NOMINEES FOR THE YEAR 2006
Annotated by members of the Book Award Committee
Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pam Munoz Ryan
Why does mother have to reappear after seven years absence and spoil the peaceful life Naomi and her brother have with Gram? They head to
Boxes for Katje, by Candace Fleming Gr 3-6
The war is over, and the people in the Dutch town of
Busted, by Betty Hicks Gr 4-6
Being grounded again, and
threatened with losing his favorite activity, soccer, Stewart is willing to try
to get his mom off his back. Maybe his best friend Mack's latest,
crazy plan just might work.
Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins Gr 4-6
Will Gregor, despite giant
rats, bats and cockroaches, be able to protect his sister as they search the
passageways of the Underland for their long-lost father?
Heartbeat, by Sharon Creech Gr 5-6
12 year old Annie has always loved to run in her bare
feet. So has her best friend Max. Faced with a moody Max, a
pregnant Mom, an elderly grandfather, and an art assignment to draw an apple
100 times, it's running that helps her sort things out.
Hero Dogs, by Donna M. Jackson Gr 3-6
Would you like to give tribute to some real heroes?
These true stories from September 11th, along with other historical facts
and photos, will make you shed tears of joy and sadness for these amazing
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path, by Joseph Bruchac Gr 3-6
Native American Jim Thorpe
survived a tragic childhood to become one of the greatest athletes of the 20th
Lucy Rose, Here's the Thing about Me, by Katy Kelly Gr 3-4
Lucy Rose is as
wiggly as Jell-o, which doesn't help make friends or impress teachers when you
are the new kid in school. Her journal tells of her adventures with
Melonhead and the class pet.
Missy Violet and Me, by Barbara Hathaway Gr 5-6
Viney was 11 the year her papa struck a deal with the town midwife, Missy
Violet, for Viney to help her "catchin' babies." Missy Violet
taught her about babies, medicinal roots and herbs, and keeping a level head in
Diana lives secretly with her brother Georgie in the woods near
the old Willis place. When a new caretaker moves in, she desperately
wants to be friends with his daughter Lissa. Can she convince Lissa not
to disturb the evil spirit that dwells there as well?
When Margaret Rose
Kane prefers not to participate at cliquish
Popcorn, by Elaine Landau Gr 3-6
Who knew? The secret
to popcorn is a drop of water. And it grows best in the
Quake! Disaster in
Returning a stray
dog to his father has forbidden him to keep, Jacob is making his way along city
streets when the earthquake hits. The ground rumbles, buildings collapse
and the earth opens up.
The President's Daughter, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Gr 4-6
You might think
having your dad as president is fun, but it's not. You live in an old
stuffy house, your dad works long hours, you have to go to boarding school, and
everybody expects you to behave- ALL the time. Ethel Roosevelt doesn't
like it at all.
Science Verse, by Jon Scieszka Gr 4-6
In Mr. Newton's class,
science is bound to be pure poetry....or parody. Watch out- it's the
curse of the science verse!
Secrets of the
Sphinx, by James Cross Giblin Gr 5-6
A giant creature out of natural rock, part lion, part man, stares across
Shredderman: Secret Identity, by Wendelin Van Draanen Gr 3-6
Nolan has been teased and
bullied by classmate Bubba Bixby long enough. With humor and cleverness,
he creates his own top-secret web page to expose Bubba's dirty
The World According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney Gr 3-5
I'm Humphrey, the
hamster the substitute teacher left in Mrs. Brisbane's class. Each
weekend I go home with another kid, and these kids in Room 26 really need
me...even Mrs. Brisbane does.
Yankee Girl, by Mary Ann Rodman Gr 4-6
It's 1964, and
Young Man and the Sea, by Philbrick Rodman
Mother's rule number Three: Never give up. Skiff's mother has died and his father can't face life, so it's up to him to save their sunken fishing boat. To do this he faces the battle of his life with the giant fish. Only one of them can survive!
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created on March 18, 2005, and updated on October 18, 2005.