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 1890s in China's Shantug Province, Little Bao, emulating the heroes of the operas he loves, joins the Society of the Righteous Fist while neighbor Four-Girl becomes a Christian, inspired by Joan of Arc, and fighting on the other side of the Boxer Rebellion. Boxed as a matched set these two volumes present a slice of Chinese history and a graphic demonstration that wars have two sides. The stories and images connect and reflect each other in breath-taking ways. Ten to Fourteen. K. Isaacs
This book makes a good starting point in discussing the topic of war. When Suzanne Collins was in first grade her father went over to serve in Viet Nam and this story is told from the young Collins' viewpoint. What does a six year-old make of war? She worries that mom will leave too so she keeps a close eye on her. She gleans from others that her Dad is in a jungle and she imagines a fun place with exotic animals. But when neighbors begin saying that her dad "will be just fine" she begins to realize that they are worried for him. Her imaginings begin to get a bit darker. She accidentally sees some news footage on TV and she hides in the closet and cries. Her dreams are nightmarish now. But Dad suddenly returns, different but still Dad. She knows now that being afraid is OK - you can still be brave. This story takes place across a year and shows what an impact war has on those who are left behind. Seven to Ten. Joan Kindig.
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.
A reporter provides vivid descriptions of his experiences covering Black September and the Yom Kippur War in 1973 for a U.S. wire service. His timely insights guide readers through the continuing conflicts in the Middle East.
Two teens find themselves in the heat of battle as World War I is recreated as a struggle between the Clankers, an army relying on incredible war machines, and the Darwinists, who employ fantastic creatures. This exciting, adventure story is brought vividly to life by Thompson’s illustrations.