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.
When no one in her busy family wants to play with her, a girl uses chalk to draw herself into a wordless adventure involving boats, balloons, mechanized airships and a flying carpet in a steampunk world from which she rescues a bird. A carefully crafted homage to previous illustrators (Crockett Johnson, Maurice Sendak, Shaun Tan and more) but with its own 21st century connections. For audiences of a wide age range. Seven to Ten. Kathy Isaacs
Eleven-year-old Cady, whose baking Talent is evident in the included cake recipes, finally finds her real home in a story as convoluted as the knots tied by a mysterious man in the gray suit who appears at turning points in this magical puzzle. The story lines follow a disparate set of characters, revealing secrets and making connections right up to the happy ending. Ten to Fourteen. K. Isaacs
A powerful continuation of the story begun in Impossible. Ancestor Fenella returns to the Scarborough family to work out her own curse. long life, by destroying their home, love and hope. Her feline companion, the son of the Faerie Queen is a strong unique character who adds a bit of spice and perspective to the story. How it is all resolved makes for a compelling read and Fenella, a character you should despise for her actions, is one you can't forget. Fourteen and Up. Edie Ching (This title will appear on the September agenda.)
Letters slipped through a crack connect residents of two very different worlds. Fourteen-year-old Madeleine has lived in poverty in Cambridge, England, since she and her mother ran away from their jet-setting life. Madeleine worries about her mother's increasingly bizarre behavior and wonders why her father hasn't come to find them. Elliot lives in the fantastical kingdom of Cello. He's trying to track down his missing father while surviving the attacks of vicious Colors. Madeleine and Elliot's correspondence provides them with insight and support. Characters are fully developed and both worlds are vividly drawn in this original fantasy about missing persons and finding one's place in the world. Ten to Fourteen. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
Rendi, a runaway stranded in the peculiar village of Clear Sky, starts trading tales with a storyteller that help him unravel the many mysteries around him, including the biggest—the moon’s disappearance. Chinese folklore interweaves and ties together the lyrical, complex plot and memorable characters.
In this richly developed fantasy, half-human, half-dragon Seraphina, 16, confronts fear and tension in the uneasy truce between humans and dragons.This absorbing blend of intrigue, romance, and self-discovery features a creative, independent heroine.
When Jon starts boarding school in Salisbury, England, malicious ghosts haunt him. With new friend Ella, he calls on the trustworthy ghost of Sir Longspee, sworn to help those in need. Elliot Hill’s narration captures the quiet humor that leavens the suspense of this ghost story, a perfect choice for middle-grade fans of knights and castles. (10-14)
In the companion to Finnikin of the Rock, Froi’s secret mission to the kingdom of Charyn to kill its king features expert world-building and stunning plot twists. In Charyn, Froi discovers shocking facts about his own past and more about the mysterious and intriguing Charynite princess, Quintana.