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  • Charlie May Simon 1897-1977 The first prominent childrens book author from Arkansas.Wrote almost 30 books in her lifetime.Married to another writer.The two lived in a home overlooking the Arkansas River in Little Rock.An award was created in her name in 1971 and is given to an outstanding book chosen by Arkansas students in grades 4-6.

  • 2013 Charlie May Simon Winner & Honor Book

  • The One and Only Ivanby ApplegateIvan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their homeand his own artthrough new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better

  • Sophias Warby AviSophia's War: a Tale of the Revolution In 1776, the War of Independence comes to New York City, and to twelve-year-old Sophia Calderwoods family. William, her older soldier brother, has been missing since the defeat of George Washingtons Army at the Battle of Brooklyn. When the British occupy the city, Lieutenant John Andr of the English Army, is boarded at the Calderwood home. He and Sophia develop a flirtatious friendship, which is tested when the girl discovers that William is being held in The Sugarhouse, a notorious British prison. She hopes Andr can help. When he chooses not to, Sophia struggles to save her brother herself.Three years later, Sophia becomes a spy in the headquarters of the British Army. There she finds Andr, now a Major, working to enable a highly placed American General become a traitor, a treason that will endanger the whole American war effort. Deciding to stop the treasonand motivated by personal revengeSophia becomes desperate. However, as Sophia learns, desperations other name is deception. Indeed, the desperate characters in this thrilling tale of spies and counter-spies, act out many acts of deception, not least by Sophia herself.

  • The Moon over High Street by BabbittJoe Casimir needed help with the choice he had to make. But how do you choose the person who will help you choose? Mr. Boulderwall, the millionaire, knew exactly what he wanted Joe to choose. And millionaires are experts at making choices. Well, aren't they? But Vinnie, the number-two man down at Sope Electric, didn't much approve of millionaires. He said to Joe, "Listen, kid, all of 'em act like they're the only ones with a ticket to the show!" But he didn't have any real advice to offer. Joe's Gran didn't either, as it turned out, and neither did Aunt Myra.The good advice was there, though. Right across the street. Just waiting right across the street. There are a lot of good things just waiting. You'll see.

  • The Mighty Miss Maloneby Curtis"We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But it's 1936 and the Great Depression hashit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother, Jimmie, go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.

  • The Great Molasses Floodby KopsA strange and sticky piece of history. January 15, 1919, started off as a normal day in Bostons North End. Workers took a break for lunch, children played in the park, trains made trips between North and South Stations. Then all of a sudden a large tank of molasses exploded, sending shards of metal hundreds of feet away, collapsing buildings, and coating the harborfront community with a thick layer of sticky-sweet sludge. Deborah Kops takes the reader through this bizarre and relatively unknown disaster, including the cleanup and court proceedings that followed. What happened? Why did the tank explode? Many people died or were injured in the accidentwho was to blame? Kops focuses on several individuals involved in the events of that day, creating a more personal look at this terrible tragedy

  • Wonder by Palacio August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream schooluntil now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

  • May B by Rose Ive known it since last night: Its been too long to expect them to return. Somethings happened. May is helping out on a neighbors Kansas prairie homesteadjust until Christmas, says Pa. She wants to contribute, but its hard to be separated from her family by 15 long, unfamiliar miles. Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned. Trapped in a tiny snow-covered sod house, isolated from family and neighbors, May must prepare for the oncoming winter. While fighting to survive, Mays memories of her struggles with reading at school come back to haunt her. But shes determined to find her way home again.

  • Liar & Spy by SteadWhen seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?

  • Three Times Lucky by Turnage A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a caf owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous caf hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

  • Be a student in Arkansas grades 4-6.

    Read OR listen to at least 3 of the books and you will be eligible to vote for the Charlie May Simon Award.

    Vote in the school library or with your reading teacher in April 2015. How to Vote: