2022 Tween Nominees
1919 The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler (2019)
1919: America was recovering from World War I, black soldiers came back to racism so violent that the summer would be known as Red Summer, the suffrage movement had a long-fought win as women gained the right to vote, and laborers protested in the streets against working conditions. Nationalistic fervor led to a communist scare and the temperance movement ushered in Prohibition. Each movement reached a tipping point in 1919.
Now, over 100 years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. Progress isn’t always a straight line and change has yet to be completely reached.
2019 National Book Award winner
Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin (2019)
The first women’s air race across the United States, Air Derby, was in 1929, nine years after women earned the right to vote. Follow those trailblazing fearless women who dared to fly: Amelia Earhart, Marvel Crosson who built a plane before she ever knew how to flu, Louise Thaden who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records, and Elinor Smith, who at seventeen made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.
2020 ALSC Notable Children’s Book
Common Core Connections
Caught!: Nabbing History's Most Wanted by Georgia Bragg (2019)
They were outlaws, a pirate, an assassin, art thief, spy – all troublemakers and crooks. Some were crooked, some were deadly, and some were just out-of-line. They all gave the good guys a run for their money but in the end, they all got caught. Featuring: Joan of Arc, Sir Walter Raleigh, Caravaggio, Blackbeard, John Wilkes Booth, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Mata Hari, Typhoid Mary, Rasputin, Vincenzo Peruggia (who stole the Mona Lisa), Bernard Kuehn (Pearl Harbor spy), Anna Anderson (Anastasia impersonator), and Al Capone.
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs (2019)
Decades ago, Albert Einstein devised an equation that could benefit all life on earth – or destroy it. Fearing what would happen if the equation fell into the wrong hands, he hid it. But now a diabolical group, the Furies, are closing in on its location. Desperate, a team of CIA agents drag Charlie Thorne into the hunt. Charlie the genius; Charlie the thief; Charlie who isn’t old enough to drive. And now it is up to her to save the world while surviving by cracking a complex code created by Einstein, surviving in a world where no one can be trusted, and fighting to keep the equation safe once and for all.
Greetings From Witness Protection! by Jake Burt (2017)
The nation’s most notorious criminals are searching for a family of three on the run from them. What better way to hide the family than by adding another child – a girl to the mix. The marshals find the perfect candidate in Nicki, a streetwise girl who knows something about hiding things. Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but will have to dodge hitmen, cyberbullies, and standardized testing all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B- grade average. But Nicki finds out that the biggest threats to the family’s security might not be on the road from New York to North Carolina, but might be from her own past.
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood: Adapted for Young Readers by Trevor Noah (2019)
We do horrible things to one another because we don’t see the person it affects. . We don’t see them as people.
Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, shares his story of growing up in South Africa with a black South African mother and a white European father during a time when it was illegal for a mixed-race child to exit. Often misbehaving, Trevor used his sense of humor and his intelligence to make his way through life under a racist government. It was a life that excluded blacks from social, educational, and economic opportunities, but he overcame those obstacles to create a future for himself thanks to his mother’s love and strength of will.
Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly (2019)
Life is incredibly difficult on the island of Sanlagita. To the west, a mountain that threatens to collapse and bury the village at any moment. To the north, a dangerous fog swallows sailors who dare to leave for more hospitable land. So what can the future hold for young girls – chores and more chores. When Lalani Sarita’s mother falls ill with an incurable disease, Lalani decides she must leave Sanlagita to find the wealth of the legendary Mount Isa which towers on an island to the north. But men and boys have died on the same quest – how can a mere girl survive the challenges of this dangerous journey. And how will she manage without Veyda, her best friend.
New Kid by Jerry Craft (2019)
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of letting him attend the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics and its low student diversity. Jordan is one of only a few kids of color in his grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan finds himself in the middle of two worlds and not fitting into either one. Jordan needs to learn to navigate his new school society while keeping his friends in the neighborhood and staying true to himself. Graphic novel.
Coretta Scott King Author award
Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart (2019)
That’s how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, crossing the nation. They have been on the move ever since she lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash. It’s been five years since Coyote has been home, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being torn down – the same park where she, her mom, and sisters buried a memory box – she comes up with an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive the 3600 miles back to Washington and in four days…without him realizing it. Along the way, they will pick up a crew of strange and misfit travelers, like Lester who is meeting a lady love and Salvador and his mother who want to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself, and then there is Gladys…
Over the next few days, Coyote learns that going home can be a hard journey, but with friends by her side, she might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after.”
2019 Parents Choice Award Gold Medal winner
Common Core Connections
Rock to the Moon! by Don Brown (2018)
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in Apollo 11 and spoke those words that everyone remembers over fifty years later – “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But it took a whole team of people and centuries of discoveries and technologies to make that journey possible. And why did the Russians what to send a dog into the Earth’s atmosphere, and how are astronauts able to go to the bathroom in space. Plus, which “bombs bursting in air” inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner.