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 the depth of the Great Depression, a fifteen-year-old girl is sent away to boarding school/horseback riding camp by her wealthy parents after a scandal involving her boy cousin. Exiled from her family, the sheltered teen learns to relate to girls of her own age for the first time, and asks herself what kind of person she really is. The reader sees the present and past, toggling back and forth, through the eyes of the main character, as she allows herself to remember more of the background that led up to the family tragedy. An absorbing adult book with a teen protagonist and first-person narration. Fourteen and Up. Valerie Diamond
Funny, smart, and hard working Deza Malone, from Bud, Not Buddy, has to rely on her talents when her Dad goes missing and her Mom loses her job during the Great Depression. Turpin’s narration covers the gamut of emotions, distinguishing each character and bringing Deza’s intelligence and humor to life. The novel fulfills qualities of a superb story punctuated with both laughter and tears. (10-14)