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    Bluebonnet Nominees 2017-18
     

Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2017-2018

  •  Ada's Violin book cover

    Ada's Violin

    by Hood, Susan Year Published: 2016

    The Recycled Orchestra, comprising of children from Cateura, Paraguay, playing instruments made from recycled trash, performs concerts all over the world to sold-out audiences. Here's the story of how it began.

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  •  The Best Man book cover

    The Best Man

    by Peck, Richard Year Published: 2016

    Archer has four important role models in his life: his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.

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  •  Follow the Moon Home book cover

    Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles

    by Cousteau, Philippe and Hopkinson, Deborah Year Published: 2016

    A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl's attempts to help save their babies from man-made light.

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  •  The Girl Who Drank the Moon book cover

    The Girl Who Drank the Moon

    by Barnhill, Kelly Year Published: 2016

    An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.

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  •  The Great Pet Escape book cover

    The Great Pet Escape

    by Jamieson, Victoria Year Published: 2016

    A young graphic novel chapter book about the escape escapades of class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School.

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  •  The Great Shelby Holmes book cover

    The Great Shelby Holmes

    by Eulberg, Elizabeth Year Published: 2016

    Nine-year-old Shelby Holmes, the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood, and her new easy-going friend from downstairs, eleven-year-old John Watson, become partners in a dog-napping case.

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  •  In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse book cover

    In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

    by Marshall, Joseph Year Published: 2015

    Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. Includes historical note and glossary.

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  •  The Key to Extraordinary book cover

    The Key to Extraordinary

    by Lloyd, Natalie Year Published: 2016

    Twelve-year old orphan Emma Casey lives by a haunted graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours, helping her brother and Granny Blue with the family bakery, and waiting for the Destiny Dream of her ancestors--but when it comes it shows her only a key, and she finds that she must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.

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  •  The Last Kids on Earth book cover

    The Last Kids on Earth

    by Brallier, Max Year Published: 2015

    After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

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  •  Little Cat's Luck book cover

    Little Cat's Luck

    by Bauer, Marion Dane Year Published: 2016

    A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.

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  •  Lola Levine Drama Queen book cover

    Lola Levine Drama Queen

    by Brown, Monica Year Published: 2016

    Lola Levine is given a non-speaking part after getting stage fright during her class play audition. She saves the play from a couple of obstacles with the help of her grandmother.

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  • The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown

    by Allen, Crystal Year Published: 2016

    Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Mya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.

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  • Maybe a Fox book cover

    Maybe a Fox

    by Appelt, Kathi and McGhee, Allison Year Published: 2016

    When her sister Sylvie goes missing on a snowy morning and is never seen again, Jules refuses to believe she is gone forever; meanwhile, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born.

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  •  The Princess and the Warrior book cover

    The Princess and the Warrior

    by Tonatiuh, Duncan Year Published: 2016

    Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised, Popoca stayed by her side.

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  •  Soar book cover

    Soar

    by Bauer, Joan Year Published: 2016

    Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.

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  •  Some Kind of Courage book cover

    Some Kind of Courage

    by Gemeinhart, Dan Year Published: 2016

    In 1890 Washington the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back--and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.

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  •  The Storyteller book cover

    The Storyteller

    by Turk, Evan Year Published: 2016

    In a time of drought in the Kingdom of Morocco, a storyteller and a boy weave a tale to thwart a Djinn and his sandstorm from destroying their city.

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  •  Towers Falling book cover

    Towers Falling

    by Rhodes, Jewell Parker Year Published: 2016

    While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.

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  • Unidentified Suburban Object book cover

    Unidentified Suburban Object

    by Jung, Mike Year Published: 2016

    Chloe Cho is a Korean American seventh-grader who would like to get in touch with many of the aspects of her heritage, but her parents are unwilling to talk about it--then when a class assignment forces Chloe to confront them directly, they finally tell her the truth about her family, which may just be too much for one girl to handle.

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  •  Whoosh! book cover

    Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

    by Barton, Chris Year Published: 2016

    A biography of Lonnie Johnson, an engineer at NASA who is best know for inventing the Super Soaker water gun.

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  • Texas Bluebonnet Award - Past Master Lists
    Past lists are still great reading lists!

Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2016-2017

  • The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

    by Barton, Chris Year Published: 2015
    A picture book biography of John Roy Lynch, one of the first African-Americans elected into the United States Congress
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  • The Chicken Squad

    by Cronin, Doreen Year Published: 2014
    When the squirrel Tail comes barreling into the chicken coop ranting about a round, shiny, green, big, scary thing in the yard, Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar investigate this strange object.
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  • Circus Mirandus

    by Beasley, Cassie Year Published: 2015
    When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus--and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life.
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  • Crenshaw

    by Applegate, Katherine Year Published: 2015
    A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary
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  • Echo

    by Ryan, Pam Muñoz Year Published: 2015
    Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
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  • A Fine Dessert

    by Jenkins, Emily Year Published: 2015
    Depicts families, from England to California and from 1710 to 2010, preparing and enjoying the dessert called blackberry fool. Includes a recipe and historical notes.
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  • The Fog Diver

    by Ross, Joel N. Year Published: 2015
    In this futuristic high-stakes adventure, humanity clings to cities on the highest mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tetherboy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E
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  • A handful of stars

    by Lord, Cynthia Year Published: 2015
    When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches, Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.
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  • Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

    by Robertson, Robbie Year Published: 2015
    Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear.
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  • Lowriders in Space

    by Camper, Cathy Year Published: 2015
    Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.
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  • Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France

    by Rockliff, Mara Year Published: 2015
    Relates the story of Benjamin Franklin's involvement in the early development of the scientific method during a visit to France during the American Revolution to drum up support for the colonists. When asked to determine if the invisible force that Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer claimed he was using to cure patients was genuine, Franklin devised a series of tests that provided the answer in clear results.
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  • Nightmares!

    by Segel, Jason Year Published: 2015
    Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it's too late
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  • Poems in the Attic

    by Grimes, Nikki Year Published: 2015
    A young girl learns much about her mother as she reads a collection of poems written before she was born that capture her mother's memories of living around the world and growing up as a child of an Air Force serviceperson. Includes author's note, list of Air Force bases, and explanation of the free verse and tanka poetry forms used.
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  • Ratscalibur

    by Lieb, Josh Year Published: 2015
    When Joey is bitten by a rat, he goes from aspiring seventh-grader to three-inch tall rodent, and unwittingly unlocks the sword Ratscalibur
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  • Roller Girl

    by Jamieson, Victoria Year Published: 2015
    Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, but her best friend Nicole chooses dance. While making new friends and struggling with a new sport, Astrid fears she is losing Nicole.
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  • Space Case

    by Gibbs, Stuart Year Published: 2014
    Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve the murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors.
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  • The Terrible Two

    by Barnett, Mac Year Published: 2015
    When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.
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  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

    by Jones, Kelly Year Published: 2015
    Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.
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  • Woof

    by Quinn, Spencer Year Published: 2015
    Bowser is a mutt, just adopted by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, but when they all get home to Grammy's bait and tackle shop in the bayou they discover that their prize stuffed marlin has been stolen--so Bowser decides to investigate, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous.
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  • Athlete vs. Mathlete

    by Mack, W. C. Year Published: 2013
    When their two worlds collide in seventh grade, fraternal twins and opposites Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court, and at home.
     
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  • Counting by 7s

    by Sloan, Holly Goldberg Year Published: 2013
    Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
     
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  • Dead City

    by Ponti, James Year Published: 2012
    Seventh-grader Molly has always been an outsider, even at New York City's elite Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, but that changes when she is recruited to join the Omegas, a secret group that polices and protects zombies.
     
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  • Face Bug

    by Lewis, J. Patrick Year Published: 2013
    Presents humorous poems about insects, accompanied by close-up photographs of bug faces and interactive displays.
     
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  • Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

    by DiCamillo, Kate Year Published: 2013
    It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but Flora is just the right person to step in and save him.
     
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  • Lester's Dreadful Sweaters

    by Campbell, K. G. Year Published: 2012
    When Lester's mysterious cousin Clara comes to stay with his family, she insists on knitting him ugly sweaters and Lester must figure out how to accept the unwanted gifts without hurting his cousin's feelings.
     
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  • Liar & Spy

    by Stead, Rebecca Year Published: 2012
    Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.
     
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  • Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck

    by Fairlie, Emily Year Published: 2012
    Sixth-graders Laurie and Bud follow a series of clues to figure out the mystery of Tuckernuck Hall and find a treasure before the school board votes to tear down the building.
     
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  • Monsieur Marceau

    by Schubert, Leda Year Published: 2012
    An illustrated biography of the famous French mime, Marcel Marceau.
     
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  • Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy

    by Hale, Nathan Year Published: 2012
    Retells the history of the author's namesake, an officer and spy for the American rebels during the Revolutionary War, in graphic-novel format, and revealing facts about Nathan Hale's earlier days at Yale and his unlucky experiences as an military officer. Includes biographical information about historical characters and a mini-comic about Crispus Attucks.
     
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  • Odette's Secrets

    by Macdonald, Maryann Year Published: 2013
    When Odette's father becomes a Nazi prisoner-of-war and the Paris police begin arresting Jews, her mother sends Odette to hide in the Catholic French countryside where she must keep many secrets to survive.
     
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    Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School.

    by Baker, Kim Year Published: 2012
    Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA. Click this link to see all available copies within the elementary schools. Remember to look for your school!
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  • Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked

    by Krosoczka, Jarrett Year Published: 2013
    Paired together after a veteran detective retires, platypus police squad members Rick Zengo, a hotshot rookie, and Corey O'Malley, a hard-nosed old-timer, struggle with their differences while tackling their first case involving a missing schoolteacher and a duffle bag filled with illegal fish.
     
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  • Rebel McKenzie

    by Ransom, Candice Year Published: 2012
    When feisty twelve-year-old Rebel McKenzie, an aspiring paleontologist, goes to spend the summer taking care of her older sister's seven-year-old son at the mobile home park in Frog Level, Virginia, she never expects to enter a beauty pageant or meet a hand model.
     
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  • Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

    by Shurtliff, Liesl Year Published: 2013
    Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.
     
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  • Spy Camp

    by Gibbs, Stuart Year Published: 2013
    As almost thirteen-year-old Ben, a student at the CIA's academy for future intelligence agents, prepares to go to spy summer camp, he receives a death threat from the evil organization SPYDER.
     
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  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    by Daywalt, Drew Year Published: 2013
    When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
     
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  • The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon

    by Taylor, S.S. Year Published: 2012
    Explorer Alexander West smuggled half of a map to his children and then died under mysterious circumstances. It is now up to Kit, M.K., and Zander--the Expeditioners--to figure out the map and why so many people are looking for it.
     
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  • The Neptune Project

    by Holyoke, Polly Year Published: 2013
    A group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean must embark on a dangerous underwater journey to find refuge--and maybe even a way to save the world
     
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  • The Year of the Book

    by Cheng, Andrea Year Published: 2012
    Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.
     
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