Posts Tagged ‘Rebecca Caudill’

Rebecca Caudill and Bluestem Master Lists

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Rebecca Caudill and Bluestem Award Master Lists for 2012 are available!  Visit the rack by the Children’s Reference Desk to see what titles are  in.  You can also find the titles in the catalog here:

Rebecca Caudill Master List 2012

Bluestem Award Master List 2012

Some Recent Favorites

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I finally got a chance to read some great books that have come out in the last few years.  These are ones I have check out multiple times over those years but never had time to read.  But they were well worth the wait!  Here are some titles I have been enjoying over the last week.

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn is a great, chilling ghost story.  Travis and Corey are spending the summer at their grandmother’s inn when they awaken the mischievous ghosts that have been sleeping for years.  Now they must discover the secrets surrounding the ghosts in order to bring peace back to the inn and the ghosts themselves.  All the Lovely Bad Ones just recently won the 2010 Rebecca Caudill award as well!

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau tells the tale of Lina and Doon who must unravel a secret lost years ago in order to bring light and life back to their decaying city.  I cannot wait to read the next in the series!

In Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins, Gregor and his baby sister fall through the air vent in the laundry room of their New York City apartment building and end up in Underland.  There, Gregor must help fulfill an ancient prophecy in a war with humans, crawlers (roaches), spinners (spiders), and gnawers (rats) to restore peace and rescue his father who went missing two years before.  An exciting adventure, I again cannot wait to continue the series.

Rebecca Caudill

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Award has put together its 2010 master list.  The 20 books on the list are read and voted on by children in grades 4-8.  Here, at the WPL, the Rebecca Caudill list is divided between the Children’s and Young Adult Collection.  The 14 titles in the Children’s Department are pulled out on a Caudill list rack near the reference desk and 3 of the titles are also on the Battle of the Books rack.  Some of the titles are available on audio book.  For more information on the Rebecca Caudill Award, visit  Lists of the 2010 master list are available at the Children’s Department desk and on the Rebecca Caudill rack.

I just finished one of the Caudill nominees, A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban, and really enjoyed it.  Narrated by 10 year old Zoe, the reader is allowed to share in the experiences of mastering the organ and performing at Perform-O-Rama, dealing with a father who is afraid to venture far from the house and a mom who works all of the time, and getting to know a boy she never thought she would be friends with.  Urban’s characters are fun to get to know and those who read Zoe’s story may be able to relate to her feelings, friendships, and family life.  The interest level for A Crooked Kind of Perfect is put at 4-7 grades.  I’m currently in the middle of Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George and I’ll let you know how I liked it! 

Here is the 2010 list:

The Naked Mole Rat Letters  

Home of the Brave 

Shark Girl

Shooting the Moon

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Dragon Slippers

The Thing About Georgie

All the Lovely Bad Ones

Crossing the Wire

Kimchi and Calamari

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

The Mozart Question

A Small White Scar

The Wednesday Wars

Elephant Run

The White Elephant

First Light

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree

A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Someone Named Eva

Happy Reading!