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William Allen White Nominees 2011-2012. Eleven Birthdays By Wendy Mass

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Eleven Birthdays


Wendy Mass

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo have a disagreement on their tenth birthday and have not been speaking to each other for the last year. They prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday approaches.

This book is Realistic Fiction.


The Grand Mosque of Paris

A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

By Karen Ruelle and Deborah De Saix

During World War II in Europe, no Jew was safe from arrest or being sent to a concentration camp. Few citizens in Paris were willing to risk their own lives to help. Yet many Jews found safetyin an unlikely place—the big Grand Mosque (Muslim place of worship) of Paris. Not just a place of worship but an ideal temporary hiding place for escaped prisoners of war and Jews of all ages, including children.

This book is a Non-Fiction Picture Book.


Fortune’s Magic Farm


Suzanne Selfors

Isabelle lives in Runny Cove, a miserable town where it never stops raining. She works all day at the Magnificently Supreme Umbrella Factory just to get by and pay rent. But Isabelle knows she is special—she was found on a doorstep as a baby and was told she came from Nowhere. She dreams of finding Nowhere. A strange sea creature sends her an apple, and Isabelle begins a magical journey to Fortune’s Farm, which is her birthplace and a secret farm where magic grows.

This book is Fantasy Adventure.


The Boy Who Invented TV-The Story of Philo Farnsworth

By Kathleen Krull

True story of Philo Taylor Farnsworth, who was just a 14 year old farm boy in 1920 when he had a brainstorm. Seeing the plow create rows of overturned earth, Philo found a way to create television using the same strategy as the plow. His school teacher, Mr. Tolman, encouraged him to go to college, but Philo was forced to leave college after his father’s death.

Philo continued his vision with the invention of the television.

This is a Picture Book Biography


Family Reminders

By Julie Danneberg

Ten year old Mary McHugh’s world is shattered when her father is injured in a mining accident in the late 1800’s. After losing his leg, Mary’s father falls into a deep depression. He no longer plays the piano or has interest in carving the intricate wooden “Reminders” that he has always made to remind the family of the memories they shared together. To make matters worse, the family may need to leave their home in Cripple Creek, Colorado in order to make ends meet.

This book is Historical Fiction.


Extra Credit

By Andrew Clements

Abby Carson is going to be held back !! Unless she can raise her grades and get either a B or higher on all of her future quizzes and homework. She decides that she will do an extra credit project. The teacher assigns Abby to write to a pen pal in another country. She thinks her pen pal is a girl. It is against tradition for a boy to write a letter to a girl where her pen pal lives. Sadeed, Abby’s pen pal, must have his younger sister sign the letters. When Abby finds out that she is not writing to who she thinks she is, what will happen. Will Abby get held back?

This book is Realistic Fiction.


Where the Mountain Meets The Moon


Grace Linn

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village buys a magical goldfish. Then she joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon. She hopes to bring life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

This book is Fantasy and is also aNewberyHonor Book.


Also Known As Harper


Ann Haywood Leal

Harper is a great poet. Life is giving her a lot to write about now that her dad has just left her family.

Her mom now has to provide for the family and Harper has to stay home and babysit her little brother and miss school. Harper is missing the poetry contest at school and really wants to participate. See if she accomplishes this and see what happens to her family.

This book is Realistic Fiction.