DCF Books 2017

Circus Mirandus


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“When he realizes that his grandfather’s stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus–and to use its magic to save his grandfather’s life”–

Author: Cassie Beasley
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780525428435

The Thing About Jellyfish


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This stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist! After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting-things don’t just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.

Author: Ali Benjamin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 2015-09-22
ISBN: 9780316380867

Escape from Baxters’ Barn


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When Burdock, a young barn cat, sneaks into the house to get warm he hears that the farmer, Dewey Baxter, has terrible plans that will endanger all the animals, and he leads them in an attempt to escape before it is too late.

Author: Rebecca Bond
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2015-07-07
ISBN: 9780544332171

The War That Saved My Life


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A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Simultaneous eBook.

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Published: 2015-01-08
ISBN: 9780803740815

Drowned City


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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage–and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Author: Don Brown, Artist
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2015-08-04
ISBN: 9780544157774

Stella by Starlight


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When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

Author: Sharon M. Draper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: 2015-01-06
ISBN: 9781442494978

George


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A bright, bold debut about a girl who was born a boy, but refuses to let that stand in the way of her dream. More than anything else, George wants to play Charlotte in her fourth-grade class’s production of Charlotte’s Web. The problem is, her teacher won’t let her, because George is a boy. But George isn’t about to let that squash her dream. With the help of her best friend, George must learn to stand up for her wish — and brave a few bullies along the way. Transcending all categories and genres,George is a pertinent and poignant middle-grade read for kids of all backgrounds.

Author: Alex Gino
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 2015-08-25
ISBN: 9780545812542

Lost in the Sun


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From the author of A Tangle of Knots and Absolutely Almost, a touching story about a boy who won’t let one tragic accident define him. Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he’s not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is. If only Trent could make that fresh start happen. It isn’t until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little?the girl with the mysterious scar across her face?that things begin to change. Because fresh starts aren’t always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to shift your position to find it. Lisa Graff’s Awards and Reviews: Lisa Graff’s books have been named to 30 state award lists, and A Tangle of Knots was long-listed for the National Book Award. Praise for Absolutely Almost: * “Albie comes through significant emotional hardship to a genuine sense of self-worth.”–School Library Journal *STARRED* * “A perfect book to share with struggling readers.”–Booklist *STARRED* * “Achingly superb, Albie’s story shines.”–Kirkus Reviews *STARRED* * “Graff’s…gentle story invokes evergreen themes of coming to appreciate one’s strengths (and weaknesses), and stands out for its thoughtful, moving portrait of a boy who learns to keep moving forward, taking on the world at his own speed.”–Publishers Weekly *STARRED* Praise for A Tangle of Knots: “[A] blithe magical puzzle.”–Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal “Lisa Graff has created a beautiful world of deliciously interconnected stories that draw you in.”–Abby West, Entertainment Weekly [A-] * “Subtle and intricate, rich with humor and insight, this quietly magical adventure delights.”–Kirkus Reviews *STARRED* * “Combining the literary sensibility of E. B. White with the insouciance of Louis Sachar, Graff has written a tangle that should satisfy readers for years to come.”–Booklist *STARRED*

Author: Lisa Graff
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780399164064

Waiting for Unicorns


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Forced to travel the Arctic with her emotionally distant whale-researcher father after the death of her mother, grieving 12-year-old Talia struggles to adapt to a caregiver’s Inuit culture before being introduced to its storytelling traditions. Simultaneous eBook.

Author: Beth Hautala
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780525426318

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer


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Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

Author: Kelly Jones, Katie Kath
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Published: 2015-05
ISBN: 9780385755528

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler


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“The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion”–

Author: Phillip Hoose
Publisher: Macmillan
Published: 2015-05-12
ISBN: 9780374300227

Echo


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Decades after a man is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges involving the same harmonica. By the award-winning author of Paint the Wind. Simultaneous eBook.

Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780439874021

Roller Girl


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For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school in short, strong enough to be a roller girl. In her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power!

Author: Victoria Jamieson
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Published: 2015-03
ISBN: 9780525429678

A Night Divided


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When the Berlin Wall went up overnight, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West–four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 2015-08-25
ISBN: 9780545682428

The Nest


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Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain? This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing, The Boundless) with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen. For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered. All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back? Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen.

Author: Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: 2015-10-06
ISBN: 9781481432320

The Blackthorn Key


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In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.

Author: Kevin Sands
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: 2015-09-01
ISBN: 9781481446518

Goodbye Stranger


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This brilliant novel by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship. Bridge is an accident survivor who’s wondering why she’s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody’s games—or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade? This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl—as a friend? On Valentine’s Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight? Each memorable character navigates the challenges of love and change in this captivating novel.

Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Published: 2015-08-04
ISBN: 9780385743174

Nimona


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The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.” Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones. Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: 2015-05-12
ISBN: 9780062278234

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