2011 Best of the Best – Youth List

Sue’s Favorites of 2011: Picture Books

11 experiments that failed: Offill, Jenny, 1968-[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC+ PWK* SLJ* WCC+] {Ages 4 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0482553065} — Schwartz & Wade Books, 9/27/2011, 32p
0375847626
Teaches readers how to conduct science experiments through step-by-step instructions for eleven failed inquiries designed to test such hypotheses as whether it is possible to wash dishes in a washing machine, and if it is possible to live through the winter eating nothing but ketchup-covered snowballs.
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All the way to America : the story of a big Italian family and a little shovel: Yaccarino, Dan[BKL+ KIR+ LMC+ SLJ* WCC+] {Ages 5 – 9, 813, OCLC 0642842796} — Alfred A. Knopf, 3/8/2011, 34p
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Map on endpaper. Dan Yaccarino tells the story of his family’s experiences in the United States since his great-grandfather came to America from Italy through Ellis Island.
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Ant and Grasshopper: Gray, Luli[BKL+ HRN* PWX+ SLJ*] {Ages 4 – 7, 398.2, OCLC 0646112742} — Margaret K. McElderry Books, 3/8/2011, 32p
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While he stocks up for the winter, Ant is annoyed by Grasshopper’s singing and dancing all summer long, but soon realizes there is value in having fun.
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A ball for Daisy: Raschka, Christopher[BKL* HRN* KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 3 – 7, -E-, OCLC 0649926186} — Schwartz & Wade Books, 5/10/2011, 32p
037585861X
Daisy the dog is heartbroken when her favorite toy ball is destroyed while she is playing with another dog, but she realizes she has gained something, too.
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Balloons over Broadway : the true story of the puppeteer of Macy’s Parade: Sweet, Melissa, 1956-[BKL+ HRN* KIR+ PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 4 – 8, 791.5, OCLC 0678923828} — Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 11/1/2011, 34p
0547199457
Includes bibliographical references. Tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, the man who first invented the helium balloons that have become the trademark of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy thinking : a Toon book: Coudray, Philippe[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC+ NYT+ PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 4 – 8, 741.5, OCLC 0705350640} — Toon Books, 8/23/2011, 32p <Easy-to-read comics. Level 2>
1935179128
Translated from the French. Readers are challenged to think and solve puzzles as they try to follow the fuzzy thinking and antics of Benjamin, a bear who does everything in his own funny way.
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Blackout: Rocco, John[BKL* KIR* PWK+ SLJ*] {Ages 4 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0671703134} — Disney/Hyperion Books, 5/24/2011, 40p
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Neighbors gather on the roof after the power goes out on a hot night in the city and start having so much fun not everyone is happy when the lights go back on.
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Blue chicken: Freedman, Deborah (Deborah Jane), 1960-[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* PWK+ RSL+] {Ages 3 to 5, -E-, OCLC 0682892577} — Viking, 9/15/2011, 32p
0670012939
An enterprising chicken attempts to help an artist paint the barnyard and accidentally turns the whole picture blue.
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Cookiebot! : a Harry and Horsie adventure: Van Camp, Katie[BKL* HRN* KIR* NYT+ PWK+ SLJ*] {Ages 3 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0643762146} — Balzer + Bray, 5/31/2011, 32p
0061974455
When Harry and his best friend Horsie build a robot that can reach the cookie jar for them, it goes out of control and wreaks havoc around the city.
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Drawing from memory: Say, Allen[BKL+ HRN+ KIR+ PWK* SLJ+] {Ages 10 and up, 741.6, OCLC 0701808875} — Scholastic Press, 9/1/2011, 63p
0545176867
Caldecott medalist Allen Say chronicles his experiences as an artist during World War II, and describes his relationship with his mentor Noro Shinpei, Japan’s leading cartoonist.
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Everything I need to know before I’m five: Fisher, Valorie[BKL* HRN+ KIR+ NYT+ PWK* SLJ* WCC+] {Ages 1 to 5, 372, OCLC 0664256942} — Schwartz & Wade Books, 7/26/2011, 36p
0375868658
A picture book designed to help children learn the basic concepts they need to know before starting kindergarten, including numbers, letters, colors, shapes, opposites, and seasons.
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Harry & Hopper: Wild, Margaret, 1948-[KIR+ PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 2 to 5, -E-, OCLC 0650212865} — Feiwel and Friends, 1/18/2011, 32p
031264261X
Harry is devastated when he returns home from school to find that his beloved dog, Hopper, will no longer be there to greet him.
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Hopper and Wilson: Van Lieshout, Maria[BKL+ HRN+ SLJ*] {Ages 3 – 7, -E-, OCLC 0646111888} — Philomel Books, 5/12/2011, 34p
0399251847
An elephant and a mouse embark on a journey to discover what it looks like at the end of the world.
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I broke my trunk!: Willems, Mo[BKL+ BUL* HRN+ KIR+ LMC+ PWK* SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 4 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0641530693} — Hyperion Books for Children, 2/8/2011, 57p <Elephant & Piggie book>
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Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk.
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Ice: Geisert, Arthur[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC+ PWK+ WCC+] {Ages 4 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0601126307} — Enchanted Lion Books, 3/29/2011, 26p <Stories without words>
1592700985
This wordless tale depicts a community of pigs that suffer from the heat and go in search of ice despite the odds against them.
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I’m not: Smallcomb, Pam, 1954-[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR* NYT+ PWK+ SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 4 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0494980872} — Schwartz & Wade Books, 12/28/2010, 32p
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A young girl discovers that best friends can enjoy and do well at different things as long as they are good at being friends.
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I must have Bobo!: Rosenthal, Eileen {Ages 3 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0553360932} — Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1/25/2011, 32p
1442403772
When Willy wakes up without his favorite toy, he looks everywhere until he finds it.
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The Incredible Hulk : an origin story: Thomas, Rich[BKL+ HRN+ KIR+ LMC+] {Ages 3 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0703205805} — Marvel, 11/15/2011
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“Based on the Marvel comic book series The Hulk.” Relates the earliest adventures of the Incredible Hulk, based on the original comics, describing the life of Bruce Banner, from his shy childhood to his military career and the experiment that went wrong.
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In the meadow: Kato, Yukiko, 1936-[BUL+ HRN+ KIR+ PWK* SLJ+] {Ages 2 to 5, -E-, OCLC 0669754927} — Enchanted Lion Books, 5/17/2011, 25p
1592701086
Translation of: Kusahara. A little girl hears the sounds of nature all around her when she follows a butterfly into a meadow.
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I want my hat back: Klassen, J[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC+ PWK* SLJ+] {Ages 4 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0682902500} — Candlewick Press, 9/27/2011, 32p
0763655988
When Bear loses his hat, he patiently asks the animals he comes across if they have seen it, and just as he is about to give up his search, a deer helps him remember exactly where he left his beloved hat.
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Jonathan and the big blue boat: Stead, Philip Christian[KIR* NYT+ PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 3 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0627685187} — Roaring Brook Press, 6/7/2011, 32p
1596435623
“A Neal Porter Book.” Jonathan sets sail in the big blue boat in search of his lost stuffed bear Frederick, and collects a ragtag assortment of friends along the way.
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Love, Mouserella: Stein, David Ezra[BKL* HRN* HRN+ KIR* LMC+ NYT+ PWK+ SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 3 to 5, -E-, OCLC 0707969154} — Nancy Paulsen Books, 9/15/2011, 28p
0399254102
Mouserella describes the things that are happening in her life in a letter she writes to her grandmother who lives in the country.
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Me– Jane: McDonnell, Patrick, 1956-[BKL+ BUL* KIR+ PWK+ SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 3 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0648145481} — Little, Brown, 4/5/2011, 40p
0316045462
Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.
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Mitchell’s license: Durand, Hallie[BKL+ HRN* KIR* PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 3 – 7, -E-, OCLC 0683247649} — Candlewick Press, 4/26/2011, 40p
076364496X
Mitchell never wants to go to bed until, at the age of three years, nine months, and five days he gets his license so that he can drive there–at least until he and the car have a disagreement about what fuel goes in the tank.
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The money we’ll save: Cole, Brock[BUL+ HRN+ KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 4 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0676062178} — Farrar Straus Giroux, 10/11/2011, 33p
0374350116
“Margaret Ferguson Books.” In nineteenth-century New York City, when Pa brings home a young turkey in hopes of saving money on their Christmas dinner, his family faces all sorts of trouble–and expense–in their tiny apartment.
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Mouse & lion: Burkert, Rand[BKL* HRN* KIR* PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 5 – 7, -E-, OCLC 0706022920} — Michael Di Capua Books, 10/1/2011, 30p
0545101476
An illustrated edition of Aesop’s fable of the mouse and the lion, who learn valuable lessons of friendship from one another.
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Naamah and the ark at night : a lullaby: Bartoletti, Susan Campbell {Ages 4 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0692084717} — Candlewick Press, 8/9/2011, 32p
0763642428
Noah’s wife settles the animals on the ark to sleep by singing a soothing lullaby.
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A New Year’s reunion: Yu, Li-Qiong, 1980-[BKL* KIR* PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 3 to 5, -E-, OCLC 0714724636} — Candlewick Press, 10/31/2011, 40p
0763658812
“First published in 2008 by Hsin Yi Publications, Taipei, Taiwan”–P. facing t.p. Little Maomao, whose father works in faraway places, barely recognizes him when he comes home for his annual visit for Chinese New Year, but she quickly warms to him amidst the excitement of the holiday, and it seems the time passes much too quickly until he must leave again.
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Nursery rhyme comics : 50 timeless rhymes from 50 celebrated cartoonists: [BKL+ BUL+ KIR* LMC+ PWK+ SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 5 – 7, 741.5, OCLC 0697267333} — First Second, 10/11/2011, 119p
159643600X
Presents fifty traditional nursery rhymes in comic book format, with illustrations by well-known cartoonists.
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Owly & Wormy, friends all aflutter!: Runton, Andy[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* PWK+ SLJ*] {Ages 3 – 7, -E-, OCLC 0588998854} — Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 3/8/2011, 40p
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Good friends Owly and Wormy are disappointed when their new plant attracts fat, green, bug-like things, instead of butterflies, until a metamorphosis occurs.
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Pig kahuna: Sattler, Jennifer Gordon[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* SLJ*] {Ages 3 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0667871754} — Bloomsbury, 5/24/2011, 32p
159990635X
Fergus is afraid to go in the water, but he and his baby brother Dink find a surfboard while collecting treasures along the seashore.
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Rah, rah, radishes! : a vegetable chant: Sayre, April Pulley[BKL* HRN+ KIR+ NYT+ PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 3 – 7, 641.3, OCLC 0666573458} — Beach Lane Books, 6/14/2011, 32p
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Rhyming text and colorful illustrations describe the tastes, scents, and appearance of different vegetables.
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Stars: Ray, Mary Lyn[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC+ PWK+ SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 2 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0667210486} — Beach Lane Books, 10/4/2011, 32p
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Explores the wonder of stars, whether they are in the night sky, on a plant as a promise of fruit to come, or in one’s pocket for those days when one does not feel shiny.
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These hands: Mason, Margaret H., 1954-[HRN+] {Ages 4 – 8, -E-, OCLC 0598304915} — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 3/7/2011, 32p
0547215665
An African American man tells his grandson about a time when, despite all the wonderful things his hands could do, they could not touch bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Based on stories of bakery union workers; includes historical note.
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The three bears : a folk tale classic: Galdone, Paul[HRN+] {Ages 4 – 8, 398.2, OCLC 0670041068} — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 3/21/2011, 33p <Folk tale classic>
0547370199
Three bears return from a walk and find a little girl asleep in baby bear’s bed.
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Three little kittens : a folk tale classic: Galdone, Paul[HRN+] {Ages 4 – 8, 398.8, OCLC 0024342690} — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 3/21/2011, 32p <Folk tale classic>
0547575750
Three little kittens lose, find, soil, and wash their mittens.
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The three little pigs : a folk tale classic: Galdone, Paul[BKL+ HRN* HRN+ KIR+ PWK+ SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 4 – 8, 398.24, OCLC 0698361351} — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 3/21/2011, 41p <Folk tale classic>
0547370202
Three little pigs leave home to seek their fortunes, but their independence is threatened by the arrival of the big bad wolf.
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Tweak, tweak: Bunting, Eve, 1928-[HRN+ KIR+ PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 1 to 3, -E-, OCLC 0650821903} — Clarion Books, 5/23/2011, 40p
0618998519
While out for a walk, Mama Elephant answers her child’s questions about a monkey, a frog, a songbird, a butterfly, and a crocodile, all the while teaching about Little Elephant too.
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The twins’ blanket: Yum, Hyewon[BKL+ BUL+ HRN* HRN+ KIR* PWX* SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 3 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0474867923} — Farrar Straus Giroux, 8/16/2011, 32p
0374379726
“Frances Foster Books.” Two twin girls, who have always shared everything, sleep in separate beds with their own blankets for the first time.
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Where’s walrus?: Savage, Stephen, 1965-[KIR+ NYT+ SLJ+] {Ages 3 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0646112430} — Scholastic Press, 2/1/2011, 32p
0439700493
An adventurous walrus escapes from the zoo and dons a number of different disguises in order to avoid being caught by the zookeeper.
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You will be my friend!: Brown, Peter, 1979-[KIR+ NYT+ SLJ+] {Ages 3 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0707964971} — Little, Brown, 9/5/2011, 34p
0316070300
Lucy, a young bear, starts her day determined to make a new friend but her enthusiasm leads to all sorts of problems until, just as she is about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her.
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Sue’s Favorites of 2011: Youth Fiction

The adventures of Sir Gawain the True: Morris, Gerald, 1963-[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* SLJ+] {Ages 6 – 9, -Fic-, OCLC 0607083619} — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 4/18/2011, 118p <Knights’ tales ; bk. 3>
0547418558
Relates the adventures of Sir Gawain, the only undefeated knight in King Arthur’s court, who eventually learns the value of friendship, courtliness, and courtesy after a challenge from the Green Knight.
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Clementine and the family meeting: Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-[KIR* PWX+] {Ages 7 – 10, -Fic-, OCLC 0671703132} — Disney/Hyperion Books, 9/13/2011, 162p
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Third-grader Clementine tries to adjust to the news that her perfect family of four is adding a new brother or sister.
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Darth Paper strikes back : an Origami Yoda book: Angleberger, Tom[HRN* KIR* LMC+ PWK* SLJ+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0707968794} — Amulet Books, 8/23/2011, 159p
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“Bonus game and origami instructions”–Cover p. 4. After several Origami Yoda-related incidences, Dwight is suspended for being a troublemaker and Yoda asks Tommy and Kellen to save Dwight by creating a case file that proves Dwight is an asset to Ralph McQuarrie Middle School.
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Dead end in Norvelt: Gantos, Jack {Ages 10 – 14, -Fic-, OCLC 0692290969} — Farrar Straus Giroux, 9/13/2011, 341p
0374379939
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
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Diary of a wimpy kid : cabin fever: Kinney, Jeff[KIR+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0731731477} — Amulet Books, 11/15/2011, 217p <Diary of a wimpy kid ; 6; v. 6>
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Greg, stuck indoors with his family over the holiday because of a blizzard, suffers from claustrophobia and worries they will not be able to weather the storm.
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Dude : fun with Dude and Betty: Pliscou, Lisa[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* PWK* SLJ+ WMJ+] {Ages 5 and up, -E-, OCLC 0615338342} — Harper, 5/3/2011, 35p
0061756903
Simple text and illustrations describe Dude and Betty’s fun adventures as they take part in California’s surfer culture.
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The grand plan to fix everything: Krishnaswami, Uma, 1956-[BKL* HRN* HRN+ KIR* PWK* SLJ* WCC+ WMJ+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0646113171} — Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 5/24/2011, 266p
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Eleven-year-old Dini loves movies, and so when she learns that her family is moving to India for two years, her devastation over leaving her best friend in Maryland is tempered by the possibility of meeting her favorite actress, Dolly Singh.
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Inside out & back again: Lai, Thanhha[BKL+ KIR* PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0606403465} — Harper, 2/22/2011, 262p
0061962783
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
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Killer koalas from outer space : and lots of other very bad stuff that will make your brain explode!: Griffiths, Andy, 1961-[BKL+ HRN+ KIR+ LMC+ PWK*] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0698332896} — Feiwel and Friends, 10/11/2011, 172p
0312367899
“Portions of this book were originally published in Australia as The bad book and The very bad book”–P. facing t.p. A collection of silly stories by Andy Griffiths, including selections featuring zombie kittens, rocket stealing ants, and killer koalas.
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Missing on Superstition Mountain: Broach, Elise[BKL* HRN+ KIR+ SLJ+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0664667517} — Henry Holt, 6/21/2011, 262p
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“Christy Ottaviano Books.” Simon, Henry, and Jack Barker decide to ignore their parents’ warning to stay away from Superstition Mountain in order to search for their missing cat Josie, but they begin to see the wisdom of their mom and dad’s advice when they find three human skulls.
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Mo Wren, lost and found: Springstubb, Tricia[BKL* BUL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC* NYT+ SLJ* VOY+ WCC+ WMJ+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0703205796} — Balzer + Bray, 8/23/2011, 248p
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When eleven-year-old Mo’s mother dies in an accident and Mo’s devastated father deals with the loss by moving the family to a new town and starting a new life as the owner of a sports bar, Mo must leave her much loved neighborhood on Fox Street to live in an apartment above the “cursed” Corkey’s Tavern.
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Okay for now: Schmidt, Gary D[BKL* BUL+ HRN+ KIR+ PWK* SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 10 – 14, -Fic-, OCLC 0697552072} — Clarion Books, 4/5/2011, 360p
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Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck faces many challenges, including an abusive father, a brother traumatized by Vietnam, suspicious teachers and police officers, and isolation, but when he meets a girl known as Lil Spicer, he develops a close relationship with her and finds a safe place at the local library.
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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette: Birdsall, Jeanne[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR+ LMC+ PWK* SLJ+ VOY+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0697552297} — Knopf, 5/10/2011, 295p
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Sequel to: The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Rosalind heads to the beach when summer arrives, and the rest of the Penderwick girls go to a cozy cottage in Maine with Aunt Claire, leaving Skye feeling slightly overwhelmed with her new role as the oldest available Penderwick.
 

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The summer I learned to fly: Reinhardt, Dana[BKL* KIR*] {Ages 12 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0663772838} — Wendy Lamb Books, 7/12/2011, 216p
0385739540
Thirteen-year-old Drew starts the summer of 1986 helping in her mother’s cheese shop and dreaming about co-worker Nick, but when her widowed mother begins dating, Drew’s father’s book of lists, her pet rat, and Emmett–a boy who is on a quest of his own–help her cope.
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Toys come home : being the early experiences of an intelligent stingray, a brave buffalo, and a brand-new someone called Plastic: Jenkins, Emily, 1967-[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR+ LMC* NYT+ PWK* SLJ+ TEL+ WCC+] {Ages 6 – 10, -Fic-, OCLC 0595738681} — Schwartz & Wade Books, 9/13/2011, 132p
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Contains six linked stories that tell how Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic become part of a little girl’s toy collection and follow their adventures as they make friends with some of her other toys and try to navigate in the world of real people.
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The trouble with chickens: Cronin, Doreen[BKL+ HRN* HRN+ KIR+ LMC+ PWK* SLJ+ WCC+ WMJ+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0435917597} — Balzer + Bray, 3/1/2011, 119p
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“A J.J. Tully mystery.” A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.
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The trouble with May Amelia: Holm, Jennifer L[BKL+ BUL+ KIR* PWK* SLJ+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0646112893} — Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 4/5/2011, 204p
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Sequel to: Our only May Amelia. May Amelia Jackson has grown up a tomboy thanks to her seven brothers and a father who claims girls are useless, so when her father needs May to translate for a gentleman interested in buying their farm, she jumps at the chance to earn his respect.
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The unforgotten coat: Cottrell Boyce, Frank[BKL* BUL+ HRN+ KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ* VOY+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0699484405} — Candlewick Press, 9/13/2011, 92p
0763657298
Julie’s life becomes more complicated after the two Mongolian brothers in her Year Six class declare her to be their “Good Guide,” which means she is responsible for welcoming the brothers to their new home, helping them with school uniforms, and explaining British slang; meanwhile, Julie tries to win the attention of a boy and gain an invitation to Mimi’s house.
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Wonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures: Selznick, Brian[BKL* BUL+ HRN+ KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ* VOY+] {Ages 9 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0714505154} — Scholastic, 9/13/2011, 637p
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 635-637). Relates the stories of twelve-year-old Ben, who loses his mother and his hearing in a short time frame and decides to leave his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he has never known in New York City; and Rose, who lives with her father but feels compelled to search for what is missing in her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.
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 Sue’s Favorites of 2011: Teen Fiction

Beauty queens: Bray, Libba[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC* PWK* RSL+ SLJ* VOY+] {Ages 12 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0679937904} — Scholastic Press, 5/24/2011, 396p
0439895979
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
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Blink & Caution: Wynne-Jones, Tim[BKL* BUL* HRN* HRN+ KIR* LMC+ PWK* SLJ* WMJ+] {Ages 14 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0641997535} — Candlewick Press, 3/8/2011, 342p
0763639834
Blink, hoping to steal some breakfast, is forced to go on the run after stumbling upon the fake kidnapping of a CEO and recovering the man’s cell phone, and he meets up with Caution, a girl trying to ditch her drug-dealing boyfriend, who identifies Blink as a mark until he tugs at her heart strings.
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Chime: Billingsley, Franny, 1954-[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR+ LMC* NYT+ PWK* SLJ* VOY+] {Ages 12 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0535490686} — Dial Books, 3/17/2011, 361p
0803735529
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.
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Divergent: Roth, Veronica[BKL+ HRN+ LMC+ PWK+] {Ages 14 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0670476176} — Katherine Tegen Books, 5/3/2011, 487p
0062024027
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
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Don’t stop now: Halpern, Julie, 1975-[BKL* BUL+ HRG* HRN* HRN+ KIR+ PWK* SLJ* VOY+] {Ages 13 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0670481844} — Feiwel and Friends, 6/7/2011, 232p
0312643462
Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.
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Paper covers rock: Hubbard, Jenny[BKL+ HRN+ KIR+ PWK* SLJ+ VOY+ WMJ+] {Ages 14 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0649700079} — Delacorte Press, 6/14/2011, 183p
0385740557
In 1982 Buncombe County, North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up.
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Where she went: Forman, Gayle[BKL* KIR* SLJ*] {Ages 14 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0535490690} — Dutton Books, 4/5/2011, 264p
0525422943
Sequel to: If I stay. Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist studying at Juilliard, are reunited in New York City and reconnect for the first time since Mia’s near-fatal car accident three years earlier drove them apart.
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Why We Broke Up: Handler, Daniel[BKL* BUL+ HRN+ KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ* VOY+] {Ages 15 and up, -Fic-} — Little, Brown Books for Y, 12/27/2011
0316127256 Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.
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You against me: Downham, Jenny[BKL* BUL+ HRN+ KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ* VOY+] {Ages 14 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0696942317} — David Fickling Books, 9/13/2011, 412p
0385751605
Eighteen-year-old Mikey’s younger sister claims to have been raped and he seeks to avenge the crime, but when he meets and makes friends with Ellie, the sister of the accused, he complicates the situation considerably for all of them.
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 Sue’s Waiting to be Read 2011

Alvin Ho : allergic to dead bodies, funerals, and other fatal circumstances: Look, Lenore[BKL+ HRN* KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 6 – 10, -Fic-, OCLC 0694394352} — Schwartz & Wade Books, 9/13/2011, 197p
0375968318
A fearful second grader in Concord, Massachusetts, learns about death when his grandfather’s best friend passes away and he offers to accompany his grandfather to the funeral.
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Daughter of smoke & bone: Taylor, Laini[KIR+ PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 15 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0694509722} — Little, Brown, 9/27/2011, 418p
0316134023
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
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Icefall: Kirby, Matthew J., 1976-[BKL+ BUL+ KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 9 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0706022919} — Scholastic Press, 10/1/2011, 325p
0545274249
Princess Solveig and her siblings are trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen fjord, along with her best friend and an army of restless soldiers, all awaiting news of the king’s victory in battle, but as they wait for winter’s end and the all-encompassing ice to break, acts of treachery make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst.
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Liesl & Po: Oliver, Lauren, 1962-[BKL* BUL+ HRN+ KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ* VOY+] {Ages 8 – 12, -Fic-, OCLC 0703206376} — Harper, 10/4/2011, 307p
006201451X
After her father’s death, Liesl is locked away in a tiny attic room by her stepmother, where she meets Po, a lonely ghost, and Will, an alchemist’s apprentice who bungles an important delivery and enlists Liesl and Po’s help in setting things right.
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A monster calls : a novel: Ness, Patrick, 1971-[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR+ PWK+ SLJ+ VOY+] {Ages 12 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0690584334} — Candlewick Press, 9/15/2011, 204p
0763655597
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
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The name of the star: Johnson, Maureen, 1973-[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR+ SLJ* VOY+] {Ages 12 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0682892599} — G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 9/29/2011, 372p <Shades of London ; bk. 1>
0399256601
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.
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Planet Middle School: Grimes, Nikki[BKL* HRN+ KIR+ PWK+ SLJ+ VOY+] {Ages 10 – 14,  -Fic-, OCLC 0701672239} — Bloomsbury, 9/13/2011, 154p
1599902842
A series of poems describes all the baffling changes at home and at school in twelve-year-old Joylin’s transition from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl.

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Ruby red: Gier, Kerstin[BKL+ BUL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC+ PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 12 and up, -Fic-, OCLC 0656453174} — Henry Holt, 5/10/2011, 330p
0805092528
“Originally published in 2009 by Arena Verlag GmbH under the title Rubinrot: Liebe geht durch alle Zeiten”–T.p. verso. Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth Shepherd unexpectedly travels through time to the eighteenth century, and she must find out why her mother lied about her date of birth to hide her ability, research her history, and work with Gideon, another time traveler.
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Sidekicks: Ferraiolo, Jack D[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC+ PWK* SLJ* TEL+ WCC+ WMJ+] {Ages 10 – 14, -Fic-, OCLC 0657596090} — Amulet Books, 5/1/2011, 309p
0810998033
Scott Hutchinson, aka Bright Boy, the sidekick of Phantom Justice, begins to question how long he can remain in the shadow of the superhero after discovering that his nemesis, supervillain sidekick Monkeywrench, might be one of the most popular kids at his school.
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Small persons with wings: Booraem, Ellen[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* LMC+ PWK* SLJ* TEL+ WCC+ WMJ+] {Ages 10 – 17, -Fic-, OCLC 0535490635} — Dial Books for Young Readers, 1/20/2011, 302p
0803734719
Mellie Turpin learns her family’s legacy when her grandfather wills her his run-down inn and bar and embarks on a magical quest when fairies demand that Mellie finds and returns a magical ring that is missing.
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 Sue’s Favorites of 2011: Youth Non-Fiction

Amelia lost : the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart: Fleming, Candace[BKL+ HRN* SLJ*] {Ages 8 – 12, 629.13, OCLC 0531718706} — Schwartz & Wade Books, 2/8/2011, 118p
0375841989
Includes bibliographical references (p. 112-116) and index. Traces the life of female aviator Amelia Earhart from her childhood to her final flight, discusses the extensive search for her and her missing plane, and includes photographs, maps, handwritten notes by Amelia, and sidebars.
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America is under attack : September 11, 2001 : the day the towers fell: Brown, Don, 1949-[BKL* BUL* HRN+ KIR* SLJ*] {Ages 6 – 10, 973.931, OCLC 0676067559} — Roaring Brook Press, 8/16/2011
1596436948
Includes bibliographical references. Provides a chronological account of September 11, 2001, and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the hijacking of a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.
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Around the world : three remarkable journeys: Phelan, Matt[HRN* HRN+ KIR* LMC* PWK* SLJ* WCC+] {Ages 9 – 12, 741.5, OCLC 0693553921} — Candlewick, 10/11/2011, 235p
0763636193
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237).;The journey of Thomas Steves, wheelman, 1884 — The journey of Nellie Bly, girl reporter, 1889 — The journey of Joshua Slocum, mariner, 1895. Fictionalized accounts of the true stories of three people who made separate attempts to travel around the world in the late nineteenth century, including Thomas Stevens, who made the journey on a bicycle, reporter Nellie Bly, who used conventional methods of travel, and sea captain Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail around the world alone.
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Can we save the tiger?: Jenkins, Martin, 1959-[HRN+ KIR* LMC+ PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 5 – 7, 591.68, OCLC 0612958123} — Candlewick Press, 2/22/2011, 50p
0763649090
Includes bibliographical references and index. Contains illustrations of rare animals, including tigers, ground iguanas, white-rumped vultures, and others, discusses the impact of human activities on the animals, and looks at how they can be saved.
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Coral reefs: Chin, Jason, 1978-[BKL* HRN* KIR* NYT+ PWK+ SLJ*] {Ages 5 – 9, 577.7, OCLC 0671541691} — Roaring Brook Press, 10/25/2011, 32p
1596435631
“A Neal Porter Book.”;Includes bibliographical references. A girl pulls an extraordinary book about coral reefs from the library shelf, and as she turns the pages, finds herself immersed in the coral cities of the sea.
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Drawing from memory: Say, Allen[BKL* BUL+ HRN* KIR* NYT+ PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 10 and up, 741.6, OCLC 0701808875} — Scholastic Press, 9/1/2011, 63p
0545176867
Caldecott medalist Allen Say chronicles his experiences as an artist during World War II, and describes his relationship with his mentor Noro Shinpei, Japan’s leading cartoonist.
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Heart and soul : the story of America and African Americans: Nelson, Kadir[KIR* PWK+ SLJ*] {Ages 9 and up, 973, OCLC 0685120438} — Balzer + Bray, 9/27/2011, 108p
0061730742
Includes bibliographical references (p. 104) and index. Examines the history of the United States, focusing on events that influenced African-Americans and how they advanced liberty and justice in America.
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How the dinosaur got to the museum: Hartland, Jessie[BKL+ BUL+ HRN* HRN+ KIR+ LMC+ SLJ* VOY+ WCC+ WMJ+] {Ages 6 – 9, 567.913, OCLC 0714724618} — Blue Apple Books, 10/11/2011, 34p
1609050908
Includes bibliographical references. Describes how the bones of a diplodocus ended up in the Smithsonian Institution, from their discovery in Utah in 1923 to their assembly.
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Into the unknown : how great explorers found their way by land, sea, and air: Ross, Stewart[BKL+ HRN+ KIR* SLJ+ WCC+ WMJ+] {Ages 8 – 13, 910.9, OCLC 0641520848} — Candlewick Press, 4/12/2011, 82p
0763649481
“With fantastic unfolding cross sections!”–Dust jacket.;Includes bibliographical references and index. Describes the methods explorers throughout history have used to find their way by land, sea, and sky.
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The manatee scientist : saving vulnerable species: Lourie, Peter[BKL+ BUL* HRN+ KIR+ SLJ*] {Ages 9 – 12, 599.55, OCLC 0580088521} — Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 4/11/2011, 80p <Scientists in the field>
054715254X
Includes bibliographical references (p. 72-73) and index. An introduction to manatees and manatee conservation that includes photographs and information on the three different manatee species, their migration patterns, and their natural habitat.
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The many faces of George Washington : remaking a presidential icon: McClafferty, Carla Killough, 1958-[BKL* HRN* HRN+ KIR* LMC+ NYT+ PWK+ SLJ+ WCC+] {Ages 8 – 12, 973.4, OCLC 0645790960} — Carolrhoda Books, 4/1/2011, 120p
0761356088
Includes bibliographical references (p. 112-117) and index. Describes the project undertaken by historians, scientists, and artisans at Mount Vernon in 2005 to create accurate images of George Washington as he looked as a nineteen-year-old surveyor in the American wilderness, a forty-five-year-old general of the Continental Army, and the first president of the United States at fifty-seven, and reveals the results of their efforts.
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Me– Jane: McDonnell, Patrick, 1956-[BKL* BUL+ HRN+ LMC+ NYT+ PWK* SLJ* WCC+] {Ages 3 – 6, -E-, OCLC 0648145481} — Little, Brown, 4/5/2011, 40p
0316045462
Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.
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A nation’s hope : the story of boxing legend Joe Louis: Pena, Matt de la[BKL+ HRN* HRN+ KIR* SLJ* WMJ+] {Ages 6 – 8, 796.83, OCLC 0535490590} — Dial Books for Young Readers, 1/20/2011, 40p
0803731671
An illustrated introduction to the life and accomplishments of professional boxer Joe Louis.
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The notorious Benedict Arnold : a true story of adventure, heroism, & treachery: Sheinkin, Steve[BKL+ BUL* HRN+ KIR+ LMC* PWK* SLJ* WCC+] {Ages 11 – 14, 973.3, OCLC 0606786088} — Roaring Brook Press, 11/9/2010, 337p
1596434864
“RB Flash Point.”;Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-317) and index. An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.
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Queen of the Falls: Van Allsburg, Chris[BKL+ HRN+ KIR+ LMC+ PWK+ SLJ+] {Ages 6 – 9, 971.3, OCLC 0605010700} — Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 4/4/2011, 40p
0547315813
Includes bibliographical references. Recounts the stunt performed by sixty-two-year-old retired charm school instructor Annie Edson Taylor, who went over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel in an effort to gain fame and fortune.
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 The quite contrary man : a true American tale: Hyatt, Patricia Rusch[BKL* HRN* KIR+ LMC* PWK* SLJ*] {Ages 5 – 9, 974, OCLC 0505419597} — Abrams Books for Young Readers, 5/1/2011, 32p
0810940655
In nineteenth century New England, Joseph Palmer flouts the law against wearing a beard and is accused by his fellow citizens of being unpatriotic and sinful, stubbornly refusing to shave even when he is sent to jail.
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Trapped : how the world rescued 33 miners from 2,000 feet below the Chilean desert: Aronson, Marc[BKL+ BUL* HRN+ KIR* LMC* PWK* SLJ* WCC+] {Ages 8 – 12, 363.11, OCLC 0668192671} — Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 8/30/2011, 134p
1416913971
Includes bibliographical references (p. 112-127) and index. Provides a detailed account of rescue efforts to save thirty-three miners, who got trapped in a copper-gold mine in San Jose, Chile, examining the psychological, physical, and environmental factors influencing the course of the rescue, and describing the efforts of experts from around the world–drillers, astronauts, submarine specialists, and others–came together in response to the crisis.
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Underground: Evans, Shane[BUL+ HRN+ KIR* PWK* SLJ* WCC+] {Ages 4 – 8, 973.7, OCLC 0542263693} — Roaring Brook Press, 1/18/2011, 32p
1596435380
“A Neal Porter book.” Follows a family’s journey toward freedom as they travel along the Underground railroad.
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 The unforgettable season : the story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the record-setting summer of ’41: Bildner, Phil[BKL+ HRN+ KIR+ LJW+ PWK*] {Ages 5 – 8, 796.357, OCLC 0535490577} — G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 3/3/2011, 32p
039925501X
Includes bibliographical references. Illustrations and text describe the 1941 baseball season, in which Red Sox players Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams set hitting records.
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The Wilder life : my adventures in the lost world of Little house on the prairie: McClure, Wendy[BKL+ HRN+ KIR+ LJW+ PWK*] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0646111796} — Riverhead Books, 4/14/2011, 336p
1594487804
Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-336) and index. The author pays homage to Laura Ingalls Wilder by retracing the pioneer journey taken by the Ingalls family from Wisconsin to Plum Creek and South Dakota, and examines how Wilder’s life and books have influenced ideas about girlhood and the American West.

 

 

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