Sunday, August 12, 2018

Golden Archer Nominees- 2018-19

Golden Archer Nominees 2019

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell, c2017
Horrible Bear! By Ame Dyckman, c2016
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, c2015
Bruce's Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins, c2017
Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds, c2017

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, c2015
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, c2017
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R. J. Palacio, c2015
Pax by Sara Pennypacker, c2016
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, c2016

Invasion of the Overworld: an Unofficial Minecrafter’s Adventure by Mark Cheverton, c2014
Projekt 1065, by Alan Gratz, c2016
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney, c2016
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, c2015
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt, c2015

Dessert First by Dean M. Gloster, c2016
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon, c2014
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, c2016
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner, c2016
American Street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi, c 2017 

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball.

Image result for hello universeThey aren’t friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). 

Lexile 690
311 pages

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Button War by AVI

Twelve-year-old Patryk knows little of the world beyond his tiny Polish village; the Russians have occupied the land for as long as anyone can remember, but otherwise life is unremarkable. 
The Button War by AviPatryk and his friends entertain themselves by coming up with dares — some more harmful than others — until the Germans drop a bomb on the schoolhouse and the Great War comes crashing in. As control of the village falls from one nation to another, Jurek, the ringleader of these friends, devises the best dare yet: whichever boy steals the finest military button will be king. But as sneaking buttons from uniforms hanging to dry progresses to looting the bodies of dead soldiers — and as Jurek’s obsession with being king escalates — Patryk begins to wonder whether their “button war” is still just a game. When devastation reaches their doorstep, the lines between the button war and the real war blur, especially for the increasingly callous Jurek. 

229 pages
Author Interview

Friday, July 27, 2018

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.

But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

288 pages
Lexile 690

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

Two random strangers. Two secrets. Thirty-six questions to make them fall in love. 
Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for joining the university psychology study that asks the simple question: Can love be engineered?

The study consists of 36 questions, ranging from "What is your most terrible memory?" to "When did you last sing to yourself?" By the time Hildy and Paul have made it to the end of the questionnaire, they've laughed and cried and lied and thrown things and run away and come back and driven each other almost crazy. They've also each discovered the painful secret the other was trying so hard to hide. But have they fallen in love?

Inspired by the real psychology study popularized by the New York Times and its "Modern Love" column.

288 pages
Available from Wonewoc Public Library

If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin

Late one night in the quiet Hudson Valley town of Havenkill, a distraught woman stumbles into the police station—and lives are changed forever.
Aimee En, once a darling of the ’80s pop music scene, claims that a teenage boy stole her car, then ran over another young man who'd rushed to help.
Image result for if i die tonight by alison gaylinAs Liam Miller’s life hangs in the balance, the events of that fateful night begin to come into focus. But is everything as it seems?
The case quickly consumes social media, transforming Liam, a local high school football star, into a folk hero, and the suspect, a high school outcast named Wade Reed, into a depraved would-be killer. But is Wade really guilty? And if he isn't, why won't he talk?

384 pages
Available from Wonewoc Public Library

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . . 

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.
You might say Red has seen it all. 
Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.
211 pages
Lexile 590