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.

WE WILL NOT BE SILENT: THE WHITE ROSE STUDENT RESISTANCE MOVEMENT THAT DEFIED HITLER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Freedman
Author's First Name: 
Russell
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2016

 This slim book powerfully tells the story of the White Rose resistance movement in Germany. Founded by siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, who were later arrested for treason and beheaded by the Nazi Regime, this tells the story of a group of college students who defied the Nazi Government and ended up losing everything.

MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Anderson
Author's First Name: 
John David
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Walden)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Three sixth-grade boys decide to skip school to let their teacher know how much she means to them while she's in the hospital with cancer. This book is part caper novel, as all their plans go astray, and part touching tribute to the power of a good teacher.

WOLF HOLLOW

WOLF HOLLOW
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wolk
Author's First Name: 
Lauren
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dutton)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Annabelle's quiet life, already altered by the effect of World War II on her Pennsylvania community, is further upset by a vicious “dark-hearted” new girl, who disappears mysteriously. A local recluse and vagabond haunted by the World War I becomes prime suspect in this. Annabelle's perceptive voice carries this grim story of unjust persecution to a hopeful end.

IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dumas
Author's First Name: 
Firoozeh
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2016

 Iranian immigrant Zomorod, aka “Cindy,” tries to fit in at her new California middle school in the late 1970s, just as the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis bring fear and discrimination. But Cindy’s voice is wry and true in this humorous tale of identity and acceptance.

IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dumas
Author's First Name: 
Firoozeh
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When eleven-year-old Zomorov moves to Newport Beach, California in 1978 she’s tired of explaining her Iranian country and culture to others, and just wants to make friends and blend in. So she changes her name to Cindy and sets out to be “normal.” She eventually makes friends and even joins the Girl Scouts. All seems to be going well until the Iranian Revolution puts Iran on the front page. Then the American hostages are taken, and Zomorov’s family faces discrimination and hatred. Told with humor and an authentic middle-school voice, Zomorov’s story about trying to fit in also informs about the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Sadly, although it's set in the 1970s, it also reflects current issues of prejudice and xenophobia. Ten to fourteen. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies

IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dumas
Author's First Name: 
Firoozeh
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When eleven-year-old Zomorov moves to Newport Beach, California in 1978 she’s tired of explaining her Iranian country and culture to others, and just wants to make friends and blend in. So she changes her name to Cindy and sets out to be “normal.” She eventually makes friends and even joins the Girl Scouts. All seems to be going well until the Iranian Revolution puts Iran on the front page. Then the American hostages are taken, and Zomorov’s family faces discrimination and hatred. Told with humor and an authentic middle-school voice, Zomorov’s story informs about the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis, while sadly reflecting current issues of prejudice and xenophobia. Ten to fourteen. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies

WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER

WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lin
Author's First Name: 
Grace
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
2016

 Pinmei must find the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night in order to ransom her beloved grandmother, the Storyteller, from the ruthless Tiger Emperor. Original stories echo traditional Chinese folktales interspersed throughout, and handsome spot art and full color illustrations celebrate the Chinese setting.

GHOSTS

GHOSTS
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Telgemeier
Author's First Name: 
Raina
Illustrator's First Name: 
color by Braden
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lamb
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
201624

 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.

SAMURAI RISING: THE EPIC LIFE OF MINAMOTO YOSHITSUNE

Samurai Rising
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Turner
Author's First Name: 
Pamela S.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Gareth
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hinds
Publisher: 
Charlesbridge
Publication Date: 
2016

 Details of the time and culture, along with powerful illustrations, add to the value of this account of the life of one of Japan's most powerful figures and the world in which he tried to establish his birthright. End notes increase our understanding of a world that was brutal and unforgiving.

THE BEST MAN

The Best Man
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Peck
Author's First Name: 
Richard
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2016

 Archer Magil's first grade started with a wedding; his sixth grade year ends with another. Archer's friendships grow and evolve along with his perception of the world and what it means to be a man in a narrative that is often poignant, laugh-out loud funny and always plausible.

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