content and concept, giving the reader a very nice overview of the subject. This book doesn't just tell you what graphic design is it shows you with some great examples, such as the "negative space" in the FedEx logo and the recent book cover for R. J. Palacio's Wonder. The eight page history of graphic design alone is enough to make this book necessary in any collection. The last chapter of the book has ideas for ten graphic design projects the author hopes will encourage the reader to take on and ultimately post onto a give web site. After reading GO you will keep your eyes more open and will scrutinize your surroundings more carefully, at least for a while. Ten to Fourteen. Maria E. Gentle
Originally published in the UK in 2010, North American publishers finally got the green light to publish in 2013. What is the best way to track down your drug-dealing uncle in New York City? Well if you're a fearless 10-year old from Winnipeg, you bike to the Canadian border, than charm a cigar-smuggler into sneaking you into the States. Once in New York, you pan-handle in Times Square and befriend a rapper with a penthouse apartment. But let's be real...if you befriend a rapper with a penthouse apartment, is finding your uncle really a priority? Colorful characters and adventurous escapades abound. Ten to Fourteen. -Anne Womack
Suspenseful telling of the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the officer in charge of the extermination of Jews in World War II and of his successful transport from Argentina where he lived in hiding to Israel where he was tried for his crimes. Bascomb makes the reader feel as if you were part of the team- scared and excited. The tenacity of the Nazi hunters come through from the very beginning, including the samall part teenage Sylvia Hermann played. Many black and white photographs of the characters involved help tell the story plus a few maps makes the story visual. Thoroughly researched with bibliography, notes, and lengthy index. A story of justice done. Ages 10-14. Maria E. Gentle
Sheinkin manages to incorporate many facets of American history into this book. It not only deals with the plot by counterfeiters to steal Lincoln's body from his tomb in Illinois and hold it for $200,000 in cash plus the release of their most talented engraver who had landed in jail and hence kept the gang from doing its business. Counterfeiting reached its height right after the Civil War and the Secret Service was created to put a stop to that. A cast of characters list is included at the beginning which is most helpful. Black and white photographs, glossary of phrases, source notes and an index completes the package. Ages ten to fourteen. Maria E. Gentle
The uniqueness of this story, a child who lived through the Holocaust is what makes this book especially a good one for this age group. Not exactly an Anne Frank diary, Mr. Leyson reminises on the events of his childhood. His feelings are genuinely described, not feelings of pity for himself, but feelings of shame and confusion which ring true. He also gives a lot of credit for his survival and that of his family to Oskar Shindler, a bon-vivant with a heart. Some photographs are included as well as a short resource page on Holocaust web-sites. Mr. Leyson went on live what he and others considered a remarkable life in these United States. A small book but with a lot of power. Ten to Fourteen. María Gentle
Step by step we learn of the events that led to JFK's assassination. In part one we get a feel of the political conditions the president faced at the time including his election, the Bay of Pigs incident, the Cuban missle crisis, the Space race, civil rights, etc. and in part two we learn of the particular events leading to that fateful day of November 22, 1963. With the 50th anniversary of JFK's death this is a timely book clearly depicting the events for a young audience that may not be familiar with that part of history. Full of black and white photographs, diagrams, source notes, bibliography, and index is is one of the best books that covers this topic. Ten to Fourteen. María Gentle.