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Boys

HEY, BOY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Strouse
Author's First Name: 
Benjamin
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jennifer
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Phelan
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Margaret K. McElderry)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A boy and dog story like no other, thanks in part to Strouse's evocative illustration which move across the page as we move across time. A boy "finds" a dog and then, because of injury, has to give the dog up. He doesn't forget him but he doesn't spend the time with him he maybe should (time intervenes). But even as time passes affection does not. The language is simple but expresses the joys and tribulations of life as well as the hard work involved in growing up. The books is beautifully presented in all respects. Edie Ching (up to 7).

SCAR ISLAND

SCAR ISLAND (COVER)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gemeinhart
Author's First Name: 
Dan
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Month: 
January
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Jonathan spends one miserable night at the Slabhenge Reformatory for Troubled Boys before things go horribly awry and the inmates take run of the island. The massive storm brewing and a monster churning in the depths of the former asylum haunt Jonathan almost as much as the crime that landed him in the stone fortress. Intensity and foreboding drive the pace, while an insightful new friend injects the quick read with humor. Perfect for fans of HOLES. - Kit Ballenger

THE BEST MAN

The Best Man
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Peck
Author's First Name: 
Richard
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2016

 Archer Magil's first grade started with a wedding; his sixth grade year ends with another. Archer's friendships grow and evolve along with his perception of the world and what it means to be a man in a narrative that is often poignant, laugh-out loud funny and always plausible.

SAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Barnett
Author's First Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jon
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Klassen
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2014

Two boys and their dog dig with determination to find something amazing and, unexpectedly, something pretty spectacular happens. Digital and colored pencil illustrations provide subtle clues about the outcome of their project.

SUPER HAIR-O AND THE BARBER OF DOOM

Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rocco
Author's First Name: 
John
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2013

An evil barber nearly foils four unstoppable boys whose extra-long locks contain imaginary superpowers. Hilarious comic-style illustrations capture the antics of these would-be superheroes as they stalwartly fight their nemeses.

JUSTIN CASE: SCHOOL, DROOL, AND OTHER DAILY DISASTERS

Justin Case by Rachel Vail, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Vail
Author's First Name: 
Rachel
Illustrator's First Name: 
Matthew
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cordell
Publisher: 
Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: 
2010

Justin’s journal reflects the normal worries of a third grader such as rope-climbing anxiety, shaky friendships, and school embarrassments. But his family supports the introspective boy in subtle and satisfying ways.

THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
O'Connor
Author's First Name: 
Barbara
Publisher: 
Frances Foster
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2010

Third-grader Owen and his nosy friend Viola have two problems during their hot Georgia summer: what to do with a sick giant bullfrog and how to move the amazing submersible that fell off a passing train to nearby Graham Pond for launching.

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