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Those dates with an * indicate that a Board meeting will follow the regular discussion. All meetings will take place starting at 9:30 in the Auditorium at Arlington Central Library.
Help Celebrate the new Saturday Hours of the Young Reader's Center at the Library of Congress on Sat. January 28 between 9:30 and 4:30. Meg Medina and Dr. Hayden will present at 10, Erica Perl at 1. There will be lots of other activities and a surprise parade at 4.
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.
In this character and plot rich story we meet many unforgettable characters who fill up,Salvadore Silvia'/s world. Tthe adopted son of a Mexican
American father who happens to be gay, he has a best friend Sam, a feisty girl with
attitude, a thightfu loving grandmother and a friend in need, Fito. But all the characters are
In need in this book in the way that we are all in need, of self understanding, companionship,
love, families. This is a book that looks at how to live life, face grief, find self awareness
understand love. Sound ambitious, yes......and memorable. Edie Ching (14 and uo)
Bolshevik Russia, fairy tale style. This enchanting novel takes readers on a journey through the Russian Revolution at the end of the Romanov rule/World War I and into Russia’s new era. Told through the eyes of British journalist and author Arthur Ransome, a real historical figure who retold a collection of Russian fairy tales in English, readers traverse through the world of Russian politics, espionage, and experience Arthur’s love for Russia and its people during this pivotal period in European history. Readers drawn to good storytelling and/or historical fiction will find this novel an intriguing delight. K. Troch Fourteen & Up
Fourteen year old Faith has an insatiable desire to learn about the natural world but is stifled under the expectations and mores of Victorian England. When her scientist father dies, Faith suspects he has been murdered because of secret knowledge of a tree that flourishes on lies and she determines to find her father's killer and the tree. Told in vivid historical detail and heart stopping prose.
Natasha, an undocumented immigrant, about to be deported to Jamaica with her family, makes a last ditch effort to remain in the country she feels is her home. Through a series of circumstances - fate- something Natasha does not believe in, she meets David, the son of Korean immigrants. David is about to interview for Yale, a fulfillment of his parents' dream but far from what he wants. Natasha, with the mind of a scientist and Daniel, with the heart of a poet, spend a day moving through New York City and falling in love, touching the lives of others, and learning about themselves. Yoon's insightful writing and unusual narrative structure makes this an authentically touching story and a meditation on how we become our true selves. Deborah Taylor
A fascinating exploration of the history and development of forensic science and investigation. This non-fiction title surveys topics from fingerprints, blood pattern analysis, autopsies, ballistics, criminal profiling to DNA analysis using real case examples from around the world. The text includes images, primary source material, an extensive sources list, and index. A good introduction to this complex topic for both science/mystery enthusiasts and those with a casual interest in the topic that is detailed but does not overwhelm the reader. Fourteen and Up. K. Troch
Sixteen year-old Sarah lives in a unstable family environment. Her brother left years ago and her mother and father are on different schedules so they don't have to see each other. Into this mix, Sarah suddenly finds she can no longer draw. Is this an existential crisis or something else? As she delves into what is happening with her, she quits attending school and starts hanging out on the streets. Her life is a "Still Life with Tornado." Ms King expertly uses different versions of Sarah to confront a past of domestic violence as well as a present of bullying from the art club. A thought provoking novel that will have readers on the edge of their seats while Sarah struggles to come to terms with her reality. Fourteen and up. Ruth Compton
To a teenage boy, who is bullied and depressed over the suicide of his boyfriend, is life worth living? Aliens - he calls sluggers - have been abducting Henry to run experiments. The latest experiment, will Henry push the button to save the world or will he let the world explode? Mr. Hutchinson deftly draws readers in to Henry's world as we endure his struggles with life. We understand Henry's desire to destroy the world because we feel his despair at every turn. Luckily, there are also moments of hope. A provocative book that readers won't be able to put down. Fourteen and up. Ruth Compton
Fifteen-year-old Chinese-Australian Lucy Lam unexpectedly wins a scholarship to Laurinda, a prestigious private school in Melbourne, where she quickly learns about the school's pecking order and how to survive. Lucy's characterization is written with great intensity, and issues of class, race, and privilege are deftly examined in this superb novel. Fourteen and Up. -Todd Krueger
A fast-paced collective biography of women who played important roles in the Pacific arena of World War II. Included are inspiring and frightening accounts of journalists, nurses, spies, resisters, and civilians caught in the midst of war from a variety of backgrounds. Organized by geographic area from China to the Dutch East Indies in short but engaging chapters, this book also includes discussion questions, an introduction to the context of WWII, detailed source notes, and suggestions for further reading. Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, this title is an excellent choice for those who enjoy history, historical fiction, and/or biographies. Fourteen and up. K. Troch
On the longlist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Anna-Marie McLemore weaves an enchanting fairy tale with evocative prose that will sweep readers into the tale of Sam and Miel. A tale as old as boys being girls and girls being boys, a tale as old as love and loss, a tale where the only path to hope is to be true to yourself. The language of this fairy tale will make readers think of days gone by and will remind us that love is worth the effort. Fourteen and up. Ruth Compton