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Lists to help you find your next favorite book. This LibGuide features good books including Award Winners, Popular Awards, Librarian's Picks, and Popular Books checked out at Concordia!
Children's Choice Book Awards 2017 Available in the Library
Booked by Kwame AlexanderLike lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can't nobody stop you/ can't nobody cop you... In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!
Call Number: mF ALE
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger; Paul DellingerFrom the minds of Tom Angleberger, the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Origami Yoda series, and Paul Dellinger, an adult science-fiction writer, comes a funny middle school story with a memorable robot title character. Reluctant readers and robot lovers in elementary and middle school will enjoy this fast-paced read that shows just how strange a place middle school can be, particularly when the new student is a state-of-the-art robot. When Max--Maxine Zelaster--befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, part of Vanguard One Middle School's new Robot Integration Program, she helps him learn everything he needs to know about surviving middle school--the good, the bad, and the really, really, ugly. Little do they know that surviving seventh grade is going to become a true matter of life and death, because Vanguard has an evil presence at its heart: a digital student evaluation system named BARBARA that might be taking its mission to shape the perfect student to extremes! With a strong female main character who will appeal to all readers, Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger's new novel offers readers a fresh take on robots.
Call Number: mF ANG
Publication Date: 2016-08-16
Maker Lab by Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff; Jack Andraka (Foreword by); Jack ChallonerAs seen on Kim Kardashian's Instagram Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun. Each step-by-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8-12, and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a lemon battery, make sticky slime, and more. Photographs and facts carefully detail the "why" and "how" of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context so kids can gain a deeper understanding of the scientific principles applied. With a foreword by Jack Andraka, a teen award-winning inventor, Maker Lab will help kids find their inner inventor and create winning projects for school projects, science fairs, and beyond.
Call Number: 507.8 CHA
Publication Date: 2016-07-05
Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd WinickDog Man meets Big Nate in HILO-the hilarious, intergalactic, action-packed New York Times Bestselling GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES kids love! "A Total BLAST," says the Miami Herald! Everyone's favorite space boy, Hilo, is just settling into life on earth (Bowling? Knock-knock jokes? OUTSTANDING!) when strange portals begin opening up all over town. And HOLY MACKEREL! Even STRANGER creatures are coming through them! But it will take more than a GIANT MUTANT CHICKEN, A VIKING HIPPO, A MAGICAL WARRIOR CAT, or even a few MILLION KILLER VEGETABLES to stop Team Hilo . . . er, WON'T IT? Can Hilo, DJ, and GINA figure out how to send these creatures back to their worlds before they DESTROY the earth? Here's what people (and robots!) are saying about Hilo! * Children's Choice 5th-6th Grade Book of the Year! * Nominated for multiple State Awards--including the Pennsylvania's Young Reader's Choice Award! * An ILA-CBC Children's Choice! "More giant robotic ants and people going 'Aaaah!' than in the complete works of Jane Austen"--Neil Gaiman, bestselling author "Every kid would love a pal like HILO, and every kid will love this book!" --Lincoln Peirce, bestselling author of the Big Nate series "HILO is delightful, silly, tender, and most importantly: funny." --Jeff Smith, bestselling author of the Bone series "Fast paced, furiously funny, and will have kids waiting on the edge of their seats for more."--Jeffrey Brown, bestselling author of Jedi Academy "A perfect book for any kid who ever needed a friend and then had one with superpowers fall from space." --Seth Meyers, actor, comedian and writer * "Universally appealing."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review * "A must-have."--School Library Journal, Starred Review "Good clean laser-beams-coming-outta-your-hands fun for the whole family."--http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/ "A story that can be enjoyed by the entire family."--The New York Times
Call Number: GR mF WIN
Publication Date: 2016-05-17
Children's Choice Book Awards 2016 Available in the Library
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett; Jory John; Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)"A double helping of fun and mischief!" --Jeff kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series "Hilarious." --Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that's famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town's best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game. It's prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud. In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time. "The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What's not to love about the Terrible Two?" --Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series "You don't have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love the Terrible Two." --Dave Eggers "This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful." --Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein series "The Terrible Two are my kind of kids. And what's more, they're kids' kind of kids." --Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series
Call Number: mF BAR
Publication Date: 2015-01-13
Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) by Liz Pichon (Illustrator)Middle-school comedian, homework dodger, rock-star wannabe, master doodler—Tom Gates is back with two more episodes full of visual humor and kid appeal. Things are looking up for Tom Gates. The school dance is coming up, and his birthday, too! What could possibly put him in a bad mood? Well, the words math lesson, for one thing. And that annoying twit Marcus Meldrew at school. And Granny Mavis threatening to bake Tom’s birthday cake (carrots!). And the fact that nobody seems to be noticing the long list of birthday presents Tom has prominently displayed. Worst of all, can it be true that Tom’s dad has volunteered to deejay the school dance wearing the wacky costume from his new job?
Call Number: mF PIC
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
Backlash by Sarah Darer LittmanIn critically acclaimed author Sarah Darer Littman's gripping new novel what happens online doesn't always stay online . . . Lara just got told off on Facebook. She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. It's been a long time since Lara's felt this bad, this depressed. She's worked really hard since starting high school to be happy and make new friends. Bree used to be BBFs with overweight, depressed Lara in middle school, but constantly listening to Lara's problems got to be too much. Bree's secretly glad that Christian's pointed out Lara's flaws to the world. Lara's not nearly as great as everyone thinks. After weeks of talking online, Lara thought she knew Christian, so what's with this sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse - are they true? But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree. As online life collides with real life, the truth starts to come together and the backlash is even more devastating than than anyone could have imagined.