Sacramento Public Library

Stars of 2016: Ages 9-12

    Jazz Day

    Jazz Day - Roxane Orgill

    When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn't own a good camera, didn't know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In this collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame of Harlem 1958, bringing to life the musicians' mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer's day. Includes bios of several of the fifty-seven musicians, an author's note, sources, a bibliography, and a foldout of Art Kane's famous photograph.

    CHILDREN 811 O689 2016
    The Best Man

    The Best Man - Richard Peck

    Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.

    CHILDREN FICTION Peck, R.    
    The Girl Who Drank the Moon

    The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

    An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.

    CHILDREN FICTION Barnhill, K.
    Raymie Nightingale

    Raymie Nightingale - Kate DiCamillo

    Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

    CHILDREN FICTION DiCamillo, K.
    Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White

    Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White - Melissa Sweet

    Presents an account of E.B. White's life and career through personal letters, photographs, family ephemera, and original artwork, while offering glimpses into the origins of his iconic works.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY White, E. 2016
     
    We Will Not Be Silent

    We Will Not Be Silent - Russell Freedman

    In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in.

    CHILDREN 943.086 F853 2016                                
    Wet Cement

    Wet Cement - Bob Raczka

    Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.

    CHILDREN 811.6 R123w 2016   
    The Wild Robot

    The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

    Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

    CHILDREN FICTION Brown, P.
    When the Sea Turned to Silver

    When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin

    Pinmei, a storyteller's granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor.

    CHILDREN FICTION Lin, G.
    Wolf Hollow

    Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk

    Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.

    CHILDREN FICTION Wolk, L.
    As Brave As You

    As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds

    When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

    CHILDREN FICTION Reynolds, J.
    Booked

    Booked - Kwame Alexander

    Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

    CHILDREN FICTION Alexander, K.
    Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse

    Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse - Catherine Reef

    A biography for young adult readers on Florence Nightingale, the pioneering nurse best known for her work during the Crimean War, where she rectified horrifying conditions and made nightly rounds to check on patients, saving hundreds of lives and sparking worldwide healthcare reform.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Nightingale, F. 2017
    Freedom Over Me

    Freedom Over Me - Ashley Bryan

    Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

    CHILDREN FICTION Bryan, A.
    Full of Beans

    Full of Beans - Jennifer Holm

    Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.

    CHILDREN FICTION Holm, J.
    Garvey's Choice

    Garvey's Choice - Nikki Grimes

    Garveys father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, readinganything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garveys life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant fatherby speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. This emotionally resonant novel in verse by award-winning author Nikki Grimes celebrates choosing to be true to yourself.

    CHILDREN FICTION Grimes, N.
    Ghost

    Ghost - Jason Reynolds

    Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school's track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with a violent father.

    CHILDREN FICTION Reynolds, J.
    Ghosts

    Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier

    Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

    CHILDREN GRAPHIC NOVEL Telgemeier, R.
    The Inquisitor's Tale

    The Inquisitor's Tale - Adam Gidwitz

    Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

    CHILDREN FICTION Gidwitz, A.
    Ms. Bixby's Last Day

    Ms. Bixby's Last Day - John David Anderson

    Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.

    CHILDREN FICTION Anderson, J.
    The Music in George's Head

    The Music in George's Head - Suzanne Slade; illustrated by Stacy Innerst

    With rhythmic swirls of words and pictures, Suzanne Slade and Stacy Innerst beautifully reveal just how brilliantly Gershwin reached inside his head to create his masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue. It's a surprising and whirlwind composition of notes and sounds and one long wail of a clarinet-dazzling and daring, just like George Gershwin himself!

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Gershwin, G. 2016
    Pax

    Pax - Sara Pennypacker; illustrated by Jon Klassen

    After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.

    CHILDREN FICTION Pennypacker, S.
    Samurai Rising

    Samurai Rising - Pamela S. Turner; illustrated by Gareth Hinds

    This epic tale of warriors and bravery, rebellion and revenge, reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history. When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his brothers sent away. Yoshitsune was raised in his enemys household until he was sent away to live in a monastery. He grew up skinny and small. Not the warrior type. But he did inherit his family pride and when the time came for the Minamoto to rise up against their enemy once again, Yoshitsune was there. His daring feats, such as storming a fortress by riding on horseback down the side of a cliff and his glorious victory at sea, secured Yoshitsunes place in history and his story is still being told centuries later.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Minamoto, Y. 2016
    Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

    Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard - Jonathan Auxier

    Twelve-year-old Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father's bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping the confines of her dull life. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.

    CHILDREN FICTION Auxier, J.
    Snow White

    Snow White - Matt Phelan

    CHILDREN GRAPHIC Phelan, M.
    Vietnam: A History of the War

    Vietnam: A History of the War - Russell Freedman

    An account of the Vietnam War describes how it began, why it was so difficult to end, and how its tragic legacy endures today.

    CHILDREN 959.7043 F853 2016
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