Wonder is the winner!

April22

The votes have been counted and R.J. Palacio’s Wonder is the winner of this year’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award!  According to the Amazing Grace Greene of the Vermont Department of Libraries, the top ten books were:

1. Wonder — 733

2. The One and Only Ivan — 346

3. I Funny — 313

4. The False Prince — 301

5. See You at Harry’s — 295

6. Chomp — 200

7. One for the Murphys — 197

8. The Expeditioners — 159

9. Ungifted — 129

10. Little Dog, Lost – 125

 

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Trailers on YouTube

September11

One way to decide which DCF book to read next is to check out their trailers on YouTube.  Heidi Huestis, the brilliant librarian at Charlotte Central School has gathered them into a playlist for us here.

Also, check out the post at I Funny, which has a link to a trailer created by the students at the Barnet Elementary School. Does anyone else have trailers they would like to share?

 

 

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June20

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The One and Only Ivan

June20

ivanby Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

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Shadow and Bone

June20

shadow and boneby Leigh Bardugo

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity, and her only friend, Mal, to become the protege  of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

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Little Dog, Lost

June20

little dogby Marion Dane Bauer

A boy, a dog, and an old man are lonely before the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and all the townspeople run to the old man’s aid when lightning strikes his home and something miraculous happens.

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Laugh with the Moon

June20

laugh w the moonby Shana Burg

Massachusetts thirteen-year-old Clare, grieving after her mother’s recent death, reluctantly travels with her father to spend nine weeks in a remote village in Malawi, where new friends and experiences help open her mind and heart.

The Mighty Miss Malone

June20

mighty missby Christopher Paul Curtis

With love and determination befitting the “world’s greatest family,” twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.

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Will Sparrow’s Road

June20

will sby Karen Cushman

In 1599 England, twelve-year-old lying, thieving Will Sparrow runs away, meets many colorful characters on the road, and then reluctantly joins a traveling “oddities” exhibit, where he learns to see beyond appearances.

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Chomp

June20

chompby Carl Hiaasen

When the difficult star of the reality television show “Expedition Survival” disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane’s family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna’s gun-happy father.

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The Whole Story of Half a Girl

June20

half a girlby Veera Hiranandani

When Sonia’s father loses his job and she must move from her small, supportive private school to a public middle school, the half-Jewish half-Indian sixth-grader experiences culture shock as she tries to navigate the school’s unfamiliar social scene.

Same Sun Here

June20

same sunby Silas House & Neela Vaswani

A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner’s son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.

One for the Murphys

June20

murphysby Lynda Mullaly Hunt

After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love.

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Fourmile

June20

fourmileby Watt Key

A mysterious stranger arrives at a boy’s rundown Alabama farm home, just as a dangerous situation is unfolding for the twelve-year-old and his widowed mother.

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See You At Harry’s

June20

see youby Jo Knowles

Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, where grumpy eighteen-year-old Sarah is working at the family restaurant, fourteen-year-old Holden is struggling with school bullies and his emerging homosexuality, and adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention, and when tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point.

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Ungifted

June20

ungiftedby Gordon Korman

Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.

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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

June20

cavendishby Claire Legrand

Practically-perfect twelve-year-old Victoria Wright must lie, sneak, and break the rules when her investigation of the disappearance of her best–and only–friend, Lawrence, reveals dark secrets about her town and the orphanage run by the reclusive Mrs. Cavendish.

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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

June20

templ gby Sy Montgomery

This authorized portrait about Grandin’s life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame disabilities through education and the support of her mother.

The False Prince

June20

false princeby Jennifer Nielsen

In the fictional country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

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Wonder

June20

wonderby R. J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

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I Funny

June20

i funnyby James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Resolving to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.

Check out this trailer from the Barnet Elementary School.

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Summer of the Gypsy Moths

June20

gypsy mothsby Sara Pennypacker

A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella’s great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.

Shadow on the Mountain

June20

shadow on the mtnby Margi Preus

In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy.

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The Dogs of Winter

June20

dogs of wby Bobbie Pyron

Brought to Moscow in 1990s Russia by his mother’s abusive boyfriend, five-year-old Mishka is forced by a gang of homeless children to lie and steal until he finds comfort and love with a pack of dogs. Includes historical note.

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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

June20

five livesby Joanne Rocklin

As ten-year-old Oona and her younger brother conspire to break their sick cat Zook out of the veterinary clinic, Oona tells the story of Zook’s previous lives.

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May B.

June20

may bby Caroline Starr Rose

When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May, who suffers from dyslexia, from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.

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After Eli

June20

after eliby Rebecca Rupp

After the death of his older brother, Daniel Anderson became engrossed in recording details about dead people, how they died, and whether their deaths mattered, but he is eventually drawn back into interaction with the living.

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Glory Be

June20

glory bby Augusta Scattergood

In the summer of 1964 as she is about to turn twelve, Glory’s town of Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is beset by racial tension when town leaders close her beloved public pool rather than desegregating it.

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Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

June20

bombby Steve Sheinkin

A fast moving, suspense-filled account tells the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon, the atomic bomb.

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Liar and Spy

June20

liar and spyby Rebecca Stead

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

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The Boy on Cinnamon Street

June20

boy on c st                                                                          by Phoebe Stone

Since a tragedy she cannot remember, thirteen-year-old Louise has changed her name, given up gymnastics, moved in with her grandparents, and locked her feelings inside, but through her friends Reni and Hen and notes from a secret admirer she begins to find herself again.

The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Cavern

June20

expeditionersby S. S. Taylor

 

Three orphaned siblings with half a map try to beat an oppressive government to a secret, gold-filled canyon in this cross between dystopian and steampunk genres.

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Three Times Lucky

June20

three timesby Sheila Turnage

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

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