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THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Spinelli
Author's First Name: 
Jerry
Publisher: 
Penguin (Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Month: 
Jan
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Cammie O'Reilly, the warden's motherless, angry daughter, looks back at the summer of her 13th birthday, the summer she spent trying to turn silent, distant Eloda, the trustee working as "Cammie-keeper,"into a mother figure. Set in the Two Mills, PA 1950s of the author's childhood, this is a moving coming-of-age novel with background issues of race and incarceration. (K. Isaacs. 10-14)

ORPHAN ISLAND

ORPHAN ISLAND COVER
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snyder
Author's First Name: 
Laurel
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Walden)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Once a year, the little green boat lands at the beach carrying a single, young child. The Elder of the nine island orphans climbs aboard and floats away, while the youngster remains as Care of the new Elder. With plentiful food and a well-practiced routine, the nine orphans have little reason to question this pattern. But when the Changing leaves her in charge, Elder Jinny struggles in her new responsibilities and grapples with the uncertainty of life beyond the island. What will happen if the boat comes for Jinny and she's not ready to leave the island? A coming of age story in beautifully crafted world. - Kit Ballenger

THE THING ABOUT LUCK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Kadohata
Author's First Name: 
Cynthia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Julia
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Kuo
Publisher: 
Atheneum
Publication Date: 
2013

After a year of bad luck, Summer hopes her fortune will change, but a family emergency requires her parents’ presence in Japan. Summer learns to make her own luck by helping her strict grandparents work a grueling Midwestern wheat harvest.

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