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Noted author Ann Bausum will receive the Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C.'s Non-Fiction Award on Saturday April 29 at a luncheon at Clyde's restaurant. There will be an opportunity to purchase her books and have them signed as well as hear Ann talk about her work. The event is at Clyde's Gallery Place from noon to 3 p.m. . Tickets are $35 and may be ordered through the Guild web site childrensbookguild.org or by mail with a check to the guild c/o Terry Jennings, 1836 Post Oak Trail, Reston, Va. 20191.
Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
This book sweetly answers the age old question of where does the dead goldfish go. Not down the toilet in this case. Instead this goldfish becomes a ghost, looking for a place to "settle down". There are lots of little clues here of the goldfish's "former" life, the title of books lying about, a banner from Cape Cod. The illustrations are warm and give a strong sense of place, the beach, the town, other wanderings. A nice alternative to all of those other dead fish stories.
Edie Ching (up to 7).
In the hours leading up to his execution, Niels, a fifteen year old Danish boy, reflects on his life while the villagers who condemned him reflect on the questions of guilt, justice, and the nature of Niels’ punishment. Based on the true story of the last public execution in Denmark, which took place in 1853, the social, ethical, and even economic questions raised still have relevance in today’s society.
Though the coastal air will help ease her sister’s struggle with cystic fibrosis, Catrina is unhappy about moving to a new town known for its fascination with ghosts in this graphic novel about family, courage, and culture—and the fear of death.
Jo Montfort is a young woman in the 1890's who has it all—until her father is found dead of an apparent suicide. An unforgettable combination of romance, mystery, adventure and historical fiction, impeccably paced by Bubbs.
In the five years since terrorists murdered his sister Rose, Jamie, 10, can barely remember her; Rose’s twin sister, Jaz, has rebelled; his mother has left; and his alcoholic father wallows in Rose’s memory. An unexpected source forces them to reconnect with each other.
At twelve, Fern feels alienated from her siblings—an older brother discovering sexuality, a grumpy sister, and a pesky brother Charlie, 3—while her father works incessantly and her mother meditates. Only family tragedy makes them understand their need for each other.
Mary O'Hara, 12, thinks her great-grandmother is a new neighbor, but Tansy, dead since age 25 from influenza, is a ghost ready to be with her dying daughter, Ember, Mary’s beloved Granny. Those three and Mary’s mother, Scarlett, take an intergenerational midnight journey before their final parting.
Charlie Bucktin, 13, unwittingly coaxed into a gruesome crime scene, faces his bookish naiveté and perceptions of truth while questioning his seemingly ordinary family and community. Australian Matt Cowlrick creates eerie calmness, sarcastic acceptance, and desperation to keep the reader clinging and wondering until the very end (12 up).
When Great-Aunt Louise dies, antagonists Stella and Angel tell no one because their only real home is the summer rental property where they have lived with her. They continue to clean the cottages and keep their secret while this intense situation fosters unexpected friendship and maturation between them.