Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees 2011-2012

While we are still anxiously awaiting the announcement of this year’s winner of the Georgia Children’s Book Award, the Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees for next year (2011-2012) have been released by the Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature. Here’s the list of nominees:

  • Alvarez, Julia (2009). Return to sender.
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse (2008). Chains.
  • Angleberger, Tom (2010). The strange case of Origami Yoda.
  • Baskin, Nora Raleigh (2009). Anything but typical.
  • Burg, Ann (2009). All the broken pieces.
  • Clements, Andrew (2009). Extra credit.
  • Collins, Suzanne (2008). The hunger games.
  • Connor, Leslie (2008). Waiting for normal.
  • Draper, Sharon (2010). Out of my mind.
  • Erskine, Kathryn (2010). Mockingbird.
  • Hiaasen, Carl (2009). Scat.
  • Klise, Kate (2009). Dying to meet you: 43 old cemetery road.
  • Korman, Gordon 2008). Swindle.
  • Lin, Grace (2009). Where the mountain meets the moon.
  • O’Connor, Barbara (2010). The fantastic secret of Owen Jester.
  • Pearsall, Shelley (2008). All shook up.
  • Philbrick, Rodman (2009). The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg.
  • Sonnenblick, Jordan (2010). After ever after.
  • Wiles, Deborah (2010). Countdown.
  • Williams-Garcia, Rita (2010). One crazy summer.

The Dean Rusk Media Center already has some of these titles available if you want to get a head start on reading the books for next year’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition, or if you just want a suggestion for some great reading. Below is a list of the books we already have on hand. The number to the right indicates the number of copies available, if we currently have more than one copy. The author’s name is also indicated so you know where to look on the shelves for the book. We will have multiple copies of these books available for next year.

  • Anything But Typical (Baskin)
  • Waiting For Normal (2)(Connor)
  • Out of My Mind (Draper)
  • Scat (3)(Hiaasen)
  • Swindle (Korman)
  • All Shook Up (Pearsall)
  • Extra Credit (Clements)
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (Philbrick)
  • Chains (Anderson)
  • All the Broken Pieces (Burg)
  • Origami Yoda (3) Angleberger
  • The Hunger Games (billions and billions served) (Collins)

The Book Fair Rocked!

 

Thanks to everyone who made the Book Fair possible! It could not have been a success without you. We made around $800 to buy new books plus we earned about the same amount in Scholastic books from the Book Fair. Thanks so much to our fabulous Dean Rusk volunteers. You rock!

The Book Fair is Here!

 

 

Come to the media center October 13 from 8AM to 3:30 PM or October 14-19 from 8 AM to 6PM and check out our great selection of books. We have the entire Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, including Mockingjay in hard cover for only $17.99. We also have the premier novel in the new Egyptian mythology series by Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid. For all you Vladimir Tod fans, there’s Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer. And don’t forget The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, the new Twilight novella from Stephenie Meyer. For all you graphic novel fans we have The Simpsons and Bone by Jeff Smith. And what’s a book fair without The Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe It or Not? And all new this year: young adult novels by favorite YA authors such as Sarah Dessen and award-winner Judy Blundell. Sign in to the media center when you enter the book fair and you could be the winner of $50 of free books!

Top 25 Books at Dean Rusk for last year; who will win this year?

Title Author Call # Circulations
1. [ Book ] The lightning thief Riordan, Rick. F RIORDAN 104
2. [ Book ] The last Olympian Riordan, Rick. F RIORDAN 86
3. [ Book ] Revenge of the wannabes : a clique novel Harrison, Lisi. F HARRISON 78
4. [ Book ] Breaking dawn Meyer, Stephenie, 1973- F MEYER 77
5. [ Book ] The clique : a novel Harrison, Lisi. F HARRISON 74
6. [ Book ] Football genius Green, Tim, 1963- F GREEN 70
7. [ Book ] Eclipse Meyer, Stephenie, 1973- F MEYER 69
8. [ Book ] The Hunger Games Collins, Suzanne. CS F COLLINS 67
9. [ Book ] Best friends for never : a Clique novel Harrison, Lisi. F HARRISON 64
10. [ Book ] Diary of a wimpy kid : Greg Heffley’s journal Kinney, Jeff. F KINNEY 64
11. [ Book ] Invasion of the boy snatchers : a Clique novel Harrison, Lisi. F HARRISON 64
12. [ Book ] Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Dog Days Kinney, Jeff. F KINNEY 61
13. [ Book ] Diary of a wimpy kid : the last straw Kinney, Jeff. F KINNEY 61
14. [ Book ] New moon Meyer, Stephenie, 1973- F MEYER 58
15. [ Book ] The battle of the Labyrinth Riordan, Rick. F RIORDAN 57
16. [ Book ] Cirque du freak Shan, Darren. F SHAN 56
17. [ Book ] The ruins of Gorlan Flanagan, John (John Anthony) F FLANAGAN 55
18. [ Book ] Shark girl Bingham, Kelly L., 1967- F BINGHAM 54
19. [ Book ] Eragon Paolini, Christopher. F PAOLINI 52
20. [ Book ] Twilight Meyer, Stephenie, 1973- F MEYER 52
21. [ Book ] Do the math : secrets, lies, and algebra Lichtman, Wendy. F LICHTMAN 51
22. [ Book ] Sealed with a diss : a Clique novel Harrison, Lisi. F HARRISON 51
23. [ Book ] The chronicles of Vladimir Tod : eighth grade bites Brewer, Heather. F BREWER 49
24. [ Book ] The entertainer and the dybbuk Fleischman, Sid, 1920- F FLEISCHMAN 49
25. [ Book ] Deep and dark and dangerous : a ghost story Hahn, Mary Downing. F HAHN 48

…And The Winner Is…

The Georgia Children’s Book Award winner for 2009-2010 has been announced and it is a Dean Rusk favorite. Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn is this year’s winner. Ms. Hahn has been a winner of the award in past years for Time for Andrew and The Doll in the Garden. Her ghost stories continue to thrill and chill Dean Rusk readers, and apparently other readers throughout the state. You can access more information about the Georgia Children’s
Book Awards and see a list of next year’s nominees at their website by clicking on this link
. Congratulations, Ms. Hahn!

Covers and Books and Designs–Oh My!

The Book Cover Archive is not your typical Web 2.0 site, and I can’t say that it’s amazingly utilitarian, but it’s a site that will appeal to every true librarian and book lover.
It is, to its eternal credit, exactly what it purports to be, and in a world of bizarrely-named sites that leave everything to the imagination, perhaps that in itself is some small comfort. With its stated purpose as an archive of book covers “for the purpose of appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design,” the Archive enables its visitors to browse covers by designer, book title, author, art director, photographer, illustrator, publication date, genre, typeface, and publisher.
As you browse through the gorgeous covers, you can click on a favorite to see a larger view and acquire the book’s essential details, including a link for purchase on Amazon. One can also randomize the view to see an entirely different arrangement of the covers. In keeping with the website’s spirit of fun, when this option is selected, even the spelling of the word “randomize” is “randomized.”
Currently, the site includes 1276 different covers, each interesting in its own unique way. The Archive offers links to the portfolio sites of book cover designers and suggests books on book cover design. Additionally, there are links to websites about book cover design.
The site’s designers welcome suggestions for future enhancements, charmingly noting those improvements which are still in the works and those which have already been incorporated into their current design. The Book Cover Archive has a companion site, The Book Cover Archive Blog; its latest post allows one to vote on the cover of Glenn Beck’s latest book.
I adore The Book Cover Archive and commend its creators for their appreciation of literature, their amazing eye for design, and their brilliant wit. And you will love this site as well. Even if it isn’t Super Techy.

The Book Cover Archive is  a site that will appeal to every true book lover. It is, to its eternal credit, exactly what it purports to be, and in a world of bizarrely-named sites that leave everything to the imagination, perhaps that in itself is some small comfort. With its stated purpose as an archive of book covers “for the purpose of appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design,” the Archive enables its visitors to browse covers by designer, book title, author, art director, photographer, illustrator, publication date, genre, typeface, and publisher.

As you browse through the gorgeous covers, you can click on a favorite to see a larger view and acquire the book’s essential details, including a link for purchase on Amazon. One can also randomize the view to see an entirely different arrangement of the covers. In keeping with the website’s spirit of fun, when this option is selected, even the spelling of the word “randomize” is “randomized.”

Currently, the site includes 1276 different covers, each interesting in its own unique way. The Archive offers links to the portfolio sites of book cover designers and suggests books on book cover design. Additionally, there are links to websites about book cover design.

The site’s designers welcome suggestions for future enhancements, charmingly noting those improvements which are still in the works and those which have already been incorporated into their current design.  The Book Cover Archive has a companion site, The Book Cover Archive Blog; its latest post allows one to vote on the cover of Glenn Beck’s latest book.

I adore The Book Cover Archive and commend its creators for their appreciation of literature, their amazing eye for design, and their brilliant wit.

Check Out the 2009-2010 Georgia Peach Book Award Winner and 2010-2011 Nominees


The winner of the 2009-2010 Georgia Peach Book Award has been announced, and it will not come as any surprise to our DRMS readers. This year’s winner is a Dean Rusk favorite, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Another favorite, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, was selected as an honor book, along with Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. If you haven’t read these books yet, you are so behind the times. Stop by the media center the minute you get back from spring break and ask to check them out. We also have Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, along with City of Bones sequels City of Ashes and City of Glass.

Along with the announcement of this year’s winners comes the release of next year’s Georgia Peach Book Award nominees. Some of our Dean Rusk favorites are included in this list, including The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Here’s the full list (slide show and content courtesy of the Georgia Library Media Association Peach Book Award Committee); not all of these are appropriate for middle school, but we’ll be ordering all those that are as soon as possible, if we don’t already have them.

  • After by Amy Efaw:

In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport leaves her baby in the trash to die, and after the baby is discovered, Devon is accused of attempted murder.

  • Bonechiller by Graham McNamee:

A soul-stealing beast of the ice attacks Danny, who enlists three friends to face off against this demon linked to disappearing teens from a small Ontario town for centuries. Two will lose themselves to the creature if they can’t understand and defeat him in time.

  • Brutal by Michael Harmon:

Forced to leave Los Angeles for life in a quiet California wine town with a father she has never known, rebellious 16-year-old Poe Holly rails against a high school system that allows elite students special privileges and tolerates bullying of those who are different.

  • Burn by Suzanne Phillips:

Bullied constantly during his freshman year in high school, Cameron’s anger and isolation grow, leading to violent, destructive, and even deadly consequences.

  • Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford:

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff can be incredible.

  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart:

Smart, witty female Frankie attempts to take on or even take over a secret, all-male society at her exclusive prep school, and her antics may unsettle not just the smug boys from the group but affect her own life forever.

  • Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler:

After the costumed character actors at Disney World go on strike, teenagers Ella, Luke, and Cassie replace them, giving them an opportunity to learn about love, the amusement park, and themselves.

  • Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith:

Ida Mae Jones is a Louisiana girl who longs to be a pilot when America enters World War II. She is pretty and smart, but she has two huge strikes against her. She is black AND a woman, but if she can pass as white, she can at least fly.

  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan:

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

  • Hold Still by Nina LaCour:

Caitlin wrestles with her feelings of devastation and helplessness after her friend Ingrid commits suicide, and she turns to her family and newfound friends for help while encountering love, broadening her horizons, and using Ingrid’s journal to heal.

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman:

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief–or join her family in death, leaving her boyfriend and the world.

  • Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen:

Plagued by Tourette’s syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Minnesota town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.

  • King of the Screwups by K. L. Going:

Liam Geller is one of the most popular boys in school but can’t seem to do anything right in the eyes of his father; so he goes to live with his homosexual, rocker uncle who helps him to understand that there is much more to him than his father will ever see.

  • Muchacho by LouAnne Johnson:

Living in a neighborhood of drug dealers and gangs in New Mexico, high school junior Eddie Corazon, a juvenile delinquent-in-training, falls in love with a girl who inspires him to rethink his life and his choices.

  • North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley:

Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of a new Goth friend named Jacob.

  • The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin:

Tamika, a 15-year-old hearing-impaired girl; Jimmi, an 18-year-old veteran who stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication; and sixteen-year-old Fatima, an illegal immigrant from Africa, meet and connect in their Bronx, New York neighborhood with devastating results.

  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater:

In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

  • Skinned by Robin Wasserman:

Lia Kahn’s family pays for the most advanced medical technology to save her when her body is devastated in a horrible accident, but when the operations are complete, Lia remains alive, but her body does not.

  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson:

Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

  • The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir by Cylin and John Busby:

Father and daughter share their memories of the challenges they faced after being forced to go into hiding in order to protect themselves from a killer who had already shot John, a police officer, once and was determined to finish the job.