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Abbott: Watersmeet

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Ellen Jensen Abbott

2009, 341 pages, $17 list

A surge in religious fervor increases the intolerance and cruelty in her settlement, so Abisina tries to find the mysterious place where her unknown father waits, called Watersmeet.

 

Abrahams: Reality Check

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Peter Abrahams

2009, 336 pages, $17 list

A rich girl's former small-town boyfriend comes to search for her when she goes missing from her fancy boarding school.

 

Allen: Mr. Lincoln's High Tech War

By Thomas Allen

2009, 144 pages, $19 list

Breaking new historical ground, this book explores how Lincoln came to understand, value, and use “modern” technology to assist the North and help win the Civil War.

 

Allsburg: The Polar Express

1986 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Chris Van Allsburg

1985, 32 pages, $19 list

One couldn't select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children's book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole.  And one couldn't ask for a more talented artist and writer to tell the story than Chris Van Allsburg.

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Alvarez: Return to Sender

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Julia Alvarez

2009, 336 pages, $17 list

Tyler learns that honesty, patriotism, and the line between right and wrong are not always black and white when his family must hire migrant workers to save their Vermont dairy farm.

 

Anderson: Wintergirls

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Laure Halse Anderson

2009, 288 pages, $18 list

Lia is haunted by her best friend's death from anorexia, as she struggles with the same eating disorder.

 

Avi: Crispin: The Cross of Lead

2003 Winner of Newbery Award

By Avi

2004, 320 pages, $7 list

“Asta’s son” is all he’s ever been called.  The lack of name is appropriate, because he and his mother are but poor peasants in fourteenth-century medieval England.  But this thirteen-year-old boy who thought he had little to lose soon finds himself with even less -- no home, family, or possessions.  Accused of a crime he did not commit, he has been declared a “wolf’s head.”  That means he may be killed on sight, by anyone.  If he wishes to remain alive, he must flee his tiny village.  All the boy takes with him is a newly revealed name -- Crispin -- and his mother’s cross of lead.

 

Azarian: Snowflake Bentley

1999 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Mary Azarian and Jacqueline Briggs Martin

1998, 32 pages, $16 list

From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles.  And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal.  Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful.  His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature.

 

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Baskin: Anything But Typical

By Nora Raleigh Baskin

2010, 208 pages, $7 list

Jason, a 12-year-old with autism spectrum disorder, finds life in a “neurotypical” world daunting but achieves success through his creative writing online.

 

Booraem: The Unnameables

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Ellen Booraem

2008, 336 pages, $16 list

In a place where everything has a name and every name has a meaning, outsider Medford Runyuin struggles in vain to follow the rules of his adopted home.

 

Bray: Going Bovine  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Libba Bray

2009, 496 pages, $18 list

Cameron knew there was something wrong when he started seeing pillars of fire and angels, but he never imagined he had mad cow disease.

 

Brooks: Selkie Girl  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Laurie Brooks

2008, 272 pages, $16 list

12-year-old Matt struggles to cope with his memories of family left behind in war-torn Vietnam with the help of his adoptive parents, his music teacher, and his baseball coach.

 

Burg: All the Broken Pieces  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Ann Burg

2009, 224 pages, $17 list

12-year-old Matt struggles to cope with his memories of family left behind in war-torn Vietnam with the help of his adoptive parents, his music teacher, and his baseball coach.

 

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Calame: Swim the Fly  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Don Calame

2009, 352 pages, $17 list

To impress a girl, un-athletic Matt volunteers to swim in the boys' butterfly competition with the help of his two true friends as they face their true summer's goal.

                       

Cantor: The September Sisters  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Jillian Cantor

2009, 368 pages, $17 list

13-year-old Abigail and her younger sister Becky have always fought, until the day Becky mysteriously disappears. Now Abby struggles to keep herself and her family together and find Becky’s killer.

                       

            Carmichael: Wild Things

By Clay Carmichael

2009, 241 pages, $19 list

Spunky eleven-year-old Zoe comes to live with Uncle Henry who is a metal sculptor  and learns that a safe home and acceptance are possible, even for wild things like her.

                       

Chaltas: Because I am Furniture

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Thalia Chaltas

2009, 368 pages, $ 17 list

Anke watches her siblings and mother suffer at the hands of her abusive father until she finds enough strength, through involvement in volleyball, to demonstrate her needs.

 

Clayton: Roar

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Emma Clayton

2009, 496 pages, $18 list

The government is making thousands of children strong, agile and competitive, but why? Twelve-year-old Mika plays along, hoping the training will lead him to his kidnapped twin.

 

Clement-Moore: Highway to Hell  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Rosemary Clement-Moore

2009, 368 pages, $17 list

Maggie and Lisa find their spring break road trip interrupted by a cow’s carcass which launches them into a hunt for an evil demon terrorizing a remote desert.

 

Cody: Powerless

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Matthew Cody

2009, 288 pages, $16 list

In Nobles Green there are six kids with superpowers, but the night they turn 13 the powers, and their memory of them, disappear.

 

Collins: Catching Fire  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Suzanne Collins

2009, 400 pages, $18 list

After winning the Hunger Games, Katniss is preoccupied with the government’s expectations for her romantic life. She soon has more important worries—including revolts in the Districts and new Game rules.

 

Cooney: If the Witness Lied  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Caroline Cooney

2009, 224 pages, $17 list

Siblings Jack, Madison and Smithy work to protect their 2 year old brother Tris from media exploitation and their not-quite-aunt Cheryl.

 

Creech: Walk Two Moons

1995 Winner of Newbery Award

By Sharon Creech

2003, 304 pages, $7 list

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold--the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.  In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

 

Crowley: The Stolen One

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Suzanne Crowley

2009, 416 pages, $18 list

In searching for her identity, Spirit finds that she is the daughter of a former queen and realizes who she truly loves, at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

 

Curtis: Bud, Not Buddy

2000 Winner of Newbery Award

By Christopher Paul Curtis

2004, 272 pages, $7 list

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him: (1) he has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things; (2) he's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself; (3) his momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!
 

Cushman: The Midwife's Apprentice

1996 Winner of Newbery Award

By Karen Cushman

1996, 128 pages, $6 list

From the author of "Catherine, Called Birdy" comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England.  The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice.  As she helps the sharp-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat-who renames herself Alyce-gains knowledge, confidence, and the courage to want something from life: "A full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world."  Medieval village life makes a lively backdrop for the funny, poignant story of how Alyce gets what she wants.  A concluding note discusses midwifery past and present.

 

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Datlow: Troll's Eye View

By Ellen Datlow

2009, 200 pages, $17 list

Fifteen deeply twisted, fantastically funny, and hauntingly human fairy tales are told from the point of view of the villain in this excellent collection of very grim short stories.

 

de la Pena: We Were Here  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Matt de la Pena

2009, 368 pages, $18 list

Miguel, sentenced to a group home for a horrible crime, must overcome his self-hatred while on the run with two other criminals.

 

Dessen: Along for the Ride  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Sarah Dessen

2009, 383 pages, $20 list

Auden’s summer becomes one of second chances, not just for her but for her family and friends as well. The more chances she takes, the more she discovers about herself.

 

Diaz: Smoky Night

1995 Winner of Caldecott Award

By David Diaz and Even Bunting

1999, 36 pages, $7 list

This is a story about cats and people who couldn't get along until a smoky and fearful night brings them together.  The Los Angeles riots made author Eve Bunting wonder about what riots meant to the children who live through them, and what we can all learn from such upheavals.

 

DiCamillo: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

2004 Winner of Newbery Award
By Kate DiCamillo and Timothy Basil Ering

2006, 272 pages, $8 list

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea.  It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light.  And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish.  These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives.  What happens then?

 

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Echols: Going Too Far  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Jennifer Echols

2009, 256 pages, $9 list

Meg is the blue haired girl in a small town, John is the cop who picks her up one night, and the relationship that develops causes all sorts of problems.

 

Ellis: Everything is Fine.

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Ann Dee Ellis

2009, 160 pages, $17 list

Mazzy spends her summer making art and heating up marshmallows in the microwave, mainly because her mother won’t get out of bed and her father has left her alone.

 

Engle: Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Margarita Engle

2009, 208 pages, $17 list

In 1939, Daniel leaves his family behind when he flees the horrors of holocaust Europe. Now a refugee in Cuba, he must find hope to make a life for himself.

 

Egielski: Hey, Al

1987 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Richard Egielski and Arthur Yorinks

1989, 32 pages, $7 list

Al, a janitor, and his faithful dog, Eddie, live in a single room on the West Side.  They eat together, they work together, they do everything together.  So what's the problem?  Their room is crowded and cramped; their life is an endless struggle.  Al and Eddie are practically at each others’ throats when a large and mysterious bird offers them a new life in paradise.  After some debate, they decide to accept.  Transported to a gorgeous island in the sky, Al and Eddie are soon living a life of ease and luxury.  But they come to find that the grass can be a little too green on the other side.  After a dramatic, nearly tragic escape from their paradise prison, both man and dog agree: there really is no place like home.

 

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Fantaskey: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Beth Fantaskey

2009, 368 pages, $17 list

Jessica Packwood begins her senior year unaware that she’s destined to become the bride of an arrogant vampire prince who expects to establish his birthright and claim his prize.

 

Ferraro: The ABC's of Kissing Boys  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Tina Ferraro

2009, 224 pages, $9 list

Learning to kiss from her father's archenemy's son (a freshman) can lead to consequences Parker never imagined. A funny, poignant, and sweet Romeo and Juliet.

 

Fleischman: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

1989 Winner of Newbery Award

By Paul Fleischman

2004, 64 pages, $6 list

Written to be read aloud by two voices––sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous––here is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse.  Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise.  In this remarkable volume of poetry for two voices, Paul Fleischman verbally re–creates the "Booming/boisterious/joyful noise" of insects.  The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. Eric Beddows's vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way. 

 

Fleischman: The Whipping Boy

1987 Winner of Newbery Award

By Sid Fleischman

2003, 112 pages, $6 list

Jemmy, once a poor boy living on the streets, now lives in a castle.  As the whipping boy, he bears the punishment when Prince Brat misbehaves, for it is forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne.  The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like one another.  But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other.

 

Fleming: The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of a Showman

By Candace Fleming

2009, 160 pages, $19 list

This sweeping biography of a famous, sometimes infamous, trickster and businessman who left no stone unturned to bring the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus to an eager 19th century audience.

 

Forman: If I Stay  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Gayle Forman

2009, 208 pages, $17 list

While in a coma after her family is killed in a car accident, Mia struggles to decide whether to live or die.

 

Foxlee: The Anatomy of Wings  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Karen Foxlee

2009, 368 pages, $17 list

Jenny’s beautiful sister is dead and nothing makes sense anymore. The only way for Jenny to right her world is to analyze the events leading up to her sister’s death.

 

Freedman: Lincoln: A Photobiography

1988 Winner of Newbery Award

By Russell Freedman

1989 (1st edition), 160 pages, $10 list

A description of the boyhood, marriage, and young professional life of Abraham Lincoln includes his presidential years and also reflects on the latest scholarly thoughts about our Civil War president.  A Newbery Medal Book.

 

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Gaiman: The Graveyard Book 

By Neil Gaiman

2008, 320 pages, $18 list

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack” --the story quickly moves nto more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody ("Bod"), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond. 

 

Gammell: Song and Dance Man

1989 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Stephen Gammell and Karen Ackerman

1988, 32 pages, $16 list

Once a song and dance man, Grandpa reclaims his youth and profession before the delighted eyes of his three grandchildren one afternoon.  He simply cannot resist the urge to dress up in clothes left over from his vaudeville days, complete with top hat and gold-headed cane, and to perform tricks, play banjo and tell jokes.  He taps, twirls and laughs himself to tears on a thrown-together stage in his attic.  Artist Stephen Gammell takes full advantage of lamplight to render Grandpa in shadow and silhouette, trivializing the concept of age and creating a feeling of intense nostalgia.

 

Gantos: Dead End in Norvelt

2012 Winner of Newbery Award

By Jack Gantos

2011, 352 pages, $11 list

The importance of history and reading (so you don’t do the same “stupid stuff” again) is at the heart of this achingly funny romp through a dying New Deal town. While mopping up epic nose bleeds, Jack narrates this screw-ball mystery in an endearing and believable voice.

 

Garcia: Jumped

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Rita Williams-Garcia

2009, 176 pages, $17 list

When Trina unknowingly insults Dominique in the hallway, she’s in danger of being jumped after school. Leticia could warn her, but she’s reluctant to get involved.

 

Garsee: Say the Word  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Jeannine Garsee

2009, 368 pages, $17 list

After her estranged mother dies, Shawna Gallagher refuses to accept her dysfunctional home life and attempts to make peace with her mother’s lesbian lover.

 

George: Princess of the Midnight Ball  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Jessica Day George

2009, 288 pages, $17 list

When the decade long war ends, professional solider Galen finds work as a gardener in the king’s garden, only to help solve the puzzle involving twelve dancing princesses.

 

Gerstein:The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

2004 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Mordicai Gerstein

2007, 40 pages, $7 list

In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky.  This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and in two dramatic foldout spreads, the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat.

 

Gill: Soul Enchilada  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By David Macinnis Gill

2009, 368 pages, $17 list

When a repo demon comes for her Cadillac, Bug Smoot finds that her deceased grandfather pledged both her soul and her car as collateral on a deal.

 

Gingras: Pieces of Me  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Charlotte Gingras

2009, 144 pages, $18 list

Pieces of Mira: her crazy domineering mother, her mostly absent father, her artistic talent, her first friend Cath, the birdman. Will the pieces come together to free her to be herself?

 

Goodman: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Alison Goodman

2008, 544 pages, $20 list

Sixteen-year-old Eon is the unlikeliest candidate for Dragoneye, but she holds great power and a dangerous secret that just might make her the greatest Dragoneye for centuries.

Grant: Blue Flame: Book One of the Perfect Fire Trilogy

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By K.M. Grant

2008, 256 pages, $17 list

In 1242 France, Parsifal, who has devoted his life to guarding the Blue Flame, helps a young couple whose families are in the bloody conflict between Catholics and Cathars.

 

Griffin: The Orange Houses

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Paul Griffin

2009, 147 pages, $17 list

Despite poverty, gang violence, and lack of appropriate supports, three inner-city teens come together and try to beat the odds and succeed in life.

 

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Hardinge: The Lost Conspiracy

By Frances Hardinge

2009, 576 pages, $17 list

A complex political puzzle filled with subterfuge and intrigue is at the center of this enticing fantasy set on a remote tropical island about two sisters who must grapple with an unknown evil. 

 

Hartinger: Project Sweet Life  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Brent Hartinger

2009, 288 pages, $17 list

Three friends spend the summer scheming to raise enough money so they won't have to get summer jobs but find this may be harder than actually working.

 

Headley: North of Beautiful  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Justina Chen Headley

2009, 384 pages, $17 list

Terra Cooper is held back in life by her facial port-wine stain, her controlling father and herself. When she meets Jacob’s family, she and her mother begin to escape.

 

Henkes: Kitten's First Full Moon

2005 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Kevin Henkes

2004, 40 pages, $17 list

In this beautiful picture book, Kevin Henkes, captures the sweet, sometimes slapstick struggle of Kitten, who sees her first full moon and thinks it's a bowl of milk in the sky.  Any child who has yearned for anything will understand how much Kitten wants that elusive bowl of milk.  Readers will giggle as she tries to lick the faraway moon and gets a bug on her tongue, or leaps to catch it and falls down the stairs. 

 

Herlong: The Great Wide Sea

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By M.H. Herlong

2008, 288 pages, $17 list

His mother is dead and his father is missing at sea. With a horrific storm brewing, can sixteen-year-old Ben and his younger brothers survive?

 

Hernandez: No More Us for You

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By David Hernandez

2009, 288 pages, $17 list

Carlos has a cheating girlfriend, a mystery man urinating on the floor at work, and a friend in a coma. Can Isabel—still grieving her dead boyfriend—help him cope?

 

Herrick: Cold Skin

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Steven Herrick

2009, 279 pages, $19 list

In a small Australian town, a murder brings everyone under suspicion, especially Albert Holding and his sons.

 

Hesse: Out of the Dust

1998 Winner of Newbery Award

By Karen Hesse

1999, 240 pages, $6 list

A poem cycle that reads as a novel, Out of the Dust tells the story of a girl named Billie Jo, who struggles to help her family survive the dust-bowl years of the Depression.  Fighting against the elements on her Oklahoma farm, Billie Jo takes on even more responsibilities when her mother dies in a tragic accident.  A testament to the American spirit, this novel is an instant classic.

 

Hoban: Willow

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Julia Hoban

2009, 336 pages, $17 list

Willow uses self-mutilation to deal with losing her parents to a car crash. Soon, a person named Guy enters her life and helps her to deal with her issues.

 

Hoose: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Phillip Hoose

2009, 144 pages, $20 list

As a teen, Claudette Colvin sparked the protest that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and desegregation of public facilities by refusing to relinquish her seat to a white woman.

 

Howell: Everything Beautiful  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Simmone Howell

2008, 304 pages, $17 list

Riley is intent on escaping the Christian camp her father has sent her to before the week is out, but meeting Dylan Luck, who uses a wheelchair, challenges her own beliefs and plans.

 

Hrdlitschka: Sister Wife  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Shelley Hrdlitschka

2008, 176 pages, $13 list

Celeste lives in a remote polygamist society but chafes at her coming marriage. There is an option to leave everything she knows, but that is the problem.

 

Hyman: Saint Geore and the Dragon

1985 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Trina Schart Hyman and Margaret Hodges

1990, 32 pages, $8 list

This adaptation of The Faerie Queen features illustrations that "glitter with color and mesmerizing details."

 

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Jinks: The Reformed Vampire Support Group  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Catherine Jinks

2009, 368 pages, $17 list

Nina Harrison, now and forever a teenage vampire, leads her dysfunctional crew of bloodsuckers on a mission to halt vampire persecution and rescue a vicious werewolf.

 

Jones: Need

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Carrie Jones

2008, 320 pages, $17 list

Zara moves to Bedford and discovers that not everything is what it seems in the small Maine town.

 

Juster: The Hello, Goodbye Window

2006 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Chris Raschka and Norton Juster

2005, 32 pages, $16 list
The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy’s house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway.  Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it.  Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood.  It is also a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.  The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex but never more enchanting or deeply felt.

 

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Kadohata: Kira-Kira

2005 Winner of Newbery Award

By Cynthia Kadohata

2006, 272 pages, $7 list

Glittering.  That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem.  The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time.  The sea is kira-kira for the same reason.  And so are people's eyes.  When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop on the street to stare.  And it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow.  But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering -- kira-kira -- in the future.

 

King: The Dust of 100 Dogs  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By A.S. King

2009, 336 pages, $10 list

After being cursed to live the lives of 100 dogs before being reborn as a human, former pirate Emer Morrisey returns to Jamaica to reclaim treasure buried centuries before.

 

Konigsburg: The View from Saturday

1997 Winner of Newbery Award

By E.L. Konigsburg

1998, 176 pages, $6 list

How had Mrs. Olinski chosen her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team?

It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski's team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School.  It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen?

 

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Lawrence: The Giant Slayer

By Iain Lawrence

2009, 304 pages, $17 list

An epic narrative spun for the residents of a polio ward in 1955 becomes personal for the young storyteller Laurie Valentine.

 

Levine: The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Kristin Levine

2009, 272 pages, $17 list

Alabama, 12-year-old Dit’s life in rural Moundville becomes complicated and tragic by his friendship with Emma, the African American daughter of the new postman.

 

Libby: The King's Rose

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Alisa Libby

2009, 320 pages, $18 list

A pawn to her family's ambition, Catherine Howard tries to give Henry VIII a son.

 

Livingston: Wondrous Strange

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Lesley Livingston

2008, 336 pages, $17 list

Faeries, pixies, Janus guards, and struggling actresses populate this fantasy that weaves Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream with a contemporary New York City Setting.

 

Lowry: Number the Stars

1990 Winner of Newbery Award

By Lois Lowry

1998, 144 pages, $7 list

The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II.  On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps.  Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden.  Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country.

 

Lowry: The Giver

1994 Winner of Newbery Award

By Lois Lowry

2002, 192 pages, $7 list

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories.  Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy.  With echoes of Brave New World, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society.  Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

 

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Macaulay: Black and White

1991 Winner of Caldecott Award

By David Macaulay

1990, 32 pages, $7 list

Black and White is an interesting title for a book that aims to prove there's no such thing as black and white.  But read on and you will see that irony and playful deception are running themes in this multidimensional, nonlinear picture story, which was awarded the 1991 Caldecott Medal.  In it, a normal-looking cow contains a robber literally pointing at one of the plot's various possible outcomes, which remain tentative as long as they are formulated by young readers.  Seeing new angles and clues every time they open the book, these readers will probably astound adult onlookers with their excitement and ease at navigating the unknown in a literary medium akin to interactive multimedia.

 

MacLachlan: Sarah, Plain and Tall

1986 Winner of Newbery Award 

By Patricia MacLachlan

2004, 64 pages, $6 list

Their mother died the day after Caleb was born.  Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore.  Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Anna, and Caleb write back.  Caleb asks if she sings. Sarah decides to come for a month.  She writes Papa: I will come by train.  I will wear a yellow bonnet.  I am plain and tall, and tell them I sing. Anna and Caleb wait and wonder.  Will Sarah be nice?  Will she like them?  Will she stay?

 

Magoon: The Rock and the River

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Kekla Magoon

2009, 304 pages, $16 list

Chicago, Sam struggles to decide whether to support his father's nonviolent approach to civil rights or his brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

 

Marino: Magic and Misery

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Peter Marino

2009, 293 pages, $18 list

TJ and her gay best friend Pan enjoy their close friendship until Caspar asks TJ out on a date. TJ stuggles to balance her time between Pan and Caspar.

 

Marrin: Years of Dust

By Albert Marrin

2009, 128 pages, $23 list

This ecological disaster created by human misdeed forces a grim choice upon the people of the plains during the depths of the Great Depression.

 

Mass: 11 Birthdays  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Wendy Mass

2009, 272 pages, $17 list

On Amanda's eleventh birthday everything goes wrong, and she is celebrating without her best friend. When she wakes up the next morning, it's her birthday again...and again...and again.

 

McCully: Mirette on the High Wire

1993 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Emily Arnold McCully

1997, 32 pages, $8 list

Mirette and the "Great Bellini" traverse the Paris skyline on high wire in the climactic scene of this picture book about conquering fear. The two meet at Mirette's mother's boarding house, where Bellini is staying with a troupe of traveling performers.  Mirette persuades Bellini to teach her his art, and soon enough the two are performing above the rooftops of Paris.  While Mirette gets to step outside her daily routine of peeling potatoes and scrubbing floors, Bellini manages to reaffirm his mastery.  The story affords a spunky, down-to-earth role model for readers who like to dream big dreams.  It also offers rich, scenic portraits of 19th century Paris.

 

McKernan: The Devil's Paintbox

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Victoria McKernan

2009, 368 pages, $17 list

Orphaned siblings Aiden and Maddy have survived Kansas, barely, setting out on the Oregon Trail just to have regular meals. But the trip is more than they expected...

 

McKinley: The Hero and the Crown

1985 Winner of Newbery Award

By Robin McKinley

2007, 304 pages, $5 list

Robin McKinley's mesmerizing history of Damar is the stuff that legends are made of.  The Hero and the Crown is a dazzling "prequel" to The Blue Sword.  Aerin is the only child of the king of Damar, and should be his rightful heir.  But she is also the daughter of a witchwoman of the North, who died when she was born, and the Damarians cannot trust her.  But Aerin's destiny is greater than her father's people know, for it leads her to battle with Maur, the Black Dragon, and into the wilder Damarian Hills, where she meets the wizard Luthe.  It is he who at last tells her the truth about her mother, and he also gives over to her hand the Blue Sword, Gonturan.  But such gifts as these bear a great price, a price Aerin only begins to realize when she faces the evil mage, Agsded, who has seized the Hero's Crown, greatest treasure and secret strength of Damar.

 

McMann: Fade

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Lisa McMann

2009, 256 pages, $16 list

Janie’s ability to see people’s dreams leads police to a predator who is assaulting girls at her high school. But this gift may jeopardize the first love she’s ever known.

 

Meminger: Shine, Coconut Moon  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Neesha Meminger

2009, 256 pages, $17 list

Samar (Sam) is a Sikh ostensibly Americanized, until her uncle shows up, igniting her interest in her culture and past in a post-9/11 world.

 

Murphy: Truce

By Jim Murphy

2009, 144 pages, $20 list

In the middle of World War I, British and German forces quit fighting to celebrate Christmas together peacefully. First person details present the human side of this bloody war.

 

Myers: Dope Sick

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Walter Dean Myers

2009, 192 pages, $17 list

An undercover cop is shot in a drug sting. Wounded, dealer Lil J is hiding in an abandoned apartment with a stranger and a TV that replays events in Lil J’s life.

 

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Napoli: Alligator Bayou

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Donna Jo Napoli

2009, 288 pages, $17 list

14-year-old Calogero emigrates to Louisiana in 1899, where his tiny Sicilian community faces discrimination and worse in a small town where they’re considered neither black nor white.

 

Naylor: Cricket Man  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

2008, 208 pages, $17 list

"Superhero" Cricket Man rescues crickets, fights bullies, saves a drowning child, helps a friend after the birth of her illegitimate baby, and delivers the baby to safety.

 

Naylor: Shiloh

1992 Winner of Newbery Award

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

2000, 144 pages, $7 list

When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight -- and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun -- and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?

 

Nelson: Sweethearts of Rhythm

By Marilyn Nelson

2009, 80 pages, $22 list

Unique poetry and creative illustrations bring to life the story of an integrated all-girl swing band that traveled the US in the 1940s.

 

Northrop: Gentlemen  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Michael Northrop

2009, 256 pages, $17 list

After one of four rough cut high school guys disappears, his friends become suspicious of their teacher Mr. Haberman, who refers to them as gentlemen while teaching Crime and Punishment.

 

Nuzum: The Leanin' Dog  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By K.A. Nuzum

2008, 256 pages, $16 list

The only witness at her mother’s death, Dessa Dean is paralyzed with fear and loneliness. She won’t leave the house. A skittish, injured stray dog is her only hope for healing.

 

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Park: A Single Shard

2002 Winner of Newbery Award

By Linda Sue Park

2003, 192 pages, $7 list

Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters’ village famed for delicate celadon ware.  He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated — until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself — even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.

 

Partridge: Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children Don't You Grow Weary  

By Elizabeth Partridge

2009, 80 pages, $20 list

Haunting illustrations and moving text tell the story of children leading the way on freedom marches, through voter registration drives, and even to jail during the quest for civil rights.

 

Patron: The Higher Power of Lucky

2007 Winner of Newbery Award

By Susan Patron and Matt Phelan

2006, 144 pages, $17 list

Lucky, age ten, can't wait another day.  The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has. It's all Brigitte's fault -- for wanting to go back to France.  Guardians are supposed to stay put and look after girls in their care! Instead Lucky is sure that she'll be abandoned to some orphanage in Los Angeles where her beloved dog, HMS Beagle, won't be allowed.

 

Peck: A Year Down Yonder

2001 Winner of Newbery Award

By Richard

2002, 144 pages, $7 list

Mary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough drama to fill the double bill of any picture show.  But now she is fifteen, and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors-and everyone else!  All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . . . better not. This wry, delightful sequel to the Newbery Honor Book A Long Way from Chicago has already taken its place among the classics of children's literature.

 

Perkins: Criss Cross

2006 Winner of Newbery Award

By Lynne Rae Perkins

2007, 368 pages, $7 list

She wished something would happen.  Something good.  To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one.  Hoping it wasn't too late, she thought the word soon.  Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening.  Life was rearranging itself; bulging in places, fraying in spots.  He felt himself changing, too, but into what?  So much can happen in a summer.

 

Pike: Wings

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Aprilynne Pike

2009, 304 pages, $17 list

Laurel discovers she is a faerie when a beautiful flower blossoms out of her back, and she and her friend David seek to find out her place in the world.

 

Pinkney: The Lion & the Mouse

2010 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Jerry Pinkney

2009, 40 pages, $17 list

In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

 

Polak: What World is Left

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Monique Polak
2008, 208 pages, $13 list

When Anneke and her family are sent to Theresienstadt, the "model" concentration camp, she struggles to understand how her father could cooperate with the Nazis in order to improve their family's situation.

 

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Rallison: My Fair Godmother

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Janette Rallison

2009, 320 pages, $17 list

Savannah learns to be careful what she wishes for when her fairy godmother sends her to the middle ages.

 

Rapp: Punkzilla

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Adam Rapp

2009, 256 pages, $17 list

Jamie has run away from his family, military school, and his troubled past. He sets out via bus to visit his dying brother, writing letters along the way.

 

Raschka: A Ball for Daisy

2012 Winner of Caldecott Award ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Chris Raschka

2011, 32 pages, $11 list

Here's a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special.

 

Raschka: The Hello, Goodbye Window

2006 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Chris Raschka and Norton Juster

2005, 32 pages, $16 list
The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy’s house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway.  Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it.  Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood.  It is also a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.  The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex but never more enchanting or deeply felt.

 

Rathmann: Officer Buckle and Gloria

1996 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Peggy Rathmann

1995, 40 pages, $17 list

Officer Buckle is a roly-poly bloke, dedicated to teaching schoolchildren important safety tips, such as never put anything in your ear and never stand on a swivel chair.  The problem is, Officer Buckle's school assemblies are dull, dull, dull, and the children of Napville just sleep, sleep, sleep.  That is, until Gloria the police dog is invited along!  Stealthily pantomiming each safety tip behind Officer Buckle's back, Gloria wins the children's hearts.

 

Resau: The Indigo Notebook  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Laura Resau

2009, 336 pages, $17 list

Zeeta has lived in a different country every year with her mom Layla. Instead of enjoying their nomadic existence, she wants a boring suburban life and a normal boring dad.

 

Riordan: The Last Olympian  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Rick Riordan

2009, 400 pages, $18 list

The fifth installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series unfolds the long-awaited prophecy and Percy battles for the survival of Western civilization.

 

Rohmann: My Friend Rabbit

2003 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Eric Rohmann          

2007, 32 pages, $7 list

When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind.  From Caldecott Honor award winner Eric Rohmann comes a brand-new picture book about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in robust, expressive prints.

 

Runyon: Surface Tension: A Novel in Four Summers  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Brent Runyon

2008, 208 pages, $17 list

Every summer Luke spends two weeks vacationing at a lake, and every year things are just slightly different.

 

Russell: Tofu Quilt

By Ching Yeung Russell

2009, 136 pages, $17 list

In a patchwork ‘quilt’ of free verse poems the author recounts her struggle to become a writer growing up in 1960s Hong Kong.

 

Ryan: The Forest of Hands and Teeth  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Carrie Ryan

2009, 320 pages, $17 list

Mary’s village is protected by a fence keeping out the Unconsecrated-who are undead craving human flesh-until a massive breach launches the teenage girl into a fight for survival.

 

Rylant: Missing May

1993 Winner of Newbery Award

By Cynthia Rylant

2004, 112 pages, $6 list

When May dies suddenly while gardening, Summer assumes she'll never see her beloved aunt again.  But then Summer's Uncle Ob claims that May is on her way back—she has sent a sign from the spirit world.  So Ob and Summer, despite her doubts, set off in search of a medium, whom they hope will explain May's departure and confirm her possible return.

 

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Sachar: Holes

1999 Winner of Newbery Award

By Louis Sachar

2003, 256 pages, $7 list

Stanley Yelnats tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment–and redemption.

 

Say: Grandfather's Journey

1994 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Allen Say and Walter Lorraine

1993, 32 pages, $17 list

Home becomes elusive in this story about immigration and acculturation, pieced together through old pictures and salvaged family tales.  Both the narrator and his grandfather long to return to Japan, but when they do, they feel anonymous and confused: "The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other. " Allen Say's prose is succinct and controlled, to the effect of surprise when monumental events are scaled down to a few words.

 

Schlitz: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

2008 Winner of Newbery Award

By Laura Amy Schlitz

2007, 96 pages, $20 list

Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons -- in these pages, readers will meet them all.  There’s Hugo, the lord’s nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the peasant’s daughter, Mogg, who gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord.  There’s also mud-slinging Barbary (and her noble victim); Jack, the compassionate half-wit; Alice, the singing shepherdess; and many more.

 

Schoenherr: Owl Moon

1988 Winner of Caldecott Award

By John Schoenherr and Jane Yolen

1987, 32 pages, $17 list

Among the greatest charms of children is their ability to view a simple activity as a magical adventure.  Such as a walk in the woods late at night. Jane Yolen captures this wonderment in a book whose charm rises from its simplicity.  "It was late one winter night, long past my bedtime, when Pa and I went owling."  The two walked through the woods with nothing but hope and each other in a journey that will fascinate many a child.  John Schoenherr's illustrations help bring richness to the countryside adventure.

 

Schrefer: School for Dangerous Girls  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Eliot Schrefer

2009, 256 pages, $18 list

Angela has been sent to Hidden Oak, a special boarding school for the most difficult girls. The worst ones never leave.

 

Selznick: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

2008 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Brian Selznick

2007, 544 pages, $23 list

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity.  But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.  A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

 

Sheehan: Lost and Found  

By Jacqueline Sheehan

2007, 304 pages, $15 list

Essie, 16, sews all day for pennies at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory to help feed her fatherless family and now to forget her little sister's death. Then the fire happens.

 

Simner: Bones of Faerie  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Janni Lee Simner

2009, 256 pages, $17 list

Liza is caught in a world where magic is deadly and her powers lead her on a quest to find her missing mother.

 

Small: So you Want to Be President?

2001 Winner of Caldecott Award

By David Small

2008, 56 pages, $10 list

So you want to be President!  Why not?  Presidents have come in every variety.  They've been generals like George Washington and actors like Ronald Reagan, big like William Howard Taft and small like James Madison, handsome like Franklin Pierce and homely like Abraham Lincoln.  From the embarrassment of skinny-dipping John Quincy Adams to the mischievous adventure of Theodore Roosevelt's pony, Judith St. George shares the backroom facts, the spitfire comments, and the comical anecdotes that have been part and parcel of America's White House.

 

Smith: Flygirl  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Sherri Smith      

2009, 256 pages, $17 list

During WWII Ida Mae Jones must go against her family and heritage to join the Army’s WASP program and fulfill her dream of being a pilot.

 

Smith: Mother Poems

By Hope Anita Smith

2009, 80 pages, $17 list

This touching collection of free verse poems explores a child’s view of her mother and their life together, then expresses raw emotions after her mother’s death.

 

Sniegoski: Legacy

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Tom Sniegoski

2009, 224 pages, $16 list

High school dropout Lucas Moore is shaken to learn he’s the son of The Raptor, a superhero sworn to protect Seraph City, who now wants Lucas to fight crime.

 

Spinelli: Maniac Magee

1991 Winner of Newbery Award

By Jerry Spinelli

1999, 180 pages, $7 list

Maniac Magee is a folk story about a boy, a very excitable boy.  One that can outrun dogs, hit a home run off the best pitcher in the neighborhood, tie a knot no one can undo.  "Kid's gotta be a maniac," is what the folks in Two Mills say.  It's also the story of how this boy, Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, confronts racism in a small town, tries to find a home where there is none and attempts to soothe tensions between rival factions on the tough side of town.  Presented as a folk tale, it's the stuff of storytelling.  "The history of a kid," says Jerry Spinelli, "is one part fact, two parts legend, and three parts snowball."  And for this kid, four parts of fun.

 

Springer: Somebody

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Nancy Springer

2009, 117 pages, $17 list

Fifteen-year-old Sherica has moved around the country with her father and brother. Flashbacks and the opportunity to log into the Internet, answers the unanswered questions about her family.

 

Stiefvater: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Maggie Stiefvater

2008, 336 pages, $10 list

Shy and ordinary Deirdre finds herself caught up in an ancient struggle in the faerie world when she meets Luke, an attractive musician with a very dark past.

 

Stoffels: Heartsinger  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Karlijn Stoffels

2009, 144 pages, $17 list

Mee, the singer of sorrows, and Mitou, the merrymaker, are destined to meet and change the life of a princess. Can they change one another?

 

Stone: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream  

By Tanya Lee Stone

2009, 144 pages, $25 list

In the early 1960s, 13 women endured rigorous testing and training for the space program, as well as prejudice. Numerous photographs and a revealing text chronicle their difficulties and achievements.

 

Stork: Marcelo in the Real World  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Francisco Stork

2009, 320 pages, $18 list

Marcelo—a teen who exhibits Asperger-like behaviors—is forced to leave his job caring for horses to work in his father’s law firm and experience “the real world.”

 

Stroud: Heroes of the Valley

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Jonathan Stroud

2009, 496 pages, $18 list

Halli lives in the shadow of his brother and the ancient heroes of his homeland, but when his family is threatened, he is unafraid to face enemies - whether human or not.

 

Summers: Cracked Up to Be

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Courtney Summers

2008, 224 pages, $10 list

Once a perfectionist cheerleader, Parker Fadley now comes to school drunk and lashes out at classmates and teachers in a hateful voice that masks her inner pain.

 

Swanson: The House in the Night 

2009 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Susan Marie Swanson

2008, 40 pages, $17 list

A young girl is given a golden key to a house. A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers—a key, a bed, the moon—this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.

 

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Taback: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

2000 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Simms Taback

1999, 32 pages, $12 list

Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes, just like this book!  When Joseph's coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket.  But what did he make it into after that?  And after that?  As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what Joseph will be making next from his amazing overcoat, while they laugh at the bold, cheerful artwork and learn that you can always make something, even out of nothing.

 

Tan: Tales from Outer Suburbia

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults 

By Shaun Tan

2009, 98 pages, $22 list

Giant floating poetry balls, living stick figures, strange creatures from the sea and an all-knowing water buffalo are some of the wonders found in this lushly illustrated collection of stories.

 

Thompson: Creature of the Night  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Kate Thompson

2009, 256 pages, $18 list

Juvenile delinquent Bobby resists his mother’s plan to move to the countryside, but his anger becomes fear as he learns about local history and the creatures who rule the fields.

 

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Uehashi: Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness

By Nahoko Uehashi

2009, 245 pages, $11 list

Bodyguard-for-hire Balsa returns in this tale of redemption and political intrigue set in a fantasy world reminiscent of medieval Japan. (A 2010 Batchelder Honor Book.)

 

 

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Valetine: Broken Soup

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Jenny Valentine

2009, 224 pages, $17 list

Since Rowan’s brother died, her mother’s been depressed, and she’s been caring for her sister alone. When a stranger insists that a photo negative belongs to her, Rowan’s life changes.

 

van Diepen: Raven

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Alison van Diepen

2009, 288 pages, $16 list

Escaping her dreadful family is Raven’s goal when dancing with the crew at Evermore. Raven’s attraction for mysterious Zin leads to an ancient secret and the possibility of eternal love.

 

Volponi: Response  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Paul Volponi

2009, 160 pages, $16 list

After being severely beaten with a baseball bat during a hate crime, seventeen-year-old Noah must determine how he will let the event change him.

 

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Walker: Written in Bone

By Sally Walker

2009, 144 pages, $23 list

Crime Scene Investigation meets early American History—exposing ancient crimes and describing patterns of everyday life as told and written on the bones of the early Jamestown settlers.

 

Westerfeld: Leviathan

By Scott Westerfeld

2009, 448 pages, $20 list

A hunted young Prince Aleksander Ferdinand and a girl disguised as a boy must form an unlikely alliance to survive in this steampunk version of WWI.

 

Whitcomb: The Fetch  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Laura Whitcomb

2009, 384 pages, $17 list

Calder, a 350-year old "Fetch" that accompanies souls to heaven, breaks all his vows for a woman, wreaking havoc in the world of lost souls.

 

Wiesner: Flotsam

2007 Winner of Caldecott Award

By David Wiesner

2006, 40 pages, $17 list

On a seemingly ordinary day at the beach, a budding young scientist makes a fabulous discovery.  A barnacle-encrusted underwater camera has washed up on the shore, holding a reel of film of fantastical images that no human eye has seen.  Moving cities, an octopus in a lounge chair, a clockwork fish.  And yet, there is one more secret, even more astonishing than these surreal scenes: the camera has journeyed not only through the depths of the ocean but through the past, hiding in its last photo a visual timeline of children from around the world.

 

Wiesner: Tuesday

1992 Winner of Caldecott Award

By David Wiesner

1997, 32 pages, $7 list

"Tuesday evening, around eight" is a deceptively mundane beginning for what proves to be a thrilling, miraculous, and surreal amphibian journey.  Slowly and quietly on this particular Tuesday, a few fat frogs begin hovering over a swamp, riding lily pads like magic carpets. Clearly satisfied and comfortable, the floating frogs are as serene as little green buddhas.  Gradually, the flying fleet grows in momentum and number, sailing over the countryside and into an unsuspecting town.

 

Wiesner: The Three Pigs

2002 Winner of Caldecott Award

By David Wiesner         

2001, 40 pages, $16 list

Once upon a time three pigs built three houses, out of straw, sticks, and bricks.  Along came a wolf, who huffed and puffed... So, you think you know the rest?  Think again.  With David Wiesner at the helm, it's never safe to assume too much.  When the wolf approaches the first house, for example, and blows it in, he somehow manages to blow the pig right out of the story frame.

 

Williams: The Chosen One

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Carol Lynch Williams

2009, 224 pages, $17 list

When the Prophet commands thirteen-year-old Kyra to marry her aging uncle, her family is shaken. Desperate to escape, Kyra knows that running away puts them all at risk.

 

Wisniewski: Golem

1997 Winner of Caldecott Award

By David Wisniewski

2007, 32 pages, $7 list

Golem is the Hebrew word for shapeless man.  According to Jewish legend, the renowned scholar and teacher Rabbi Loew used his powers to create a Golem from clay in order to protect his people from persecution in the ghettos of 16th century Prague.  David Wisniewski's cut-paper collage illustrations are the ideal medium for portraying the stark black-and-white forces of good and evil, pride and prejudice, as well as the gray area that emerges when the tormented clay giant loses control of his anger.

 

Wolff: This Full House  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Virginia Wolff

2009, 496 pages, $18 list

LaVaughn perseveres through a broken heart while discovering a new love and determining what it means to have character in the face of challenging friendships, conclusion of Make Lemonade trilogy.

 

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Yang: The Eternal Smile

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Gene Luen Yang

2009, 176 pages, $17 list

Three tales in one graphic novel show the paper-thin margin that separates fantasy from reality for a warrior, a frog and a girl.

 

Young: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

1990 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Ed Young

1989, 32 pages, $7 list

Three little girls spare no mercy to Lon Po Po, the granny wolf, in this version of Little Red Riding Hood where they tempt her up a tree and over a limb, to her death.  The girls' frightened eyes are juxtaposed against Lon Po Po's menacing squint and whirling blue costume in one of the books numerous three-picture sequences, which resemble the decorative panels of Chinese tradition.  Through mixing abstract and realistic images with complex use of color and shadow, artist and translator Young has transformed a simple fairy tail into a remarkable work of art.

 

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Zelinsky: Rapuzel

1998 Winner of Caldecott Award

By Paul Zelinsky

2002, 48 pages, $8 list

Trapped in a tower with no door, Rapunzel is allowed to see no one but the sorceress who has imprisoned her, until the day a young prince hears her singing to the forest birds.  The timeless tale of Rapunzel is vividly and magnificently brought to life through Paul O. Zelinsky's powerful sense of narrative and his stunning oil paintings.

 

Zemser: Dear Julia  

2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

By Amy Bronwen Zemser

2008, 336 pages, $17 list

Sixteen-year-old Elaine Hamilton wants to be a chef like her hero, Julia Child, but her bossy and flamboyant best friend, Lucida Sans, is about to make life much more interesting.

 

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