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2016 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award List

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2016 Oklahoma Sequoyah
Book Award List
A Review of the Master List as a Prezi

WHITE FUR FLYING- By: Patricia MacLachlan
Which book will be your favorite?
Read at least 3 books from the Master List
Vote in February, 2016
WORDS WITH WINGS - By: Nikki Grimes
SUGAR - By: Jewel Parker Rhodes
GONE FISHING: A NOVEL IN VERSE - By Tamara Will Wissinger
Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he's none too pleased: "Where's my stringer? / Something's wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!" All ends well in this winsome book of poems—each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found—and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet's Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.
MOUNTAIN DOG - By: Margarita Engle
CHEWS YOUR DESTINY - By: Rhode Montijo
Mighty-Mega Ultra-Stretchy Super-Duper Extenda-Bubble Bubble Gum might sound a little over the top, but it's Gabby Gomez's favorite-she chews it constantly. After a series of catastrophes and a peanut-butter hair treatment, though, Gabby's mother forbids gum outright. Driven to deceit, Gabby has a freak accident that turns her into a gum-based superhero, able to use her sticky powers to rescue snatched purses and retrieve dropped keys from storm drains. Tension builds as Mrs. Gomez comes perilously close to discovering Gabby's secret gum-chewing life (signaled by the "DUN! DUN! DUN!" of impending doom). We see Gabby's inner struggle, following her step by sticky step back to a law-abiding childhood ("Mom would be so proud of what I just did.... But I can't even tell her. And it's all because I haven't been telling her the truth")
Prezi Created by:
Sherri Malget
Library Media Specialist
Hawthorne Elementary
June 25, 2015
Animal-obsessed Ellis Coffey hopes his pet woolly caterpillar will win the race at the Banner Elk Woolly Worm Festival and its $1,000 purse so he can pay the deductible for his father's back surgery. Money is tight in Ellis' family, and the fourth-grader has more than the usual worries and responsibilities. He helps out a lot at home, but he still has time to explore the woods behind the family's blueberry farm in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains. That's where he finds the caterpillar he names Tink. Feeding her, dealing with her excrement (which, he learns, is called frass) and keeping her safe are some of the challenges he faces in this unusual pet story. Readers can't help but admire this boy who is trying so hard to be helpful. At school, his teacher describes him as "class-clown-but-with-brains" and encourages his interest in new words. There is humor in Ellis' efforts to keep Tink hidden on an outing to church and plenty of suspense right up to the race itself. And then there's the question: Can Ellis really talk to animals like Mrs. Puckett, the horse whisperer?
Mountain Dog
by Margarita Engle
Fortunately, the Milk
by Neil Gaiman
Words with Wings
by Nikki Grimes
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year
by Bill Harley
The Worm Whisperer
by Betty Hicks
The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel
by Deborah Hopkinson
The Adventures of a South Pole Pig
by Chris Kurtz
Elvis and the Underdogs
by Jenny Lee
White Fur Flying
by Patricia MacLachlan
Chews Your Destiny: The Gumazing Gum Girl!
by Rhode Montijo
To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt
by Doreen Rappaport
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurtliff
Becoming Babe Ruth
by Matt Tavares
Gone Fishing
by Tamera Will Wissinger
n 1870 Louisiana, five years after the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery, Sugar is still bound to the crop whose name she shares: "I'm ten now. I'm not a slave anymore. I'm free. Except from sugar." Sugar is basically an orphan. Her mother died, and her father was sold five years before the story begins. She lives alone next door to Mister and Missus Beale, who have become her surrogate parents. Sugar wonders why she still can't do what she wants and why she still must work and live under miserable conditions. When she becomes friendly with Billy Wills, the son of the plantation owner, she can't understand why their friendship must be secret. Her feistiness and sense of loyalty shine in the poignant scenes when she insists on being with Billy when he is sick. She loves the Br'er Rabbit trickster tales Mister Beale tells in which Rabbit outsmarts the seemingly more clever hyena. When Mr. Wills hires Chinese workers to work on the plantation to fill the void left by former slaves going north, Sugar is fascinated by their ways and their stories. Sugar's community feels threatened, but her intuition, curiosity, and spirit move her to befriend the perceived enemy and bring everyone together.
Life is never dull for Zoe and Alice. Their mother rescues Great Pyrenees dogs until a new home can be found and their father is a veterinarian. Enormous dogs are always roaming their family's rural home and white fur is always flying everywhere. When the sisters meet their new neighbor, Phillip, they are left with many questions. Phillip has gone silent. Zoe's joyful household contrasts starkly with Phillip's quiet one, living with two relatives who are caring for him while his parents "solve a problem. "What happened that would cause him to stop speaking? Does he believe that he is the cause of his parents' problems? Kodi (a hulking Great Pyr) and a cheeky parrot named Lena are the first to encourage Phillip's thaw. Tension builds when Phillip and another dog, Jack, disappear during a storm.
A father goes out for milk for his children's cereal. He's abducted by aliens, escapes from pirates, and saves the universe from destruction. Dad arrives safely home and tells his story to his children, who don't believe him.
Charlie Bumpers is doomed. The one teacher he never wanted in the whole school turns out to be his fourth-grade teacher. Charlie recalls third grade, when he accidentally hit the scariest teacher in the whole school with his sneaker. "I know all about you, Charlie Bumpers," she says menacingly on the first day of fourth grade. Now, in addition to all the hardships of starting school, he has gotten off on the wrong foot with her. Charlie's dry and dramatic narrative voice clearly reveals the inner life of a 9-year-old--the glass is always half empty, especially in light of a series of well-intentioned events gone awry. It's quite a litany: "Hitting Mrs. Burke in the head with the sneaker. The messy desk. The swinging on the door. The toilet paper. And now this--the shoe on the roof." This likable kid must face the everyday terrors of childhood: enormous bullies, looming teachers and thick gym coaches with huge pointing fingers.
Thirteen-year-old Eel is a “mudlark,” gleaning and selling bits of rope, rags, and coal from the grimy River Thames. Ever the entrepreneur, he also sweeps Mr. Griggs’s tailor shop and cleans the cages and feeds the pets at Dr. Snow’s house, and now he’s loading bodies into coffins and coffins onto carts, as the Blue Death—cholera—has hit London. A parallel plot line involves a secret Eel is keeping and a mysterious stranger named Fisheye Bill Taylor, who may just get Eel if the Blue Death doesn’t. Hopkinson constructs a historical novel of true Dickensian fashion, with vivid descriptions of Victorian London’s filthy Thames, foul air, and sickly-looking skies—a city ripe for a plague. And like a good Dickensian tale, Eel’s story contains twists and turns, an accumulation of odd coincidences, and an earnest protagonist readers will root for. Two characters, Dr. Snow and Reverend Whitehead, were real-life players in the cholera epidemic, and fictional Eel helps Dr. Snow prove that cholera was caused not by foul air but by the contaminated water from the local water pump.
In this brief, free-verse novel, readers meet Gabby, whose imagination is fueled by "words with wings that wake my daydreams." Her daydreams have provided solace from her parents' arguments, but now her father has moved out and her parents are getting a divorce. At school, she finds it hard to make friends and avoid being labeled the weird girl who zones out in class. Gabby's dad is a daydreamer, too, but her practical mom chides her for not paying attention, and Gabby longs to win her mother's approval along with that of her teacher, Mr. Spicer. Gabby's struggles to stay focused in school will resonate with many youngsters, as she tries to: ".catch every single syllable that falls from Mr. Spicer's lips, pass the pop quiz, and still have enough time left to be bored." Most readers will recognize Gabby in someone they know.
When Rump, who does not know his real name, finds an old spinning wheel, he discovers his magical gift of spinning straw into gold. When the devious miller claimed that his daughter could spin straw into gold so the king would marry her, Rump agrees to help her. He soon discovers that the more straw he spins, the more deeply he fell into a curse. In order to break the spell, Rump has to learn his true name. Rump hopes to break the curse before the miller's daughter gives birth to her first-born child; she had promised the child to Rump for spinning straw into gold.
When Tony's mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. It is a daunting move--Tony's new world bears no semblance to his previous one. But slowly, against a remote and remarkable backdrop, the scars from Tony's troubled past begin to heal.
With his Tió and a search-and-rescue dog named Gabe by his side, he learns how to track wild animals, is welcomed to the Cowboy Church, and makes new friends at the Mountain School. Most importantly though, it is through Gabe that Tony discovers unconditional love for the first time, in Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle.
Who says dogs aren't allowed in school? After sickly ten-year-old Benji has a seizure, he gets a new therapy dog who can go everywhere with him. Not only is the dog way better than the dorky helmet his mom had him wearing, the dog can also talk. Elvis the dog brings Benji together with an unlikely trio of friends in this spirited novel.
Out of the way, Wilbur and Babe: Your cousin Flora has "adventurous hooves"! As a piglet on a farm that raises sled dogs, Flora, who's always been more curious than her brothers (much to her mother's dismay), wants nothing more than to take her place in the line of dogs pulling a sled. Her best friend, Luna the cat, tells Flora that the adventures she seeks are nothing but trouble; and trouble will find her whether she looks for it or not. Trouble lands Flora in the hold of a ship, where she's mystifyingly called "ham bone" and "sausage" by Amos the cook. Thanks to rat-catching lessons from Luna, Flora can assist new cat-friend Sophia. She likes being useful this way, but why is Flora on a ship headed for the South Pole if not to help the sled dogs? When tragedy strikes, the whole crew counts itself lucky to have such a courageous pig along for the expedition.
Even legends start out small, and for George "Babe" Ruth, those early years were bleak. A troublemaker, he's sent away to Saint Mary's Industrial School for Boys, where strict discipline is a way of life: "They eat breakfast in compete silence. If they talk, they might get whipped," writes Tavares, who previously profiled big-leaguers in There Goes Ted Williams and Henry Aaron's Dream. But Saint Mary's is also where George discovers his gift for baseball, thanks to the tough love of Brother Matthias. When Saint Mary's later falls on hard times, the Babe, now making "the largest sum any team has ever paid for a baseball player," uses his celebrity to help the institution get on its feet again. There was no television in the 1920s, so fans relied on radio sportscasters for the colorful descriptions and exciting stories of Babe Ruth aka the "Sultan of Swat" and his rise from rags to riches that defined a "larger-than-life personality."
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Which book will be your favorite?
Could Stop @ 1:30
U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt certainly dared mighty things, and this lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man's bold, exuberant nature. Young "Teedie" Roosevelt wanted to be fearless like Daniel Boone and the Valley Forge soldiers he read about, but he was a sickly child. A dramatic full-page spread shows the quilt-wrapped Teedie reading in a big chair, visions of polar bears and eagles dancing in his head--an apt reflection of the boy who would go on to keep a giant tortoise in his room at Harvard and then to help protect America's wildlife. Roosevelt's private joys and sorrows as well as professional highlights from his Rough Rider days in Cuba to his 1906 Nobel Peace Prize.
This is a portrait of a passionate man who wanted to make a difference and did, as police commissioner or author, cattle rancher or U.S. president. Roosevelt declared "No man has had a happier life than I have led; a happier life in every way." A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president.
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