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 his new home Crystal Springs, ME, where "everything was normal, but everything was also a little off" , Ephraim finds friends for the first time, bringing together 6th graders from traditionally feuding families to solve the mystery of the Appledore family's healing waters and, perhaps, healing his own father. Building on the choices offered by Tuck Everlasting (discussed in Ephraim's English class) Blakemore raises the tantalizing possibility that someone chose to drink water that would make them immortal. This is a terrific read, combining science and magic with middle school awkwardnesses, early twentieth-century science, the Peary Arctic expedition and much more. Ten to Fourteen. Kathy Isaacs
Birds say everything from “Pick Me!” to “We’re under attack!” via calls, songs, dances, struts. and booms. Beautiful pencil and watercolor illustrations on a white background show the birds clearly communicating their desires with backmatter providing additional information.
Galileo narrates his own story of invention and discovery when old and blind while under house arrest for his heretical belief in a sun-centered universe. Gouache resist and oils brightly light his invaluable contributions to science, and a timeline provides a broader context for Galileo’s achievements.
Graceful watercolor paintings and a compelling tale of city dwelling red-tailed hawks on an apartment house window ledge will engage readers' sympathies and underline the necessity of protecting habitats, even in the heart of a city.
Rubber ducks and hockey gloves are just some of the flotsam that scientists have tracked across the seas to learn about ocean currents. This fascinating story shows how scientific inquiry often reveals startling realities and leads to surprising conclusions.
When two red-tailed hawks build a nest atop a New York City apartment building, they enrapture bird lovers but enrage residents. Winter’s pastel acrylics and simple shapes give this true story a timeless character.
Highly magnified, close-up photos of more than a dozen spider species jump off the page while a brief text provides information about eating, mating, and birthing. An appendix explains how Bishop hand-raised the spiders to get the best shots.