LOVELACE Nominee 2015-16

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PERFECT GAME by Fred Bowen…2015-16 Lovelace Nominee Division I

 Perfect Game was a surprise for me.  I will admit right from the beginning that I am NOT a huge baseball fan so I was sort of dreading reading this Lovelace nominee.  Perfect Game is, certainly about baseball, but it is more than that as well.  In the tradition of the best sports-themed stories Perfect … Continue reading

CALLI BE GOLD by Michele Weber Hurwitz…2015-16 LOVELACE Nominee Division I

Calli Be Gold is Lovelace nominee choice which will particularly appeal to young female readers because Calli is such a genuine and convincing character.  The youngest of three siblings, Calli’s older brother is a basketball star and her sister is a member of a competition synchronized skating team.  Their calendar at home is covered in post-its, … Continue reading

8 CLASS PETS + 1 SQUIRREL /1 DOG = CHAOS by Vivian Vande Velde…2015-16 LOVELACE Nominee Division I

8 Class Pets is a great independent reading choice for the younger readers of Lovelace nominees in 2015-16.  Vivian Vande Velde is a master of clear, direct dialogue and this is a huge advantage in this story of Twitch the Squirrel and his manic adventure through the school. Looking for a way to escape a … Continue reading

COUNTING BY 7’S by…2015-16 LOVELACE Nominee Division II

Counting By 7s is the story of Willow Chance.  She is 12 years old.  She’s a genius.  She’s different.  She has already had to search and find one family.  This is the story of losing and searching for another. Willow’s voice will absolutely fill your heart.  If you liked Out of My Mind (Sharon Draper), … Continue reading

ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN by Paolo Bacigalupi…2015-16 LOVELACE Nominee Division II

Zombie Baseball Beatdown was not the book I expected it to be. The cover art indicates silly, slapstick-y zombie zaniness.  There is definitely humor sprinkled throughout, provided primarily by the sarcastic one-liners from Joe (a secondary character).  The majority of the novel, however, centers on themes of corruption and immigration law. Rabi, Miguel and Joe … Continue reading

CAMO GIRL by Kekla Magoon….2015-16 LOVELACE Nominee Division II

When I saw the title for the book I assumed I would be reading the story of a girl from a military family.  But that is not what Camo Girl is.  The camouflage in this book is both the pigment condition Ella has which causes her to have differently-pigmented shades of skin on her face … Continue reading

BLAST OFF! ALIEN IN MY POCKET #1 by Nate Ball…2015-16 LOVELACE Nominee Division I

We meet Zack, the main character, after he has fallen asleep at his desk studying for the first science quiz of his 4th Grade career.  He spots a shooting star and quickly wishes: 1) to make the travel baseball team 2) to get better grades; and 3) to avoid detention all year After making his … Continue reading

RUMP by Liesl Shurtliff…LOVELACE Nominee Division I & II 2015-16

Rump is the “true” story of the character Rumplestiltskin (of fairytale fame).  I often use this fairy tale when teaching theatre and am surprised that only about 60% of my students (elementary thru high school age) are familiar with the original story. In the original fairy tale Rumplestiltskin is an odd little man who seems … Continue reading

ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein…LOVELACE Nominee Division I 2015-16

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library was a sensational read.  For fans of the Winston Breen series it provides an interesting spin on both game-playing AND on reading!  The premise is that the famous Luigi Lemoncello (famous for his gaming empire–both board AND video games) was originally inspired by Mrs. Tobin, the librarian in his hometown … Continue reading

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU O.J. by Erica S. Perl…LOVELACE Nominee Division I 2015-16

This book is another one of my exciting accidental finds.  The idea of an empty orange juice jug as a dog (and I am a sucker for a good person/dog story–as long as the dog doesn’t die) was too enticing for me to pass up!  And I am glad I searched for this in the … Continue reading