The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the children’s literary award winners for 2011!
Coretta Scott King Award
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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
Homer P. Figg and his big brother Harold are alone in this world. Homer’s father died before he was born. His mother passed away when he was just a young sapling of a boy leaving Homer and Harold at the mercy of their uncle Squinton Leach, the meanest man in Maine. (Ooooh, Squinton Leach. Just writing down his name gives me the shivers. )
Squint’s meanness reaches a new level when he sells Harold to the Union Army in place of a rich man’s son. When Homer finds that the enlistment isn’t legally binding because Harold is underage, he knows he has to rescue his brother. His journey includes (but is not limited to) getting swindled, being kidnapped once or twice, starring in a traveling show as a vicious pig boy, a balloon ride, and a final stop at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Don’t let the goofy cover of this Newbery Honor Book fool you — this humorous book doesn’t gloss over the ugliness of war. Homer sees the front lines, and he doesn’t like it one bit. Still, Homer’s ability to spin a yarn will entertain just about every reader.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Miss Penelope Lumley is hired right out of school (Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females) to work as governess for Lord and Lady Ashton. She is looking forward to starting her job, but nobody will tell her about the children until she discovers them on her own—in the barn, howling like dogs! It’s then she learns that she has been hired to “civilize” these kids, who have been raised by wolves (really, they howl, bark, and chase squirrels!).
The book is a cross between Jane Eyre and Lemony Snicket—with emphasis on the Snicket—and is, pardon me, a howl! Warning: nothing is neatly tied up—the book ends with a cliff-hanger.
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Stone Voice Rising by C. Lee Tocci
Six year old Lilibit, who lives with her two old aunties, has talked to stones for as long as she can remember. When a mysterious man as tall and strong as a tree comes to take her to Kiva, a safe haven where her abilities will be honed, her only concern is to teach him a lesson. No one treats Lilibit like a foolish child and gets away with it.When she escapes during their cross country trip, she finds she has unwittingly put herself terrible danger.
Five years later she arrives at an orphanage, battered and broken, with no memories of her prior life. After a devastating earthquake, Lilibit and six other orphaned children with mysterious powers decide they must journey to Kiva. But the shape shifting evil being Syxx and his forces are hot on their trail.
This equally touching and suspenseful fantasy will appeal to boys and girls alike.
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