Nominations will be due for the September 16, 2016, Capitol Choices agenda at 11:59PM on Thursday, September 8. Please remember to enter the title for your nomination in all capital letters, to include your name at the end of the nomination, and to add the age range at the end of the nomination since some of the email notifications do not include age range.
Maggie is the middle of three sisters, and she has a lot to worry about. The murderer who killed someone at the local mini-mart. The rabbits who are being raised next door. Her parents, getting older, that things happen in evens. Lane's debut novel has an extremely strong interior voice and a childlike sense of things going on around Maggie. She uses descriptive language that is evocative, yet also feels like it could have come out of the mouth of an 11 year old. The older sister, Tana, is beautifully depicted as the older sister who is sometimes too big to "play" but sometimes enjoys being one of the kids. All the plot strands come together for a very satisfying conclusion. (10-14)
Uncertain how to describe her own family to her classmates, a girl is reassured by their various answers to the teacher's question, and shares a moving statement by her foster mother.
Qin Leng's scribbly ink sketches, digitally painted, reveal personalities and feelings through body language. This is pointed but perfectly paced -- likely to be welcomed in themed reading units as well as story times in many libraries. KIsaacs (up to 7)
When book-loving Yasmin's favorite free library is threatened with shut down, a book from Book Uncle and words from her teacher prompt the 9-year-old to get involved in local politics. Set somewhere in India that isn't Mumbai, this is full of local color and enthusiasm for getting involved in politics as well as reading. (7-10) K. Isaacs
Across the country the opening of this unique and important museum of African American History and Culture will be a welcome and watched event. Tonya Bolden's book traces the history of the museum from its first suggestion in the early 19002 through political turmoil and arm wrestling. Issues like location, design and very importantly, gathering the contents help point out all of the important ingredients in the process of museum creation and exhibition. Clearly the book is meant to coincide with the opening of the museum but it has a more important message in terms of vision and dreams and how they become reality. Readers might consider what museum they would fight for and what they would want to exhibit.
Edie Ching (7-10)
In this Young Readers Edition of her 2012 memoir, Grande exposes the heart-wrenching realities of Mexican parents who look for work in "El Otro Lado" and leave their children behind. Reyna was 4 when her parents left, and her 8 year old sister became her "little mommy." Years later she begs her father to help her make the dangerous trek across the border so they can be reunited as a family. Life in the United States isn't the dream Reyna expected: move poverty, beatings from her father, teasing from her classmates...but Reyna remains focused on education. She knows that can change everything. Timely considering current immigration debates and the "wall" that Donald Trump talks about building. Fourteen and Up. Anne Womack
Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, believes she is a girl even though she looks like a boy. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, for his love of a certain treat, has a problem he is dealing with- bipolar disorder. Dunkin has recently moved to Florida with his mother and they both live with grandma. There is a tragedy Dunkin is trying to deal with that at the moment is bigger than he is. One day, Lily and Dunkin meet and a friendship is formed which will change their lives forever. Beautifully voiced by Ryan Gesell and Michael Crouch with touches of humor, courage and love. Ages 10+ Maria E. Gentle
Sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years. After a panic attack at school he has been home schooled and not stepped out. When Lisa learns of his whereabouts she decides to take him on as a project that may help her get into the second-best psychology program in the country. She forms a friendship with Solomon and eventually brings her boyfriend Clark into the mix with undesirable results. Narrated by Robbie Daymond and Julia Whelan in a most heartfelt and honest voice. Ages 14 Maria E. Gentle