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Mosquito Menacing the Reich, Martin W. Bowman

Mosquito Menacing the Reich, Martin W. Bowman

Combat Action in the Twin-Engine Wooden Wonder of World War II

The Mosquito was one of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War, performing in a wide range of roles including night fighter, low level attack, unarmed reconnaissance, medium bomber (capable of carrying a 4,000lb bomb), pathfinder and maritime strike aircraft.

This book consists of a series of first-hand accounts from the aircrews that flew the Mosquito in these many roles, mainly from the RAF and Commonwealth air forces, but also including the USAAF's use of the aircraft on photo reconnaissance missions from Britain. The first-hand accounts are linked by a useful text that places them in context. There are also some nice accounts from people who were on the ground when the Mosquitoes attacked.

Most chapters cover a particular use of the Mosquito, but there is also a more detailed examination of the Shell House raid, an attack on the Gestapo HQ in Copenhagen, carried out to prevent the Germans from destroying the Danish resistance.

One has to be impressed by the sheer variety of experiences recounted by the men who flew this remarkable aircraft, and full of admiration for them, especially for those who were flying the unarmed versions of the aircraft deep over German territory.

1 - Down Low
2 - On High
3 - Finders, Markers and Light Night-Strikers
4 - Berlin or Bust
5 - Fast Night-Striking Force
6 - The Banff Strike Wing
7 - Star and Bar
8 - The Reich Intruders
9 - The Shell-House Raid
10 - 'The Forgotten Front'

Author: Martin W. Bowman
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation
Year: 2012

Mosquito Menacing the Reich, Martin W. Bowman - History

Late in 1938, the German Navy Supreme Command commissioned a report into the combat effectiveness of its airborne divisions. As a result of its findings, the German High Command instigated a major construction program for planes with a specifically maritime role: carrier-borne, reconnaissance, mine laying and most importantly, long-range units were all developed.

In this volume of the outstanding Luftwaffe at War series, Manfred Griehl showcases a photo-history of the development of the Kriegsmarine airborne capability from the early Condor missions to the introduction of Me 262 A-1a jet fighters in 1944.

More than a hundred rarely seen pictures illustrate the gradual turning of the tide against Germany in the war for the skies over the Atlantic: as the German war machine struggled to match demand for aircraft, so the pilots attempting to control crucial supply routes struggled to compete with mounting allied technical and numerical superiority.

About The Author

Manfred Griehl is a respected historian with a unique photographic archive, specializing in Luftwaffe operations of World War II. His books include German Bombers over Russia and German Elite Pathfinders.


"overall an interesting and varied set of aircraft types that were involved in the battle, and all with some informative captions. This photo collection continues to provide a good source of reference for modelers and aircraft historians alike, and they offer I think very good value for money."

- Military Modelling

The Mosquito Story

The Mosquito was for many the perfect synthesis of power and beauty and arguably the most versatile of all Allied aircraft built during World War II, and this is its incredible story. No one in authority would believe that a small, unarmed aircraft built almost entirely of wood and with a crew of just two could survive against the Luftwaffe by day and the Nachtjagd by night, but it was soon clear that de Havilland's faith in their idea was well founded. The prototype easily out-ran a Spitfire in test and the Mosquito was ordered into mass production. Three times the Mosquito project was deleted from Britain's future military plans, only to fight its way into the air and turn in performance figures that left fellow aircraft behind and its critics dumbfounded. Altogether, 7,781 examples of the "Wooden Wonder" would be built in no less than 43 versions in Britain, Australia, and Canada. Bomber, day fighter, night fighter, pathfinder, attack aircraft, trainer, reconnaissance aircraft—the Mosquito did it all.

Why did Germany have radar guided searchlights in WW2?

Fortunately the old man defied those odds and survived.


Although I've not listened to that documentary, I'm extremely surprised if Overy makes such a claim.

It's well known that less than 7% of RAF bombs dropped within 5 miles of the assigned targets as late as 1941. The Butt report acted as a catalyst to address this and statistics gradually improved with the introduction of a range of navigation systems as well as route and target marking techniques. Yet one of the reasons Harris resisted the switch of his main force to preparative OVERLORD interdiction targets in France from April 1944 was because of his fear of inflicting civilian casualties. In many respects, this saw a return to Bomber Command targeting directives of 1939-40 specifying individual airfields, railway stations and ammunition depots rather than area targets.

However, the accuracy needed for such targets was now available from the 11 approved bombing techniques, 9 of which involved Oboe, H2S or G-H navigation. As a result, official statistics indicate that Oboe bombing could assure average accuracies of only 680 yards even when the target was obscured by clouds. This could be reduced to only 380 yards when backed up by visual methods. Although some civilian casualties were inevitably incurred, even Harris was pleasantly surprised that they were so low despite his Command having dispatched 1249 sorties in over 100 raids against OVERLORD and CROSSBOW (the V-weapons) targets during Apr-Jul 44. Remember that these statistics are for normal, line RAF sqns (not specialist units such as 617) and yet the level of accuracy achieved was actually superior to that of the USAAF.

Albert Speer himself commented on 19 Jan 45 as follows:

Therefore, I can only think that Overy was referring to the accuracy of new crews when employing non-assisted methods. However, why he would do that is unclear as such EW and navigation assistance were now the norm from the first sorties crews would complete in a tour.

For information, 617 was able to reliably deliver Tallboys and Grandslams to within 100 yards of their aiming points which, given the size of these weapons, was devastating. Perhaps the best example is the Saumur railway tunnel which was the sole north-south route across the Loire. Intelligence had stated that an SS Panzer division was due to pass through to reinforce the German response to the Normandy landings. On 8-9 Jun 44, the tunnel was targeted by 617 (19 Tallboy aircraft and 6 conventionally armed) following accurate target marking by Leonard Cheshire amongst others who then acted as MC.

All of the Tallboys fell within a 50 yard radius of the markers from delivery altitudes of approximately 18 000 ft both ends of the tunnel were closed and one Tallboy penetrated the roof of the tunnel causing the entire structure to collapse and sealing it until debris was cleared post war (when the picture below was taken).

I don't think anyone would suggest that anything approaching such levels of accuracy could have been achieved by Bomber Command in 1939.

Wasn't the accuracy orb the tallboy raids improved by dropping a big f*** off bomb that spun as it went down and was therefore less likely to be impacted by wind? Other bombing missions using smaller bomb were likely to spread out during their fall to earth hence the reason for Lowe level bombing of key strategic targets?

ISTR accounts of bomber crews saying they hated dropping tallboy as when they dropped it the aircraft hadn't a habit of going up a couple of hundred feet in a rather interesting climb until the pilot got control.

Mosquito Menacing the Reich: Combat Action in the Twin-Engine Wooden Wonder of World War II by Martin W. Bowman

I must confess I’ve always known OF the De Havilland Mosquito – apart from the fact that it was constructed from almost entirely from wood. But equally, I’ve never known very much about what it accomplished during the war. This book is an ideal remedy for what I suspect is a common affliction for those of us who know all about Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters but have a knowledge gap when it comes to other Second World War aircraft types!

The Mosquito was originally conceived as a Medium Bomber, but ended up serving a number of roles with the RAF, and indeed with the USAAF as well. With its speed and high operating altitude, it served as a medium bomber, a precision strike aircraft, a pathfinder and marker, an anti-shipping strike platform, in North West Europe and in South East Asia. That it was also used by the Americans speaks volumes of its reputation.

For much of its service, only the Luftwaffe’s new jets could outperform it, speed wise. It had a higher operational ceiling than most other aircraft, and indeed German flak, so could quite often avoid danger. It proved to be ideal for precision bombing, where accuracy was needed that could not be obtained by Heavy Bombers. Leonard Cheshire VC used a Mosquito to perfect precision bombing of railway yards in the run up to D-Day, and Mosquitos were also used against the Tirpitz. Perhaps the Mosquito’s most famous raids were those on German Headquarters in The Hague, Aarhus and Oslo. Popular consesus might think that precision bombing came with Tomahawk cruise missiles, but the Mosquito’s effectiveness came a clear 40 odd years before.

Mosquitos were also often used in daylight, and for diversionary raids at night when Bomber Command’s main force was attacking elsewhere. They also famously raided Berlin night after night, just as much for the nuisance value as anything else. Hermann Goring was apparently furious that a Mosquito raid knocked out a radio station, thus putting one of his speeches off air.

At times perhaps there are more personal accounts than there are history, but the story is much better told in the words of the men who were there. With a crew of only two -a pilot and a navigator – they seem to have had to show more initiative and shoulder much more of a responsibility than other aircrew, given the highly specialised roles in which their aircraft were employed, often with a much greater degree of independence than say a Bomber crew with the main force.

This is a brilliant book my Martin Bowman. It’s choc full of accounts from men who flew and navigated the Mosquito. I enjoyed reading it immensely. It’s a great tribute to not only a wonderful aircraft – which deserves a more prominent place in aviation history – but also the incredibly brave men who flew it. It’s such a shame that there aren’t any surviving in airworthy fashion – I’m sure it would be quite a sight.

Why did Germany have radar guided searchlights in WW2?

On the subject .of .50 cal guns in bombers vs nominally harder hitting cannons.

Aerial .50’s were not the slow firing .50’s used in the ground, their cyclic rate was boosted from 550 rpm to 1,200 rpm. Range? Not much in it. Terminal effects? .50’s would comfortably shred any WWII era aircraft that got in its cone of fire, the 8 x .50’s in P-47’s were extremely effective and greatly feared by the people on the receiving end.




To counter German fighters with rockets and large calibre cannon attacking from some way behind the bomber boxes a number of B-17s, always flown at the rear of the box, were fitted with a 20mm cannon in the tail position in place of the Brownings to counter this practise.


'Instruments of Darkness' is also availale as a free download here:

According to the blurb inside, the book was considerably revised in 2017 - making it a 'newer' version than the Amazon one (2nd ed, rev 1979). I downloaded the e-book yesterday and haven't had a chance to read it yet so can't comment on its contents. It's free, so I haven't lost anything!


The air war was very much a war of technology, with a side that had a significant technological advantage tending to inflict heavy losses on the other. Thus the Luftwaffe destroyed the Polish air force in 1939, despite gallant resistance by the Polish pilots. And the US Mustangs returned the favor to the Luftwaffe over Germany in early 1944.

It was fortunate for the Allies that the Germans neither had the fuel nor the numbers of Me 262's to change the balance again late in the war.


Americans initially fitted a 20mm in the tail of B-29’s with the twin ‘50’s.
Deleted as it’s lower velocity and curving trajectorymade harmonising a bit of a mare and the .50’s were quite lethal enough.

The wartime designed B-36 was designed with 16x20mm in remote turrets.


It was fortunate for the Allies that the Germans neither had the fuel nor the numbers of Me 262's to change the balance again late in the war.

The Me262 wasn't all that - the RAF held back its Meteors deliberately until we reached the Rhine, and a Metor could outfly a Tempest, the only allied piston engine fighter 262 pilots were explicitly warned to be wary of, and the Americans were shortly to start introducing the P-80 in huge numbers… initial orders were in lots of 5,000.

And pilots, the Germans were not turning out highly trained pilots even by 1942, let alone 1944-45.
RAF and USAAF were increasing the duration and technical elements of their fighter pilots training throughout WWII, especial time in OCU's where veterans would impart their experience.
Luftwaffe? Civilian flying training school, a quick couple of hops in an old model fighter to qualify, then off to a Squadron to learn, or more usually, die on the job.

Time and again the 300+ kill 'Experten' are touted as 'proof' of how good Luftwaffe pilots were compared to RAF/USAAF pilots will their kills only up to 40… it was quite the reverse!

It was simply because unlike the RAF/USAAF, German pilots were not rotated out, you flew until you died.
If you were an exceptional pilot in an RAF/USAAF training school, there was a very good chance you would be drafted straight back into the training Sqns as an instructor. When you went to an operational squadron, after your tour, the good pilots went to OCU's to pass on their skills. Consider the Battle of Britain where the RAF had 1,200 pilots with more than 100 hours operational flying in reserve as the training and rotation system never broke down.
An allied pilot when he he arrived at his first squadron had hundreds of hours experience, including many hours air gunnery and tactics on type.
A Luftwaffe pilot? How many hours? Only that many? OK, stick close to me and try not to get shot down. WWI redux.

It was found that if a green pilot survived his first 5 missions, his chance of not being KIA jumped enormously. Allied training massively increased our pilots chances of getting past that point.
Most Luftwaffe pilots never made that 5 mission learning point after 1944.

The Hawker Hunter (Paperback) - Martin W. Bowman

Martin Bowman is one of Britains best-known Second World War aviation historians and authors. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the Lancaster, Confounding the Reich, Duxford and the Big Wings, Clash of Eagles, Mosquito: Menacing the Reich and numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series providing extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market-Garden offensive at Arnhem. He lives in Norwich.

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If ever there was a real pilot's aeroplane it was the Hunter an outstanding multi-purpose aircraft which excelled in the roles of interceptor fighter, ground attack, reconnaissance, research vehicle and two-seater trainer, not forgetting its dramatic formation aerobatic performances. The Hunter is one of the world's greatest aircraft. For three decades, pilots have enthused about it, extolling the virtues of its smooth, aerodynamic lines, 4 x 30mm cannon, the Rolls-Royce Avon engine, and its outstandingly honest handling characteristics combined with a lively performance. It saw operational deployment in Europe with Fighter Command and 2nd TAF, in Cyprus, the Middle East and the Far East, operating in the ground-attack role against rebels in Aden and Malaysia respectively. The Hunter was a classic thoroughbred of its time, from the stables of one of the finest fighter manufacturers in the world and, for fifty years, its adaptability was rarely challenged. Although the last example was retired in July 2001, the Hunter legend undoubtedly lives on, with 114 potentially airworthy airframes located in fourteen countries around the world. Here, the legendary tale of the Hunter is told in words and images.

About the Author

Martin Bowman is one of Britains best-known Second World War aviation historians and authors. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the Lancaster, Confounding the Reich, Duxford and the Big Wings, Clash of Eagles, Mosquito: Menacing the Reich and numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series providing extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market-Garden offensive at Arnhem. He lives in Norwich.

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ark clouds covered eastern England on 15 November 1941 when Blenheim aircrews of 105 Squadron braved the raw wind to gather near the hangars at the No.2 (Fighter Bomber) Group grass airfield at Swanton Morley, Norfolk to see a grey and green shape approach the aerodrome from the north-west. First it flew over at about 500ft, at a speed of 300 mph. Then it approached the Watch Office and hangar from the west and went into a vertical bank at a height of 2-3,000ft before turning a circle so tight and at such a speed that vapour trails streamed from his wing-tips. This was followed by a normal circuit and landing. It seemed that the rumours were true. For some time now the Squadron observers had attended conversion training on a new W/T and the gunners had started navigation courses, all amid speculation that they would be receiving a revolutionary type of aircraft built largely of wood to replace their outdated Blenheim IVs. Compared to the Blenheim IVs 105 Squadron was used to this performance was quite breathtaking. The tall frame of Company Chief Test Pilot Geoffrey de Havilland Jr. emerged from the tiny cockpit of the ‘Wooden Wonder’. He climbed down the ladder to be received like a conquering hero by Group Captain Battle
DFC, the station commander, and Wing Commander Peter H.A. Simmons
. Simmons’ air and ground crews were equally ecstatic. During September and October 105 Squadron had flown anti-shipping operations from Malta and losses were high. Returning to Swanton Morley, the surviving crews were due for a rest and in need of a morale boost. The arrival of the Mosquito provided it.

Sergeant (later Flight Lieutenant
) Mike Carreck was an observer in one of the newest Blenheim crews fresh from No.17 OTU Upwood, 2 Group’s finishing school. He and Pilot Officer Ronald Onley, first violinist in the London Philharmonic, were one of the half dozen or so crews posted to 105 Squadron at Swanton Morley: ‘a hellspot only 15 miles from Norwich but which might have been in deepest Siberia’, as Mike Carreck recalls:

Waiting there for us were just a few survivors from 105’s bloodbath in Malta where fourteen days was the lifetime of a Blenheim squadron. We rightly regarded these battle-scarred veterans with the deepest respect but they made us welcome. Life at Swanton Morley began sedately enough.

Now and then we did a Blenheim cross-country, as I handed my pilot the course, compass heading and ETAs [Estimated Time of Arrival]. Sometimes we ventured as far away as Lincoln. We flew to the range and dropped teeny-weeny bombs and once, a special treat and with much trepidation, a 250-pounder. Dullish days but nights were duller still, as for recreation, romance and merriment one had to rely on nearby East Dereham where mothers locked away their daughters after tea and every door slammed tight shut on the dot of 18.00 hours. Nothing to do but go shivering to our beds in our freezing Nissen huts. Excitement was somewhat lacking except for a nonsense of a rumour going the rounds that we were to be re-equipped with a fabulous new aircraft, the fastest in the world, a day bomber that could out-fly any fighter and leave it wondering where we’d gone, that could fly 5 miles high into the stratosphere and had an incredible range of 1,200 miles. We shrugged our shoulders we’d believe it when we saw it, which we very soon did.

On 15 November it came suddenly out of nowhere, inches above the hangars with a crackling thunderclap of twin Merlins. As we watched, bewitched, it was flung about the sky in a beyond belief display for a bomber that could out perform any fighter. After a well-bred whisper of a touch down, a door opened and down the ladder came suede shoes, yellow socks and the rest of Geoffrey de Havilland. We pushed and shoved around this impossible dream of an aircraft. No other word for it, it was beautiful. An arrogant beauty with a ‘job-to-do, get out of my way’, slim, sleek fuselage, high cocked ‘to-hell-with-you’ tail. It had awesome power on the leash in those huge engines and was eager on its undercarriage like a sprinter on the starting blocks who couldn’t wait to leap up and away.

Called a Mosquito, they told us. It was Mosquito W4064 and it was to be shot down six months later on the squadron’s first operation.
During those six months only seven more Mosquitoes joined W4064 on the squadron so flights were few and far between indeed we new boys had to wait weeks for our first. For us, it was back to Blenheims and Arctic nights, not counting a Station exercise when it was pretended that German paratroopers had landed and a batch of us were sent to guard the Sergeants’ Mess. We stretched out on the carpet blissfully warm at last until somebody came in to wake us with the astounding news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. We turned over to sleep our best night ever, the war was won…‘Three to a crew in a Blenheim, only two in a Mosquito so sadly some of our navs and WoPs were surplus to requirements. Sadder still they were posted to Blenheim squadrons flying in the Sea of Carnage, attacks on North Sea convoys whose escorting flak-ships didn’t bother to aim, just fired splash into the sea, a curtain of exploding steel through which the doomed Blenheim crews flew with unmatchable courage.

Among the throng of seasoned pilots and their navigators at Swanton Morley on 15 November gathered to admire the Mosquito’s ‘beautiful shape’ was Flight Lieutenant D.A.G. ‘George’ Parry, who like his CO, was a veteran of two tours on Blenheims. He was always known as ‘George’ because, like the autopilot of the same name, he always came home! Parry had recently completed two tours and was ‘resting’ at 13 OTU at Bicester when he just happened to pick up the telephone and receive a call from Pete Simmons who had been his ‘A’ Flight commander in 110 Squadron at Wattisham. Simmons had rung to enquire when he was getting some more pilots, adding, ‘by the way George, I’m getting some fast aircraft. Do you want to come?’ Parry quickly turned down a posting to a squadron equipped with Bisleys going to North Africa and joined Simmons at Swanton Morley. The CO’s promise of ‘fast aircraft’ had come true, although W4064 left almost as fast as it arrived. After lunch, Geoffrey de Havilland Jr. climbed back into the sleek Mosquito B.IV and was joined by Simmons, who took the right-hand seat for a joyride with a difference. De Havilland Jr. treated his passenger and the watching crews to an exhilarating display of aerobatics. When they landed, Simmons was reported to be ‘. looking a bit green around the gills, but it did not stop him talking about it in the Officers’ Mess during lunch!’
The sleek new bomber had to return next day to Hatfield, where the first of a paltry ten B.IV bombers was coming off the production lines, for adjustments. Not until July 1941 had it been decided to build Mosquitoes as bombers and even then only converted photo-reconnaissance airframes.

Meanwhile, 105 Squadron, now stationed at Horsham St. Faith near Norwich after Swanton Morley proved unsuitable for operations, had received only eight Mosquitoes by mid-May 1942, but 2 Group was anxious to despatch its new wonder aircraft on the first op as soon as possible. On 27 May it issued orders for 105 Squadron to prepare four Mosquitoes with bombs and cameras to harass and obtain photographic evidence in the wake of the ‘Thousand Bomber’ raid on Cologne, scheduled for the night of 30/31 May. Squadron Leader Alan R. ‘Jesse’ Oakeshott
, commander of ‘A’ Flight and his navigator Flying Officer Charles Hayden, set off first. Well over 6ft tall and a regular officer, Oakeshott cut an imposing figure. He had won the
flying as a bomber pilot on a Wellington squadron earlier in the war. They were followed later by Pilot Officer William D. Kennard and Pilot Officer Eric R. Johnson who took off from Horsham before the ‘heavies’ had returned. Pilot Officer Edgar A. Costello-Bowen and Warrant Officer Tommy Broom Flight Lieutenant Jack E. Houlston and Flight Sergeant James L. Armitage followed them shortly before lunchtime the following day. Oakeshott and Hayden flew at 24,000ft over the battered and blasted city and added four 500lb bombs to the devastation but with smoke reaching to 14,000ft, their F24 camera was rendered useless. Kennard and Johnson failed to return, their aircraft being hit by anti-aircraft fire. Costello-Bowen and Houlston dropped their bombs from high-level into the smouldering and smoking ruins to prolong the night of misery for the inhabitants and bomb disposal teams and headed back to Norfolk. In the late afternoon Squadron Leader Peter J. Channer, who as a Blenheim pilot on 18 Squadron had received the DFC for the attack on the Knapsack power station at Cologne, took off from Horsham and flew in thick cloud to within 60 miles of the city. Then he dived down at almost 380 mph to low-level to take photographs of the damage. Channer quickly realized that this highly successful approach would be particularly effective for future Mosquito bombing operations.

On the evening of 1 June, two Mosquitoes returned to Cologne to bomb and reconnoitre the city. One of the aircraft failed to return. Then, just before dawn on 2 June, 18 hours after a ‘Thousand Bomber’ raid on Essen, George Parry and his navigator, Flying Officer Victor Robson, flew a lone 2 hours 5 minutes round-trip to Cologne. They carried four 500-pounders to stoke up the fires and a camera to observe the damage. However, thick smoke made the latter task impossible. The Mosquitoes of 105 Squadron continued their lone reconnaissance missions over Germany and on 8 June, 139 Squadron was formed at Horsham St. Faith under the command of Wing Commander William Peter Shand
using crews and a few B.IVs from 105 Squadron. One of the pilots transferred to 139 was Jack Houlston
who was promoted to Squadron Leader. Houlston flew 139 Squadron’s first operation on 25/26 June, a low-level raid on the airfield at Stade, near Wilhelmshaven and returned after dark just as bombers for the third in the series of ‘Thousand Bomber’ raids were taking off for Bremen. Two of 105 Squadron’s Mosquitoes flew reconnaissance over the city after the raid and four more went to reconnoitre other German cities to assess damage and bring back photographs.

On 2 July the first joint attack by 105 and 139 Squadron Mosquitoes took place when four aircraft from 105 Squadron carried out a low-level attack on the submarine yards at Flensburg and two Mosquitoes in 139 Squadron also bombed from high level. Group Captain J.C. MacDonald
the Station Commander and his observer, Flight Lieutenant Skelton were last seen flying slowly across the coast on the return leg, off Pellworm Island. They did not return to Marham and were later found to be PoWs. ‘Jesse’ Oakeshott
, who was now a Wing Commander, and his observer, Flying Officer Vernon F.E. ‘Titch’ Treherne
, were intercepted by an Fw 190 and they were shot down and killed 9 miles NNE of Husum, at Sönnebüll, Germany. Jack Houlston came off the target pursued by three Fw 190As but he and his observer made it back. Two more fighters chased Flight Lieutenant George Pryce Hughes
RCAF, who despite his name was an Argentinian, after he had been hit by flak over the target. Both pilots made their exits hugging the wave tops and by applying plus 12½ lb of boost, they easily outpaced their pursuers. (The Mosquito was only just faster than an Fw 190 under certain conditions. It all depended on the rating of the Merlin 21 engines. If they were rated to give maximum performance at either low or high level, the Mosquito could just outdistance the Fw 190A. However, the average Merlin 21s fell somewhere in the middle range of rating, which meant that they although they were just fast enough at low level, they were certainly not at high level).

On 11 July the Mosquitoes bombed Flensburg again, as a diversion for the heavies that were hitting Danzig. Pilot Officer Laston made it home with part of his fin blown away by flak, but Flight Lieutenant George Pryce-Hughes and his navigator, Flying Officer Thomas A. Gabe were killed when their Mosquito was shot down by
Herbert Biermann of 2nd
JG1. Sergeant Peter W.R. Rowland, in DK296, borrowed from George Parry, flew so low that he hit a roof and returned to Horsham with pieces of chimney pot lodged in the nose. After he had landed Parry barked at Rowland, ‘I’m not lending you my aircraft again!’ High-level raids in clear skies were the order of the day during July and the first of twenty-nine ‘Siren Raids’ were flown. These involved high-level dog-leg routes across Germany at night and were designed to disrupt the war workers and their families and ensure that they lost at least two hours’ sleep before their shifts the following day. Flying Officer Frank Weekes
and Pilot Officer Frank Hurley of 105 Squadron failed to return from a sortie to Essen on 28 July: they were shot down over Mönchengladbach by
Karl Bugaj in a Bf 109F for 11th
JG1’s first victory. While the Mosquito could outpace the Bf 109 in a straight chase, when in a dive the Bf 109 had all the speed it wanted to engage a Mosquito. Bugaj’s kill was made all the easier by
Fritz Losigkeit, who controlled the interception.
For the first time he had the use of the recently introduced Freya early warning radar. Losigkeit decided to track the intruder only as it was flying a straight course, and give radio instructions to Bugaj, which resulted in him intercepting the Mosquito when he had a height advantage, so that he could gain speed by diving.

On 1 August Wing Commander Hughie Idwal Edwards
DFC, an Australian of Welsh ancestry from Freemantle, took command of 105 Squadron for the second time. Edwards had been CO of 139 Squadron when he took command of 105 Squadron in May 1941 when the two squadrons were flying Blenheims on suicidal anti-shipping strikes in the North Sea.

New Books and Media Received (October 2012)

The following Books, CDs, and DVDs (308 titles) were received into the Library collection through the Acquisitions Budget during October 2012:

100 silent films / Bryony Dixon. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK New York : Palgrave Macmillan on behalf of the British Film Institute, 2011.

The achievement of Wendell Berry : the hard history of love / Fritz Oehlschlaeger. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2011.

Acts: an exegetical commentary / Craig S. Keener. Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Academic, 2012.

Adapt : why success always starts with failure / Tim Harford. New York : Picador, 2012.

Adoption by lesbians and gay men : a new dimension in family diversity / edited by David M. Brodzinsky [and] Adam Pertman. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.

Advocacy : championing ideas and influencing others / John A. Daly. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.

The albatross and the fish : linked lives in the open seas / Robin W. Doughty and Virginia Carmichael foreword by H.R.H Prince of Wales introduction by John Croxall. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011.

Alice’s Restaurant [videorecording] / United Artists screenplay by Venable Herndon and Arthur Penn produced by Hillard Elkins and Joe Manduke directed by Arthur Penn. Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment Inc., 2002,2001.

American documentary film : projecting the nation / Jeffrey Geiger. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

American labor struggles and law histories / edited by Kenneth M. Casebeer. Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, c2011.

America’s sexual transformation : how the sexual revolution’s legacy is shaping our society, our youth, and our future / Gary F. Kelly. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, 2012.

The amphibians of Tennessee / edited by Matthew L. Niemiller and R. Graham Reynolds [contributors, Brian T. Miller … et al.]. Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2011.

The first scientist : Anaximander and his legacy / Carlo Rovelli translated by Marion Lignana Rosenberg. Yardley, Pa. : Westholme Publishing, c 2011.

The Apocryphal Gospels : texts and translations / Bart D. Ehrman and Zlatko Plese. New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Approaches to teaching Faulkner’s The sound and the fury / edited by Stephen Hahn and Arthur F. Kinney. New York : Modern Language Association of America, 1996.

Architecture of thought / Andrzej Piotrowski. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2011.

Aristotle’s poetics / Stephen Halliwell. London : Duckworth, 1998.

The art of invention : the creative process of discovery and design / Steven J. Paley. Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2010.

Arthur Miller : 1962-2005 / Christopher Bigsby. Ann Arbor [Mich.] : University of Michigan Press, 2011.

The first war of physics : the secret history of the atom bomb, 1939-1949 / Jim Baggott. New York : Pegasus Books : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., 2011.

Attention in a social world / Michael I. Posner. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.

The autumn of dictatorship : fiscal crisis and political change in Egypt under Mubarak / Samer Soliman translated by Peter Daniel. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2011, 2011.

Bats : from evolution to conservation / John D. Altringham drawings by Tom McOwat and Lucy Hammond. New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

The bear : history of a fallen king / Michel Pastoureau translated by George Holoch. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

The beast & the sovereign / Jacques Derrida edited by Michel Lisse, Marie-Louise Mallet, and Ginette Michaud translated by Geoffrey Bennington. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009-

Beauty pays : why attractive people are more successful / Daniel S. Hamermesh. Princeton, NJ Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2011.

Becoming American? : the forging of Arab and Muslim identity in pluralist America / Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad. Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, c2011.

Behavior of North American mammals / Mark Elbroch and Kurt Rinehart. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2011.

Bernini : his life and his Rome / Franco Mormando. Chicago London : University of Chicago Press, 2011.

The best love of the child : being loved and being taught to love as the first human right / edited by Timothy P. Jackson. Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, 2011.

Beyond our means : why America spends while the world saves / Sheldon Garon. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2012.

Binding their wounds : America’s assault on its veterans / Robert J. Topmiller and T. Kerby Neill with a foreword by George C. Herring. Boulder, Colo. London : Paradigm Publishers, c2011.

Bismarck : a life / Jonathan Steinberg. New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Blacks and Whites in Christian America : how racial discrimination shapes religious convictions / Jason E. Shelton and Michael O. Emerson. New York : New York University Press, c2012.

Body, femininity and nationalism : girls in the German youth movement, 1900-1934 / Marion E.P. de Ras. New York : Routledge, c2008.

The body of John Merryman : Abraham Lincoln and the suspension of habeas corpus / Brian McGinty. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.

A book forged in hell : Spinoza’s scandalous treatise and the birth of the secular age / Steven Nadler. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2011.

The Cambridge companion to Christian mysticism / [edited by] Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School, Patricia Z. Beckman, St. Olaf College. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

The Cambridge companion to Homer / edited by Robert Fowler. Cambridge, UK New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture / edited by Andrew Galloway. Cambridge New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

The Cambridge companion to medieval English mysticism / edited by Samuel Fanous and Vincent Gillespie. Cambridge New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Capital punishment / Joseph A. Melusky and Keith Alan Pesto. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, c2011.

The Caribbean : a history of the region and its peoples / edited by Stephan Palmie and Francisco A. Scarano. Chicago London : The University of Chicago Press, 2011.

A case for irony / Jonathan Lear with commentary by Cora Diamond … [et al.]. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.

Cervantes, literature, and the discourse of politics / Anthony J. Cascardi. Toronto Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2012.

Course of six lectures on the chemical history of a candle. The chemical history of a candle / Michael Faraday edited and introduced by Frank A.J.L. James. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

China and the world since 1945 : an international history / Chi-kwan Mark. London : New York : Routledge, 2012.

China in ten words / Yu Hua translated from the Chinese by Allan H. Barr. New York : Anchor Books, 2012, c2011.

Christ our hope : an introduction to eschatology / Paul O’Callaghan. Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, c2011.

The church of scientology : a history of a new religion / Hugh B. Urban. Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2011.

The cinematic footprint : lights, camera, natural resources / Nadia Bozak. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2012.

Citizens’ media against armed conflict : disrupting violence in Colombia / Clemencia Rodriguez. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2011.

The city in the Roman West, c. 250 BC-c. AD 250 / Ray Laurence, Simon Esmonde-Cleary, Gareth Sears. Cambridge New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Climate change and cities : first assessment report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network / edited by Cynthia Rosenzweig … [et al.]. Cambridge : New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Climate change and climate modeling / J. David Neelin. Cambridge New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Climate change and society / John Urry. Cambridge, UK Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2011.

The collected stories of Mavis Gallant. New York : Random House, c1996.

Collision course : Ronald Reagan, the air traffic controllers, and the strike that changed America / Joseph A. McCartin. New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

The color of Christ : the Son of God & the saga of race in America / Edward J. Blum, Paul Harvey. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2012.

Coming of age in America : the transition to adulthood in the twenty-first century / edited by Mary C. Waters … [et al.]. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.

Common ground : the sharing of land and landscapes for sustainability / Mark Everard. London New York : Zed Books c2011.

Communication and the globalization of culture : beyond tradition and borders / Shaheed Nick Mohammed. Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2011.

A companion to Greek tragedy / edited by Justina Gregory. Oxford : Blackwell, c2008.

Completing college : rethinking institutional action / Vincent Tinto. Chicago London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Conscientious objection in health care : an ethical analysis / Mark R. Wicclair. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Constitutional originalism : a debate / Robert W. Bennett and Lawrence B. Solum. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2011.

Constructing reality : quantum theory and particle physics / John Marburger. Cambridge, UK New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Controversial bodies : thoughts on the public display of plastinated corpses / edited by John D. Lantos. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2011.

Cormac McCarthy / edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom. New York, NY : Bloom’s Literary Criticism, c2009.

The letters of T.S. Eliot / edited by Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton general editor, John Haffenden. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011-

Costing not less than everything : sustainability and spirituality in challenging times / Pam Lunn. London : Quaker Books, 2011.

Cultures of migration : the global nature of contemporary mobility / Jeffrey H. Cohen and Ibrahim Sirkeci. Austin : University of Texas Press, c2011.

Daughters of the declaration : how women social entrepreneurs built the American dream / Claire Gaudiani and David Graham Burnett. New York : PublicAffairs, c2011.

DDT and the American century : global health, environmental politics, and the pesticide that changed the world / David Kinkela. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.

The debate on the Crusades / Christopher Tyerman. Manchester, UK New York : Manchester University Press, 2011.

Deep China : the moral life of the person : what anthropology and psychiatry tell us about China today / Arthur Kleinman … [et al.]. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.

The deer hunter [videorecording] / Universal Pictures and EMI presents a Michael Cimino film story by Michael Cimino & Deric Washburn and Louis Garfinkle & Quinn K. Redeker screenplay by Deric Washburn produced by Barry Spikings, Michael Deely, Michael Cimino, John Peverall directed by Michael Cimino. Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Co. : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2012.

Deng Xiaoping and the transformation of China / Ezra F. Vogel. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

Design by nature : using universal forms and principles in design / Maggie Macnab. Berkeley, CA : New Riders, c2012.

Disability and the Internet : confronting a digital divide / Paul T. Jaeger. Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, c2012.

Disciple of peace : Alexander Campbell on pacifism, violence and the state / Craig M. Watts. Indianapolis, IN : Doulos Christou Press, 2005.

Discovering the mission of God : best missional practices for the 21st century / Mike Barnett, editor Robin Martin, associate editor. Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Academic, c2012.

Documentary filmmakers handbook / Ned Eckhardt. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, c2012.

Dreaming of Dixie : how the South was created in American popular culture / Karen L. Cox. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.

The economic theory of eminent domain : private property, public use / Thomas J. Miceli. Cambridge New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011.

Einstein before Israel : Zionist icon or iconoclast? / Ze’ev Rosenkranz. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2011.

Einstein on the road / Josef Eisinger. Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011.

Empire of the beetle : how human folly and a tiny bug are killing North America’s great forests / Andrew Nikiforuk. Vancouver : David Suzuki Foundation : Greystone Books, c2011.

End of life care : a practical guide / editors, Barry M. Kinzbrunner, Joel S. Policzer. New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, c2011.

An essay on theological method / by Gordon D. Kaufman. Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, c1995.

The ethical project / Philip Kitcher. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.

Ethics / Dietrich Bonhoeffer [edited by Eberhard Bethge translated by Neville Horton Smith]. New York : Simon & Schuster, 1995.

The ethics of voting / Jason Brennan. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2011.

Every twelve seconds : industrialized slaughter and the politics of sight / Timothy Pachirat. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.

Evolution : a view from the 21st century / James A. Shapiro. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : FT Press Science, c2011.

Explaining traditions : folk behavior in modern culture / Simon J. Bronner. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2011.

The face of the Earth : natural landscapes, science, and culture / SueEllen Campbell with Alex Hunt … [et al.]. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.

Faith and war : how Christians debated the Cold and Vietnam Wars / David E. Settje. New York : New York University Press, c2011.

Fascinating mathematical people : interviews and memoirs / Donald J. Albers and Gerald L. Alexanderson, editors with a foreword by Philip J. Davis. Princeton Oxford [England] : Princeton University Press, c2011.

Field notes on science & nature / edited by Michael R. Canfield. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.

Fields of combat : understanding PTSD among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan / Erin P. Finley. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press Bristol : University Presses Marketing [distributor], 2012.

Figuring it out : entertaining encounters with everyday math / Nuno Crato. Heidelberg New York : Springer, c2010.

Following Jesus, the servant king : a biblical theology of covenantal discipleship / Jonathan Lunde. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2010.

For the family? : how class and gender shape women’s work / Sarah Damaske. New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

The fossil chronicles : how two controversial discoveries changed our view of human evolution / Dean Falk. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.

Friendships in childhood & adolescence / Catherine L. Bagwell, Michelle E. Schmidt. New York : Guilford Press, c2011.

From memory to imagination : reforming the church’s music / C. Randall Bradley. Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2012.

Genentech : the beginnings of biotech / Sally Smith Hughes. Chicago London : University of Chicago Press, 2011.

The genuine teachers of this art : rhetorical education in antiquity / Jeffrey Walker. Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2011.

Getting a job : a study of contacts and careers / Mark Granovetter. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1995.

Ghosts of No Child Left Behind / Joanne M. Carris. New York : P. Lang, c2011.

Gilligan’s Island / Walter C. Metz. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2012.

Gleaning Ruth : a biblical heroine and her afterlives / Jennifer L. Koosed. Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, 2011.

The Gnostic scriptures : a new translation with annotations and introductions / Bentley Layton. New Haven, Conn. London : Yale University Press, 2007.

Gospel according to the Klan : the KKK’s appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 / Kelly J. Baker. Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, 2011.

Graphic design theory : readings from the field / edited by Helen Armstrong. New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2009.

The great sea : a human history of the Mediterranean / David Abulafia. New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

The Great War in Russian memory / Karen Petrone. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2011.

A guide to old English / Bruce Mitchell and Fred C. Robinson. Chichester, West Sussex Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Hegemony in international society / Ian Clark. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

Heidegger, Strauss, and the premises of philosophy on original forgetting / Richard L. Velkley. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011.

The Roman history : from Romulus and the foundation of Rome to the reign of the Emperor Tiberius / Velleius Paterculus translated, with introduction and notes, by J.C. Yardley and Anthony A. Barrett. Indianapolis, IN : Hackett Pub. Co., c2011.

Hitler & America / Klaus P. Fischer. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2011.

Hitler’s hangman : the life of Heydrich / Robert Gerwarth. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.

Homer and the Odyssey / Suzanne Said [translated by Ruth Webb]. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

The horse, the wheel, and language : how bronze-age riders from the Eurasian steppes shaped the modern world / David W. Anthony. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2007.

Howard Andrew Knox : pioneer of intelligence testing at Ellis Island / John T. E. Richardson. New York : Columbia University Press, c2011.

Icons of mathematics : an exploration of twenty key images / Claudi Alsina, Roger B. Nelsen. [Washington, D.C.] : Mathematical Association of America, c2011.

In face of mystery : a constructive theology / Gordon D. Kaufman. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995.

Indigenous voices in the sustainability discourse : spirituality and the struggle for a better quality of life / edited by Frans Wijsen and Sylvia Marcos. Berlin : Lit London : Global [distributor], c2010.

The infinity puzzle : quantum field theory and the hunt for an orderly universe / Frank Close. New York : Basic Books, c2011.

Inheritance, or, The vault of souls / Christopher Paolini. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011.

Inside the castle : law and the family in 20th century America / Joanna L. Grossman and Lawrence M. Friedman.

Princeton [N.J.] : Princeton University Press, c2011. Integrating the performing arts in grades K-5 / Rekha S. Rajan. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, c2012.

Intelligent virtue / Julia Annas. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

Interdependent minds : the dynamics of close relationships / Sandra L. Murray, John G. Holmes foreword by Harry T. Reis. New York : Guilford Press, c2011.

Intern nation : how to earn nothing and learn little in the brave new economy / Ross Perlin. London New York : Verso, 2011.

Internet marketing: start-to-finish / Catherine Juon, Dunrie Greiling & Catherine Buerkle. Indianapolis, Ind. : Que, c2012.

Into the Silence. Vintage Books 2012.

Irenaeus : life, scripture, legacy / Sara Parvis and Paul Foster, editors. Minneapolis : Fortress Press, c2012.

Joseph Anton : a memoir / Salman Rushdie. New York : Random House, c2012.

Julia Child’s The French chef / Dana Polan. Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2011.

Karsh : a biography in images / Yousuf Karsh with commentary by Jerry Fielder. Boston : MFA Publications New York : Trade distribution, Distributed Art Publishers, 2003.

The Keats brothers : the life of John and George / Denise Gigante. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

Key concepts in sport psychology / John Kremer … [et al.]. Los Angeles, Calif. : SAGE, 2012.

Kierkegaard and the self before God : anatomy of the abyss / Simon D. Podmore. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2011.

Kiss my relics : hermaphroditic fictions of the middle ages / David Rollo. Chicago London : The University of Chicago Press, 2011.

The last unicorn / Peter S. Beagle. New York : Roc, [2008].

The latest word from 1540 : people, places, and portrayals of the Coronado Expedition / edited by Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2011.

Leibniz’s mill : a challenge to materialism / Charles Landesman. Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2011.

Lettering : a reference manual of techniques / Andrew Haslam with photographs by Daniel Alexander. London : Laurence King, 2011.

The letters of Ernest Hemingway. Volume 1, 1907-1922 / by Ernest Hemingway edited by Sandra Spanier, Robert W. Trogdon. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Letters to a young chemist / edited by Abhik Ghosh. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2011.

The life and witness of Peter / Larry R. Helyer. Downers Grove, IL : IVP Academic, c2012.

Life in a shell : a physiologist’s view of a turtle / Donald C. Jackson. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.

Lillian Fuchs, first lady of the viola / Amedee Daryl Williams. New York : iUniverse, c2004.

Lincoln and the triumph of the nation : constitutional conflict in the American Civil War / Mark E. Neely. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.

Lionel Tertis : the first great virtuoso of the viola / John White. Woodbridge : Boydell Press, 2006.

Lip service : smiles in life, death, trust, lies, work, memory, sex, and politics / Marianne LaFrance. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2011.

Literary journalism across the globe : journalistic traditions and transnational influences / edited by John S. Bak and Bill Reynolds. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2011.

Literary sisters : Dorothy West and her circle : a biography of the Harlem Renaissance / Verner D. Mitchell and Cynthia Davis. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2012.

The little book of economics : how the economy works in the real world / Greg Ip foreword by Mohamed El-Erian. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2010.

Living countertestimony : conversations with Walter Brueggemann / Walter Brueggemann with Carolyn J. Sharp. Louisville, KY : Westminster John Knox Press, c2012.

Living with lynching : African American lynching plays, performance, and citizenship, 1890-1930 / Koritha Mitchell. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2012.

A local habitation and a name : imagining histories in the Italian renaissance / Albert Russell Ascoli. New York : Fordham University Press, 2011.

The logic of positive engagement / Miroslav Nincic. Ithaca [N.Y.] : Cornell University Press, 2011.

LogoLounge 6 : 2,000 international identities by leading designers / Catharine Fishel and Bill Gardner. Gloucester, Mass. : Rockport Hove : RotoVision [distributor], 2012.

Logolounge 7 : 2,000 international identities by leading designers / Bill Gardner and Anne Hellman. Beverly, Massachusetts : Rockport Publishers, 2012.

Made to be seen : perspectives on the history of visual anthropology / edited by Marcus Banks and Jay Ruby. Chicago London : University of Chicago Press, 2011.

The making of the Raj : India under the East India Company / Ian St. John. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2012.

Manana forever? : Mexico and the Mexicans / Jorge G. Castaneda. New York : Vintage Books 2012, c2011.

Manifold greatness : the making of the King James Bible / edited by Helen Mooreand Julian Reid. Oxford [England] : Bodleian Library, 2011.

Mannequin / Lee Friedlander. San Francisco, CA : Fraenkel Gallery, c2012.

A Martian stranded on Earth : Alexander Bogdanov, blood transfusions, and proletarian science / Nikolai Krementsov. Chicago London : The University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art / edited by Maryam D. Ekhtiar … [et al.]. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art New Haven [Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2011.

Math for the frightened : facing scary symbols and everything else that freaks you out about mathematics / Colin Pask. Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011.

Mathematics of life / Ian Stewart. New York : Basic Books, c2011.

The meaning of disgust / Colin McGinn. New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Meditations of a Buddhist skeptic : a manifesto for the mind sciences and contemplative practice / B. Alan Wallace. New York : Columbia University Press, c2012.

The … Mental measurements yearbook. Highland Park, N.J. : The Mental Measurements Yearbook, 1941-

Method and metaphysics : essays in ancient philosophy I / Jonathan Barnes edited by Maddalena Bonelli. Oxford New York : Clarendon Press : Oxford University Press, 2011.

The Middle East and the United States : history, politics, and ideologies / edited by David W. Lesch and Mark L. Haas. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press Inc, c2012.

Ming China, 1368-1644 : a concise history of a resilient empire / John W. Dardess. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2012.

Missing links : in search of human origins / John Reader [foreword by Andrew Hill]. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

The mission of God’s people : a biblical theology of the church’s mission / Christopher J.H. Wright. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2010.

Modernism / Michael Levenson. New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c2011.

Money in a free society : Keynes, Friedman, and the new crisis in capitalism / by Tim Congdon. New York : Encounter Books, c2011.

Moon : a brief history / Bernd Brunner. New Haven, Conn. London : Yale University Press, [2011], c2010.

The moral lives of animals / Dale Peterson. New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2012, c2011.

More Balanchine variations / Nancy Goldner. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2011.

Muslims : their religious beliefs and practices / Andrew Rippin. Abingdon, Oxon New York : Routledge, 2012.

The myth of choice : personal responsibility in a world of limits / Kent Greenfield. New Haven London : Yale University Press, c2011.

A natural history of Belize : inside the Maya forest / Samuel Bridgewater foreword by Stephen Blackmore. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2012.

The nature of Gothic : a chapter of The stones of Venice / by John Ruskin [preface by William Morris]. London : Pallas Athene Arts, 2011.

The nature of leadership / editors, David V. Day, John Antonakis. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE, c2012.

The nature of race : how scientists think and teach about human difference / Ann Morning. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.

The nature of science : integrating historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives / Fernando Espinoza. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2012.

The new road : I-26 and the footprints of progress in Appalachia / Rob Amberg. Chicago : Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago : [Distributed by the University of Georgia Press], 2009.

NIV study Bible / [general editor, Kenneth L. Barker]. Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan Pub. House, c2011.

Norman Granz : the man who used jazz for justice / Tad Hershorn foreword by Oscar Peterson. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.

Northern exposure. The complete season 2 [videorecording]. Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2012,2006.

Northern exposure. The complete season 3 [videorecording]. Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2005].

Northern exposure. The complete season 4 [videorecording] / Universal Television Cine-Nevada Productions. Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures, [2006].

Northern exposure. The complete season 5 [videorecording] / Universal TV Cine- Nevada Productions. Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures, [2006].

Northern exposure. The complete season 6 [videorecording] / Universal Studios. Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2007].

The Northern Renaissance : Durer to Holbein / Kate Heard and Lucy Whitaker with contributions by Jennifer Scott … [et al.]. London : Royal Collection Publications : in association with Scala Publishers Ltd., c2011.

Nuclear energy : what everyone needs to know / Charles D. Ferguson. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Number-crunching : taming unruly computational problems from mathematical physics to science fiction / Paul J. Nahin. Princeton [N.J.] : Princeton University Press, c2011.

On politics : a history of political thought from Herodotus to the present / Alan Ryan. New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2012.

One hundred percent American : the rebirth and decline of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s / Thomas R. Pegram. Chicago : Ivan R. Dee [Lanham, Md.] : Distributed by National Book Network, c2011.

Ordinary geniuses : Max Delbruck, George Gamow, and the origins of genomics and big bang cosmology / Gino Segre. New York : Viking, 2011.

The organ donor experience : good samaritans and the meaning of altruism / Katrina A. Bramstedt and Rena Down. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., c2011.

The origins of AIDS / Jacques Pepin. Cambridge, UK New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Out of this world : science fiction, but not as you know it / Mike Ashley. London : British Library, 2011.

Patterns of empire : the British and American empires, 1688 to the present / Julian Go. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Paul, the Corinthians, and the birth of Christian hermeneutics / Margaret M. Mitchell. Cambridge New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

The People’s Republic of China at 60 : an international assessment / edited by William C. Kirby. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, c2011.

The Phantom of the Opera [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Odyssey Entertainment a Really Useful Films, Scion Films production directed by Joel Schumacher screenplay by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Joel Schumacher produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2005.

Pharmacology made insanely easy / Loretta Manning, Sylvia Rayfield reviewed by Nicole Blackwelder. Dahlonega, GA : I Can Pub Inc., c2009.

Philosophy of the performing arts / David Davies. Chichester, West Sussex Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Photography and anthropology / Christopher Pinney. London : Reaktion Books, 2011.

Photography as activism : images for social change / Michelle Bogre. Amsterdam Boston : Focal Press, c2012.

The physics book : from the big bang to quantum resurrection, 250 milestones in the history of physics / Clifford A. Pickover. New York : Sterling Pub., c2011.

A plague of prisons : the epidemiology of mass incarceration in America / Ernest Drucker. New York : New Press : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2011.

Plastic : a toxic love story / Susan Freinkel. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2011.

Playing the viola : conversations with William Primrose / David Dalton. Oxford [England] New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.

Political theories of decolonization : postcolonialism and the problem of foundations / Margaret Kohn and Keally McBride. New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Pop song piracy : disobedient music distribution since 1929 / Barry Kernfeld. Chicago London : University of Chicago Press, c2011.

Prairie fire : a Great Plains history / Julie Courtwright. Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2011.

Pricing beauty : the making of a fashion model / Ashley Mears. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.

Prom / Mary Ellen Mark. Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, c2012.

Puritan Islam : the geoexpansion of the Muslim world / Barry A. Vann. Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011.

Pursuits of wisdom : six ways of life in ancient philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus / John M. Cooper. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2012.

The race to the New World : Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a lost history of discovery / Douglas Hunter. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Radioactivity : a history of a mysterious science / Marjorie C. Malley. New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Reading the Qur’an : the contemporary relevance of the sacred text of Islam / Ziauddin Sardar. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Rebel rulers : insurgent governance and civilian life during war / Zachariah Cherian Mampilly. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2011.

Reinventing discovery : the new era of networked science / Michael Nielsen. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2012 .

Religion and human rights : an introduction / edited by John Witte, Jr. and M. Christian Green. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.

Renaissance meteorology : Pomponazzi to Descartes / Craig Martin. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

The revelation to John : a commentary on the Greek text of the apocalypse / Stephen S. Smalley. Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, c2005.

The revenge of geography : what the map tells us about coming conflicts and the battle against fate / Robert D. Kaplan. New York : Random House, c2012.

Romantic narrative : Shelley, Hays, Godwin, Wollstonecraft / Tilottama Rajan. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

The roof at the bottom of the world : discovering the Transantarctic Mountains / Edmund Stump. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.

A room to learn : rethinking classroom environments / Pamela Evanshen, Janet Faulk. Silver Spring, MD : Gryphon House, c2011.

The roots of modern conservatism : Dewey, Taft, and the battle for the soul of the Republican Party / Michael Bowen. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.

Rossetti : painter & poet / J.B. Bullen. London : Frances Lincoln Ltd., 2011.

The saint in the banyan tree : Christianity and caste society in India / David Mosse. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012.

Scripting Hitchcock : Psycho, The birds, and Marnie / Walter Raubicheck & Walter Srebnick. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2011.

Sea stories / Robert Adams. New Haven, Conn. London : Yale University Press, 2011.

The secret life of pronouns : what our words say about us / James W. Pennebaker. New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2011.

Sex on six legs : lessons on life, love, and language from the insect world / Marlene Zuk. New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

Sharpeville : an apartheid massacre and its consequences / Tom Lodge. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

Show of hands : a natural history of sign language / David F. Armstrong. Washington, DC : Gallaudet University Press, c2011.

The Simpsons. Complete season 9 [videorecording] / 20th Century Fox Television Gracie Films Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2006b].Simpsons. Complete season 11 [videorecording] / Gracie Films 20th Century Fox Television. [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2008].

The Simpsons. Complete season 12 [videorecording] / Gracie Films 20th Century Fox Television. Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2009].

The Simpsons. Complete season 13 [videorecording] / Gracie Films 20th Century Fox Television. Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2010.

Snapshot : painters and photography, Bonnard to Vuillard / edited by Elizabeth W. Easton with contributions by Clement Cheroux … [et al.]. New Haven London : Yale University Press, 2012.

So much, so fast, so little time : coming to terms with rapid change and its consequences / Michael St. Clair. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2011.

Social media for social good : a how-to guide for nonprofits / Heather Mansfield. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2012.

Soldier from the war returning : the greatest generation’s troubled homecoming from World War II / Thomas Childers. Boston, Mass. : Mariner Books, 2010.

Song of the forest : Russian forestry and Stalinist environmentalism, 1905-1953 / Stephen Brain. Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, c2011.

The sorrows of young Werther / Johann Wolfgang von Goethe translated with an introduction and notes by David Constantine. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.

The spark of life : electricity in the human body / Frances Ashcroft line drawings by Ronan Mahon. New York : Norton, 2012.

Spinoza and the politics of renaturalization / Hasana Sharp. Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Spirits of the Cold War : contesting worldviews in the classical age of American security strategy / Ned O’Gorman. East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, c2012.

Standards : recipes for reality / Lawrence Busch. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011.

The Statues That Walked Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island. Counterpoint 2012.

STEM the tide : reforming science, technology, engineering, and math education in America / David E. Drew foreword by Alexander W. Astin. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2011.

The Stewart/Colbert effect : essays on the real impacts of fake news / edited by Amarnath Amarasingam foreword by Robert W. McChesney. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, c2011.

Strategic planning : a practical guide to strategy formulation and execution / B. Keith Simerson. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2011.

Styles of extinction : Cormac McCarthy’s The road / edited by Julian Murphet and Mark Steven. London : Continuum International Publishing Group.

Sustainability and the U.S. EPA / Committee on Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program, Policy and Global Affairs Division, National Research Council of the National Academies. Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2011.

Sustaining the Cherokee family : kinship and the allotment of an indigenous nation / Rose Stremlau. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.

The swerve : how the world became modern / Stephen Greenblatt. New York : W.W. Norton, c2011.

Taking liberties : the war on terror and the erosion of American democracy / Susan N. Herman. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Teaching Faulkner : approaches and methods / edited by Stephen Hahn and Robert W. Hamblin. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2001.

Teaching research processes : the faculty role in the development of skilled student researchers / William B. Badke. Witney, UK : Chandos Publishing, 2012.

Ten popes who shook the world / Eamon Duffy. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2011.

This seat of Mars : war and the British Isles, 1485-1746 / Charles Carlton. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.

Thomas Aquinas on God and evil / Brian Davies. Oxford [England] New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Through the storm, through the night : a history of African American Christianity / by Paul Harvey. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011.

Timeless [sound recording] : the music of Bob Acri. Chicago : Southport, p2001.

Travel writing / by Thompson Carl. London : Routledge, 2011.

Treating depressed and suicidal adolescents : a clinician’s guide / David A. Brent, Kimberly D. Poling, Tina R. Goldstein. New York : Guilford Press, c2011.

Under Wildwood / Colin Meloy illustrations by Carson Ellis. New York : Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, c2012.

Understanding social movements : theories from the classical era to the present / Steven M. Buechler. Boulder, CO : Paradigm Publishers, c2011.

The unity of Christ : continuity and conflict in patristic tradition / Christopher A. Beeley. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.

The university and the people : envisioning American higher education in an era of populist protest / Scott M. Gelber. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2011.

Vaganova today : the preservation of pedagogical tradition / Catherine E. Pawlick. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2011.

The very hungry city : urban energy efficiency and the economic fate of cities / Austin Troy. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.

The victor’s crown : a history of ancient sport from Homer to Byzantium / David Potter. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.

Villains of all nations : Atlantic pirates in the golden age / Marcus Rediker. Boston : Beacon Press, c2004.

The viola in my life : an alto rhapsody / Bernard Zaslav. Palo Alto, CA :Science & Behavior Books, Inc., c2011.

Virginia Woolf / Alexandra Harris. New York : Thames & Hudson, 2011.

Walmart in China / edited by Anita Chan. Ithaca : ILR Press, 2011.

Walt before Mickey : Disney’s early years, 1919-1928 / Timothy S. Susanin. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2011.

Welcome to the suck : narrating the American soldier’s experience in Iraq / Stacey Peebles. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, c2011.

What the best college students do / Ken Bain. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.

The will to survive : a history of Hungary / Bryan Cartledge. New York : Columbia University Press, c2011.

Winged sentinels : birds and climate change / Janice Wormworth, Cagan Sekercioglu. Port Melbourne, Vic. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

With our backs to the wall : victory and defeat in 1918 / David Stevenson. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

Women in the ancient world / Jenifer Neils. Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, c2011.

Words, not swords : Iranian women writers and the freedom of movement / Farzaneh Milani. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2011.

Writing history in international criminal trials / Richard Ashby Wilson. Cambridge New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Yoga in practice / edited by David Gordon White. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2012.

The following Books (4 items) were received into the Library’s bestsellers collection during October 2012:

Darth Vader and son / Jeffrey Brown. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2012.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore / Robin Sloan. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.

My Berlin kitchen : a love story, with recipes / Luisa Weiss. New York : Viking, 2012.

Why have kids? : a new mom explores the truth about parenting and happiness / Jessica Valenti. Boston : New Harvest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

The following Books, CDs, and DVDs (25 items) were received into the Library collection as Gift Donations during October 2012:

Cables to the ace or, Familiar liturgies of misunderstanding / Thomas Merton. Greensboro : Unicorn Press, 1986, c1968.

A Christmas blizzard / Garrison Keillor. New York : Penguin Books, c2011.

The Cistercian spirit a symposium in memory of Thomas Merton. Edited by M. Basil Pennington. Spencer, Mass., Cistercian Publications, 1970.

Clement of Alexandria : selections from the Protreptikos an essay and translation / by Thomas Merton. Norfolk, Conn. : New Directions Books, 1962.

Count on us : a Tennessee number book / written by Michael Shoulders and illustrated by Bruce Langton. Chelsea, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, c2003.

The geography of Lograire. [New York, New Directions Pub. Corp., 1969].

Introductions east & west : the foreign prefaces of Thomas Merton / Thomas Merton edited by Robert E. Daggy foreword by Harry James Cargas. Greensboro, N.C. : Unicorn Press, c1981.

The jaguar & the moon / Pablo Antonio Cuadra translated by Thomas Merton. Greensboro, N.C. : Unicorn Press, 1963, c1971.

Letters from Tom : a selection of letters from Father Thomas Merton, monk of Gethsemani, to W.H. Ferry, 1961-1968 / chosen and edited by W.H. Ferry. Scarsdale : Fort Hill Press, c1983.

Life and holiness. [New York] Herder and Herder [1963].

The living bread. New York, Farrar, Straus & Cudahy [1956].

Love and living / Thomas Merton edited by Naomi Burton Stone & Patrick Hart. New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, c1979.

Measuring the dark : poems / by Kate Gleason. Clarksville, Tenn. : Zone 3 Press/Center for Creative Arts, c2009.

The new man. New York, Farrar, Straus & Cudahy [1961].

Opening the Bible / Thomas Merton with an introduction by Rob Stone. Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press Philadelphia, Pa. : Fortress Press, c1986.

Opening the Bible. Collegeville, Minn., The Liturgical Press [1970].

Seeds of contemplation / by Thomas Merton. Norfolk, Conn. : New Directions, [1949].

Selected poems of Thomas Merton. New York, N.Y : New Directions, 1959.

The silent life. New York, Farrar, Straus & Cudahy [1957].

Spiritual direction and meditation. [Collegeville, Minn.] Liturgical Press [1960].

The strange islands poems. [New York : New Directions, 1957].

Swimming in the sun : discovering the Lord’s Prayer with Francis of Assisi and Thomas Merton / Albert Haase, O.F.M. Cincinnati : St. Anthony Messenger Pr., c1993.

The tears of the blind lions / Thomas Merton. [New York] : New Directions, c1949.

Thomas Merton in Alaska : prelude to the Asian journal : the Alaskan conferences, journals, and letters / Thomas Merton. New York : New Directions Pub. Corp., 1989.

V is for volunteer : a Tennessee alphabet / by Michael Shoulders. Chelsea, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, 2001.

2016 Cybils Finalists

This surprising & original retelling of Pinocchio takes place in a magical steampunk version of 15th century Italy. The title character is an "automa," a wooden robot powered by alchemy. He seeks to be reunited with Geppetto & the musical cricket Maestro as they all race to save Prestor John, ruler of the Magical Kingdom of Abaton, from the wicked Doge of Venice. Pinocchio's discoveries about family, friendship, and free will are deftly woven in with episodes of high adventure. The audiobook is truly a movie for your mind, with a full sound track that includes music & sound effects.

Raymie Nightingale
Kate DiCamillo
Listening Library
Nominated by: Sondra Eklund

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. Narrated by Jenna Lamia. Listening library. 2016 Raymie Nightingale has one goal, to win the 1975 Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. Her father left town with the local dental hygienist and Raymie’s plan is for him to read about her win in the paper and to come home to her. While preparing for the competition, she befriends Louisiana Elefante and Beverly Tapinski as they all take baton twirling lessons from Ida Nee, the town expert. The Three Rancheros, as they call themselves, help each other to solve the problems they are facing. While Raymie wants to win back her father, Beverly is determined to sabotage the pageant and Louisiana hopes to get her cat Archie back. These underlying motivations lead to some unlikely and amusing adventures for the quirky friends. Lamia effectively conveys the emotions and personality of three distinctly different characters single-minded, yet sensitive Raymie, ethereal and swooning Louisiana, and the tough and ardent Beverly. Lamia’s expert storytelling brings this this poignant tale of love and loss to life.

The Best Man
by Richard Peck narrated by Michael Crouch
Listening Library
Publisher/ Author Submission

A classic Peck tale, this is the story of Archer and his grandfather, uncle, and teacher. Told through his years as a fourth, fifth, and sixth grade student, we see the influence these individuals and others have had on his life during this bildungsroman story. Crouch strikes a balance between Archer aging through the grades, bring a sense of wisdom to the grandfather, and a general relatability to all the characters portrayed. Balancing both humor and touching moments, this audiobook is a fit for families and middle graders alike.

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
Adam Gidwitz
Listening Library
Nominated by: Katy Kramp

On a dark night in 1242, a group of travellers gathers in an inn in France to exchange stories of three remarkable children: Jacob, Jeanne, and William. With flavors of The Canturbury Tales, each tale teller adds a unique slant to the collection, slowly building on each others' version to build a complete picture. This is a book that's perfectly done as a full cast production, as each narrator gives a spin to their section that makes the characters come to life. With plenty of topics that middle grade readers will relate to today, this is a historical book with just the right amount of humor and magical realism to give it a wide audience appeal.

When the Sea Turned to Silver
Grace Lin
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Jennie

Traditional Chinese tales are interwoven with an adventure story in this book that follows the pattern of Lin’s award-winning books Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky. There are some characters in common with the earlier two books, but readers stepping in for the first time won’t feel out of place. Young Pinmei has grown up with her grandmother, the Storyteller, on a remote mountain. But one year when the winter has gone on far longer than it should, her grandmother is kidnapped by a threatening stranger Pinmei can tell is only disguised as a common soldier. She and Yishan, the boy who lives alone up the mountain, set out to rescue her. Kim Mai Guest’s narration portrays Pinmei’s journey to confidence, as well as the full cast of characters. The audio format highlights the interconnected details and the poetic language in this book that’s destined to be a classic.

Board Books

Cityblock (Alphablock)
Christopher Franceschelli
Harry N Abrams
Nominated by: Becky L.

Cityblock by Christopher Francheschelli and Peskimo Harry N. Abrams

Your little one will have fun while learning as he/she travels through a generic city in this quality board book with engaging lift flaps and cut page turns via a variety of city transportation methods. Fabulous city destinations await, including a museum, a carousel, a sports stadium and more! And that is not all – in this “big city – all you can eat city,” there are many cultural treats to discover. This fabulous book slices up the essence of a big city in manageable bites, just perfect for a little one’s mind to chew on. Chock full of art to enjoy, words to learn, details to savor and most importantly, it’s a city block little ones will want to revisit again and again.

Cuauhtemoc: Shapes/Formas (English and Spanish Edition)
Patty Rodriguez
Lil' Libros
Nominated by: PragmaticMom

Cuauhtémoc: Shapes – Formas: A Bilingual Book of Shapes by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein
Lil' Libros
What in the world is Cuauhtémoc? And what is it doing in a child's board book?

The charm of this little board book is the surprising variety of learning the author and illustrator have included in twenty-two pages. Cuauhtémoc is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces the youngest of our future readers to shapes. But that's not all: it also names the shapes in both English and Spanish. And this book has still more: it focuses on one of the most neglected groups in children’s literature, indigenous American culture. You can find this all in a package that is perfect for 0-2 year olds, with simple text and large bright pictures. Cuauhtémoc is a wonderful book for your baby or your library system.

Dinosaur Dance!
Sandra Boynton
Little Simon
Nominated by: Alysa Stewart

Dinosaur Dance! by Sandra Boynton Little Simon

Filled with pitch perfect rhymes and onomatopoeia, Dinosaur Dance waltzes from one page to the next with daring illustrations and colorful dinosaurs. The words are fun to say and create a rhythm that encourages small children to dance with the dinosaurs. Reading this board book provides the ideal environment for learning, laughing, and of course, dancing.

Follow the Yarn: A Book of Colors
Emily Sper
Jump Press
Nominated by: ediew

Follow the Yarn: A Book of Colors by Emily Sper Jump Press

Follow the Yarn is a creative new take on the basic color board book. Each page shows yarn of a different color being unraveled by a cat, and the featured color is written in big, bold, color appropriate text. On each subsequent page, the previous colors are still displayed in what creates a fun web of colors by the end of the book. The yarns crisscross each other, so toddlers will enjoy following each color's yarn to the end. The last page, white, is stunning with the colors contrasted against a black background. This book will make the task of teaching colors a delightful experience for both parents and children.

Agnese Baruzzi
Publisher/ Author Submission

Look, a donut! Or is it? Unfold the (sturdily constructed) flap, and you find those are actually the curves of a lounging cat. A green apples becomes two crocodiles, and so on, in this playful counting book.

The counting part of it is almost an extra. The real fun comes in learning to look at each shape differently, and in guessing what else it might be. Adults may remember similar photo games in magazines like National Geographic for Kids, or in the back pages of Reader's Digest. The pages are easily manipulated by little hands, and while younger readers will enjoy marveling at the transformation, older children can be led in games of, "What else could this shape be?"

Easy Readers

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Cookie Fiasco
Mo Willems
Nominated by: Sara Ralph

The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat is a small book with a lot of personality. Four relatable critters have three cookies to share, and inadvertently, comically, discover an underlying math lesson. From the expressively drawn faces to the memorable-yet-simple dialogue between the nervous hippo and her friends, this vibrantly illustrated, fun-to-read story will appeal to teachers and children alike.

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing!
Mo Willems
Nominated by: Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Piggie and Elephant Like Reading: We are Growing by Mo Willems and Laurie Keller is a hoot and perfect for early readers. Piggie and Elephant make a fun appearance at the beginning and end of the book. Laurie Keller makes grass growing entertaining! Students will cheer for every blade of grass.

Rabbit and Robot and Ribbit
Cece Bell
Candlewick Press
Publisher/ Author Submission

Cece Bell, author and illustrator of the magnificent Newbery honor-winning El Deafo, has provided the early reader community with another gem in this sequel to last year's Geisel winner. Rabbit arrives at Robot's house to find him visiting with a new friend, Ribbit. Rabbit is less than thrilled about sharing his friend, but with Robot's support, they find a degree of equilibrium. With empathy and humor, Rabbit and Robot provide young readers characters they can both identify with and aspire to be like.

Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
Tina Kugler
HMH Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: LindsayHM

It's not easy to write a clever book for very beginning readers, but with Snail & Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends, Tina Kügler has done it. The simple, colorful comic-style panel illustrations and the expressions on Snail and Worm's faces enhance the simple text. Readers will relate with both characters and find humor in their gentle misconceptions. This easiest of easy readers will find a wide range of readers.

The Great Antonio
Elise Gravel
Toon Books
Publisher/ Author Submission

Antonio Barichievich was a Canadian strong man who performed amazing feats of strength. Elise Gravel blends fact and myth to bring this enormous man to life. She uses a series of spreads to illustrate his size (he weighed as much as a horse) and his quirky behavior which included pulling a 443 ton train, singing Italian opera songs, wrestling a bear and becoming a human merry-go-round by twirling children from his braids. The tragic parts of his life are explained simply and the cartoony graphic illustrations will make this “almost true” biography a fun title for beginning readers.

The Infamous Ratsos (Ratso Brothers)
Kara LaReau
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Charlotte

The story surrounding the Ratso brothers is hilarious. The two fellows want to be tough like their dad but find they've been mistaken regarding what being tough really means. This fun read is great for boys who won't pick up a book. It's a fast-paced read that is lively and full of interesting characters. In this case, trying to be tough turns out to be a good thing.

Early Chapter Books

Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep
Abby Hanlon
Dial Books
Nominated by: Melissa Fox

Early chapter book readers love humor and Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep delivers. Young readers know that reading can be tough and in this story, Dory experiences that reading challenge too.

Juana and Lucas
Juana Medina
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Cecilia Cackley

Juana is a spunky character who loves her home in Bogata, drawing, and Lucas, her “amazing perro.” What she doesn’t like is learning to speak English. It’s too hard! Juana & Lucas shares the struggle a child has in learning a new language but shows how doors are opened when one can communicate with others. The book is sprinkled with Spanish vocabulary that is easily understood through the context and illustrations. The kid friendly drawings make this early chapter book lively and fun. Juana & Lucas will appeal to multicultural readers who are interested in learning about children from other countries.

Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig is a quirky and lovable story. Mango is a strong girl with pluck, determination, and wisdom beyond her years. Bambang is a skittish and endearing tapir far from home. With perfectly balanced character development and plot, a classic, reassuring storytelling voice, and lovely language, this charming story will delight readers of all ages.

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
Shannon Hale
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Flowering Minds

The panel found this story to be equally as entertaining as the prequels in the series and appealing to the young chapter book crowd. Princess Magnolia has to transform into the Princess in Black and head to a field of bunnies. Boys and girls will all be engaged with the story.

Weekends with Max and His Dad
Linda Urban
HMH Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Ashley Martin

Weekends with Max and his Dad by Linda Urban is about Max and his dad enjoying their weekends together. Max and his dad are both adjusting to their new family situation and growing closer in the process. This is an important book that deals with divorce and family changes in a kid friendly way.

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Three
Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Sara Ralph

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? by Kate DiCamillo is about the character Baby Lincoln who is usually bossed around by her older sister Eugenia. But this time Baby Lincoln is going by herself on necessary journey. This touching story is about meeting new friends and Baby Lincoln's journey to find herself and where she belongs. We loved the writing and sweet moments between Baby Lincoln and the characters she meets on her journey

Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction

Shadow Magic
Joshua Khan
Nominated by: Sussu Leclerc

13-year-old Thorn was just sold as a slave to the executioner of Gehanna, a kingdom famous for its dark magic. Lillith Shadow, also 13, has just become Gehenna’s queen when her parents and brother were mysteriously killed, and must learn to rule the land of the undead. When Thorn and Lily's path cross in Gehenna, the two join forces to find the killer of Lily’s parents, while also trying to stop an assassin targeting Lily. Shadow Magic an action-packed fantasy filled with all manner of creepy characters (dead and alive), including an enormous, and rather helpful, bat. It’s a captivating mystery full of magic, with touches of humor and characters to cheer for. It’s perfect for those who like fantasy with a delightfully Gothic twist.

The Evil Wizard Smallbone
Delia Sherman
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Lizjonesbooks

In fierce Maine winter, with werewolves on the prowl, 12 year old Nick runs from him abusive family and finds himself at the bookstore of the Evil Wizard Smallbone. The wizard won’t let him go, but when he’s not being forced to do chores, he secretly learns magic with the help of the bookstore (it offers him just the right books). Nick’s new magical skills are put the test when the evil leader of the werewolves launches an attack on the town Smallbone is sworn to protect. While Nick’s powers have been growing, Smallbone hasn’t been getting any younger, and the werewolves are formidable foes. This is a tremendously fun, imaginative and captivating story. There are lots of enchantments (including some that go wrong), magical dueling, and a beautifully satisfying twist at the end. Though Smallbone might be an “Evil Wizard,” his bookstore and the snowy Maine landscape around it are lovely places to spend some time (if you don’t mind a few hostile werewolfs….)

The Firefly Code
Megan Frazer Blakemore
Bloomsbury USA
Nominated by: Sarah Sammis

The Firefly Code tells the story of five friends and one summer that irrevocably changes all of their lives. Set in the future in a fairly idyllic community protected from the ravages of the outside world, the Firefly Five have reached that age when they are beginning to question their reality and the place each of them has in it. Asking questions about ethics in science, the power of community, when it is appropriate to rebel, and what it means to live, The Firefly Code does what truly good science-fiction does best. A mystery, a friendship story, and a quest story all in one, this book will give readers a wonderful thought-provoking journey where they will meet characters they will love and think about long after they close the pages of the book.

The Goblin's Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice
Andrew Chilton
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: E.B.

As a kid Mr. Chilton “gobbled up fantasy novels and logic puzzles.” The Goblin’s Puzzle combines these two interests in a delightful story of goblins, girls named Alice, a nameless boy, and dragons. The Boy is running for his life the goblin, Mennofar, is a tricky sidekick and the two Alices, one a princess and the other a commoner, are just trying to keep from being mistaken for one another—because one Alice is going to be kidnapped by the dragon, Ludwig. It’s a rollicking good read with loads of humor, a little bit of logic, and some tricky puzzles. Read it and learn why it’s “hard for a goblin and a human to be friends.”

The Memory Thief
Bryce Moore
Adaptive Books
Nominated by: Kristen

What if you had the opportunity to erase, add or replace memories? Benji discovers a man named Louis at the fair who can do just that. When Benji gets the power to change memories himself, he tries to “fix” his parents, who have decided to divorce. When things go horribly wrong, Benji tries to find Louis again, only to discover he is missing. Instead, he finds himself in the middle of the schemes of Louis’ old apprentice, a woman who wants to use memories for evil and selfish purposes. Benji must use his new skills as a memory thief and random abilities picked up from other people’s memories to stop her, and save his family. It’s a fascinating premise, and though there are light moments (like Benji’s memories of yoga expertise) the overall tone is suspenseful and chilling. The tension keeps growing as the pages turn, driving home the point of the saying of “be careful what you wish for”.

The Voyage to Magical North
Claire Fayers
Henry Holt
Nominated by: Sheila Ruth

If you want to sail on seas full of magic and monsters, looking for a legendary place that might not exist, take a Voyage to Magical North. Two kids, Brine, servant to a very unpleasant wizard, and Peter, the wizard’s apprentice, are captured by pirates and become part of a harrowing effort to reach Magical North, a place of extraordinary dangers and enchantments. Making things even more exciting (in a bad way) is the seriously evil wizard brought on board the pirate ship because he’s needed to help them get to their destination. It’s not just a story of magical voyaging, but also a more universal story of two young people moving past their intense dislike for each other to work together, and to find truths about who they are and what they are capable of. The vivid descriptions of the places and people encountered are enchanting and haunting, and the brisk pace of the adventure keeps the pages turning very nicely indeed.

When the Sea Turned to Silver
Grace Lin
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: PragmaticMom

The final installment in Grace Lin’s loosely connected trio of books based in Chinese folklore, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a beautifully told story that takes the reader on a magical journey through China from mountains to the sea. Told in Lin’s deceptively simple, evocative prose, this is a quest full of adventure and action accompanied by gorgeous, colorful illustrations. The characters come to vivid life and experience friendship, love, community, and power-both good and bad. An excellent read aloud for younger children and equally engrossing as an independent read, When the Sea Turned to Silver is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

Fiction Picture Books

A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
Lucy Ruth Cummins
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Sondra Eklund

A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins Atheneum Books for Young Readers

"Once upon a time there was a hungry lion" the book begins, and then lists all the other adorable animals surrounding him. Oh wait, that's not quite right. Let's try listing those animals again. And again. And. where did everybody go? Surprise! Of course the lion didn't eat them all! It's a party! Um. they're going to eat the cake, right? Well. maybe not. There are quite a few "a hungry animal is going to eat you, no, wait, it's just a party" books, but this one stands out with its triple-twist and giggle-worthy ending. Cummins' bright, colorful illustrations feature an adorable assortment of animals - and a stoic lion with a glare that fits his naughty personality perfectly. Cummins has a perfect sense of timing as she plays out the joke and surprises readers on every page. A Hungry Lion will keep your storytime audience and classes laughing hysterically as they request multiple readings so they can catch every detail.

Ida, Always
Caron Levis
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Jennifer Rumberger

Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Filled with lyrical language and vivid verbs, this book reads like poetry. The story of Gus and Ida touches on death and friendship in a peaceful and hopeful way. The illustrations add depth and power to the well chosen words. The unmistakable bond between Ida and Gus creates an emotional resonance that stays with you long after you’ve read it. You’re reminded that those you’ve lost are right there with with you. Always.

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree
Daniel Bernstrom
Nominated by: Heidi G.

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom and Brendan Wenzel

HarperCollins "One day in the leaves of the eucalyptus tree hung a scare in the air where no eye could see, when along skipped a boy with a whirly-twirly toy, to the shade of the eucalyptus, eucalyptus tree." Are your toes tapping? There's a definite rhythm going that makes this book a natural read-aloud. Children can of course see the snake peeking out of the eucalyptus tree, and that snake gobbles up that boy with the whirly-twirly toy. The boy keeps calm and immediately hatches a plan, convincing the snake to swallow more and more adorably illustrated creatures, until he is finally so full, he. er. burps them all out. Early literacy skills, a feeling of empowerment, fun illustrations, science and social studies extensions, and just plain fun make this a well-rounded addition to the list.

Strictly No Elephants
Lisa Mantchev
Simon & Schuster
Nominated by: Flowering Minds

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

When one little boy and his tiny pet elephant try to participate in Pet Club Day, they are met with a sign that says: Strictly No Elephants. Despite their sadness, they push forward together and ultimately travel from the realization that they do not fit in that club, to a joyful accomplishment and a place where they can celebrate their differences with friends. This well-written and aptly-illustrated book conveys the sadness and sweet success often found in the process of finding true friends and subtly suggests the meaning of friendship.

The Night Gardener
Terry Fan
Simon & Schuster
Nominated by: Betsy

The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers The Night Gardener is a magical book. A small town is forever changed by the works of the Night Gardener, a mysterious man who creates new topiaries out of the local trees each night. One little boy, William, is impacted a bit more. One night after celebrating with the neighbors late into the night, William comes upon the Night Gardener and gets to help him create many creations in the local park. Though the trees only last until fall, the community is never the same again. And a small gift from the Night Gardener inspires William for a life time. The text in this book is fairly minimal, with no more than a few sentences per two-page spread. The illustrations begin in muted tones with only the topiaries in color. But as the story progresses and the people in the neighborhood are impacted by the Night Gardener's sculptures, they begin to appear in color as well. By the end of the book, the whole town is in full color, appearing as vibrant and alive as the people of the town. This book is perfect for kids ages 4-8.

There's a Bear on My Chair
Ross Collins
Nosy Crow Books
Publisher/ Author Submission

There’s a Bear on My Chair written and illustrated by Ross Collins Nosy Crow (Candlewick)

"There's a bear on my chair!" Where? On my chair! I declare! A bear on my chair! A mouse arrives home and discovers an enormous polar bear is sitting on his chair. How far will the mouse go to remove that bear from his chair? There's a Bear on My Chair is a exuberant tale filled with surprising rhyme and unexpected plot twists and wild mouse mood swings. This is a book children will ask to hear over and over again, with side benefits: you will love reading it over and over, and it will soon be a book children will find they can read solo. Dare to ensnare this rare and extraordinaire bear-chair affair, There's a Bear on My Chair.

They All Saw a Cat

Chronicle Books
Nominated by: PragmaticMom

They All Saw a Cat by Brian Wenzel Chronicle Books

“The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .” When you see a cat, what do you see? A child sees a cute calico cat and wants to pet the kitty. But a mouse sees a large black cat with yellow crazed eyes, large pointed teeth, and long sharp claws ready to pounce. It is all a matter of perspective in Brendan Wenzel’s debut. He gives children twelve animals' vision of the cat. The beautiful images will have children thinking about size and perspective, giving them a new view of their world.

Graphic Novels

Elementary/Middle Grade

Bera the One-Headed Troll
Eric Orchard
First Second Books
Nominated by: Sarah Sammis

Bera the one-headed troll lives peacefully on a lonely island, growing pumpkins for the king, but when she finds a human baby, she sets out to find the troll heroes of legend to help her deliver the infant to a human village, all the while attempting to escape the witch Cloote, who wants the baby for her own. The lovely art, full of fascinating details, draws the reader in, and the cast of unique characters keeps the reader engrossed. Bera is a character to love and to cheer for. The implied lore of the world is also vast and exciting, giving the depth to the story at hand.

Compass South (Four Points)
Hope Larson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Nominated by: Amy

The start of an exciting new series, Compass South follows twins Alex and Cleo on an epic adventure. From street gangs to pirate ships, jungles to the wild frontier we get to see Alex and Cleo set off in search of gold and find treasures much more valuable: good friends, clues about their mysterious past, and appreciation for family. Full color art, quick pacing, and interesting characters make this book a pleasure to read. The setup for the next book is solid, but the end of this volume is happy and satisfying.

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2) (Lowriders in Space)
Cathy Camper
Chronicle Books
Nominated by: Lwad

There's so much to love about the Lowriders series-- the unique art style, the opportunity for readers to pick up casual Spanish with the bilingual-lite conversations, and the sheer craziness of a world in which the three main characters are a mosquito, an octopus named El Chavo Flapjack, and a female impala who's a mechanical genius. Lowriders to the Center of the Earth takes the quest for a lost cat and weaves it into a grand adventure, introducing readers to Hispanic cultural figures such as La Llorna, Mictlantecuhtli the god of the underworld, the chupacabra, lucha libres, and Genie the cat's legendary alter ego. This book is one wild and crazy ride, with obvious educational merits. Well done, Lowriders.

Mighty Jack
Ben Hatke
First Second Books
Nominated by: Charlotte

Ever read the fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” and have a child immediately question why Jack was acting so foolish? Ben Hatke’s take on Jack is occasionally foolish—what kid isn’t?—but more often thoughtful and mature as he navigates watching his autistic younger sister Maddy and helping his thoroughly overworked mother during summer break. As the first book, Hatke gives readers a glimpse into the magical while staying firmly rooted in the realistic obstacles Jack’s family faces. The artwork is beautiful and simple, matching the tone of the story perfectly while the book itself moves at a brisk pace. Full of wonder and engaging characters, Mighty Jack is the solution for anyone who ever thought Jack was too foolish.

Princess Princess Ever After
Katie O'Neill
Oni Press
Nominated by: Stormy

Originally a web comic, Princess Princess Ever After is a fantasy about Amira and Sadie, two princesses who don’t quite fit the role they’re cast in. O’Neill’s story features swashbuckling, magic, romance and bravery as the two come upon a hapless prince with no clue how to rescue a damsel, a misunderstood rampaging giant and how to deal with their insecurities about who they are. The graphic novel shines as it explores gender identity and societal norms without ever casting judgement on the choices the characters make. Filled with humor, bright colors and relatable issues, Princess Princess Ever After is a delightful read for all ages.

The Nameless City
Faith Erin Hicks
First Second Books
Nominated by: Compass Book Ratings

The Nameless City has the feeling of an epic novel, with unique but ancient settings and the implication of uncountable untold stories surrounding its main characters, Kaiyu and Rat. However, it doesn't present the usual two sides of good and evil in battle-- rather we see the complexity of the situation where one group occupies a place and tries to make it their own, whether or not its residents are cooperative. Both sides are presented in a realistic and compassionate light, and the peaceful resolution at the end is both believable and heartening. The worldbuilding is also superb in this story-. We hope there will be others in this series, as there's a lot of room to grow.

The Wolves of Currumpaw

Flying Eye Books
Nominated by: Julie Rowan-Zoch

With its narrative prose instead of dialogue, large pages, and use of wordless images Wolves of Currumpaw could best be described as a picture book for teens. It's the story of Ernest Thompson Seton chase and capture of Old Lobo, a wolf who was terrorizing cattle ranchers in New Mexico. Some of the most poignant parts of this story are depicted in l postage-stamp size images, such as the duplicitous relationship between European settlers and Native American tribes and the development of bridges and railways to facilitate movement into nature. Readers are reminded that our if we change nature, we too will be changed. While this story ends on a redemptive note, readers of all ages will be able to ask questions about whether we're doing enough to protect nature.

Young Adult

Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey
Ozge Samanci
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Nominated by: Linda Baie

Dare to Disappoint follows the main character Ozge as she grows up in Turkey. This autobiographical graphic novel has an interesting art style that feels a lot like a scrapbook. It captures Ozge’s spirit as she faces the challenges of her life. She is struggling to figure out who she wants to be, while also fighting the expectations of her family and society. She a strong character brought vividly to life. Perfect for fans of Persepolis, and any reader looking for a fresh perspective on life.

Faith Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine
Jody Houser
Valiant books
Nominated by: Tiffa

Faith features a diverse, likable cast with an interesting premise. The titular character is very human, characterized with flaws and believable motivations. The story starts in medias res, when we meet Faith as an established superhero. She has to gather her friends back together to defeat a mysterious alien threat. Fortunately, she is plucky and powerful enough to do what it takes. Faith is a great addition to the ranks of strong women superheros!

Lucky Penny
Ananth Hirsh & Yuko Ota
Oni Press
Publisher/ Author Submission

"If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all" pretty much Describe's Penny's view of her life when this story opens. But what she lacks in luck she more than makes up for in determination, adaptability and imagination, as well as a wicked sense of humor. With clear, engaging artwork, surreal humor, and a character that readers will cheer for, Lucky Penny is a winner.

March: Book Three
John Lewis
Top Shelf Productions
Nominated by: Becky L.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis's memoir about his time as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement uses stark black and white artistry to evoke painful emotions about a pressing time in our nation's history and the fight that continues today. The three volumes in the series use President Obama's 2009 inauguration as an opportunity for John Lewis to reflect on how much progress our country has made, but even that optimism doesn't quite soften the blow for the unnecessary deaths and inconceivable injustices participants on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement faced. Police violence, elected officials who turn a blind eye, allies who think of politics before justice, and in-group fighting among the protesters -- this book feels more like a how-to manual for ethical protest in today's world than a history of what was.

Monstress Volume 1: Awakening
Marjorie Liu
image comics
Nominated by: Charlotte

At first look Monstress is a beautiful, terrifying comic that blends Asian mythology, fantasy and elements of horror. The world is richly detailed by artist Sana Takeda’s steampunk meets art-deco style (pay special attention to the detailing on the clothing) while writer Marjorie Liu offers a tale of racism, war and violent magic. Maika’s struggles to control her power and find answers as to why her mother was murdered are just the tip of the iceberg as Liu explores the difficulties of surviving in a post-war era. As an opening volume to the series this book draws you in to learn the secrets of the world vast in scope and imagination.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous
G. Willow Wilson
Marvel Books
Nominated by: Sussu Leclerc

Packed with mad science, superhero action, humor and heart, Super Famous can stand alone. Despite the fact that it is volume 5 in the series, new readers will have enough context to enjoy Kamala's adventure and fans of the series will enjoy this installment even more. Now that Ms. Marvel has joined the Avengers, she is finding herself pressed for time. Can she take her superhero skills to the next level and still keep her grades up? What about when her brother and her best friend both announce they have girlfriends she knew nothing about? Character growth, solid art, and themes that teens can relate to make Super Famous stand out. The fun of this series is that it mixes genre tropes with Muslim-American life, and Super Famous delivers that fun in a big way.

Derf Backderf
Harry N Abrams
Nominated by: Gary Anderson

Part infographic, part memoir, part Beavis-and-Butthead style grossout, Trashed raises issues about the important civil service work of trash collecting in a relatively uncivil way. Backderf's long-nosed, narrow, and awkwardly lumpy protagonists are vaguely turd-shaped, which makes sense given their line of work and their proclivity for potty-mouthed language. However, trash isn't the only filthy thing going on in this volume: what's even more disgusting is the way the men in desk jobs treat those on active curbside duty. (Duty. get it?)

This book is bound to appeal to a range of teen readers, either because Backderf takes an ordinary copy and makes us care about it or because it's a tale with no clear hero in sight. It should also serves as a model for future authors and artists who want to create narrative nonfiction or hybrid nonfiction.

Middle-Grade Fiction

Full of Beans
Jennifer L. Holm
Random House Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: PragmaticMom

Beans Curry is going to give it to you straight. He knows that when grown-ups don’t always tell the truth. So when his mom says everything is going to be okay even though there are no jobs for anyone on the island of Key West, he knows she’s lying to make him feel better. He can hardly blame her for it seeing as how he lies to make his little brothers feel better. The truth is life isn’t easy in Key West, Florida in 1934. No one has a lot of money, but Beans is enterprising enough to come up with his own ways of making a little extra money for his family. Though some of his monkey-making efforts have unexpected consequences that leave Beans looking to make amends by way of cleaning up Key West with the New Dealers.

From the very first sentence in which Beans declares all grown-ups liars, Full of Beans draws readers in with humor and heart as it brings a charming cast of characters to life in a fascinating time and place. An author’s note with historical details and photographs closes out this entertaining novel.

Ghost (Track)
Jason Reynolds
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Abby Johnson

Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw can run. He may not have any formal training, but he’s counting on his natural talent to get him where he wants to be. Track isn’t a real sport anyway, he thinks. It’s just a way for him to show off. When an attempt to show off lands him a spot on an elite youth track team, he assumes he’ll be a star. After all, he’s been running for years. That’s what kept him safe when his father came after Ghost and his mother with a gun three years ago. His father may be in jail now, but that doesn’t mean that the trauma of that night is past for Ghost. He’s still running away from the memories and the anger he feels, but being on the track team shows him that there may be a way forward for him. There may be something worth running toward.

Ghost is a candid coming of age story starring an endearing but imperfect character that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
Joseph Marshall
Nominated by: Sussu Leclerc

The road trip is an American tradition. Road trip stories most often are treated as a rite of passage for young white men. Here, though, it's a chance for a Lakota grandfather to help his bullied grandson, Jimmy, to learn his people’s history and gain the self confidence he needs to face his bullies. Woven into the modern day trip through historic sites is the tale of Light Hair who faced his own adversity to become the leader and hero, Crazy Horse. Superior writing, great place descriptions of historical sites and a warm and supportive relationship with a grandfather make In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse a welcome addition to the list of road trip books.

Ms. Bixby's Last Day
John David Anderson
Walden Pond Press
Nominated by: Brenda

Ms. Bixby is the type of teacher that students remember long after the school year has ended. She is the type of teacher that makes kids feel like they matter, and when she falls ill and is unable to complete the school year, her students are left without the opportunity to say goodbye. In this touching, powerful book, three students (Topher, Brand, and Steve) set out to make sure that their one-of-a kind teacher, Ms. Bixby, knows exactly how much she means to them. And she means a lot. The boys embark on a risky, often hilarious day-long journey to give her the “last day” she had wished for. The writing in this novel is authentic, and has the perfect marriage of humor and heart. A reader will not get through this remarkable story of a teacher’s impact without a box of tissues nearby.

Save Me a Seat
Sarah Weeks
Nominated by: Maria Gianferrari

Joe has lived in New Jersey his entire life. Ravi has just moved to New Jersey from Bangalore. As they start grade five, both face new challenges. Ravi discovers he is no longer a star pupil as he was in India. His attempts to befriend Dillon Samreen (an American-born Indian) don’t go over as he expects. Joe’s best friends have moved away and his mom now supervises lunch, giving Dillon an additional excuse to pick on Joe beyond his auditory processing disorder. Over the course of one hectic week, Joe and Ravi move beyond misunderstandings and snap judgements to overcome their common challenge - Dillon. Narrated in alternating chapters by the very real voices of Ravi and Joe, Save Me a Seat offers a fresh take on bullying and friendship narratives.

Gordon Korman
Nominated by: Amy

Cameron is an avid video gamer, but when he is so concentrated on a game that he doesn't take a casserole out of the oven and the local firemen respond and ax through the front door, his parents are NOT pleased. They insist that Cameron participate in other activities and get out of the basement. His attempt to get around this develops into a huge community project and lots of laughs. Video gaming is big with students, but there are few books that portray tweens with this interest. The brilliance of Slacker is that it includes the subtle message that kids can change the world, delivered with a large dose of humor that includes an elderly beaver and immolating ziti . Korman’s many years of middle grade writing are evident in Slacker’s great balance of knee-slapping humor and social issues.

Some Kind of Happiness
Claire Legrand
Simon & Schuster
Nominated by: CDwivedi

There’s no denying that anxiety and depression is prevalent in the lives of our young people today, which makes Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand both a timely and important novel. Beyond this, it is simply a exquisitely-crafted work that deals with secrets, new-found friends, and a longing for a place within one’s own family. Finley, a young girl who often finds herself sad, finds solace by writing in her notebook about a magical world called the Everwood. She is sent away to her grandparents’ home for the summer while her parents work out their marital problems. Upon arrival, she is thrust into an extended family, people she barely knows. During the summer, Finley makes new friends, explores the mysterious woods behind her grandparents’ home, and helps uncover a family secret that allows her to better understand both herself and her family. The novel weaves between the events in Finley’s life and her imaginative writings about the Everwood. This is simply some of the most beautiful writing of the year.

Elementary/Juvenile Nonfiction

Elementary Nonfiction

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
Lindsay Mattick
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: ktmgiorgio

Who hasn’t heard of Winnie-the-Pooh? He is one of the most popular characters in children’s literature. Finding Winnie presents a true account of the bear that inspired A.A. Milne’s stories set in the 100 Acre Wood. The source of the “silly old bear’s” namesake is a baby bear, rescued by veterinarian and WWI soldier, Harry Coleburn. This narrative nonfiction story pulls at the heartstrings of the reader, and everyone that has loved a pet will feel joy in response to the sweet relationship between Harry and Winnie. The author, Lindsay Mattick, reveals that she has named her own son, Cole, after Harry Coleburn, creating an interesting parallel. This makes Finding Winnie not just a historical story, but also a personal one. Sophie Blackall’s award-winning illustrations match the warmth of the text, and make readers want to linger over every page. Ultimately, Finding Winnie is not just a book for fans of Winnie-the-Pooh, but for anyone who is a fan of stories.

Giant Squid
Candace Fleming
Roaring Brook Press
Nominated by: Lackywanna

From the delay of the title page to Eric Rohmann’s murky, deep sea illustrations, Giant Squid is a mystery just like the creature represented in its pages. Candace Fleming’s choice of poetic text and the squirming, writhing layout of each line keeps the reader swaying as if being rocked by the ocean’s tides. More forceful spreads when the giant squid captures its prey are accompanied by thick, powerful paragraphs. A more traditionally labelled diagram following the story will help young readers identify each part of a giant squid and the author’s note goes into further detail about what we do and do not yet know about the giant squid. We loved the font choice of each back matter header and the inclusion of an extensive bibliography as well as other books about giant squid will keep young scientists busy. The acknowledgements indicate collaboration with experts in the field and the section “Searching for Giant Squid Online” includes websites, but more intriguing, some of the first ever captured video footage of giant squid by Dr. Edith Widder. Just as the giant squid has eluded predators and scientists, the squid portrayed on the pages by Eric Rohmann escapes us as well in a cloud of ink and a vanishing tentacle. Fortunately, readers will love to seize this book and not let go, learning more about this creature hidden from view and yet brought to life on these pages by Fleming and Rohmann.

Pink Is For Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals (The World of Weird Animals)
Jess Keating
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Sondra Eklund

“The World of Weird Animals” says it all. I have never even heard of a blobfish, but there one is, right on the cover. The animals in this book are all fascinating and unusual, and oddly, they are all pink! But being pink is nearly the only trait they share - showing us all that the wild and weird diversity of the Animal Kingdom is truly remarkable. A slug, a bug, a dolphin, a rat, a fish and more are revealed in all their poisonous, slimy and prickly glory. If you think you know what each of these creatures looks and acts like, think again! Zoologist Jess Keating delivers every fascinating detail. Each featured animal has a full page picture making it easy to examine every nuance of their interesting and unusual bodies. Each animal also gets a page of nicely formatted interesting facts, kind of like a baseball card. The facts cover species name, size, diet, habitat and predator threats. Also included are surprising stories about how each animal lives - “A Day in the Life of a Blobfish” kind of stories. As if the pictures and the facts aren’t enough, these stories show the animals in all their unique, unusual and amazing glory. “Pink is for Blobfish” is a smile and an “Oh!….wow!” after every page turn!

Plants Can't Sit Still (Millbrook Picture Books)
Rebecca E. Hirsch
Millbrook Press
Nominated by: Joanne Roberts

Plants Can't Sit Still is a delightfully creative look at a characteristic of plants which is often overlooked. their movement. Plants can move. Blossoms grow toward the sun. Roots snake along the ground. Many plants react to their environment. Some flowers fold up for the night. Some fold up when touched. The author also highlights plants which move in more unusual ways, like the tumbleweed and the squirting cucumber. Lastly, the text explores how plants travel: their seeds floating, flying, hitchhiking, and whirling through the air. From cockleburs to coconuts, seeds are designed to travel to new places where conditions are good for growing new plants. The back matter contains a more detailed summary of plant behavior. Along with a glossary, descriptions of each species, and an author's note explaining how she researched the plants in the book, Rebecca Hirsch includes recommended reading, and links to venus fly trap videos and accelerated growth footage. Mia Posada's art is perfectly suited to the text. The illustrated plants climb, slither, and squirm their way across the pages in earthy watercolor collages. Plants Can't Sit Still is beautifully written, using active verbs and energetic fonts. The ending circles back to wording from the beginning, mimicking the plant life cycle. The text is lyrical and the author avoids rhyme in favor of vigorous prose, inviting readers themselves to move, through the pages and back again.

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness
Donna Janell Bowman
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Nominated by: AYW

Step Right Up is an extraordinary story about a horse who could read, write, spell and do math. This is also a story about William "Doc" Key, a formerly enslaved and later self-taught veterinarian who, through sheer kindness and compassion, stumbled upon this extraordinary horse, took care of it and later "educated" it. This is a relatively untold story, one that is unique in so many aspects. It highlights the many struggles faced by Doc during the 1800's, a period when segregation had a stronghold in many states. It showcases the uncanny patience and compassion of a man who experienced slavery firsthand. Finally, it highlights the importance of everyday kindness and generosity towards animals. The story unfolds through richly colored, bold-lined, high contrast illustrations which are perfect for a period book like this one. There is so much going on with this story, but it still feels easy to read. Step Right Up is a story that you will keep going back to read and recommend.

The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman (2016-01-05)
Susan E. Goodman
Bloomsbury USA
Nominated by: Jonemac

In 1847, a police officer escorted four-year-old Sarah Roberts home from her all-white Boston classroom. This scene launches the story of her family's legal, political, and social battles to gain equal educational opportunities for Sarah and all children of color. It’s an unfamiliar footnote to history, but laid the groundwork for Brown v. Board of Education more than a century later. Despite setbacks in Sarah’s case, in 1855 Boston became the first major American city to integrate its schools. "Every big change has to start somewhere". In the back matter Goodman directly addresses readers, discussing reliable research sources, making decisions about "cloudy" aspects of history, and modern language within historical context when the words used for people of color at the time were insulting and demeaning. A timeline of landmark desegregation events includes a challenge to readers to decide for themselves which are steps forward and which were steps back.The text is flawlessly written. Gorgeous illustrations convey the mood, the shifting perspectives, and details of the time period. Illustrator E. B. Lewis creates powerful images of a well-dressed, free, African American family, their urban setting, and aspects of their community that contrast starkly with Southern and slavery-based stereotypes. First steps, next steps, and the ones coming after form a chain of strength and hope.

Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
Cathleen Burnham
Crickhollow Books
Nominated by: Patricia Tilton

Presented as a photodocumentary, Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica by Cathleen Burnham is a real-life story about a group of kids working together to save the endangered sea turtles that nest on the sandy beaches of their Caribbean island. The colorfully detailed photographs, enriched with maps, drawings, and turtle facts, keep readers engaged in the dramatic story and give them a taste of what life is like for children in Costa Rica. Traditionally, turtle meat and eggs have been a standard part of the local diet for generations, so even though hunting them is now technically illegal, there are still many people who kill turtles for food or take their eggs. The kids from Parismina Island have banded together to patrol the beaches in order to protect the turtles and their nests, and even to help escort hatchlings to the sea, protecting them from predators. With their actions and enthusiasm, the children have also helped to start changing the attitudes of their parents and grandparents, making them partners in saving the endangered animals. Cathleen Burnham’s book gives readers insight into the broader world and the power of kids to make a positive change.

Juvenile Nonfiction

Animal Planet Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals
Charles Ghigna and Animal Planet
Time Inc Books
Publisher/ Author Submission

Did you know the thorny dragon grows a false head to distract predators? Or that the Malayan Tapir can bend its flexible nose to use it as a snorkel while swimming? Fun factoids abound in Animal Planet’s “Strange Unusual Gross and Cool Animals!” The book is sectioned into four parts (for each part of the title) and each includes featured creatures, galleries, creature collections, and a macroview. Each featured creature spread includes a map highlighting the creature’s habitat. A number of experts are cited in the acknowledgements and the photo credits are extensive. The oversized format of this book makes it perfect for spreading out on the floor for an afternoon of exploration. Readers young and old will love being surprised by the vivid photography and fantastic facts. Pucker up to the red-lipped batfish (a fish that can’t swim…along with the psychedelic frog fish) and fall in love with “Strange Unusual Gross and Cool Animals”.

Floodwaters and Flames: The 1913 Disaster in Dayton, Ohio
Lois Miner Huey
Millbrook Press
Nominated by: Ami Jones

Hurricane Katrina, 2005. The Johnstown Pennsylvania Flood, 1889 The Great Dayton Flood of 1913. What? You haven’t heard of that last one? You should have. This book provides ample arguments to rank Dayton’s flood as one of the most significant disasters in American history. A confluence of forces created a flood of unimaginable proportions: a rogue and persistent weather system, the geography and topography of rivers and valleys, and the cautionary voice of one who had “cried wolf” once too often about impending floods and was ignored. Specific decisions and innovative thinking by key players from widely varied walks of life saved countless lives and spawned the federal agency now known as FEMA. Those individuals were diverse in experience, nature, location, and prominence, including Katharine and Wilbur Wright and Bill Sloan, a Negro League star. All are portrayed through archival photographs, quotations, clippings, and maps, woven into dramatic text that reads like a thriller. The well-researched story is a winner in itself, but is further enhanced by “water-stained” pages and comprehensive back matter: author’s note, timeline, source notes, glossary, index, and follow-up resources. This reads from first page to last as a docu-drama and has all the attraction of a blockbuster film. It doesn’t disappoint.

Masters of Disguise: Amazing Animal Tricksters
Rebecca L. Johnson
Millbrook Press
Nominated by: Gramma

Rebecca Johnson is back with another fascinating and engrossing book on certain peculiar animal behaviors. Masters of disguise is a book that explores the abilities of some very unique creatures in the way they deceive others to hunt, hide, or disguise themselves for survival. 8 chapters profile 8 interesting creatures. Whether it’s the Harlequin fish hiding in the coral reefs or assassin bug carrying a cloak of ant corpses on its back, kids will delight in the close up photography and the narrative in each chapter. Each chapter also has a section titled "The science behind the story" explaining how scientists discovered this particular animal behavior. The "Meet the Scientists" gallery at the back introduces the various people behind these discoveries. Masters of Disguise is clever and engrossing and reads like a page turner. This one is not to miss!

Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
Melissa Sweet
Nominated by: Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

E.B. White is best known for his children’s books. Charlotte’s Web, the Newbery Honor winner from 1952, and Stuart Little are introduced to new groups of students each year and have gained popularity through successful film renditions. But how many readers know about his life and personal passions? Sweet’s biography, aided by White’s personal papers, gives insight into the man behind the stories. Using a scrapbook style of presenting illustrations and photographs, the reader can pore over the most intimate details of White’s life, including his love of the outdoors, his fear of public speaking, and the devoted relationship he had with his wife, Katharine. Sweet uses quotes from White’s entire body of work, from the essays he wrote in his childhood to his work at The New Yorker to his personal letters. These quotes reflect on White’s thoughts and experiences and illustrate how strongly his life and his work were intertwined. In the vast collection of biographies published this year, Some Writer glistens like the dew in Charlotte’s Web, and its contents will wonder and amaze readers of all ages.

The Inventors of LEGO Toys (Awesome Minds)
Erin Hagar
Duo Press Llc
Nominated by: Gary Anderson

Erin Hagar documents the story of the Lego company from its modest beginnings with young Ole Kirk, a shepherd wood carver, who went on to begin his business in carpentry and adjust to toy making following the Great Depression (and several other depressing events in his personal life, including a devastating fire and the loss of his wife and the mother to his four boys). The Lego Company’s most well-known creation, the Lego brick, was named the “toy of the century” in 2000. Each event between demonstrates the creativity and problem solving that made the Lego company (and this book) a global success.

Paige Garrison includes blueprints for both factory buildings and the bricks themselves and the visual of Lego bricks wrapping around the world is pretty impressive. The design of the book itself is blocky, utilizing the primary colors so well-known in the Lego system. I’d love to say that I think young readers will love this book, but I can do better. I know it. Because in my library, they already do! A fifth grade student began research in late November for an informational writing piece on the inventors of Lego and his teacher emailed me to see if we might be able to point him in the right direction. Since I had a copy from the publisher, I was able to save the day and deliver just what he needed. This book flew off the shelves before I could even get it on one. Readers and builders young and old will love this story of ingenuity and cutting-edge thinking.

The Slowest Book Ever
April Pulley Sayre
Boyds Mills Press
Nominated by: Katy Manck

Sometimes it is nice to sit back and contemplate the slow things in life. The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre, with illustrations by Kelly Murphy, is a celebration of those kinds of things. In a world where events are commonly measured in nanoseconds and we are obsessed with determining what’s the fastest, this book asks you to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n and take the time to contemplate timely thoughts like the growth of a saguaro cactus, which takes roughly 15 years to reach the great height of 1 inch, and to consider chewy ideas, like the fact that the Atlantic Ocean is widening at roughly the same rate that your fingernails grow. A treasure trove of information about things slow—in nature, geology, art, outer space and inside our own bodies, the book is broken into short, thematic chunks that are enlivened by humorous and engaging illustrations. It also contains a glossary of chewy words and an exceptional compilation of endnotes that will allow the curious to pursue the slow things in life. All in all, this book is worth savoring.

Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
Jane Sutcliffe
Nominated by: Nancy Tandon

Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk starts out as a history of the Globe Theatre, but ends up as a witty introduction to the wordplay of the Bard. Author Jane Sutcliffe organizes her text into a narrative snapshot of Elizabethan London centered around the playgoers at the Globe, but into this structure, she layers facts about Shakespeare's plays and details about the time period. Each time the author uses a phrase which William Shakespeare originated or popularized, it appears in bold print. Sidebars containing Will's words, their meaning, and how they're used in his plays, invite readers to further investigation. The story is bookended by author's notes. The back matter includes a timeline of Shakespeare's life and extensive bibliography. Sutcliffe subtly demonstrates how a living language evolves and how popular media stimulates that change. The text's jaunty rhythm is infused with humor. She introduces the origins of the "wild-goose chase", explains what it means to get your "money's worth", and how "too much of a good thing" (like gummy worms) does not lead to our "heart's content." John Shelley's illustrations pair lively ink lines with jewel tone watercolors reminiscent of stained glass. His accurately detailed drawings switch point of view, first high above the city, then down in the Pit with the commoners, from intricate backstage dressing rooms to scenes of bustling London looking like a page from Where's Waldo. The author shows how a heavy subject, handled lightly, can connect with modern readers. While she planned to write the history of one place and time, she instead accomplishes the remarkable task of making kids notice and care about words. And that's the short and the long of it.

Middle Grade Nonfiction

A Storm Too Soon: A Remarkable True Survival Story in 80 Foot Seas (True Storm Rescues)
Michael J. Tougias
Henry Holt
Nominated by: MotherReader

From the author of The Finest Hours, comes another true survival tale. This young readers’ edition is the account three sailors caught in a devastating storm. The book features the perspectives of both the rescuers and the sailors which helps to fill in gaps in the narrative. The book was compelling, full of action, and a real page turner. Fans of “on the edge of your seat” adventures are sure to eat this up.

Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America
Gail Jarrow
Calkins Creek Books
Nominated by: Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

The plague didn’t go away with the middle ages. Jarrow’s in-depth look at the third plague pandemic includes its visit to the US and how politics and racism stymied doctor’s best efforts to prevent its spread. A fascinating introduction to the medical and social history of a disease we often think is in the distant past, but is still with us today.

Fashion Rebels: Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion
Carlyn Cerniglia Beccia
Nominated by: Becky L.

When we think of fashion we might not think of it as a way to rebel or change the world. Yet, in this book, we find twenty five women who used fashion to make their mark. From hairstyles to accessories and everything in between, these women, from Cleopatra to Madonna, changed perceptions and created revolutions. The layout of the book is bright and colorful and the “do it yourself” sections will appeal to budding fashionistas.

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
Caren Stelson
Carolrhoda Books
Nominated by: Amanda Snow

On August 9, 1945, Sachiko Yasui’s life changed forever. She was a survivor of the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Stelson’s book is the story of Sachiko’s life before, during, and after the disaster, wrapped in an appealing, at times breath-taking, package. Where so many books focus on the damage done by Germany during World War II, this one takes a look at the impact of the US’s involvement. This survivor’s story is engaging, compelling, and will stick with readers long after they turn the last page.

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original "Girl" Reporter, Nellie Bly
Deborah Noyes
Viking Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Kelly Jensen

Nellie Bly was not a “madwoman,” despite what many who came to know her during her life may have thought. Bly rose to fame during a time women weren’t given the same opportunities as men in most career fields, and in her trade of choice, journalism, women were rarely ever seen, let alone heard. But when Bly takes on a story, wherein she investigates Blackwell’s Island, her name become more and more known in the world of print -- and it was from there that this book showcases some of the wildest adventures she had and the hardest stories on which she reported. This book is packed with appealing sidebars and further insights into Bly, including letters from contemporaries who did and did not think she was doing women good in her career. Readers will find this story of a woman defying the odds, as well as her round-the-world adventures, exciting and compelling. For as far as we’ve come socially, the number of challenges Bly encountered that mirror today’s challenges for so many women and people of color is hard to overlook.

This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration
Linda Barret Osborne
Harry N Abrams
Nominated by: VikingAcademy

An unbiased look that is sometimes hard to read about America and her actions towards immigrants and refugees. This overview focuses on the years between 1800 and 1965 although the issues discussed are still very much at the forefront of the news cycle today. America has a history of exclusion, discrimination, and strife and we repeat the cycle over and over with each new wave of immigrants despite calling ourselves a melting pot. An excellent overview of our entire history it contains a timeline, endnotes and an extensive bibliography which makes this a great research tool.

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
Russell Freedman
Clarion Books
Nominated by: Linda Baie

Growing suspicious of Hitler and his regime the Scholl siblings along with a few friends formed the White Rose. Like all young Germans they had joined Hitler’s youth and soon were disillusioned by the Nazi’s controlling ways. They wrote pamphlets of resistance in secret all while going about their daily lives knowing that the penalty if caught would be death. The many photos add to this engaging story that seems more like fiction than the true story of bravery that it is.

Young Adult Nonfiction

Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights
Rich Wallace
Calkins Creek Books
Nominated by: Sherry Early

On August 20, 1965 Jonathan Daniels was murdered in Lowndes County Alabama, protecting fellow civil-rights activist Ruby Sales. This gorgeously designed book tells of the theology student’s life and the conviction he felt to fight the injustices he saw in his own country. With several other clergy members, Daniels went to Selma for the March to Montgomery but when others returned North, Daniels stayed to work and became part of the community. An inspirational look at a surprisingly little known civil rights martyr.

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA
Bridget Heos
Balzer + Bray
Nominated by: Becky L.

Not just for fans of police procedurals, this engaging look at the history of forensic science is filled with examples covering the late nineteenth century to the present day. A fascinating exploration of how forensics developed and how they’ve been used, and misused, throughout history. Readers will gain a new appreciation and insight into how we solve crimes in real life and on TV.

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
Sungju Lee
Nominated by: Patricia Tilton

In this intense and at times violent memoir, Sungju Lee takes readers into the heart of being a child living in North Korea, as well as the lengths one will go to find freedom. This part-war, part-survival story is fast paced, heartbreaking, and a powerful look inside one of today’s most tyrannical governments. Sungju’s experiences and insights into life as a refugee are frighteningly timely and powerfully insightful.

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
Kenneth C. Davis
Henry Holt
Nominated by: Stephanie Charlefour

Many of our founding fathers were slave owners. This book tells the stories of some of the slaves that were in the households of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Jackson. These men that were well known for their beliefs of equality and independence enslaved other human beings. This well researched book contains some of the only surviving interviews with these slaves. People that should have had their stories told long ago.

Radioactive!: How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World
Winifred Conkling
Algonquin Young Readers
Nominated by: Adrienne Gillespie

We might be familiar with The Manhattan Project and other nuclear physics happening on this side of the world during World War II, but what do we know about Europe? Conkling’s excellent dual biography highlights the achievements of two females that science can too easily overlook: Iréne Curie and Lise Meitner. While both women were brilliant and contributed to the world’s understanding of radioactivity and nuclear fission, the way their stories intersect and diverge from one another make this a fascinating and engaging read. These women’s stories are being shared and reclaimed in this book, but more, these women’s stories are being told without shying away from the ways that their accomplishments were overshadowed by men. A powerful read about history, about two important female scientists, all wrapped in a beautiful, appealing package.

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century
Sarah Miller
Schwartz and Wade Books
Nominated by: Sara Ralph

Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one.

An infamous crime from over 100 years ago can still captivate a reader. Did she or didn’t she? Though acquitted, no one still really knows whether Lizzie Borden killed her parents. This well-balanced and well-researched account presents the facts and follows the story from the event itself and on through the trial and aftermath. The pacing, photographs, and formatting draw the reader in. The fact that we will probably never know for sure keeps the reader thinking.

The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero
Patricia McCormick
Balzer + Bray
Nominated by: Heidi G.

Why would an avowed pacifist be involved in a plot to assassinate a world leader? Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor who believed the church could be a force for good and should be involved in the problems facing ordinary people. It was this faith that led him urge his fellow clergymen to speak out against Hitler. He then became a spy and helped Jewish people escape before being arrested and executed by the Gestapo. Short chapters help draw the reader into this fascinating story about a man determined to do everything he could to save his country from an evil government.

Young Adult Fiction

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Novel)
Brittany Cavallaro
Katherine Tegen Books
Nominated by: Stephanie Burgis

The great-great-great-grandchildren of the infamous Baker Street detective duo, Holmes and Watson, continue the family legacy of unraveling mysteries by…let’s just say non-traditional means. In A Study in Charlotte, Cavallaro delivers a true mystery that offers a unique, twisty plot with elegant nods to Conan Doyle’s creation as well as modern iterations of the idiosyncratic pair. Full of suspense and broadly appealing, A Study in Charlotte stands out from the YA crowd as a genuine tale of mystery.

Brie Spangler
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Kim Baccellia

In the simplest terms, Beast is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. But there's nothing simple about Brie Spangler's wrenching, heartfelt novel. It deals with body images from a teen boy's perspective--a rarity--and with transgender issues, but it never feels preachy. Dylan is nicknamed Beast due to his size and his rough features, and he lets that nickname (and his own self-loathing) affect his personality, too. When he is required to attend group therapy after falling off the roof--an incident which may not have been entirely accidental--he meets Jamie, a vibrant girl whose sharp wit wins Dylan's affections. His problems with himself are soon compounded by his feelings about Jamie and her identity. The book shows a journey to self-acceptance without becoming saccharine or overwrought. These characters will break your heart and then fix it. Beast is the kind of novel you never forget.

Kody Keplinger
Scholastic Press
Nominated by: Cecilia Cackley

Good girl Agnes has always followed her parents’ rules, knowing they are trying to protect their legally blind daughter in a dangerous world. Agnes has been warned to stay away from Bo, whose mother struggles with addiction and whose family has a reputation for causing trouble. Bo and Agnes become friends and decide to run away before Bo can be trapped in the foster system again. Bo’s bisexuality plays into the plot of the story, but this is not a coming out story or a lesson on bisexuality. Authentic, distinct voices tell each side of this story of a flawed escape plan and a less-than-perfect friendship. Teens and adults will be drawn into this story of an escape from a tough life into something possibly harder.

Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys
Nominated by: Compass Book Ratings

As the Nazi Reich collapses and the Soviet army sweeps across the East Prussian countryside in the winter of 1945, three young refugees find themselves thrown together among the crowds of desperate, uprooted travellers. The distinctive voices and histories of Joana ("the nurse"), Florian ("the knight"), and Emilia ("the Polish girl")—each guarding painful secrets—create a harrowing picture of the lives thrown into tumult by the war. A fourth narrative voice, the self-aggrandizing declarations of a young Nazi soldier named Alfred, adds an unsettling counterpoint to the narrative. The fates of the four narrators will converge at the doomed MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a German ship targeted by Russian submarines. Ruta Sepetys brings authenticity and heart to this moving, gorgeously realized work of historical fiction.

The Serpent King
Jeff Zentner
Crown Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Esther Braithwaite

Where we come from is part of who we are, but not all of who we can be—this is the hard truth that drew us to The Serpent King. With lambent prose, Jeff Zentner gives us the story of Dill, Travis, and Lydia, three friends looking for a way out of their small Tennessee town and into their true selves. A story of hope and possibility, as Lydia, destined for bigger and brighter things, seeks to help Dill and Travis find their own light. A story of grace and redemption, as Dill and Travis learn that not all the sins of the father are visited upon the son. We loved The Serpent King for its searing portrayal of friendship and its emotional reminder that growth is always loss.

The Weight of Zero
Karen Fortunati
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: MarisaR

Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows it's only a matter of time before she's visited again by Zero, the depression part of her bipolar disorder. She knows there is no cure for her disorder and she doesn't want to continue to be an outcast, so she prepares to take her own life the next time Zero returns. In the meantime, she makes a bucket list to help ease her sense of isolation. Fortunati nails the topic of bipolar disorder and gives a realistic portrayal of the depression side without falling back on stereotypes. An honest voice with a cast of memorable supportive characters make this story a stand-out, along with its overall message of hope.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (2016-01-05)
Marieke Nijkamp
Sourcebooks Fire
Nominated by: Katharine Manning

The principal of a small-town high school dismisses students from a start-of-semester assembly, but the students find all the doors have been locked. A masked gunman appears and opens fire. Told through four alternating points of view over fifty-four riveting minutes, This is Where it Ends details the horrific emotional and physical trauma of every parent and student's worse nightmare: a school shooting. Their stories are told in the present with flashbacks that slowly begin to explain their connection to the shooter, Tyler Browne. The four narrators find themselves in different parts of the school when the shooting commences, and each must decide if they should save themselves or attempt to help others. Authentic teen voices and compelling emotional reactions from the four narrators draw the reader into a scene of terror, loss, and heroism.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Amie Kaufman
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Maria Gianferrari

ILLUMINAE is a space thriller told in a creative format suitable for the future, containing intership communications, ships’ logs, schematics, and the apparently insane ramblings of artificial intelligence controlling a ship. The book begins with interview transcripts as Kady Grant and Ezra Mason are debriefed after their mining colony was attacked by a rival corporation – the day after they broke up. But escaping the colony didn’t necessarily mean escaping with their lives, and the novel is about the evacuation ships trying to get to safety, with Kady and Ezra on separate ships trying to piece together what’s going on. Obstacles include corporate greed, a zombie-creating virus on an enclosed space ship, military types incompetently trying to keep secrets, artificial intelligence damaged yet gaining power, and an enemy space ship quickly approaching to blow them out of the sky. Mystery, imminent danger, and a touch of romance all come to a satisfying conclusion that will still leave you anxious to read Book Two.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas)
Zoraida Cordova
Sourcebooks Fire
Nominated by: Cecilia Cackley

Alex wants nothing more than to be normal. Too bad normal was never in the cards for her, considering she comes from a long line of powerful brujas.

This YA Urban Fantasy never falters in capturing the core struggle of identity, the power of family, or losing its voice for the youth. Labyrinth Lost takes a teenage Latinx heroine preparing for her Deathday--a fictional coming of age ceremony to come into power--and blends the backdrop of Brooklyn, NY without ever losing its strong cultural influences. Exploring culture, race and gender would've been a difficult task for any other book except Labyrinth Lost.

Still Life with Tornado
A.S. King
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publisher/ Author Submission

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is searching for answers about how to live a meaningful, artistic life when nothing original ever happens. No one in her family communicates with each other, and she stops going to school. Eventually, with the help of a ten-year-old version of herself, Sarah discovers that she is a survivor of her family’s dark secrets. Swirling bits of information surrealistically combine to reveal Sarah’s past as readers simultaneously experience a literary tornado. A. S. King’s STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO provides the powerful realization that even though life may throw incomprehensible difficulties at us, we can find ways to cope and understand if we act courageously and think artistically.

The Door at the Crossroads
Zetta Elliott
Rosetta Press
Nominated by: Sheila Ruth

With elements of time travel and magic realism framing strong historical and contemporary narratives, The Door at the Crossroads is a compelling story sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers. Through interesting and well-written characters, it provides a much-needed mirror and window book on contemporary African-American and Afro-Latinx stories, while also depicting the history of slavery that still impacts our society today. Although the harsh reality of slavery is unflinchingly shown, the 19th Century free black community of Weeksville, in Brooklyn, is also vividly and lovingly depicted, showing a depth, resilience, and sense of community that has helped black people to survive centuries of violence. Post-9/11 New York is also depicted, including touching on Islamophobia.

The Keeper of the Mist
Rachel Neumeier
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Charlotte

Rachel Neumeier's KEEPER OF THE MIST brings together a land which chooses its own ruler, a woefully unprepared baker, and an abruptly imperiled kingdom to create a fairytale with a classic-yet-fresh feel. Neumeier avoids characterization stereotypes as the narrative places responsibility for saving the day with those typically considered unsuitable - the flighty young, the working class, the loutish grumps, and the odd and elderly. No superheroes here, the kingdom is saved by the hard work and sheer luck. The novel has the additional bonus of an understated romantic attraction which doesn't overwhelm the plot. Especially right now, novels with themes of Ragtag Band Defeats Incredible Odds By Sticking Together And Combining Their Strengths are incredibly uplifting. If you're looking for a little guidance for how to go on once your kingdom has been exposed to power-hungry predators, KEEPER OF THE MIST might be right up your alley.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity)
Victoria Schwab
Greenwillow Books
Nominated by: Whinkz

In a moment of violence, a monster is born. Now monsters proliferate the Earth just as much as humans. An uneasy treaty exists between two towns, but a girl named Kate and a monster named August may be pawns to bring that treaty to an end. Filled with beautiful prose and delightfully horrific moments, Schwab asks readers to ponder who the real monsters are in this exquisitely captivating look at what it means to be a monster and what it means to be human.

When the Moon was Ours: A Novel
Anna-Marie McLemore
Thomas Dunne Books
Nominated by: Kelly Jensen

Once there was a girl who fell from the sky and a boy who painted the moon for her. Since then Miel, who's Latina, and Sam, who's Pakistani, have been best friends. But their town is also full of secrets, as dangerous as the rose thorns that grow from Miel's wrist. When the secrets of Miel's mysterious past and Sam's identity as a trans boy are threatened, how will they find a way to remain themselves? Anna-Marie McLemore's WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is full of descriptions that are both lush and vividly sharp. The story of identity, family, and love shows the weight of past generations and the complex characters will resonate deeply.

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