Nominees for 2012-2013
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Being Frank by Donna Earnhardt; illustrated by Andrea Castellani

Frank prides himself on being "frank" and believes honesty is the best policy. He quickly learns that being frank can hurt other's feelings, and soon his friends are upset with him. His grandpa teaches him a lesson on how to tell the truth in a better way without hurting people's feelings.

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Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Heather Ross

A girl searches for the perfect birthday gift for her best friend, then discovers that her imagination and skills can help her create the finest gift of all – and save the day for another classmate.

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Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown

“Jasper Rabbit had a passion for carrots. And the carrots that grew in Crackenhopper Field were the best.   Fat.   Crisp.   And free for the taking.” He loved those particular carrots so much that he ate some in the morning on his way to school, sampled a few on his way to Little League practice, and devoured more on his way home. Jasper just could not get enough of the tasty, slender veggies, but all that changed when the carrots of Crackenhopper Field began following and tormenting the unsuspected hare.

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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by E.B. Lewis

When a new girl, Maya, comes to school, she tries to make friends, but the other girls only ignore her and make fun of her second-hand clothes. The teacher uses a rock rippling in the water to demonstrate how one act of kindness can go out into the entire world. When Maya moves away, the girls realize they will never get another chance to be kind to her.

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Lost and Found by Bill Harley; illustrated by Adam Gustavson

When Justin loses the hat his grandmother had knitted for him, he looks all over school but can't find it. Grandma is coming to visit on Friday, which means that Justin is going to have to finally visit the dreaded LOST and FOUND located in the custodian's office at the end of a scary hallway. Even scarier is old Mr. Rumkowsky who has been at the school forever. Uncover all the surprises awaiting Just as he bravely visits the crusty custodian in the spooky office.

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Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly; illustrated by C.F. Payne

Meteor is the smallest mouse at the NASA training facility, so no one expects him to be selected for a Space Shuttle mission. But Meteor’s hard work pays off and he is chosen. While the other mice cling to their cage, Meteor happily explores his new environment. When the astronauts face a situation no one else can solve, Meteor proves that sometimes being tiny is a very good thing.

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One Cool Friend by Tony Buzzeo; illustrated by David Small

Eliot, “a very proper young man” visits the local aquarium and ends up taking home a penguin. The book tells the many things he does with his penguin during a very memorable weekend.

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Randy Riley's Really Big Hit written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

Randy Riley is a baseball loving science geek who saves his town from a fireball by inventing a baseball playing robot.

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Sky Color written and illustrated by Peter Reynolds

Marisol is going to paint the sky, but she can’t find just the right color. On her way home, Marisol sees a beautiful sunset. Later that night, Marisol dreams about the many colored sunset. She begins to think she might be able to find the right color after all.

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Three Hens and a Peacock
by Lester L. Laminack; illustrated by Henry Cole

What do you think happens when a peacock moves onto Tucker Farm and three hard-working hens get jealous of all the attention he is getting? Well, they switch jobs of course! Unfortunately, the hens don't make very good peacocks and the peacock can't seem to lay any eggs. Will they switch back before it's too late?

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The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader

Tucker MacBean loves comic books. When his favorite comic book has a contest to find the perfect sidekick for their superhero - H2O - Tucker can’t wait to enter. All he has to do is create a superhero sidekick worthy of H2O and the grand prize – publication of his comic and a full college scholarship. But school and babysitting his little brother take up all of Tucker’s time and he can’t find time to write. Then tucker notices a flier advertising ART CLUB at his school and he comes up with a plan. Will his plan work or will it add more work to his mother’s already overworked day?

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A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

River, Arizona, 1942. Tetsu Kishi and his family were taken from their home in California after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Now, they find themselves in close quarters with over 10,000 evacuees and the Gila River Relocation Center, making their home in a 20 X 24 space, and adapting to a new environment. Not only that, his father was taken elsewhere because of his involvement in the Japanese community. Tetsu feels responsible for taking care of his mom and sister.

Tetsu has one love and that is baseball. When a new family arrives, he is able to play again. A field is built in the desert and positions decided. One afternoon he chooses baseball over family, and it leaves his little sister, Kimi, fighting for her life. Tetsu’s guilt keeps him from joining the game.

His father finally arrives at Gila River in the winter of 1942. Kimi regains her strength slowly. When the baseball team is invited to play a series in Wyoming, Tetsu’s father grants him permission to play. The team makes the journey and their performance leaves their coach proud.

As the Gila River baseball team plays its greatest rivals, the Kishi family decides where their future will take them.

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ight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

Elise is an eleven year-old young lady who lives with her aunt and uncle. She is starting a new school, has a friend who still likes to play childish games, has a bully for a locker partner, is not doing well in school and is getting ready to turn twelve. She is sure that things will be better when the next thing happens, but find out that it does not change things. Come along as Elise grows and finds ways to get tings done and still preserve who she is and her friends.

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The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen

Have you ever known someone who doesn't like to follow the rules? Sage is a rebellious and sharp-tongued wisecracker who refuses to bow down to anyone. A civil war is brewing in Carthya because the royal family has been murdered. A nobleman named Conner must find someone to impersonate the long-lost prince, Jaron. Does Sage fit the bill? Read this action packed fantasy to discover what happens to Safe and prince Jaron.

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Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

Jake and Lily are twins. Even though they seem pretty different (Jack is the calm one and Lily has a temper, Lily is obsessed with trains and Jake collects cool rocks) they feel exactly the same, almost like two halves of one person. But the year they turn eleven everything changes. Their parents announce it is time for separate bedrooms, and Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys. Lily is devastated and actually really, really mad. And as she struggles to make friends and get a life apart from her twin, Jake finds himself dealing with a neighborhood bully and has to decide what kind of person he really is.

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Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan

One of the most memorable times a young person can experience is doing things with a grandparent. In the case of Kindred Souls, Jake and Billy share many good times ending with the building of a sod house. Jake really did not want to build the sod house, but when Billy becomes ill, he realizes this is one thing he can do for Billy. Being a mere child complicates the situation, but with the help of Lida and Jesse he may be able to accomplish the task. Adding to the suspense is Lucy, an angel dog who happens onto the farm. As the story progresses the reader truly learns what it means to be a kindred soul with a grandparent.


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"First there was a rat: Malcolm." This is how a letter to the teacher Mr. Binney begins. When Malcolm arrives at McKenna Elementary School, he cannot believe his good luck. He has a spacious, luxury Comf-E-Cube and a room full of fifth graders that feed him Pop-Tart crumbs. One night he realizes that his cage door is open, so he decides to go exploring. This is when he meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. He is small for a rat, so when he hears their thoughts about rats (they have a terrible reputation) he lets the other animals believe that he is a mouse. The charade comes to and end when the Academy's iguana leader, Aggy, is kidnapped. Honey Bunny (HB), the second in command, is convinced it is Malcolm's doing, especially because he is a rat. Malcolm must prove his innocence and save Aggy. He also breaks one of the Academy's cardinal rules and communicates with one of the students. But his relationship with Amelia helps to keep him focused in his search and ahead of Snip, the malevolent cat that lives on the fourth floor, and his mysterious partner in a scheme to hurt the humans.

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Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Eleven years ago a hurricane washed Mo ashore at Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Mo has no idea where her real parents are, but she hopes to find her Upstream Mother someday. Until then, she has found a family with the colonel, a cafe owner, and Miss Lana, the cafe´ hostess. When a lawman comes to town investigating a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt, start an investigation of their own. Will they find the culprit? Will Mo find her family?

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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Every Tuesday, Castle Glower changes. It grows new rooms and sometimes even an entire new wing! That is why Tuesday is Princess Celie's favorite day, because she loves the castle with all her hear. When their royal parents fail to return from their brother's graduation, the royal children Celie, Lilah, and Rolf, and their friend Parry must save the kingdom from a hostile takeover. With the help of a magic castle, can the children save their kingdom and find their missing parents?


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The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

Forbes, Pennsylvania has fallen on hard times. The once prospering town has lost many jobs and the local Forbes Flyer shoe factory has closed. As a result, the town can no longer afford to keep the 7th grade football team. Out of desperation and disappointment that he won't have another chance to make up for fumbling the ball and losing the final game last season, Will Tyler is determined to find a way to keep the team and play the fame that he loves so much.

Will decides to write a letter to New Balance with the hope that hey will sponsor the team. When he receives a letter from the CEO agreeing to sponsor, Will is sure they are on the path to playing the season. However, it turns out money isn't the only problem for the team. Will can only find 10 guys to play - he needs at least 11 - and in addition to being short players, no one will coach the team.

Just when it seems as if the team isn't going to happen, Will meets Hannah, a football-playing girl. Will convinces his dad to coach, but will the guys on the team be willing to let Hannah be a part of the team? Does Will get a chance to have another season to make up for his fumble last year? This will keep you cheering for a win for Will!

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is the traditional tale of Cinderella with a futuristic, sci-fi twist. Set in a future where wolf-like soldiers live on the moon, and android can be your best friend, and a plague is sweeping the world, the story follows the life of Cinder - a cyborg mechanic. Independent and smart, Cinder is a new kind of heroine. She doesn't mind getting dirty, she likes to fix things, and she turns down an invitation to the ball from her newest customer - Prince Kai himself. Will Cinder save Kai from the evil Lunar Queen Levana? Why is Cinder immune to the plague killing so many people? What will happen when a rain soaked, cyborg mechanic arrives at the ball?


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Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Pete and AJ have been best friends forever. They are a great pitcher/catcher duo, and dream of playing baseball when they go to high school. But that all changes when Pete winds up for a pitch and throws out his elbow. Pete's doctors tell him he will never pitch again. AJ still talks about being on the team together. How can Pete tell AJ that his baseball days are over?

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A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Imagine waking up 100 years from the day you were born and 60 years after the day you went to sleep, and you're still only 16! Things have changed and you have a lot of catching up to do without family, friends, or anything familiar. This is the life of Rosalinda Fitzroy, and once she's physically recovered from her long sleep she's dumped into the deep end: at school with her studies (which she's never been good at to being with), navigating cliques and finding a seat during lunch, to dealing with her family's business, UniCorp, which basically runs the world.

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On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave
by Candace Fleming

Mike Kowalski is trying to beat his curfew on a stormy night when he encounters a young girl on a dark road. Risking his mother's anger, he detours to drive the girl home only to find she has left her shoes in his car. When he tries to return them to her home, he learns the girl died 60 years ago on that very night. Her mother informs Mike that a stranger tries to return her shoes every year on the anniversary of her death. He ends up in a cemetery where the girl is buried and encounters a group of teenage ghosts. All have a story to share with Mike in order that they not be forgotten.

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Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Would you be able to survive? Could you survive ten concentration camps and two death walks? Could you do hard labor? Could you only eat broth and bread day after day after day? Could you survive without your family? Could you become a nobody, without a name or friend or personality? Could you survive the Holocaust? Read this historical fiction account based on the real-life story of Prisoner B-3087, Also known as Jack Gruener.

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The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

One would think that living on Midway Atoll in the Pacific would have to be exciting. Tobie, whose parents are research biologists, should love everything about her life, and yet that is not necessarily the case. After visiting her aunt in Hawaii, Robie's return trip is anything but normal. The plane first experiences turbulence, and then suddenly Tobie finds herself in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a raft. Will she survive?

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The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall

Jeremy, Hope Long's 18-year-old brother, is on trial for the murder of his favorite baseball coach, Mr. Johnson. She knows Jeremy better than anyone else and is certain her brother is not the murderer. Since everyone else, including Sheriff Wells, seems to believe her brother Jeremy is responsible for Mr. Johnson's death, Hope's mission becomes proving that Jeremy isn't the killer. The evidence points to Jeremy, and his complete silence may prevent the truth of what really happened in the stable from being heard.

Hope knows Jeremy is special - a young, mute, autistic man who sings beautiful music as if from God; he is gentle and kind, incapable of harming anyone. How could he be Coach Johnson's killer, when Coach was the one who gave Jeremy a job helping with the baseball team and working at his horse stable? Hope, her best friend, TJ, and the sheriff's son, Chase, set out to prove Jeremy's innocence.


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Starters by Lissa Price

Callie Woodland is a 16-year old "Starter" living on the streets of a futuristic Beverly Hills following the Spore Wars, which wiped out almost every American between the ages of 20 and 60 (the "Middles"). Living hand-to-mouth trying to support her younger brother Tyler, Callie spends her days scrounging for food and water. She visits the "Body Bank," aka Prime Destinations of "Prime". They promise her large sums of money for completing three "rentals" - allowing much older adults ("Enders") to use her Starter body to relive their youth. It sounds too good to be true, but with very few options, Callie signs the contract. She gets a head-to-toe makeover, including a chip implanted in her brain that allows the Elder to inhabit her body. Everything goes fine through the first two rentals, but Callie unexpectedly wakes up in a night club with no memory of how she got there. There's a voice in her head asking for help, telling Callie not to return to Prime. Is she hallucinating because of the chip or just losing her mind? Packed with lots of science fiction technology, this thriller has it all - adventure, romance, intrigue and murder. You won't want to put it down!

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Ungifted by Gordan Korman

Donovan Curtis's impetuous hitting of the stature of Atlas at his school causes a series of events that ends up sending him to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students. He does not belong there, yet he is able to make his mark and contribute to the school’s programs and students.

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Variant by Robinson Wells

Benson Fisher thought he'd made the score of a lifetime when he got a full scholarship to Maxfield Academy. What's a seventeen-year-old foster system veteran supposed to do in an upscale preparatory academy? At first he's in awe of the sprawling New Mexico forest landscape and the stone four-story boarding school with the latest technologies. Then Benson begins to notice some oddities. There are no adults on campus, but cameras are recording their every move. The students run the school with instructions from the Iceman. Some days they learn about math, science, and social studies. Other days, class is paintball. There are only four rules. "No intimate relationships. No refusing punishments. No violent fights. No escape attempts." Break any of the rules and you get detention. No one comes back from detention. None of this deters Benson from his one obsession: escaping his dream school. The only question is: will he make it out alive?

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