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Massachusetts Children's Book Award 2016
Transcript of Massachusetts Children's Book Award 2016
About the award
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
2013 Newbury Medal Winner
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
Go for the Goal!
by Fred Bowen
Thirteen-year-old Josh joins an elite travel league soccer team on which the individual members are all talented but not playing well as a team, so their coach suggests that they do some team-building exercises.
Gaby, Lost and Found
by Angela Cervantes
Gaby enjoys working at the local animal shelter and wants to adopt a cat but is unsure of her own living situation when her mother is deported back to Honduras.
Best friends Sophie and Agatha discover their true identities when they enter The School for Good and Evil, a school where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains.
The School for Good and Evil
by Soman Chainani
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
by Chris Colfer
"Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about"--Provided by publisher
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
by Kate DiCamillo
A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry -- and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.
2014 Newbury Medal Winner
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
by Karen Foxlee
Ophelia, a timid eleven-year-old girl grieving her mother, suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission.
Fortunately, the Milk
by Neil Gaiman
While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
Book Trailer: http://tinyurl.com/pv2295f
A Tangle of Knots
by Lisa Graff
Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever.
Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year
by Bill Harley
Charlie Bumpers is sure he does not stand a chance of getting along with his fourth grade teacher and despite his best efforts to be neat and well-behaved, he always seems to be in trouble until he discovers her secret.
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire!
by Polly Horvath
Middle-schooler Madeline's hippy parents have been kidnapped from Hornby Island, Canada, by foxes and Madeline, upon discovering that she can understand animal languages, hires two rabbit detectives to find them.
Legend of the Ghost Dog
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Twelve-year-old Tee moves to Nome, Alaska with her father, brother, and dog Henry, and one day when Tee is walking Henry down the street, a mysterious shadow appears to be following them.
Jack Gets a Clue: The Case of the Loose-Toothed Shark
by Nancy Krulik
Jack and his brainiac detective partner Elizabeth must work to clear Jack's name after he is accused of stealing a giant shark tooth fossil during his little sister Mia's birthday party at the aquarium.
Elvis and the Underdogs
by Jenny Lee
All his life Benji, now ten, has been sickly and he has long been targeted by the school bully, but after a seizure Benji gets a therapy dog that is not only big enough to protect him, it can also talk.
Athlete vs. Mathlete
by W.C. Mack
Fraternal twins Russ and Owen's domination of the seventh-grade basketball team falters when Mitch and Marcus Matthews, identical twins, arrive and prove their skill on the court and in the classroom.
by Patricia MacLachlan
While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.
Author of Sarah, Plain & Tall (Newbery Medal Winner 1986)
Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace
by Nan Marino
When musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, completely freezes up on television, he is forced to hide out in the Pinelands of New Jersey and try to find his way back to the music once again with the help of a new friend.
Kelsey Green, Reading Queen
by Claudia Mills
Kelsey is the best reader in her third grade class, and she is determined to lead her class to victory in the all-school reading contest.
The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ: A laboratory dog’s search for love
by Martha Ritter
When a mute, nameless foxhound gets rescued from her laboratory cage, a diva ladybug helps her understand the world and find a home with a restless, solitary girl. The dog and the girl must face their fear of connecting and learn to tame each other, let go, survive adventures, and find the courage to trust as they search for their place in the sun.--Publisher.
Audio Excerpt: http://www.tamingpz.com/audiobook.html
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurtliff
Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.
Counting by 7s
by Holly Sloan
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy
by Tui Sutherland
Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will.
I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001
by Lauren Tarshis
Lucas has to tell his dad's friend Benny, a firefighter and former football star, that his parents do not want him playing football anymore, and he takes the train into New York City to talk to Benny, but everything changes when the Twin Towers are attacked.
Kizzy Ann Stamps
by Jeri Watts
Kizzie Ann Stamps is nervous about starting at a new school that was just integrated, and wonders if she and her dog Shag will be allowed to compete in a herding competition because she is black.
How to participate
Between now and March, read (or listen to) at least five of the books on the list
All students can vote in March for their favorite in our school election. Students who read 5 or more can participate in the statewide election!
Winner will be announced in April
Annual award for children's literature
sponsored by Salem State University
What's so special about this award? Kids vote for the winner, not grownups!
Book cover images from Follett Destiny TitlePeek
Summaries from Follett Destiny