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Award winners are here!

The Best Elementary School library has copies of the Newbery  and Caldecott awards winners available. Please see Mrs. Erwin to check them out or to add your name to the reserve list.

The titles are:

2012 Newbery Award:

“The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” – ala.org

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Newbery honor titles:
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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

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Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

2012 Caldecott Award:

“The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” – ala.org

A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka

Caldecott honor titles:

Blackout, written and illustrated by John Rocco

Grandpa Green, written and illustrated by Lane Smith

Me … Jane, written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

These awards (and many others) are awarded annually by the American Library Association.

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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

MockingbirdMockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads description: “In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white – the world is full of colors – messy and beautiful. Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.”

I listened to this book in the car,and the narrator did a fantastic job portraying the main character. Caitlin Smith is a 5th grader with Asperger’s whose mom died a few years ago and whose brother was just killed in a school shooting. The story follows her journey of accepting and coming to terms with the death of her beloved brother, while learning to interact with her dad and new friends.

The author & narrator are really excellent at communicating the difficulties Caitlin has with everyday life. It’s eye opening to understand her challenges with reading body language and understanding physical and verbal cues in conversations that you and I take for granted.

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I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cammie attends Gallagher Academy, a hoity toity private girls’ school in Virginia, whose students are scorned by the locals for snobby elitism. Little do the locals know, Gallagher trains tween and teen girls to follow in a long line of elite secret agents working around the world. Did you know Lincoln survived a previous assassination attempt? That’s because it was foiled by the original Gallagher Girl.

This book is the first in a series of 5 (so far) Gallagher Girls novels and they serve their purpose: quick, easy, fun chick-lit with female leads who can scale 12′ walls and engineer spy cams in basic accessories. In this outing, Cammie creates an “independent study” project for her covert ops class: dating a local boy! Through her adventures she learns lessons about friendship, espionage and the meaning of family.

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Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found (The Missing, #1)Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published in 2008, Found is the first novel in The Missing series. We meet Jonah and Chip, 13 year old buddies, and Jonah’s younger sister, Katherine. Jonah is adopted and his parents have made great efforts to inform him and help him work through any issues he may have (he has none).

Chip and Jonah both receive two mysterious messages: “you are one of the missing” and “beware, they’re coming back to get you.” And so begins a suspenseful search for the truth about the boys’ real identity that includes stealing from the FBI, vanishing strangers, and 34 other kids in their own hometown.

This was a fast paced read with those great cliffhanger chapter endings that keep you going late into the night. The time travel angle is very creative and I look forward to the next adventure.

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Welcome to The Best Middle School’s Library!

Thank you for joining us at the library. I love reading and would love to help you find a great book to read next. You can search or click the tags for topics of interest, or just browse through for some of my favorites.  Click the RSS button to add me to your  reading list.

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