DCF Nominees for 2011-2012

For the last few years, I’ve wanted to read all the nominated books for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher award. I’ve pooped out each time but I’m trying it again!  Have you read any of these books? One of my nephews read the Origami Yoda book. I can’t wait to read that one! Here are this year’s nominees:

Angleberger, Tom The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Balliett, Blue The Danger Box
Conly, Jane Murder Afloat
Couloumbis, Audrey Jake
Draper, Sharon M. Out of My Mind
Erskine, Kathryn Mockingbird  June 5, 2011
Falls, Kat Dark Life
Gibbs, Stuart Belly Up
Henson, Heather Dream of Night
Holm, Jennifer Turtle in Paradise
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt June 14, 2011
Klass, David Stuck on Earth
Klise, Kate Grounded
Levy, Debbie The Year of Goodbyes
Lord, Cynthia Touch Blue
Lupica, Mike Hero
McMullan, Margaret Sources of Light
Messner, Kate Sugar and Ice July 28, 2011
Mitchell, Don Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford
Montgomery, Sy Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest
Parrot
O’Connor, Barbara The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
Oppel, Kenneth Half Brother
Resau, Laura Star in the Forest
Rhodes, Jewell Parker Ninth Ward
Shulman, Polly The Grimm Legacy August 8, 2011
Silberberg, Alan Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze June 21, 2011
Sonnenblick, Jordan After Ever After
Telgemeier, Raina Smile
Williams-Garcia, Rita One Crazy Summer July 19, 2011
Zafon, Carlos Ruiz The Prince of Mist July 5, 2011

Personal Challenge: DCF Reading List 2010-2011

Last year, I attempted to read all the DCF nominated books. I only read 11 out of 30. Let’s see if I can do a better job with the 2010/2011 list of books!

I hope to read as many as I can by April 1, 2011. I’ll keep track of the ones I read on this post.

AUTHOR                                          TITLE
Baskin, Nora Raleigh                  Anything But Typical
Burg, Ann                                        All the Broken Pieces
Collard III, Sneed B.                   Double Eagle
Couloumbis, Audrey & Akila   War Games
Fleischman, Paul                          The Dunderheads
Fleming, Candace                         The Great and Only Barnum
Hahn, Mary Downing                  Closed for the Season
Hartinger, Brent                            Project Sweet Life
Hiaasen, Carl                                   Scat
Hoose, Phillip                                 Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Jennings, Patrick                          We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes
Kelly, Jacqueline                          The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Ketchum, Liza                                Newsgirl
Knudsen, Michelle                       The Dragon of Trelian
Korman, Gordon                           Pop
Lin, Grace                                        Where the Mountain Meets the Moon read as an ARC
Marino, Nan                                   Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other                                                                   Lies  Muscle Man McGinty Told Me
Martin, Ann M.                             Everything for a Dog 10/10/10
Mass, Wendy                                 11 Birthdays
McKinnon, Hannah Roberts   Franny Parker
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds         Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
O’Connor, Barbara                      The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
Philbrick, Rodman                      The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Potter, Ellen                                   Slob
Preller, James                               Bystander
Slade, Arthur                                The Hunchback Assignments
Stead, Rebecca                             When You Reach Me
Sturm, James,                              Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn
Andrew Arnold &                       Your Doodles Into Comics
Alexis Frederick Frost
Taylor, Greg                                  Killer Pizza
Wolf-Morgenländer, Karl        Ragtag

Nan’s Notes: Found

foundby  Margaret Peterson Haddix

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
  • Pub. Date: April 2009
  • Age Range: 8 to 12
  • 314pp
  • Series: Missing Series, #1

DCF nominee

Found opens with a mysterious plane arriving at the airport. An airport employee goes to the gate to let everyone off, but no one comes out of the plane. The employee goes into the plane and finds the plane contains 36 babies, no pilot or adults at all.

From there, we go ahead 13 years and meet Jonah, his sister Katherine, and his best friend Chip. Chip and Jonah start to receive mysterious and threatening letters. They work together to try to figure out who sent the letters and why. Before they know it, they are involved with FBI, people who can appear and disappear, and people fighting against each other in order to harm and/or protect them. I don’t want to say too much that will give away the story. 🙂

I have picked up this book many times during my weekly trips to the library and I put it down each time. I knew I would eventually read it, because it was on the DCF list, but the cover just did not pull me in at all. Then, a colleague at work told me that it was a great read. The next time I went to the library, I picked it up and dove right in.

I read this 314 page book in two days. It was fantastic! I hadn’t read the blurb on the back of the book so I knew nothing about it except for what my colleague told me, which was what happened in the first 10 pages. The book had a beginning that pulled me right in from the first paragraph. Then, the mystery that the characters were trying to solve kept me going for the rest of the book.

I haven’t read anything else by this author, and she has a ton of books. I would like to give some of her other books a try.

Challenges:

Rating:  4/5