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2013

CHLOE AND THE LION

chloe and the lion cover
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Barnett
Author's First Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Adam
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Rex
Publisher: 
Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2012

Author and illustrator learn they must work together despite artistic differences, or the book they each imagine will never exist. The story about Chloe differentiates from the story of the story through cartoon art including balsa backdrops, Sculpey clay figures, and computer graphics.

This Song Will Save Your Life

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sales
Author's First Name: 
Leila
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2013
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
After a failed attempt to assimilate with the high school masses, 16-year-old Elise Dumbowski contemplates suicide - only to have that backfire as well. Alone and lonely, she stumbles upon an underground dance club while walking around one night to clear her head. At the club she finds more than friendship. Standing behind the turntables, she finds her passion, talent, and ultimately, herself. This book had me at hello. Elise’s dry humor and pragmatic approach to life are a winning combination. Her voice is honest, funny and rings 100% authentic. She is a character that will connect with teen readers, wherever their place in the high school hierarchy. A thoughtfully drawn cast of secondary characters including parents and siblings who aren’t invisible, classmates who range from cruel to well-meaning to un-noticed and dance club kids rounds out this character-driven novel. Insightful writing that encapsulates big ideas in simple ways drives the novel forward and keeps the reader looking to Elise as a source for humor and honesty. I was struck by passages like “...Sometimes when you are worn down, day after day, relentlessly, with no reprieve for years piled on years, sometimes you lose everything but the ability to cry.” (p.12) “Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe they’re right.” (p. 241) “But you know better than anyone else how the Internet sees everything and nothing, all at the same time.” (p. 262) And the music! Not only do the songs and bands mentioned throughout the novel make you want to put together an iTunes playlist to put yourself in the club with Elise (even when you don’t know the song or the artist), but a list “Recommended Listening” is included after the acknowledgments that gives a full listing of title and artist to get interested readers started.

MOUSTERPIECE: A MOUSE-SIZED GUIDE TO MODERN ART

Mousterpiece
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Zalben
Author's First Name: 
Jane Breskin
Publisher: 
Neal Porter
Publication Date: 
2012

An artistic mouse eagerly inserts her self-portrait into twenty-two brightly-hued copies of famous modern art pieces. After faithfully capturing styles from Picasso to Pollack, she finally finds her own uniqueness. An afterward provides biographical information about the artists.

THE RAVEN BOYS [AUDIO]

The Raven Boys
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stiefvater
Author's First Name: 
Maggie
Narrator's First Name: 
Will
Narrator's Last Name: 
Patton
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Fourteen and Up."

MY FRIEND DAHMER

My Friend Dahmer
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Backderf
Author's First Name: 
Derf
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2012

Backderf knew serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer as a weird high-school friend who behaved bizarrely for their amusement. The carefully-crafted illustrations in this graphic novel reveal Dahmer’s seriousness in contrast to his classmates’ disregard and Backderf’s belief that early intervention and treatment might have stopped Dahmer’s violence.

THE FANTASTIC JUNGLES OF HENRI ROUSSEAU

Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Markel
Author's First Name: 
Michelle
Illustrator's First Name: 
Amanda
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hall
Publisher: 
Eerdmans
Publication Date: 
2012

Self-taught artist Henri Rousseau ignored harsh critics by continuing to paint in his surrealistic, primitive style until younger painters like Picasso recognized his uniqueness. Illustrations in Rousseau’s dreamy style feature vibrant colors in both watercolor and acrylic. Backmatter enlarges Rousseau’s story.

THE BIRDS OF BETHLEHEM

Birds of Bethlehem
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
dePaola
Author's First Name: 
Tomie
Publisher: 
Nancy Paulsen
Publication Date: 
2012

Colorful anthropomorphized birds from Bethlehem agree that they must investigate this miracle attracting kings and "heavenly hosts" singing in the night to their town. Their "birds'-eye view" creates an unusual approach to the Nativity story.

INFINITY AND ME

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hosford
Author's First Name: 
Kate
Illustrator's First Name: 
Gabi
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Swiatkowska
Publisher: 
Carolrhoda
Publication Date: 
2012

Pondering the meaning of infinity, Uma, while wearing her new red shoes, asks friends (“napping figure eight), teachers (endless music), and family (a family tree) for definitions. Creative age-appropriate examples complement whimsical illustration to explore this sophisticated concept.

UNSPOKEN: A STORY FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cole
Author's First Name: 
Henry
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2012

Graphite illustrations in this monochromatic tale set in Confederate Virginia expressively present an imagined episode about the Underground Railroad.Powerfully--and wordlessly--a young girl's courage fights oppression.

BEYOND COURAGE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF JEWISH RESISTANCE DURING THE HOLOCAUST

Beyond Courage
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rappaport
Author's First Name: 
Doreen
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2012

This well-researched and documented assembly of inspiring and incredible stories of individuals and small groups who valiantly fought against the Nazi regime offers a look at people who decided that, regardless of the consequences, they would focus on survival for themselves and others in need. Archival photographs and thorough backmatter complement the text.

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