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IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dumas
Author's First Name: 
Firoozeh
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When eleven-year-old Zomorov moves to Newport Beach, California in 1978 she’s tired of explaining her Iranian country and culture to others, and just wants to make friends and blend in. So she changes her name to Cindy and sets out to be “normal.” She eventually makes friends and even joins the Girl Scouts. All seems to be going well until the Iranian Revolution puts Iran on the front page. Then the American hostages are taken, and Zomorov’s family faces discrimination and hatred. Told with humor and an authentic middle-school voice, Zomorov’s story informs about the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis, while sadly reflecting current issues of prejudice and xenophobia. Ten to fourteen. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies

UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTY FARMER

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jones
Author's First Name: 
Kelly
Illustrator's First Name: 
Katie
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Kath
Publisher: 
Penguin (Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 When Sophie’s non-farmer parents move to a farm, Sophie triumphs in dealing with chickens, racial issues, economic stress, and her own self awareness with humor and panache.

ECHO [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Ryan
Author's First Name: 
Pam Munoz
Narrator's First Name: 
Mark
Narrator's Last Name: 
Bramhall
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2015

 A harmonica connects three main stories set in Germany, Pennsylvania, and California during the WWII era. Music figures largely in the story and the audiobook format allows the music to be fully integrated. This audiobook takes an already strong novel to an even higher level.

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