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BARKUS

BARKUS (book cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Maclachlan
Author's First Name: 
Patricia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Marc
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Boutavant
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. -Kit Ballenger (Up to Seven)

HOORAY FOR ANNA HIBISCUS! [AUDIOBOOK]

Hooray for Anna Hibiscus!
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Atinuke
Narrator's First Name: 
Mutiyat
Narrator's Last Name: 
Ade-Salu
Publisher: 
Recorded Books
Publication Date: 
2013

This audio for a collection of vignettes about young Anna’s “amazing Africa” only adds to the sensorial flavor of self, social awareness, and the humor of life with her lively extended West African family. Ade-salu’s clear and melodic voice adeptly switches between the narration and the characters’ distinctive accents.

THE TWINS' BLANKET

twins' blanket
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yum
Author's First Name: 
Hyewon
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 
2011

The twins have always shared their bed and blanket, but now it is time for something new. Colorful mixed-media illustrations set against ample white space and ingenious use of the gutter illustrate this story of growing up separate but the same.

THE PENDERWICKS AT POINT MOUETTE [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Birdsall
Author's First Name: 
Jeanne
Narrator's First Name: 
Susan
Narrator's Last Name: 
Denaker
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2011

THE CARDTURNER: A NOVEL ABOUT A KING, A QUEEN, AND A JOKER [AUDIOBOOK]

cardturner
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sachar
Author's First Name: 
Louis
Narrator's First Name: 
Louis
Narrator's Last Name: 
Sachar
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2010

See the annotation under books for "Fourteen and Up."

HEWITT ANDERSON'S GREAT BIG LIFE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nolen
Author's First Name: 
Jerdine
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kadir
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Nelson
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 
2005

A normal-sized boy in a family of giants proves that stature is more about character, wit, and determination than size. Realistic oil paintings make the most of the contrasting sizes and shapes in this original tall tale.

THE CARDTURNER: A NOVEL ABOUT A KING, A QUEEN, AND A JOKER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sachar
Author's First Name: 
Louis
Publisher: 
Delacorte
Publication Date: 
2010

While reluctantly driving his blind, cynical, and verbally abusive great uncle to bridge tournaments and turning cards for him, Alton, 17, discovers the strategies of bridge along with the subtleties of family relationships and romance in this humorous and moving novel. Sacher's narration of the audio captures Alton's mixed emotions about his family and his slowly awakening awareness that he enjoys learning how to play bridge.

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