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2014 Rebecca Caudill Book List with Book Trailers
Transcript of 2014 Rebecca Caudill Book List with Book Trailers
Emma wishes her mother would have said her name out loud before she named her, because Emma Freke certainly feels like one. She doesn't look like anyone in her family, and at 12 years old, is almost six feet tall. Her mother is eccentric, irresponsible and she won't talk about who Emma's father is. When she gets an invitation to the Freke Family Reunion, Emma decides it is time for her to see who her people are and see if maybe with the Frekes, she belongs.
Gopal and his family flee to the big city of Mumbai in hopes of finding work and a brighter future. Gopal is eager to help support his family, so when a stranger approaches him with the promise of a factory job, he jumps at the offer. But there is no factory, just a stuffy sweatshop where he and other boys are forced to work for no money and little food. Locked away, Gopal despairs of ever seeing his family again. But late one night, when Gopal decides to share stories, he realizes that storytelling might be the boys' key to survival. If he can make them feel more like brothers than enemies, their lives will be more bearable, and they might even find a way to escape.
On December 6, 1917 two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. One ship was loaded top to bottom with munitions and one held relief supplies, both intended for war-torn Europe. The resulting blast flattened two towns and killed nearly 2,000 people. As if that wasn't devastating enough, a blizzard hit the next day, dumping more than a foot of snow on the area and paralyzing much-needed relief efforts. A harrowing account of tragedy and recovery.
In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead, and her father cries a lot. Caitlin wants to move on, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of “closure” in the dictionary, she realizes that is what she and her father need. But how does a person find closure?
Little Rock Arkansas, 1958
Marlee doesn't have many friends until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is bold and brave, and always knows the right thing to say.
But then Liz disappears, replaced by the rumor that she was a Negro girl passing as white. Marlee decides that doesn't matter. Liz is her best friend. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are willing to take on integration and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.
Five Facts about Me
1. My name is Sam.
2. I am eleven years old.
3. I collect stories and fantastic facts.
4. I have leukemia.
5. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead.
Jessica is a runner. It's who she is. When a tragic accident causes her to lose one of her legs, she is shattered--inside and out. The doctors say she'll be able to walk again, but recovery is slow and full of pitfalls.
As she struggles, Jessica gets to know Rosa--a girl with cerebral palsy she and her friends had always overlooked. Not only does Rosa come to Jessica's rescue in math, she also helps her reach for a future that is full of opportunities. And Jessica starts to wonder: is it possible not only to walk again, but to run?
Chiko wants to be a school teacher, but it is not that simple in modern-day Burma. He ends up being forced into the Burmese army.
Tu Reh lives in a refugee camp. The Karenni village that he once called home was burned down by Burmese soldiers. Tu Reh will do anything for revenge. He hates the Burmese for what they did to his family and friends.
Under unlikely circumstances, these two boys cross paths.
Julius Caesar was a famous Roman general. He died after being stabbed 23 times.
Christopher Columbus was a famous explorer. He died from Reiter's Syndrome. It made his eyes bleed.
Henry VIII was a famous king who died from an infection. His body leaked puss after death.
If you don't have the guts for gore, you shouldn't read this book.
Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft lip fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her--"Inshallah," God willing.
Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her to read and write. And the Americans come to the village, promising not just new opportunities, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha--but can she dare to hope they'll come true?