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Bluestem Award Nominees

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

absolutely almost

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

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Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

becoming babe ruth

This striking homage to one of baseball's legends offers a rare view into Babe Ruth's formative years.

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The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner

briliant fall of gianna z

Gianna has less than one week to complete her leaf project if she wants to compete in the upcoming cross-country sectionals, but issues like procrastination, disorganization, and her grandmother's declining health seem to keep her from finishing.

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Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells and Marcus Calo

eddie red undercover mystery on museum mile

Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red", has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case.

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

el deafo

In this graphic-novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful and very awkward hearing aid.

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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

fourteenth goldfish

Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging and consequently has turned into a teenager, which makes for complicated relationships when her grandfather moves in with Ellie and her mother, Grandpa's daughter.

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The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman

Mission unstoppable

On vacation with their parents, twins Coke and Pepsi, soon to be thirteen years old, fend off strange assassins as they try to come to terms with their being part of a top-secret government organization known as The Genius Files.

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Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissiner

gone fishing

Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he's none too pleased. All ends well in this winsome book of poems--each labeled with its proper poetic form.

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The Journey that Saved Curious George by Louise Borden

journey that saved curious george

In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey, creators of the CURIOUS GEORGE books, fled Paris as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to southern France with children's book manuscripts among their few possessions.

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Justin Case: School, Drool and Other Daily Disasters by Rachel Vail

school drool and other daily disasters

Nothing feels right for Justin at the start of third grade. He's very nervous and to make things even worse, he has lost his favorite stuffed animal.

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Lulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst

lulus mysterious mission

When Lulu's parents go on vacation, the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky comes to babysit. Lulu behaves as badly as possible to get her to leave until Ms. Solinsky reveals her secret.

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The Misdadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

misadventures of the family Fletcher

This story relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.

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Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

mrs frisby and the rats of nimh

When Timothy, youngest of a family of field mice, becomes ill, his mother, Mrs. Frisby, enlists the aid of the Rats of NIMH to move their home from the path of the farmer's plow.

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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great White by Katherine Roy

hunting with the great white

This book takes an up-close look at the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them, just thirty miles from the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rain Reign

Struggling with OCD and Asperger's syndrome, Rose shares an inseparable bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, she is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels.

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Shooting at Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix

Shooting at Stars

In 1914 France, a British soldier writes to his mother about the strange events of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when German and Allied soldiers met on neutral ground to share songs, food, and fun.

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Sit in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

sit in how four friends stood up by sitting down

This picture book celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-in at the lunch counter at Woolworth's as a protest against segregation.

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Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

spirit animals wild born

As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirit beasts, a bond that gives great powers to all of them.

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting

Winnie Foster discovers a magic spring that has given the Tuck family eternal life. She is faced with the difficult decision of whether to drink from it and whether to tell all when a stranger wants to kow the secret in order to sell the water.

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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley Brubaker

The war that saved my life

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. The plot contains violence, including descriptions of child abuse.

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