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Copy of 2013-14 Bluebonnet Nominees
Transcript of Copy of 2013-14 Bluebonnet Nominees
by Katherine Applegate Laugh With the Moon
by Shana Burg Barnum's Bones :How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
by Tracey Fern Coral Reefs by Jason Chin Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits Beware, the baby feet eating giant! Our spunky heroine Claudette takes her baking-loving brother and best friend Marie on a journey to slay the giant. Will the villagers get to them in time? Find out in this action-packed graphic novel debut! The Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade is home to a mangy group of performing animals which includes friends Ivan the gorilla, Stella the elephant and a stray dog, Bob. They are soon joined by Ruby, a baby elephant who is frightened and confused, after being torn away from her elephant family. Stella makes Ivan promise to find a way to get Ruby out of the mall, but how can a gorilla keep that promise? You'll have to read this book, which won this year's Newbery Award, to find out! Clare’s father has dragged her to Malawi where he is working as a doctor in a hospital. She soon learns the reality of life in the rural village, and it is nothing like her teenage existence in the United States. Texan Shana Burg chronicles Clare’s mindset, as she navigates the ups and downs of being an American kid in an African nation. Frankie Joe and his mom live a laid back life in Texas, but a string of bad choices lands his mom in jail, and Frankie Joe finds himself living in Illinois with the dad and step-family he never knew he had. Trying to make the best of a difficult situation,he uses his bicycle to deliver pizza in the hopes of earning enough money to bike back home to Texas. Through an unusual group of characters, Frankie Joe learns the meaning of responsibility, family and the joy of finding a place where you belong. Even as a young boy, Barnum Brown collected rocks and fossils; as he grew so did his passion, which eventually led to the discovery of the infamous dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus Rex. With largerthanlife illustrations, readers will follow Barnum’s expeditions through this lively biography. Kyle’s older brother is quite eager to share his “advice” about the rules of conduct for survival on the school bus. Problem is, the advice about seat location, bullies, girls, and driver, terrifies Kyle, and he begins unknowingly breaking the rules right from the moment he steps on the bus! The twists and turns of his school bus adventure will make you laugh! Imagine opening a book and suddenly finding the room filled with water and animals from the ocean. Take a journey to thecoral reefs in this informative story that mixes reality with fantasy. Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
by Lutricia Clifton. Tua and the elephant by R.P. Harris Tua, a go-getting Thai girl, goes to great lengths to save an elephant from its abusive owners. With her community's help, she repeatedly outsmarts the buffoonish duo until she finally gets the elephant to safety in an animal sanctuary. Looking at Lincoln
by Maira Kalman Lincoln's legacy is everywhere - there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. And we are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together. But who was he, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. . From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Kalman shares Lincoln's remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way. Flying the dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi When Sky’s relatives from Japan suddenly move to the United States, Skye and her cousin Hiroshi question where they belong. Can they find common ground by learning each other’s languages and sharing their grandfather’s passion for kite flying battles? Waiting for the Magic
by Patricia MacLachlan When William's father leaves, his mother promptly goes out and adds four dogs and a cat to their lives. William's sure that nothing can fill the hole left by his father, but the new additions to the family are determined to help, and with his sister, Elinor, and his mother, William will learn that "family" can come in all shapes and sizes. Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski Once upon a time, life for a brother and sister gets turned upside down when the magic mirror in their basement transports them to a magical land filled with strangely familiar characters. A girl with fair skin and red lips, a poisoned apple and evil stepmother stand in their way to make things right. After that, will they ever get home? Ghetto cowboy by G. Neri Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs. Wonder by R.J. Palacio Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. The Humming Room
by Ellen Potter Mystery, ghosts, gardens, oh my! Twelve year old Roo Fanshaw’s specialty is hiding. After being sent to live with an eccentric uncle she never knew in an uninhabited mansion on Cough Rock Island. What does she discover in the mansion and what are the strange noises she hears? This new mystery is loosely based on the classic book The Secret Garden. Glory Be
by Augusta Scattergood The closing of her favorite swimming pool opens 11-year-old Gloriana Hemphill's eyes to the ugliness of racism in a small Mississippi town in 1964. Glory shares the heartache of being the kid sister of a preoccupied teenager, friendship gone awry and the terrible cost of blabbing people's secrets. Jangles: a BIG Fish Story by David Shannon A new picture book by the author of the No! David! books. A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter--and friendship--with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims, but who has never been caught. Walls Within Walls
by Maureen Sherry Twelve-year-old CJ, his nine-year-old sister Brid, and six-year-old Patrick Smithfork resent leaving Brooklyn for Manhattan, even though they are pleased that their dad's video-game company has struck it rich. Finding a wall, a painting, and a book behind a grille in their historical Fifth Avenue apartment, the children start to decipher clues that send them on an architectural treasure hunt. Their neighbor Eloise Post hopes that the hunt will reveal the whereabouts of her father's lost fortune from the 1930s. Balloons Over Broadway : The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet As a child, Tony Sarg loved working with things that moved, like marionettes. He used this passion to design incredible window displays and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His invention, airfilled rubber floats, part puppet and part balloon, are now known the world over, delighting children and adults alike. A great story with wonderful illustrations will make you wish it was Thanksgiving all over again! Bake Sale by Sara Varon In this graphic novel, Cupcake (a cupcake with a round pink head and cherry on top) has a bakery in New York City, a friend named Eggplant (a big purple eggplant), and a dream of meeting his idol, pastry chef Turkish Delight. When business is slow, Eggplant helps Cupcake expand his offerings. Readers will eat up Varon's cleanly illustrated, nicely detailed tale of friendship.