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.
In 14 poems the voices of 14 different slaves are heard, describing the hardships of their individual lives and their dreams of freedom. The theme of quilt patterns is carried out in those dreams and in Michele Wood's powerfully living illustrations. [publication date waiting to be verified]
As a father and daughter ski through a snow-blanketed woodland observing squirrels, foxes, and hares, cutaway views give readers a window into a fascinating hidden animal kingdom under the snow that scientists call the subnivean zone. There the mice, chipmunks, and bumblebees sleep.
A host of children celebrate the beauty of stars both as far-off wonders and as earthly tokens of hope and companionship in their daily lives. Simple vignettes alternate with panoramas, amplifying and echoing the poetic text.
After her father's death, Liesl is determined to bury his ashes next to her mother's. With the help of Po, a ghost from the Other Side, she escapes her step-mother's attic, steals the box of ashes and sneaks aboard a train. Only, the box doesn't actually contain ashes. Will, an alchemist's apprentice, has bungled his deliveries. Liesl is actually carrying terrifically powerful magic. Narrator Jim Dale shines as the characters and storylines come together for a rather satisfying conclusion. (Appears to be available for download only. Both Fairfax and Arlington have copies via Overdrive). Audiobook. Colleen Beaupre