The Hired Girl Ala Notable Children’s Books. Older Readers


Candlewick Press - Newbery medalist laura amy schlitz relates joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!, hats, taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, and bunions.

. But what hope is there for adventure, better life for herself—because maybe, joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, just maybe, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future.

The Hired Girl Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers - Winner of the 2016 scott o’dell award for historical fictiona 2016 association of jewish libraries sydney Taylor Award WinnerWinner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult LiteratureNewbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her delicious wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a moving yet comedic tour de force.

Fourteen-year-old joan skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love.

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Splendors and Glooms Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth Awards


Candlewick Press - Clara wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. In fact, guilt, clara’s life is shadowed by grief, and secrets. Lizzie rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Newbery medal winner laura amy schlitz’s Victorian gothic is a rich banquet of dark comedy, scorching magic, and the brilliant and bewitching storytelling that is her trademark.

Newbery medalist laura amy schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller — an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud. The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. As they seek to puzzle out clara’s whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions.

Splendors and Glooms Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth Awards - Fleeing london, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it’s too late. When clara vanishes that night, by association, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall. Clara seems to have everything they lack — adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat.

Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants.

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Hattie Big Sky Hattie Series


Yearling - Under the big sky, hattie braves hard weather, hard times, a cantankerous cow, and her own hopeless hand at the cookstove. This young pioneer's story is lovingly stitched together from Kirby Larson’s own family history and the sights, sounds, and scents of homesteading life. An american library association best book for young adultsa school library journal best booka booklist editors' choicenamed to 13 state award lists"a marvelous story about courage, loyalty, perseverance, and the meaning of home.

Newbery award-Winning Author Karen Cushman. For the first time in her life, hattie feels part of a family, finding the strength to stand up against Traft Martin’s schemes to buy her out and against increasing pressure to be a “loyal” American at a time when anything—or anyone—German is suspect.

Hattie Big Sky Hattie Series - Tired of being hattie here-and-there, she summons the courage to leave Iowa and move all by herself to Vida, Montana, to prove up on her late uncle’s homestead claim. Her quest to make a home is championed by new neighbors Perilee Mueller, her German husband, and their children. This newbery honor winning,  New York Times bestseller celebrates the true spirit of independence on the American frontier.

For most of her life, sixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks has been shuttled from one distant relative to another. Despite daily trials, hattie continues to work her uncle’s claim until an unforeseen tragedy causes her to search her soul for the real meaning of home.

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Teen Book Winner - The Running Dream Schneider Family Book Award


Knopf Books for Young Readers - Readers will revel in the story of a girl who puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before—after she’s told she’ll never run again. A girl who sees right into the heart of her. With the support of family, and her track teammates, a coach, friends, Jessica may actually be able to run again.

The acclaimed author of flipped delivers a powerful and healing story that’s perfect for the millions who watch the Olympics or anyone who’s ever thought that something was impossible. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa.

But that's not enough for her now. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with herWinner of the Schneider Family Book Award. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg.

Teen Book Winner - The Running Dream Schneider Family Book Award - A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. Who cares about walking when you live to run?As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible.

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A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama


Candlewick Press - It seems the sisters need Maud to help stage elaborate séances for bereaved, wealthy patrons. As maud is drawn deeper into the deception, playing her role as a "secret child, " she is torn between her need to please and her growing conscience -- until a shocking betrayal makes clear just how heartless her so-called guardians are.

Filled with tantalizing details of turn-of-the-century spiritualism and page-turning suspense, this lively historical novel features a winning heroine whom readers will not soon forget. People throw the word 'classic' about a lot, but A Drowned Maiden's Hair genuinely deserves to become one. Wall street journalmaud flynn is known at the orphanage for her impertinence, so when the charming Miss Hyacinth and her sister choose Maud to take home with them, the girl is as baffled as anyone.

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Hattie Ever After Hattie Series


Delacorte Books for Young Readers - Hattie holds her own in the big city, literally pitching her way to a byline, and a career that could be even bigger than Nellie Bly's. After leaving uncle chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. But can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love? Hattie must dig deep to find her own true place in the world.

She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. But hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle. This could be her chance to solve the mystery of her "scoundrel" uncle and, in the process, help her learn more about herself.

Hattie Ever After Hattie Series - Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. A letter and love token from uncle chester's old flame in San Francisco fuels that desire and Hattie jumps at the opportunity to get there by working as a seamstress for a traveling acting troupe.

Kirby larson once again creates a lovingly written novel about the remarkable and resilient young orphan, Hattie Inez Brooks. Even though her heart approves of Charlie's plan for their marriage, her mind fears that saying yes to him would be saying no to herself. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men.

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The War that Saved My Life


Dial Books - As ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie.1 new york times bestsellernewbery honor bookwinner of the schneider family book award middle schoolwall street Journal Best Children's Books of 2015New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.

So when her little brother jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?   This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.

The War that Saved My Life - Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in.

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Wolf Hollow


Dutton Books for Young Readers - Beautifully written. The wall street Journal“Wrenching and true. Brilliantly crafted,  wolf hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history. The honesty of wolf hollow will just about shred your heart, but Annabelle’s courage and compassion will restore it to you, fuller than before.

This book matters. Sara pennypacker, memorable characters, new york Times bestselling author of Pax“An evocative setting, a searing story: Wolf Hollow has stayed with me long after I closed the book. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. A 2017 newbery honor booknew york Times BestsellerA young girl's kindness, compassion, and honesty overcome bullying.

Wolf Hollow - An npr best book of the year★ a booklist best book of the year★ an entertainment weekly best middle grade book of the year★ a kirkus reviews best book of the Year★ A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year★ A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year★ A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year★ An ALA Notable Children's Book  “This exquisite debut confronts injustice and doesn’t flinch.

People “a powerful debut . They are merely doing justice to Wolk's beautiful story. Npr, annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, best Books of 2016 Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town.

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Hour of the Bees


Candlewick Press - Readers who dream that there’s something more out there will be enchanted by this captivating novel of family, renewal, and discovering the wonder of the world. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots.

. While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, a green-glass lake, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, Carol finds herself drawn to him, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought.

Hour of the Bees - What does it mean to be fully alive? Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, wanderlust, a grandfather, and reclaiming your roots. Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them. At first, carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge.

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The Evil Wizard Smallbone


Candlewick Press - Wildly funny and cozily heartfelt, delia Sherman’s latest is an eccentric fantasy adventure featuring dueling wizards, enchanted animals, and one stray boy with a surprising knack for magic. In a hilarious tale reminiscent of T. H. He also meets its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, but won’t teach him magic, who calls Nick his apprentice and won’t let him leave, either.

It’s a good thing the bookstore takes nick’s magical education in hand, because Smallbone’s nemesis—the Evil Wizard Fidelou—and his pack of shape-shifting bikers are howling at the borders. White, vaguely evil, a lost boy finds himself an unlikely apprentice to the very old, mostly just grumpy Wizard Smallbone.

The Evil Wizard Smallbone - When twelve-year-old nick runs away from his uncle’s in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore. Smallbone might call himself evil, but compared to Fidelou, he’s practically a puppy. And he can’t handle Fidelou alone.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal


Algonquin Young Readers - And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon.

But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Winner of the 2017 newbery award the new york times bestseller an entertainment weekly best middle grade book of 2016 a new york public library best book of 2016 a chicago public library best book of 2016 An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 Named to Kirkus  Reviews’ Best Books of 2016 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal - As luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Xan rescues the 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.

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