Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Donnelly, Jennifer. Revolution. New York: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2010. Print.

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Awards:

2011, ALA Odyssey Honor

Annotation:

Intertwining stories between two girls from different centuries, one lives in modern day, the other is from the French Revolution.

Booktalk:

Could it get worse? For Andi Alpers, her brother is dead, she is failing school and she is fatally depressed. Her only motivation is playing the guitar. Things take a turn when she discovers the diary of Alexandrine Paradis, a servant to the King and Queen during the French Revolution. Two different girls from two different worlds, however, they share much in common.  Through the juxtaposition of Andi and Alexandrine’s battles, one will overcome her pain; the other will succumb to it. Who will win the revolution?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006. Print.

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Awards:

2006, Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (South East Asia & South Pacific)

2006, Horn Book Fanfare

2006, Kirk us Reviews Editor Choice Award

2006, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

2006, Daniel Elliott Peace Award

2006, Publishers Weekly Best Children Book of the Year

2006, Book list Children Editors’ Choice

2006, Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book

2007, ALA Best Books for Young Adults

2007, Michael L. Printz Honor Book

2007, Book Sense Book of the Year

2009, Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Master List

Annotation:

Death becomes a personified narrator in this World War II tale about a girl who steals books.

Booktalk:

Will I die? Yes, all people will eventually die. A difficult notion for people to accept, but it is the truth.

Well, the time is World War II, Germany. During this moment in history, book burning was a common practice amongst the Nazis. However, Liesel Meminger is not a participant in this act. Instead, she steals books.  Meanwhile, death is all around her. She lives in a world in which those Nazis believe all Jews must succumb to me. Nonetheless, a Jew lives in her family’s basement.

As I stated before, all people will join me. Even so, not everyone is like Liesel. I am her life. Now ask yourself, can you imagine living inside Liesel’s world?

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Blundell, Judy. What I Saw and How I Lied. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.

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Awards:

2008, National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Annotation:

Set during World War II, fifteen-year-old Evie Spooner learns about the deceptive existence her mother and stepfather live, which can only lead to tragedy.

Booktalk:

What if you were to discover that your family is not who they seem? When Evie’s stepfather moves the family to Palm Beach, she thought her world was fine. Here, she falls in love with Peter. However, this happiness does not last. The perfection she thinks she has is a sham.

Who are Evie’s mother and stepfather? Well, Evie will slowly realize the harsh truth. This truth involves cheating, stealing, and shockingly murder. Now, what could Evie possibly see and how did she commit that lie?

Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

Dray, Stephanie. Lily of the Nile. New York: Berkley Trade, 2011. Print.

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Awards: N/A

Annotation:

After the deaths of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, the new Caesar, Octavian, takes Cleopatra’s daughter, Princess Selene, away from Alexandria to live in Rome.

Booktalk:

What happened after Cleopatra killed herself? Cleopatra had children, but very little is discussed about them? In Lily of the Nile, we are introduced to one such child Princess Selene. As a young woman imprisoned in a politically driven Rome, she has her mother’s intellect and magical powers. Regardless of her strengths, she must keep her guard up. There are those who want to harm her and others who just want to claim her. Now, could she reclaim her Egyptian royalty while living with the enemy?

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. New York: Avon Books, 1990. Print.

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Awards:          

1991, Newberry Honor Book

1990, Golden Kite Award

1991, Boston Globe – Horn Book Award

Annotation:

Set in 1832, this high sea adventure tells the story of Charlotte Doyle who while traveling from England to Rhode Island is then accused and convicted of murder.

Booktalk:

How did a thirteen-year-old girl end up on ship with all men heading for America? For Charlotte Doyle, she thought two other families would be on the ship. However, where are they? Instead, she has to go on her journey alone.  It is 1832, and Charlotte is embarking on an adventure of a lifetime. Nonetheless, Charlotte is actually headed for danger. On her journey, she will be horrifyingly accused and convicted of murder. Could she do such a thing and why would she? Join Charlotte to find the truth. It begs to ask, who is really guilty of murder?