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For almost 35 years, The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction has been given annually to an U.S. author for a meritorious book of historical fiction set in the Americas  and published in the previous year for children or young adults. Here are some of the previous winners. Named after the award's founder, acclaimed author of Island of the Blue Dolphins and other books, the award was intended to encourage writers to focus on historical fiction and increase the interest of young readers in how the country was shaped. For a complete listing, you can visit the award's website

 

The hired girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family's farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911.

Dash by Kirby Larson

When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

"It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village"--.

The story continues in the sequel, Bo at Iditarod Creek.

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Tarzan of the apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Raised by a fierce she-ape of the tribe of Kerchak deep in the African jungle, the baby Tarzan grew to learn the secrets of the wild to survive--how to talk with animals, swing through trees, and fight against the great predators. He grew to the strength and courage of his fellow apes. And in time, his human intelligence promised him the kingship of the tribe. He became truly Lord of the Jungle. Then civilized men entered the jungle, and Tarzan was forced to choose between two worlds.... 

In 1947, artist Jesse Marsh left Walt Disney Studios-where he had worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, and various animated shorts to work for Western Publishing full time. Tarzan was one of his first assignments, with the iconic character's first original comic-book appearance in Dell Four-Color Comics #134. Tarzan #2 would begin Marsh's long-term collaboration with writer Gaylord DuBois. Their terrific work drew admiration and respect from readers and peers Russ Manning among them and Marsh's art inspired future comics! 

This second volume reproduces six big Golden Age issues for readers new and old to enjoy, and all stories are by the dynamite team of Gaylord DuBois and Jesse Marsh. DuBois and Marsh's nineteen-year collaboration on Tarzan produced a legendary body of work and an enduring vision of one of the world's foremost adventure icons. Marsh's art enthralled an entire generation of comics readers, influencing future creators the Hernandez brothers and earning the acclaim of such fellow professionals as Russ Manning and Alex Toth! 

When Tarzan of the Apes was published in The All-Story in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs was just another would-be writer struggling to support himself and his family by penning adventure stories for readers of "the pulps, " the cheap mass-market magazines popular at the time. When he died in 1950, he was the bestselling author of the twentieth century, overseeing interests that spanned publishing, movies, radio, newspaper syndication, toys, even real estate. He had millions of enthusiastic readers around the world and had earned the respect of magazines that never published his stories: The Saturday Evening Post admitted of Burroughs's writing, "There are pages of his books which have the authentic flash of storytelling genius." He was, in short, a publishing wonder who had unexpectedly created the century's first superhero, Tarzan -- a popculture icon that has known few rivals. 

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Challenge yourself with a weekly test of your Dewey Decimal System knowledge. Each week a new number will be posted in our Connect Your Summer command center. Identify the corresponding topic, then fill out and submit a Dewey of the Week Ticket in the drop box. Don't forget to include your email: all prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

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Celebrate the great outdoors with a visit to the Friends' Wings of Wonder butterfly garden behind the library. Grab a scavenger hunt sheet from the Connect Your Summer command center and look for the plants and landmarks pictured. If you want to try your hand at identifying the plants or animals you see, resources for identifying Michigan species are listed below.

Claim your Great Outdoors On-the-Scene badge online and don't forget to submit your completed scavenger hunt sheet in the drop box. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

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A handbook which features a black-and-white sketch of 40-50 animal tracks on a right-hand page, with information about the animal on the facing page.

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Caged warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

From age three, McCutcheon Daniels, now sixteen, has been trained in mixed martial arts and must keep winning to feed his five-year-old sister and father, but chance presents an opportunity to get out of the Detroit slums using his brain instead of his fighting skills.

Titans by Victoria Scott

Seventeen-year-old Astrid Sullivan belongs to a family of compulsive gamblers, and now that her father has been laid off from his job in Detroit and lost all their money betting on the Titans, which are half-horse, half car, and race around impossible tracks, her family is falling apart--but when Astrid's new friends give her the chance to participate in this year's Titan races, she thinks she sees a way to win some money and keep her family together.

The vanishing season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Missing city life after moving to a sleepy town in Michigan, Maggie bonds with restless but dutiful Pauline during a summer that is shattered by a serial killer who is targeting teen girls.

Detroit by Sam Moussavi

Although he is still a freshman, basketball star Isaiah is on the varsity team at a private Detroit high school, even though he lives in suburban Auburn Hills, but he faces new challenges as his parents separate.

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These are just a few of the nonfiction books we have that contain information about Michigan. Use this list as a springboard to find out more about our pleasant peninsulas.

Michigan Sports

Michigan Wolverines by Ken Rappoport

Presents a brief history of the University of Michigan football team, profiling noteable players, coaches, and games.

Gives an overview of the historic 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and the confrontation between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, looking at the earlier history of the tournament, and the game's legacy.

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Delicate by C. K. Kelly Martin

At her grandmother's seventy-fifth birthday party, Ivy is in no mood to socialize. Unfortunately, sixteen-year-old Lucan's peanut-allergy reaction happens right in front of her eyes. As Ivy keeps him company, the two realize they're second cousins who haven't seen each other in six years due to a mysterious family feud. As the weeks pass, Lucan's and Ivy's summer seems more like a minefield of disastrous events, but at least they have their developing friendship with each other to count on. Or is that what's really going on?.

Peanut by Ayun Halliday

Nervous about starting her sophomore year at a new high school, Sadie decides to make herself more interesting by claiming to be allergic to peanuts, but her lie quickly spirals out of control.

Delicate monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Expelled from boarding school for nearly killing a classmate, seventeen-year-old troublemaker Sadie Su interferes in the life of an old childhood friend with dark secrets and his younger brother whose visions predict a violent event at school.

Trial by fire by Josephine Angelini

Lily Proctor is transported from her hometown of Salem to an alternate universe filled with horrifying creatures and powerful ruling women, including Lily's other self, where she faces new responsibilities and a love she never expected.

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Human body theater by Maris Wicks

A humorous and informative skeleton introduces each system of the human body, gaining a layer of her "costume" by the end of each act, becoming a fully formed human by the end of the play.

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

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