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.
Interviews with Audrey, Wash, James, and Arnetta, participants as children in the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, recreate the rarely-related story of this important civil rights event. After they protested peacefully, they were arrested and jailed. Archival photographs and extensive author notes complement the well-researched narrative of their role in Birmingham’s desegregation.
Young, old, disabled, healthy, black, white gather to march on Washington at Lincoln Memorial with Dr. King in this simple story illustrated with pencil outlines on textured colors. Backmatter offers dates and facts about this pivotal period in history.
Charlie Bucktin, 13, unwittingly coaxed into a gruesome crime scene, faces his bookish naiveté and perceptions of truth while questioning his seemingly ordinary family and community. Australian Matt Cowlrick creates eerie calmness, sarcastic acceptance, and desperation to keep the reader clinging and wondering until the very end (12 up).
Frogs eat flies, and six silly stories with simple text for beginning readers with comic-style illustrations introduce a frog staying faithful to its nature. But then frog meets bear, and bear likes tasty frogs. . . .
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.
Fascinated by the ducks in a nearby pond, a little girl recounts their day from dawn to dusk. Mallard duck facts cleverly embedded in these beautifully and accurately-rendered mixed-media illustrations backed with ample white space will delight young animal lovers.
In this coming-of-age novel set in a small Montana town, a recently-orphaned and spirited young woman, Cameron, discovers her homosexuality. When her aunt discovers Cam’s “problem,” she sends Cam to a camp that will “fix” it. Cam’s experiences offer an honest look at a teen’s developing sexual awareness.
After reading John Muir’s book about vanishing forests, Teddy Roosevelt asked Muir to take him camping in Yosemite. Their splendid trip prompted the president to advocate laws saving the wilderness. Pen and watercolor wash exclaim the wideness and wildness found out west.
This gripping, meticulously researched, compassionate recounting of the night the Titantic, a supposedly unsinkable luxury liner, met with disaster includes eyewitness accounts, primary sources, diagrams, and archival photographs. Mark Bramhall's and Peter Altschuler’s audio narration effectively heighten the emotion and drama of this terrible event.
Superb research, a balanced historical perspective, archival photographs, and supporting backmatter make up this insightful study of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover’s maneuvering outside legal parameters had repercussions for many unwitting Americans.