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  • Georgia Childrens Book Award 2015-2016 Nominees:

    Connecting to Children and Curriculum

    Group 1: Adventures and Mysteries (Terrie Gribanow and Janice Kelley)

    Group 2: Other Times and Places (Janice Kelley and Eileen Lynch)

    Group 3: Fantasy and Science Fiction (Bev Kodak)

    Group 4: Facing Transition (Joy Frerichs and Eileen Lynch)

    Group 5: Girls Finding Hope (Janice Kelley, Eileen Lynch, and Erin Rehberg)

    Group 6: Boys Finding Hope (Amie Pilla)

    2015-2016 Childrens Book Award Committee Members (in alphabetical order)

    1. Adam Crawley, Graduate Assistant, Language & Literacy Education, University of

    Georgia 2. Denise Davila, Assistant Professor, Language & Literacy Education, University of

    Georgia 3. Joy Frerichs, School Support and Public Library Volunteer, Cedar Ridge School,

    Antioch Elementary, Dalton Public Library, Dalton County 4. Terrie Gribanow, Media Specialist, Dearing Elementary, McDuffie County 5. Janice Kelley, Media Specialist, Shallowford Falls Elementary, Cobb County 6. Bev Kodak, Sixth Grade Teacher, Ola Middle School, Henry, GA 7. Eileen Lynch, Media Specialist, Double Churches Middle School, Muscogee County 8. Amie Pilla, Access Services Librarian, Dekalb County Public Library Decatur

    Branch, Dekalb County 9. Erin Rehberg, Media Specialist, Thomas County Upper Elementary and Middle

    Schools, Thomas County

  • Group 1: Adventures and Mysteries (Terrie Gribanow and Janice Kelley)

    SYLO by D.J. MacHale

    Summary

    MacHale's current-day dystopic series opener begins with a mysterious death and gets stranger from there. On Pemberwick Island off the coast of Maine, Tucker Pierce, 14, is vaulted onto his high school football team's starting lineup after a star player falls dead at the end of a game. To clear their heads, Tucker and his friend Quinn Carr take a late-night bike ride on the road that runs around the island's perimeter only to encounter a shadowy flying object that emits strange music that then explodes over the water. Within a few days, a stranger to the island offers Tucker a "supplement" called "the Ruby" that makes him feel superhuman. Then a military force wearing red camo uniforms with a patch bearing the word "SYLO" takes control of the island, and the president announces a quarantine until the CDC can identify and neutralize the "Pemberwick virus." Tucker and Quinn don't know what to make of the events or who to trust as martial law takes over. In desperation, the teens make plans with Tori Sleeper, a lobsterman's daughter, to use her dad's two boats to escape the island. MacHale pens some terrific and unique action scenes, but they never overwhelm the story as the characters face one quandary, riddle, or dilemma after another in unraveling the mystery of what is happening. The shocking ending will leave readers hungry for the next installment. - (Review from School Library Journal)

    Curriculum Connections

    Science Students will investigate sightings of UFOs in the United States. Have two groups debate the existence of UFOs. Are the websites you visited legitimate and credible?

    Art Penderwick Island is described as an idyllic small town on the coast of Maine. Design a brochure that features Penderwick Island to tourists. Create the feel of small town life on the coast.

    Careers The military is a strong presence in SYLO. Go online and find out about a career in the Navy. Investigate what the time commitment is to join the Navy. See what kind of skills you would need to become a Navy Seal.

    Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards

    5th Grade Language Arts Speaking and Writing ELACC5SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others ideas and expressing their own clearly. ELACC5W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. 6th Grade Science The Universe S6E1.Students will explore current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.

  • Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford

    Summary Eleven-year-old Sam Brattle is already having the worst Christmas ever his dads bakery is going bankrupt and his mom is spending the holidays with her new family. To make things worse, Nickel Bay Nick, the anonymous Good Samaritan who leaves hundred-dollar bills around Nickel Bay at Christmastime, is a no-show, so this year the rest of the town is as miserable as Sam. When he stumbles upon the secret identity of this mysterious do-gooder, Sam is stunned to learn that he might now be his towns only hope. But before he can rescue Nickel Bay, Sam has to learn the skills of a spy and unravel some even darker secrets that will change his life forever. (Review by GoodReads)

    Curriculum Connections

    Careers Students could research the career path of a police detective.

    Art Invite students to create their own Nick Buck that is a gift certificate for something that could be given by Nick rather than a $100 bill.

    Economics Students can calculate how much it would cost to provide Nick Bucks to every city in their state that is below the average income level or has a high rate of poverty.

    Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards 4th Grade Social Studies Economic Understandings SS4E2 The student will identify the elements of a personal budget and explain why personal spending and saving decisions are important. 4th ELA Reading Informational ELACC4RI5: Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text. 5th Grade ELA Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas ELACC5SL4: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace

  • The Girl from Felony Bay by Author J. E. Thompson

    Summary The last year has been rougher than sandpaper for Abbey Force and her dad. Hes in a coma after his accident a year back, wherein he was framed for a terrible crime he didnt commit. And their home, Reward Plantation, an idyllic spot on the eastern coast of South Carolina, had to be sold to pay off his debt to society. Abbey is stuck living with her uncle Charlie, who, even in the few hours a day when hes sober, aint exactly your ideal parental role model. But it turns out the new family that moved into Abbeys old house has a daughter named Bee. Shes curious about all of the No Trespassing signs and holes being dug out by Felony Bay in the corner of what used to be Abbeys home. It appears someones been poking around a mystery that dates all the way back to the Civil Warand it just might be the same someone who framed Abbeys dad. Fresh, funny, and heartwarming, The Girl from Felony Bay is the perfect book for fans of Rebecca Steads Liar & Spy and Sheila Turnages Three Times Lucky. (Review by GoodReads)

    Curriculum Connections

    Art Students can construct a map of Reward Plantation, noting where each landmark is located in relation to the main house.

    Careers Students could research career opportunities as a preservationist or archeologist.

    Social Studies Students could research the activities of the U.S. battleships during the Civil War to find out if any were actually near South Carolina.

    Self-Awareness Students could explore the friendship that develops between Abbey and Bee, pointing out qualities of a good friend.

    Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards 4th Grade ELA Reading Literary ELACC4RL3: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a characters thoughts, words, or actions). 5th Grade Social Studies Government/Civil Understandings SS5CG1 The student will explain how a citizens rights are protected under the U.S. Constitution. 6th Grade Science Habits of Mind S6CS3. Students will use computation and estimation skills necessary for analyzing data and following scientific explanations. 7th ELA Reading Literary ELACC7RL3: Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how settings shape the characters or plot).

  • Loot: How to Steal a Fortune by Jude Watson

    Summary On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It's Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he's dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: "Find jewels." But March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot. He's talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. No sooner than the two find each other, they're picked up by the police and sent to the world's worst orphanage. It's not prison, but it feels like it. March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father's business inside and out, and they're tired of being pushed around. Just one good heist, and they'll live the life of riches and freedom most kids only dream about. Watch out! There are wild kids on the loose and a crime spree coming! (Review by GoodReads)

    Curriculum Connections

    Careers Students could research career paths that lead to, or deal with, the circus (acrobatics, management, tightrope, etc).

    Relationships Students could examine how the friendship develops between twins that were separated at birth.

    Art Students could research gems them create replicas of the moon stones.

    Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards 4th Grade EL