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2017 Rebecca Caudill Nominees
Transcript of 2017 Rebecca Caudill Nominees
Stella by Starlight
The Fourteenth Goldfish
With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too,
that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander.
The Night Gardener
The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.
The Secret Hum
of a Daisy
The War that Saved My Life
Ada isn't exactly sure how old she is; for as long as she can remember, she's been a virtual prisoner in her mother's third floor one-room apartment. She was born with a clubfoot and her mother uses her disability as an excuse to abuse her both emotionally and physically. Ada watches the world through the narrow confines of the apartment window, waves to neighbors in the street, and carefully gauges the danger of being beaten during each encounter with her hateful mother. She envies the freedom of her little brother, Jamie, who goes to school and generally roves the neighborhood at will. When her mother prepares to ship Jamie out to the countryside with other children being evacuated from London, Ada sneaks out with him. When the two fail to be chosen by any villagers, the woman in charge forces Susan Smith, a recluse, to take them in. Though Susan is reluctant and insists that she knows nothing about caring for children, she
does so diligently and is baffled by the girl's fearful
flinching anytime Ada makes a mistake. Though uneducated, Ada is intensely observant
and quick to learn.
The Great Trouble
Fish in a Tree
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
The Paper Cowboy
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom:
My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
The Port of Chicago 50:
Disaster, Mutiny and the
Fight for Civil Rights
How I Became a Ghost:
A Choctaw Trail of Tears
A Time to Dance
by: Kwame Alexander
by: Jonathan Auxier
by: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
by: Sharon Draper
by: Alice Hoffman
by: Tracy Holczer
by: Jennifer L. Holm
by: K.A. Holt
by: Deborah Hopkinson
by: Linda Hunt
by: E.K. Johnston
by: Gordon Korman
by: Kristin Levine
by: Lynda Blackmon Lowery
by: Ann Martin
by: Pam Munoz Ryan
by: Steve Sheinkin
by: Jonathan Stroud
by: Tim TIngle
by: Padma Venkatraman
Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.
Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig’s family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change when the red moon rises. It’s time to break the spell.
Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.
After her mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. She can't imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.
Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this gawky teenager really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?
Kevin has a bad attitude. He has a real
knack for rubbing people the wrong way. And
he's even figured out a secret way to do it with poems. But what happens when the tables are turned and he is the one getting picked on? Using elements of subversive found poetry, Rhyme Schemer is an accessible novel in verse that is both touching and hilarious, and will inspire voracious and reluctant readers alike. It is a celebration of the power of words and their ability to transform lives.
Eli has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a
“mudlark,” he spends his days in the filthy River
Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. He’s being
hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked the streets of London. And he’s got a secret that costs him four precious shillings a week to keep safe. But even for Eli, things aren’t so bad until that fateful August day in 1854—the day the deadly cholera (“blue death”) comes to Broad Street.
Everyone believes that cholera is spread through poisonous air. But one man, Dr. John Snow, has a different theory. As the epidemic surges, it’s up to Eli and his best friend, Florrie, to gather evidence to prove Dr. Snow’s theory—before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.
“Everybody is smart in different ways.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a
tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people.
Every time she lands in a new school, she
is able to hide her inability to read by creating
clever yet disruptive distractions.
She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can
you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher
Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid
underneath the trouble maker. With his help,
Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that
dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.
As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be
herself and the world starts opening up with
possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot
more to her—and to everyone—than a
label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.
There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told,
men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages.
Dragon slaying was a proud tradition.
But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable
appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected.
Such was Trondheim's fate until Owen Thorskard arrived. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard.
Eli has never left Serenity . . . why would he ever want to?
Then 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
further, and soon it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. The clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, connecting their ideal crime-free community to some of the
greatest criminal masterminds ever known.
The kids realize they can trust no one
—least of all their own parents.
Though he thinks of himself as a cowboy, Tommy is really a bully. He's always playing cruel jokes on classmates or stealing from the store. But Tommy has a reason: life at home is tough. His abusive mother isn't well; in fact, she may be mentally ill, and his sister, Mary Lou, is in the hospital badly. To make amends, Tommy takes over Mary Lou's paper route. But the paper route also becomes the
perfect way for Tommy to investigate his neighbors
after stumbling across a copy of The Daily Worker, a communist newspaper.
As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. In this memoir, she shows today's young readers what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in
the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it
felt to be part of changing
Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her
own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a
name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands
Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.
When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are
flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose's father shouldn't have
let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means
leaving her routines and safe places to search.
Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.
On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution. This is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America's armed forces during
World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave
their lives in service of a country where
they lacked the most basic rights.
A sinister problem has occurred
in London: all nature of ghosts,
haunts, spirits and specters are appearing, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have
the psychic abilities required to see and eradicate these supernatural
foes. Many Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to
handle the work, and are in fierce competition. Plucky and talented
Lucy Carlyle teams up with
Lockwood & Co., a small
agency independent of
A Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe's removal from its Mississippi homeland, and how its exodus to the American West led him to become a ghost --one able to help those left behind.
Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.