Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Sherman, Delia. The Evil Wizard Smallbone.

Twelve-year-old Nick, escaping his awful uncle and cousin, runs away from home one snowy Maine night and ends up at Evil Wizard Books, presided over by Evil Wizard Zachariah Smallbone. While kept captive as the wizard’s boy-of-all-work, Nick explores the bookshop, teaching himself magic with the aid of a very snarky textbook – and eventually becomes embroiled in the wizard’s feud with the French werewolf Fidelou and his motorcycle-riding followers, who wish to conquer the strange little town of Smallbone Cove that the wizard has ruled for centuries. An out-of-the-ordinary fantasy.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Barnhill, Kelly. The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

Every year the people of the Protectorate must sacrifice the youngest baby to the witch in the woods. What does this witch want with these infants? When Xan the kind witch meets the newest offering, Luna, and feeds her moonlight, characters from the past and the present become dangerously intertwined.

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Doll Bones

doll bonesby Holly Black.

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

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The Adventures of a South Pole Pig

south pole pigby Chris Kurtz.

Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica, where she escapes the knife and lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs.

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The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail

mouse questionby Richard Peck.

A very small mouse of unknown origins runs away from school in the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace shortly before the celebration of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, celebrating her sixty years on the British throne.

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Frogged

froggedby Vivian Vande Velde.

When almost-thirteen-yearold Princess Imogene is turned into a frog, she puts into practice lessons from the book, The Art of Being a Princess, as she tries to become her less-than-perfect self again.

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