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Book Awards

Newbery Award Winners for 2005:

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2006 Medal Winner

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Criss Cross by Lynn Rae Perkins (Fic PER) : Criss Cross follows the lives of four 14-year-olds in a small town, each at their own crossroads. This ensemble cast explores new thoughts and feelings in their quest to find the meaning of life and love.  “Writing in a wry, omniscient third-person narrative voice, Perkins deftly captures the tentativeness and incompleteness of adolescence,” said Award Committee Chair Barbara Barstow. “In 38 brief chapters, this poetic, postmodern novel experiments with a variety of styles: haiku, song lyrics, question-and-answer dialogue and split-screen scenarios. With seeming yet deliberate randomness, Perkins writes an orderly, innovative, and risk-taking book in which nothing happens and everything happens.”  The FMS library owns 1 copy of this novel.

2006 Newbery Honor Books

book jacket Whittington by Alan Armstrong:  In Whittington, Armstrong creates a glorious barnyard fantasy that seamlessly weaves together three tales: Whittington the cat’s arrival on Bernie’s farm, his retelling of the traditional legend of his 14th-century namesake, and one boy’s struggle to learn to read. These three tales unite the disparate citizens of the barn community in a celebration of oral and written language, the support of friends, the healing power of humor and the triumph of life.  The FMS library does not currently own a copy of this novel.

book jacket Hilter Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti:  How could the Holocaust have happened? Bartoletti delivers a chilling answer by exploring Hitler’s rise to power through the first-hand experiences of young followers whose adolescent zeal he so successfully exploited and the more extraordinary few who risked certain death in resisting. The meticulously researched volume traces the Hitler Youth movement from the time it formally gathered strength in the early 1930s through the defeat of the Third Reich. . The FMS library does not currently own a copy of this book.

book jacket Princess Academy by Shannon Hale: 

Miri and the other young women of her rocky highland village are forced to leave their close-knit community when the prince must choose a bride in “The Princess Academy.” Like the miri flower, which sprouts from the cracks in the linder rock, Miri soon becomes the strong, resilient and courageous leader of the academy. The book is a fresh approach to the traditional princess story with unexpected plot twists and great emotional resonance.  The FMS library does not currently own a copy of this book.


Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Winners for 2006:

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner - adults do not vote.

2006 Winner:

book jacket Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Fic ROW):  As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of rebellion. It's been yet another infuriating and boring summer with the despicable Dursleys, this time with minimal contact from our hero's non-Muggle friends from school. Harry is feeling especially edgy at the lack of news from the magic world, wondering when the freshly revived evil Lord Voldemort will strike. Returning to Hogwarts will be a relief... or will it?  The FMS library owns five copies of this book.

2006-2007 Award Nominees with Annotations:

book jacket All American Girl by Meg Cabot (Fic CAB):  A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.  The FMS library owns 1 copy of this book.

book jacket Artemis Foul: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer (Fic COL):
After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl's mind was wiped of memories of the world belowground and any goodness grudgingly learned is now gone, with the young genius reverting to his criminal lifestyle.  This is the fourth installment of the Artemis Fowl series. The FMS library owns 1 copy of this book.  The first book in the series is Artemis Fowl

book jacket The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown:

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci--clues visible for all to see--yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion--an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret--and an explosive historical truth--will be lost forever.   The FMS library does not own a copy of this novel.

book jacket Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Fic PAO):  After successfully evading an Urgals ambush, Eragon is adopted into the Ingeitum clan and sent to finish his training so he can further help the Varden in their struggle against the Empire. This is the second installment of the Inheritance Triology written by a Montana teenager.   The FMS library owns 3 copies of this novel.

book jacket Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares (Fic BRA): The girls from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants graduate from high school and spend their last summer before college learning about life, friendship and themselves. This is the third in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants trilogy.  The FMS library owns 2 copies of this book.

book jacket Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud (Fic STR): In their continuing adventures, magician's apprentice Nathaniel, now fourteen years old, and the djinni Bartimaeus travel to Prague to locate the source of a golem's power before it destroys London.  This is book 2 in the Bartimaeus trilogy. The FMS library owns 1 copy of this book.

book jacket Inkspell by Cornelia Funke:  Sequel to Inkheart. When Dustfinger finds a crooked storyteller who can read him back to Inkscape, he leaves his apprentice Farid behind. Farid seeks out Meggie and the two follow him back into the enchanted book. Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past. Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. But the story is threatening to evolve in ways neither of them could ever have imagined.

The FMS library does not currently own a copy of this novel.

book jacket Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kodahata (Fic KAD):  Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill. kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare. And it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering -- kira-kira -- in the future.
The FMS library owns one copy of this book.

book jacket The Last of the O Forms by James VanPelt:  Written by Fruita Monument High School Language Arts teacher, Mr. VanPelt, this is his second collection of science fiction short stories. In the title story, a menagerie of mutant animals is losing business because humans are mutating, too, and don't want to be reminded. The FMS library does not currently own a copy of this book.

The Light of the Oracle The Light of the Oracle by Victoria Hanley : Bryn is the daughter of a humble stone-cutter. So no one is more surprised than she when the Master Priest seeks her out to become a student at the famous Temple of the Oracle; a training school for future priests and priestesses. But her innately gifted nature proves a threat to the evil embedded within the Temple, and Bryn encounters unimaginable danger. Is she able to struggle with the unknown and to save the whole world from untold misery? Or will the powers of darkness succeed? A companion novel to The Seer and the Sword and Healer's Keep (both of which FMS has a copy of).  The FMS library does not currently own a copy of this novel.

book jacket Magyk by Angie Sage: After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier. The FMS library does not currently own a copy of this novel.

book jacket A Million Little Pieces by James Fry: Imagine you’re 23 years old. You’ve been an alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three. You’ve destroyed your body and mind almost beyond repair. You wake up from a two-week blackout to find yourself on a plane. Your four front teeth are missing, your nose is broken, and you’ve got a gaping hole torn in your cheek. You get off the plane to find your parents standing there. They offer to either take you to rehab, or drop you off on the street corner of your choice.  So begins James Frey’s controversial bestseller, A Million Little Pieces, a searing account of addiction and recovery. The FMS library does not own a copy of this book.

book jacket Nightmare by Joan Lowry Nixon(Fic NIX):  Emily is sent to a camp for underachievers where she discovers a murderer on the staff who might provide an explanation for her recurring nightmares. The FMS library owns 1 copy of this novel.

book jacket Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (Fic SNI) : The Baudelaire orphans disguise themselves as employees of the Hotel Denoument and find themselves pursued by the evil Count Olaf and others. Lemony Snicket returns with the last book before the last book of his New York Times bestselling Series of Unfortunate Events. The FMS library owns 2 copies of this novel.

book jacket Rakkety Tam by Brian Jacques (Fic JAC) : Two warrior squirrels lead the battle against Gulo, a bloodthirsty wolverine who will stop at nothing to recover the Walking Stone that will give him the authority to rule the lands of ice beyond the Great Sea.   Another novel in the Red Wall saga.  The FMS library owns one copy of this title.

book jacket Rebel Angels by Libba Bray:  Gemma and her friends from the Spence Academy return to the realms to defeat her foe, Circe, and to bind the magic that has been released. The FMS library does not currently own a copy of this novel.

book jacket Sight by David Clement-Davies (Fic CLE):  In Transylvania during the Middle Ages, a pack of wolves sets out on a perilous journey to prevent their enemy from calling upon a legendary evil one that will give her the power to control all animals. The FMS library owns 1 copy of this novel.

book jacket The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (Fic DIC):The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. THe FMS library owns 2 copies of this novel. 

book jacket This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (Fic DES): Raised by a mother who's had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician. The FMS library owns 1 copy of this novel.

book jacket Tricker's Queen by Tamora Pierce:  Aly fails to foresee the dangers that await as she uses her magic to safeguard Dova and her younger siblings, despite knowing that her thirteen-year-old charge might be queen of the Copper Isles when the colonial rulers are defeated.  The FMS library does not currently have a copy of this novel. 

book jacket Twilight by Stephanie Meyer : When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.   The FMS library does not currently own a copy of this novel.


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