the 2013 National Book Award Finalists in YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE announced!
Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)
Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney with paintings by Brian Pinkney
Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.
honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults for this book!
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Balancing intersecting threads of scientific discovery, political intrigue and military strategy, “Bomb” is a riveting historical nonfiction drama. Sheinkin’s engaging narrative explores the complex series of events that led to the creation of the ultimate weapon and introduces many memorable personalities involved in the pursuit. This book is a 2013 Newberry honor book and a National Book Award finalist!
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, written by Phillip Hoose published by Farrar Straus Giroux
Moonbird is a fascinating look at the life of rufa red knots in general and B95, one long-lived and tough little bird in particular, and the worldwide efforts to understand and save this subspecies of bird from extinction. Through maps, photos, and descriptions of his journey, the reader will fly with B95 from near the bottom of the world to the top and back again.
— and wanted very much to see one? Mary Losure presents this enthralling true story as a fanciful narrative featuring the original Cottingley fairy photos and previously unpublished drawings and images from the family’s archives.
Steve Jobs: The Man who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius--his exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched.
Trash by Andy Mulligan
If you’re in the mood for a good mystery and a real page turner then this is the book for you! Raphael is a poor boy who lives in a dumpsite, picking through garbage to survive.
One day, he comes across a leather bag filled with clues and senses that this could be something big. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives, being pursued by the police. Although these boys are viewed as “trash” by society, their perseverance, wit and compassion allow them to transcend their dismal environment and put right a terrible wrong.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a photographic memory? Well, eleven-year-old Melody has one. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. She’s wishes she could speak and tell people what she thinks and knows, but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Then she discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time and her voice comes alive!
The tablet computers enable students to access many innovative educational applications such as BrainPOP, World Factbook, National Geographic Atlas, Merriam Webster dictionary/thesaurus, Stack the States, iTranslate, The New York Times, NASA ISS, Dragon Dictation and more! These apps and other ebooks provide an affordable means to extend the reference collection in the library and support the MS curriculum.
Ultimately, the iPads will support new learning experiences for all students and empower them to become creative, independent users of a new innovative technological tool. Several students have remarked on how they like the interactive features of the device, its portability and how easy it is to use.