The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate ; illustrations by Patricia Castelao has been awarded the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature for the year 2013. This heart-moving tale about a captive silverback gorilla was inspired by a true story. Ivan has spent 27 years of his life at The Big Top Mall, a cheap roadside circus attraction, confined to an enclosure of glass, metal, and concrete. He has become numb to his existence, watching TV, dabbling with art, and eating food thrown to him. Bob, a spunky dog, and Stella, an aging elephant are his only friends and companions. Ivan's melancholy life begins to change, however, when Ruby, a young vibrant elephant appears on the scene and Stella dies from neglect. Stella's dying plea to Ivan is help Ruby escape.
"Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Author Honor Books:
"Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson
"No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller" by Vonda Micheaux Nelson
"I, Too, Am America" illustrated by Bryan Collier
Illustrator Honor Books:
"H.O.R.S.E." illustrated by Christopher Myers
"Ellen's Broom" illustrated by Daniel Minter
"I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr." illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Along with the 2013 Caldecott Medal Winner, the 2013 Caldecott Honor books have also been announced. This year five picture books were selected to receive the Caldecott Honor. Those five recipients are:
Creepy carrots! by words, Aaron Reynolds ; pictures, Peter Brown
Extra yarn by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen
If you like romance, happy endings, and ongoing stories like Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street or Emily March's Eternity Springs series try…
Little night [large print] by Luanne Rice
Coming home [large print] by Karen Kingsbury
Larkspur Cove [Large print] by Lisa Wingate
Looking for some paranormal adventure mixed with a little romance? Try one of these books:
Daughter of smoke & bone by Laini Taylor
The Raven Boys [sound recording] by Maggie Stiefvater
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
The iron king by Julie Kagawa
Kia Dupree writes dramatic, intense Urban Fiction. Try some of these if you like Shattered:
The coldest winter ever by Sister Souljah
Push by Sapphire
Section 8: a hood rat novel by K'wan
The road to grace [large print]: the third journal of the walk series by Richard Paul Evans
What doesn't kill you [large print] by Iris Johansen
The beginner's goodbye [large print] by Anne Tyler
The hunter [large print]: a novel by John Lescroart
...here are more books with family secrets lurking in British manor houses.
Chapter 1: The Assembly
“They have failed when we needed them the most,” The old man said in a loud voice. “We must get another group to fulfill this mission and save the universe. We must do this! Are you all with me? This mission must be done. We alone can't stop this, but the right group - only the bravest, smartest, strongest, and most skillful - can stop the sun from exploding.”
In a raspy voice a white clocked man said “yessss, this group mussst be able to get to Sssaturn and get the plassmetic ray ssstaff and sssave the universsse.”
“Do you allow this, high council,” asked a black cloaked man.
“We do,” said the high council at the same time.
“Then, commence operation!”
Location: High Head Quarters, also known as HHQ -
“Sir, we must talk,” said Commander Bob.
“Yes, Commander Bob,” Said Leader Kern.
“We have been approved about the operation. The high council agreed.”
“WHAT? Why would they?
I stared at my toes wiggling in the sand, feeling the wind tug at my loosely braided blond hair when I felt it. I felt a poke in my back. I turned around, having some ridiculous hope that it was a crewmember from the cruise ship. But why would it be? That cruise ship left me stranded here on Gale Island a week ago, taking my parents and everyone else with it. Sadly, it also took my twin brother Adam, too. Adam was the only person that could understand me, and I was the only person that could understand him. Of course, we both had good friends, but we were best friends because we were so much alike. He loved adventures as much as I did, and we always snuck off to get into trouble. I really wished he was there. But, of course no person was there. It was a bottle. It must have fallen from the sand dunes, I thought. I picked up the bottle and gave it a once over. I took a double take. There was a piece of paper coiled up inside!
As we moved on to the next trial, I found myself checking everywhere around me in anticipation. Then, after what seemed like an eternity, we came to a gigantic gold door encrusted in jewels. Cautiously I pushed on it, it swung open, and it was surprisingly light. Raising my sword I walked in and saw… a sea of teddy bears blocking the exit.
Seriously, I’m not kidding. It was a circular room probably about 20 paces across and it was split into two sections, one was where Jonah and I were standing and the other side was a pit filled with an assortment of stuffed Kittens, Puppies, and teddy bears. They were all smiling so wide it made me want to throw up because of the happiness. I turned around expecting to see Jonah’s face puffing up as he tried not to laugh, but instead I saw a face full of fear. I tried so hard not to laugh that I must have looked like I poked my head in a beehive and got a face full of hurt.
Oscar Wilde and the Vatican murders by Gyles Brandreth
Kill my darling: a Bill Slider mystery by Cynthia Harrod -Eagles
Back in the habit: a Falcone & Driscoll investigation by Alice Loweecey
The last minute by Jeff Abbott
The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. We meet every month except December. Adult Services librarians, Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski, alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the monthly meeting or ask for a copy at the Adult Services Help Desk.
On Thursday, January 10 at Noon we will be discussing:
The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón — Barcelona, 1945 — just after the war, Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console him, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work.
Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Thursday, January 24 at 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. Copies of this month's book will be available after December 27. We will be discussing:
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Our favorite reads this year from the Adult and Children/Tweens/Teens Librarians:
The age of miracles: a novel by Karen Thompson Walker
The art forger: a novel by B.A. Shapiro
The dog stars by Peter Heller
Before I go to sleep: a novel by S.J. Watson
City of thieves: a novel by David Benioff
Every day by David Levithan
The expats: a novel by Chris Pavone
Every year CPL's Lunch and a Book Club picks our favorite reads of the year. These are our favorite reads for 2012. The picks are as eclectic as our group! Feel free to join us. We meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon in CPL's Community Room.
Amadeus: a play by Peter Shaffer
Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay
The dog stars by Peter Heller
Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Fall of giants by Ken Follett
Gone girl: a novel by Gillian Flynn
Heathcote House by Louise Carmichael Howe
Like adventure, action, and suspense in your books? Try one of these:
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Theodosia Throckmorton and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers
Shipwreck by Gordon Korman