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2016-2017 KBA Master List for 6th-8th Grade

This is an overview of the ten titles selected for the 2017 Middle School Master List - including book trailers and author interviews. Read these books before March 2017 in order to be eligible to vote for the statewide winner!
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Emily Northcutt

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Visit http://www.kasl.us for more info about the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards program - now managed by the Kentucky Association of School Librarians!

Go straight to all of the Master Lists at http://www.kasl.us/kba-master-lists.html
The Kentucky Bluegrass Award program provides students across the Commonwealth the opportunity to read great new books and award the most deserving author with a very special prize.

There's something for everyone and every vote matters!

Place your holds TODAY!
Welcome to the 2017
KBA Master List!
Echo
by Pam Munoz Ryan
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica,

Three decades later, three children

Friedrich in Germany
Mike in Pennsylvania
Ivy in California

find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the 20th century,

They struggle to keep their families intact and are tied together by the music of the same mysterious harmonica.
Goodbye Stranger
by Rebecca Stead
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
by Don Brown
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana.

The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage--and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
Grades 6-8
2016-2017 KBA Master List
Lost in the Sun
by Lisa Graff
The Nest
by Kenneth Oppel
Losers Take All: A Novel
by David Klass
Jack Logan is the youngest brother in a family of talented football players, and he might actually enjoy sports if he were not constantly pressured into taking one up.

When the new principal decides that all seniors must play on a team, Jack and a ragtag group decide to get even by starting a rebel JV soccer team whose mission is to avoid victory at any cost.
Popular: A Memoir
by Maya Van Wagenen
Maya has never been popular, but before starting 8th grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment - spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell and record the results.

Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.
Rhyme Schemer
by K.A. Holt
The Honest Truth
by Dan Gemeinhart
A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau.

But with over 200 miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on, nothing will be easy.

Only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading. Will he make it?
Masterminds
by Gordon Korman
Votes are Due by April 1st!
Want to join the KBA conversation?

Follow/mention @KBAAwards OR #kba1617

Like the Kentucky Bluegrass Award page

Bridge, survivor of a childhood accident, wonders why she’s still alive.

As she makes her way through 7th grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvaceous Em, crusader Tab, and new friend, Sherm, she finds the answers she has been seeking.

Each character navigates the challenges of love and change in this captivating novel.
Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico.

Honesty and integrity are valued above all else.

One day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything.

Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate and it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity.

This verse novel follows one 7th grader's journey from being a bully to being bullied himself.

Through free verse and found poetry, Kevin learns about friendship, family, and the influence that words can have on people's lives.

In 5th grade, Trent mistakenly shot a hockey puck into a boy's chest. Jared, who had a heart defect, died.

Now Trent is filled with rage, convinced everyone hates him.

It isn't until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little--the girl with the mysterious scar across her face--that things begin to change.
For Steve, summer is just another season of worries.

Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp's nest looming ominously from the eaves.

So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to "fix" the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

But "yes" is a powerful word. And dangerous.

Once it is uttered, can it be taken back?
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Storm Surge - Hurricane Katrina

(Need KET Encyclomedia Login to view)
https://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/fa6a10e5-8ac6-4dcd-be6f-8f0e17c94218
60 Second Overview
ABC News from August 29th, 2005
http://abcnews.go.com/Archives/video/aug-29-2005-hurricane-katrina-damage-levees-failed-10691490
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Texas Bluebonnet Trailer
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Playlist from the Author (Spoilers!)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYYKURdyXsadAr4t3uufZ7354r8vU0k73
Author Q&A
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Booktalk
Author Interview
http://www.fcps.edu/it/fairfaxnetwork/vod_player/graff.html
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Trailer for Book #2
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Author Interview (Today Show)
http://www.today.com/video/today/54957382

Author Interview (USA Today)
Author Interview (Justine)
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