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ORPHAN ISLAND

ORPHAN ISLAND COVER
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snyder
Author's First Name: 
Laurel
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Walden)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Once a year, the little green boat lands at the beach carrying a single, young child. The Elder of the nine island orphans climbs aboard and floats away, while the youngster remains as Care of the new Elder. With plentiful food and a well-practiced routine, the nine orphans have little reason to question this pattern. But when the Changing leaves her in charge, Elder Jinny struggles in her new responsibilities and grapples with the uncertainty of life beyond the island. What will happen if the boat comes for Jinny and she's not ready to leave the island? A coming of age story in beautifully crafted world. - Kit Ballenger

WHEN MISCHIEF CAME TO TOWN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nannestad
Author's First Name: 
Katrina
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

After the death of her beloved mother, lively Inge Marie moves from Copenhagen to the remote island of Bornholm to live with her stern grandmother. Among other zany experiences, Inge Marie’s antics lead to a turkey in her bed and to a parade of cats following her fish scented body around town after she napped in the fish smoke house. Her exuberance brings new life and joy to her grandmother and to the island residents. This fun book, set in Denmark in 1911, gently deals with loss, homelessness, and small community life in a child-friendly way. 7-10. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies

KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lloyd
Author's First Name: 
Natalie
Narrator's First Name: 
Kate
Narrator's Last Name: 
Simses
Publisher: 
Scholastic Audio
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Emma Casey would like to share things with her mother, such as her helping out at her Granny Blue's Boneyard Café, her giving tours of the cemetery, etc. but she can't. Why? Because her mother is dead. She knows she has a special destiny waiting for her because her mother told her so before she died. After much searching she finds in the local folklore a clue to a hidden treasure. Will she find her destiny? What does the treasure hold? Uniquely voiced by Ms Simses who manages to put you right in the middle of the story with her wonderful voice. Grades 7-10 Maria E. Gentle

CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS [AUDIOBOOK]

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rundell
Author's First Name: 
Katherine
Narrator's First Name: 
Bianca
Narrator's Last Name: 
Amato
Publisher: 
Recorded Books
Publication Date: 
2015

 Will has grown up in Zimbabwe out in the bush with as much freedom as a child could want. With her mother already gone, her father’s death wreaks havoc on her life and she is sent from Zimbabwe for London and a boarding school. Unhappy from the start, Will runs away to find a way to go back home. Bianca Amata brilliantly brings the strong-willed Will alive to listeners with all of the love she has in Zimbabwe and the unhappiness she finds in London.

CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rundell
Author's First Name: 
Katherine
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2014

Vivid prose renders Wilhelmina “Wildcat” Silver as fierce and true as the vast beauty of the Zimbabwe farm where she lives with her father. Tragedy and removal to a “land of commonsense” force her to find the strength to cartwheel "into the wind."

THE NIGHT GARDENER

The Night Gardener and the tree
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Auxier
Author's First Name: 
Jonathan
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2014

Quick-witted storyteller Molly and her younger brother Kip, who won’t let his crippled leg slow him down, seek servants’ work at a ramshackle English Manor house where they uncover a mysterious and deliciously creepy curse.

A TANGLE OF KNOTS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Graff
Author's First Name: 
Lisa
Publisher: 
Philomel
Publication Date: 
2013

An eclectic cast of characters, each with their own unique magical talent link like puzzle pieces in the space above the Lost Luggage Emporium. Mouthwatering cake recipes, lyrical descriptive language, and wistful humor make this adventure worth the telling.

HATTIE EVER AFTER [AUDIOBOOK]

Hattie Ever After
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Larson
Author's First Name: 
Kirby
Narrator's First Name: 
Kirsten
Narrator's Last Name: 
Potter
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2013

Hattie Brooks leaves Montana for San Francisco in the 1920s because she wants to write  the news instead of merely reading it. She finds a mentor, newspaper woman Nelly Bly, who teachers her that in order to write stories, she first has to find them. Kirsten Potter breathes life into Hattie, capturing her misadventures, romances, and mysteries.

THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE [AUDIO]

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Aiken
Author's First Name: 
Joan
Narrator's First Name: 
Lizza
Narrator's Last Name: 
Aiken
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

With the family of cousins Bonnie and Sylvia away, Miss Slightcarp, a duplicitous nanny, sends the girls to an orphanage and plans to gain control of the estate.  To save their home, the girls must escape and outwit wily Miss Slighcarp, the wolf “inside” their house. Aiken's daughter Lizza lively narrates this beloved classic. (10-14)

THE DROWNED CITIES

The Drowned Cities
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bacigalupi
Author's First Name: 
Paolo
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2012

A boy, girl, and fierce half-man struggle against child soldiers in this companion to Shipbreaker featuring political chaos and the repercussions of global warming. Their hellish war-torn jungle surrounds former Washington, DC.

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