Sasquatch/Young Reader’s Choice Nominees 2006-2007
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Sasquatch Award—Librarians and teachers from the state of Washington select “new” books that are fun and challenging. This award began in 1997.
Young Readers’ Choice--Nominations are taken from children, teachers, parents and librarians in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. This award started in 1940.
2006-City of Ember 2005- Loser 2004 -Monsters of Morley Manor 2003- Because of Winn Dixie 2002- Dork in Disguise 2001- Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key 2000- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 1999- Frindle 1998- Mick Harte Was Here
Young Readers’ Choice
2006-Tale of Despereaux 2005—Thief Lord 2004-Skeleton Man 2003-Because of Winn Dixie 2002-Bud, Not Buddy 2001-Holes 2000-A Mouse Called Wolf 1999-Frindle 1998-Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
Snarf Attack, Underfoodle and the Secret Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All by Mary Amato
Genre—Humorous Fiction Summary—If you like silly stories that might even gross you out…you will love this one. Orville and Wilbur, the Riot Brothers take you on three of their adventures including capturing a crook, discovering hidden treasure and stopping a bully.
The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
Genre-Animals, Fantasy Summary—Humphrey is a cute little hamster who lives in room 26. Everyone loves him, except the teacher! The kids in the class take care of Humphrey and as they do, they learn how pets can be helpful to people.
Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard to Swallow Stories From Fifth Grade by Esme Codell
Genre—Biography Summary—Find out about the author, Esme Codell and her life as a fifth grader from Chicago. This book is a memoir of the many funny and important events that take place during this last year of elementary school.
Eager by Helen Fox
Genre—Science Fiction Summary—It is late 21st century England and the Bell’s family robot is wearing out. They find a new one, but unlike Grumps, their old-fashioned robot, the new one, Eager, is programmed to be more like a human. Imagine the changes the family will have to make!
by Katherine Langrish
Genre—Fantasy Summary—Forced to live with his evil identical twin uncles after his father’s death, 12 year old Peer tries to find a way to stop their plan to sell the neighbor's children to the trolls.
The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Genre—Non-fiction Summary—The author of this book describes the research that Sam Marshall and his students are doing on tarantulas, including the largest spider on earth; the Goliath bird-eating tarantula. Great photos and an amazing look at a real scientist.
Thin Wood Walls by David Patneaude
Genre—Historical Fiction Summary—When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Joe Hanada and his family face growing prejudice and are eventually sent to a relocation camp in California, even as his older brother joins the US Army to help fight the war.
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Genre—Fantasy Summary-6,000 years ago, 12 year old Torak and his guide, a wolf cub, set out on a dangerous journey to honor an oath made to his dying father. He promised that he would destroy a bear that threatens all the clans.
Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan
Genre—Realistic Fiction Summary—Have you ever heard of a radish carving contest? The main character in this story is living a happy life with her grandmother until her long lost mother reappears. The carving contest is the perfect event for an unusual reunion.
The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly by Luis Sepolveda
Genre—Animal Fantasy Summary—A seagull, dying from the effects of an oil spill, gives her only egg to Zorba the cat. Zorba promises to care for it until the chick hatches. Imagine a cat trying to teach the seagull to fly!
Secret Identity Shredderman, book 1 by Wendelin VanDraanen
Genre-Realistic Fiction Summary-Tired of being teased by kids at school, Nolan Byrd devises a clever new identity. Can this hero take on the bullies of his school? Will you be rooting for the underdog?
Cabin on Trouble Creek by Jean Van Leeuwen
Genre-Historical Fiction Summary-Daniel, age 12 and his brother, 9 yearold Will are left in Ohio to finish their log cabin while their Pa goes back to get his mother and other family members. Can they survive, in 1803, on their own?
Young Reader’s Choice Nominees
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Genre—Mystery Summary—Petra and Caldra are 11 year-old neighbors who find themselves in the middle of a mystery. Puzzles and codes must be solved as the story progresses. Can they find the thief that stole the precious Vermeer painting?
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Genre—Fantasy Summary—This story takes place before the familiar story of Peter Pan. Peter becomes friends with a Starcatcher whose mission is to guard a trunk of stardust. Learn why Peter will be a child forever and how he learns to fly.
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Genre—Realistic Fiction Summary—Twelve year-old Annie examines the ups and downs of life the year that her mother is expecting a baby, her grandfather starts to be “old”, and her best friend begins drifting away from her.
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Genre—Fantasy Summary—Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie (a young dragon) and an orphan boy in a quest to find the valley known as the Rim of Heaven. They encounter strange creatures and have exciting adventures along the way.
Ida B…… by Katherine Hannigan
Genre-Realistic Fiction Summary-Ida B’s carefree life takes a not-so-happy turn when her mother becomes ill. She has to return to public school and her father has to sell part of his wonderful apple farm to pay the bills.
Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
Genre-Realistic fiction Summary-After twelve year-old Annika, an orphan in Vienna, inherits valuable jewelry, a woman claiming to be her mother arrives and takes her to Germany to live. Many exciting and mysterious adventures await them!
Indigo’s Star by Hilary McKay
Genre-Realistic Fiction Summary-The unorganized Casson family from “Saffy’s Angel” has returned in this story about school, family, bullies and adjusting to all the changes that life always presents.
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo
Genre-Fantasy Summary-Charlie Bone returns when he and his friends unite to rescue Ollie, a boy who was turned invisible and made to live in the attics of Bloor’s Academy. A new student, however, gets in the way of their success.
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