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GOLDFISH GHOST

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Snicket
Author's First Name: 
Lemony
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lisa
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Brown
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This book sweetly answers the age old question of where does the dead goldfish go. Not down the toilet in this case. Instead this goldfish becomes a ghost, looking for a place to "settle down". There are lots of little clues here of the goldfish's "former" life, the title of books lying about, a banner from Cape Cod. The illustrations are warm and give a strong sense of place, the beach, the town, other wanderings. A nice alternative to all of those other dead fish stories. Edie Ching (up to 7).

THE LAST EXECUTION

Clock with axe for minute hand
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wung-Sung
Author's First Name: 
Jesper
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2016

 In the hours leading up to his execution, Niels, a fifteen year old Danish boy, reflects on his life while the villagers who condemned him reflect on the questions of guilt, justice, and the nature of Niels’ punishment. Based on the true story of the last public execution in Denmark, which took place in 1853, the social, ethical, and even economic questions raised still have relevance in today’s society.

GHOSTS

GHOSTS
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Telgemeier
Author's First Name: 
Raina
Illustrator's First Name: 
color by Braden
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lamb
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
201624

 Though the coastal air will help ease her sister’s struggle with cystic fibrosis, Catrina is unhappy about moving to a new town known for its fascination with ghosts in this graphic novel about family, courage, and culture—and the fear of death.

THESE SHALLOW GRAVES [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Donnelly
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer
Narrator's First Name: 
Kim
Narrator's Last Name: 
Bubbs
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Jo Montfort is a young woman in the 1890's who has it all—until her father is found dead of an apparent suicide. An unforgettable combination of romance, mystery, adventure and historical fiction, impeccably paced by Bubbs.

MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE

My sister lives on the mantelpiece
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pitcher
Author's First Name: 
Annabel
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2012

In the five years since terrorists murdered his sister Rose, Jamie, 10, can barely remember her; Rose’s twin sister, Jaz, has rebelled; his mother has left; and his alcoholic father wallows in Rose’s memory. An unexpected source forces them to reconnect with each other.

SEE YOU AT HARRY'S

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Knowles
Author's First Name: 
Jo
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2012

At twelve, Fern feels alienated from her siblings—an older brother discovering sexuality, a grumpy sister, and a pesky brother Charlie, 3—while her father works incessantly and her mother meditates. Only family tragedy makes them understand their need for each other.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [AUDIO]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Green
Author's First Name: 
John
Narrator's First Name: 
Kate
Narrator's Last Name: 
Rudd
Publisher: 
Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Fourteen and Up."

A GREYHOUND OF A GIRL

Greyhound of a Girl
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Doyle
Author's First Name: 
Roddy
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2012

Mary O'Hara, 12, thinks her great-grandmother is a new neighbor, but Tansy, dead since age 25 from influenza, is a ghost ready to be with her dying daughter, Ember, Mary’s beloved Granny. Those three and Mary’s mother, Scarlett, take an intergenerational midnight journey before their final parting.

JASPER JONES [AUDIO]

Jasper Jones Audio
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Silvey
Author's First Name: 
Craig
Narrator's First Name: 
Matt
Narrator's Last Name: 
Cowlrick
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

 

Charlie Bucktin, 13, unwittingly coaxed into a gruesome crime scene, faces his bookish naiveté and perceptions of truth while questioning his seemingly ordinary family and community. Australian Matt Cowlrick creates eerie calmness, sarcastic acceptance, and desperation to keep the reader clinging and wondering until the very end (12 up).

SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pennypacker
Author's First Name: 
Sara
Publisher: 
Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 
4/24/2012

When Great-Aunt Louise dies, antagonists Stella and Angel tell no one because their only real home is the summer rental property where they have lived with her. They continue to clean the cottages and keep their secret while this intense situation fosters unexpected friendship and maturation between them.

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