Honor roll: Children's books

Each of these Children's books has received at least one award nomination. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:M.C. Higgins, the Great

M.C. Higgins, the Great

Virginia Hamilton

M.C.’s family is rooted to the slopes of Sarah’s Mountain. His great-grandmother escaped to the mountain as a runaway slave and made it her home. It bears her name, and her descendants have lived there ever since.

When M.C. looks out from atop the gleaming forty-foot pole that his father planted in the mountain for him—a gift for swimming the Ohio River—he sees only the rolling hills and shady valleys that stretch out for miles in front of him.

And M.C. knows why his father never wants his family to leave.

But when M.C. looks behind, he sees only the massive remains of strip mining—a gigantic heap of dirt and debris perched threateningly on a cliff above his home.

And M.C. knows they cannot stay.

So when two strangers arrive in the hills, one bringing the promise of fame in the world beyond the mountains and the other the revelation that choice and action both lie within his grasp, M.C.’s life is changed—forever.

Book:Noah's Ark (Peter Spier)

Noah's Ark

Peter Spier

The bee and the fox, the sheep and the ox—two of each kind trudged aboard Noah’s famous vessel. Peter Spier uses his own translation of a seventeenth-century Dutch poem about this most famous menagerie.

Book:Conrad's War

Conrad's War

Andrew Davies

Conrad loves the army. And guns. And war. Nobody in his family takes him seriously—until he smashes a tank through the living room wall. Like it or not, Conrad’s daydreams of battle are coming to exciting, terrifying life…This is a funny and quirky children’s classic from one of Britain’s best known screenwriters.

Book:Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Book 6 of Logan Family

Mildred D. Taylor

This is a remarkably moving novel-one that has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, it is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And, too, it is Cassie’s story-Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.

Book:Tulku

Tulku

Peter Dickinson

An attack in the dark, screams, burning huts…

Thirteen-year-old Theodore crouches under the trees. His father’s Mission has been destroyed. His father is dead. Theodore is on his own, fleeing the Chinese rebels of the Boxer uprising.

Then Mrs Jones appears. A botanist, Mrs Jones is a feisty, aging, good-hearted woman who has an amazing (and eye-opening) vocabulary and who adopts Theodore into her band of travellers. Fleeing bandits, the group enters Tibet, where they meet the old Lama who rules a monastery. But when the Lama says they have been drawn to him by destiny, and insists that Theodore, Mrs Jones, and her young Chinese courier Lung hold the clue to the birth of the long-awaited Tulku, or reincarnated spiritual master, there seems to be no escape…

Book:The Westing Game

The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin

One fateful day, sixteen people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. To their surprise, the will turns out to be a contest, challenging the heirs to find out who among them is Westing’s murderer. Forging ahead, through blizzards, burglaries, and bombings, the game is on. Only two people hold all the clues. One of them is a Westing heir. The other is you!

Book:Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.

Book:Mr. Gumpy's Outing

Mr. Gumpy's Outing

John Burningham

One sunny day Mr. Gumpy decides to take a ride in his small boat. It’s a perfect idea for a lovely summer day, and soon he is joined by children, a rabbit, a cat, a pig, and a host of other friends. But when the goat kicks, the chickens flap, the dog teases the cat and the children squabble—the boat tips into the water and everyone tumbles out. No one minds getting wet on such a nice day, though, especially since Mr. Gumpy invites everyone to his house for tea.

Book:The Intruder

The Intruder

John Rowe Townsend

The life of a sixteen-year-old English boy begins to change when a stranger claiming to be a relative appears in the village.

Book:The Road From Home

The Road From Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl

David Kherdian

David Kherdian re-creates his mother’s voice in telling the true story of a childhood interrupted by one of the most devastating holocausts of our century. Vernon Dumehjian Kherdian was born into a loving and prosperous family. Then, in the year 1915, the Turkish government began the systematic destruction of its Armenian population.

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