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Grief

WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Vail
Author's First Name: 
Rachel
Narrator's First Name: 
Simone
Narrator's Last Name: 
Policano
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Date: 
February 28, 2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This modern, middle-school retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac introduces readers to a group of friends who are making their first forays into the mysterious world of romance. One day Gracie notices her friend A.J. in a new light and is immediately in the midst of her first real crush. However, A.J. is interested in Grace's best friend Sienna. Sienna and A.J. can't seem to communicate without the help of their best friends. On top of all these new complications, Gracie feels constant pressure to be a ray of sunshine for her parents who lost their first child seven years before Gracie was born. Gracie draws readers in with her funny, offbeat inner monologue. The reader brings to life the characters, humor and heart throughout this story. (M. Crews)

SUMMERLOST [AUDIOBOOK]

SUMMERLOST [AUDIOBOOK]
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Condie
Author's First Name: 
Ally
Narrator's First Name: 
Phoebe
Narrator's Last Name: 
Strole
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Cedar’s family is still grieving deeply when they move to Iron Creek, home of a renowned theater festival. She uncovers a mystery in the untimely death of a bygone starlet, but this isn’t the only problem she must resolve in this touching and thoughtfully told story. The lowkey narration echoes the sense of loss.

THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING

Seventh Most Important Thing
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pearsall
Author's First Name: 
Shelley
Publisher: 
Penguin (Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 In 1963 Washington D.C. Arthur Owens is angry and confused as he struggles to come to terms with the death of his dad and his community service with the local Junk Man. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton.

BOATS FOR PAPA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bagley
Author's First Name: 
Jessixa
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2015

 The boats that Buckley sends out to sea for his Papa reach someone else who loves Buckley, too.

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Niven
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer
Publisher: 
Penguin (Anchor/Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Violet Markey meets Theodore Finch at the top of their school’s bell tower the day they were both planning on jumping off in this heartbreaking story about love, friendship and the powerful effects of mental illness.

KETCHUP CLOUDS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pitcher
Author's First Name: 
Annabel
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2013

Through a series of letters to a murderer on death row in a Texas prison who never responds, "Zoe" slowly divulges her story. She too has been involved in a death, but was it her fault?

 

SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS

Splendor and Glooms
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Schlitz
Author's First Name: 
Laura Amy
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2012

After a wealthy family hires Grisini, a talented street puppeteer, and his orphaned apprentices to entertain for their daughter Clara on her 12th birthday, Clara and Grisini disappear. In the search for Clara, the orphans encounter and outsmart both evil and magic.

SILHOUETTED BY THE BLUE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jones
Author's First Name: 
Traci L.
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 
2011

Season of Secrets

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
NIchols
Author's First Name: 
Sally
Publisher: 
Arthur A. Levine
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Molly and her sister Hannah are reluctantly living with their Grandparents after the sudden death of their mother because their father is unable to care for them. Molly encounters the Green man, the god of spring, who becomes her object of care and concern and as she deals with her loneliness, her sister’s anger and her father’s “inability to cope”.

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nelson
Author's First Name: 
Jandy
Publisher: 
Dial
Publication Date: 
2010

Devastated when her older sister Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie's life becomes even more complicated when she finds she has feelings for both her sister’s grieving boyfriend and the new boy in town. She expresses her confusion in poems that she scatters everywhere.

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