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WILD RIVER by P.J. Lodehouse…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

Wild River tells the story of Ryan’s and his older brother, Tanner’s, kayaking trip.  The author does a nice job of creating a believable voice for Ryan–a middle school boy who prefers video games to outdoor activities.  The fact that Ryan’s expertise with outdoor adventures is much less than Tanner’s is essential to the story.  … Continue reading

AN ARMY OF FROGS by Trevor Pryce…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

I had seen An Army of Frogs at the library.  I had checked it out twice.  It looked interesting.  It looked fun.  But I couldn’t get into it.  I groaned when I saw it come up on the Lovelace nominee list for 2016-17.  I was not looking forward to forcing myself to read it all … Continue reading

CAPTURE THE FLAG by Kate Messner…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

The flag which Francis Scott Key used as inspiration to compose The Star Spangled Banner is stolen from the Smithsonian after a gala event.  That evening four children with different ties to the museum and, consequently, the flag, meet by chance in the airport, waiting to board their flights home.  A massive snowstorm shuts down … Continue reading

KIZZY ANN STAMPS by Jeri Watts…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

I think Kizzy Ann Stamps will be a popular Lovelace choice, particularly for girls in grades 3-6. Kizzy Ann will be in 6th Grade in the fall of 1963.  We meet her the summer before she attends–for the first time–the integrated elementary school in their Virginia town.  The book is told in the form of … Continue reading

ESCAPE BY NIGHT: A CIVIL WAR ADVENTURE by Laurie Myers…a 2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

Escape By Night is told by Tommy, a 10-year-old boy in Georgia during the Civil War.  His father is a pastor whose church has been transformed into a temporary hospital to accommodate the large number of wounded Confederate soldiers returning from the front.  When he sees an arriving soldier unwittingly drop a book in the … Continue reading

THE FIVE LIVES OF OUR CAT ZOOK by Joanne Rocklin…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook.  When we meet the main character, Oona, her father has died and she, her mother and her brother Freddy have brought their cat, Zook, to the vet because he is sick.  We learn from Oona that her father was a … Continue reading

GHETTO COWBOY by G. Neri…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Ghetto Cowboy is one of the Lovelace nominees this year that has surprised me–in a great way!  As Ghetto Cowboy opens 12-year-old Cole is being driven by his mother from their home in Detroit to Philadelphia–where his father lives.  Although we are never given the specific details of Cole’s behavior which impelled his mother to … Continue reading

AVA AND PIP by Carol Weston…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

Ava is 10 years old and in the 5th Grade; her older sister, Pip, is in the 7th Grade.  Ava and Pip is really Ava’s story.  At one point Ava hypothesizes: The key might be to know, in your heart and your head, what you want to say and how you want to say it, … Continue reading

THE SECRET CHICKEN SOCIETY by Judy Cox…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

Before I even start this review I feel obligated to admit that I am biased:  I don’t like chickens.  I wasn’t looking forward to reading this particular book.  I will also admit that my dislike of actual chickens faded to the background as I read Judy Cox’s The Secret Chicken Society. It begins with Daniel, … Continue reading

DOLL BONES by Holly Black….2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Doll Bones was not the story I expected it to be, based on my impressions of the cover art, the author’s reputation, the title and the book description blurb.  Unfortunately, once I started reading, it seemed to me that the author didn’t know what kind of story she wanted to tell.  Is this a story … Continue reading