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2014 Nēnē Award Nominees List

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Angleberger, Tom. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. 2010 (Humor, school)
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Dwight creates an origami finger puppet of the famous Star Wars character. On Dwight's finger, origami Yoda dispenses wise Yoda advice to Dwight's classmates, even though Dwight himself is a bit of a loser. Dwight's classmate Tommy chronicles both the wise advice Yoda gives, and what happens when their classmates do-or don't- take Yoda's advice.

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Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan. 2012. (Animals, friendship)
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Ivan, a silverback gorilla, has lived for 27 years in a cage at the mall, along with other animals. When Ruby, a baby elephant, is purchased for the zoo, Ivan decides that they must find a way to break out of their cages and live in the wild.

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Broach, Elise. Missing on Superstition Mountain. 2011. (Mystery, suspense, spooky, adventure)
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Brothers Simon, Henry, and Jack have been warned repeatedly to stay away from Superstition Mountain, but when their cat goes missing, they climb the mountain in search of her. There’s something unusually creepy about the mountain and after the boys find three human skulls, they grow determined to uncover the mystery. Have people really gone missing over the years, and could there be someone or some thing lurking in the woods?

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Cowing, Sue. You Will Call Me Drog. 2011 (Family, supernatural)
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Parker finds an old hand puppet sticking out of a garbage can, and puts it on. The puppet commands, "You will call me Drog!" and no matter how hard he tries, Parker can't get Drog off his hand. Drog is sarcastic, cruel, and unpredictable, and no one believes that Drog is alive and making Parker's life a living nightmare.

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Deedy, Carmen Agra. The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale.. 2011. (Animals, friendship, historical fiction)
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Skilley slips into Ye Old Cheshire Cheese to escape his enemy Pinch and inveigles himself into the good graces of the innkeeper and the heart of the barmaid Adele by madly catching mice. In hopes that he is ridding the inn of the dreaded vermin, he is allowed to stay and even cared for by the barmaid, but that ornery writer Dickens notices something is wrong...as does the mouse Pip.

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DeFelice, Cynthia C. Wild Life. 2011. (Family, animal, survival, realistic)
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When twelve-year-old Eric's parents are deployed to Iraq, he goes to live with grandparents he hardly knows in a small town in North Dakota. When Erik rescues a dog that’s been stuck by a porcupine, his grandfater says Erik can’t keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can’t bear to give her up. He decides to run away, taking the dog and a shotgun, certain that they can make it on their own out on the prairie.

Epstein, Adam Jay and Andrew Jacobson. The Familiars. 2010 (Fantasy, animal story)
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When Aldwyn, a young alley cat on the run, ducks into a mysterious pet shop, he doesn’t expect his life to change. But that’s exactly what happens when Jack, a young wizard, picks Aldwyn to be his magical familiar. Aldwyn isn't actually magical, though, and has to act quickly before the other familiars, a know-it-all blue jay Skylar and Gilbert, a friendly tree frog, find out.

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Foley, Lizzie K. Remarkable: A Novel. 2012. (Humor, fantasy, pirates)
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Welcome to
the town of
Remarkable
where every day
in this remarkable place
filled with
remarkable people
is positively remarkable
for absolutely everyone*
*except Jane.

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Garretson, Dee. Wildfire Run. 2011 (Adventure, animals, survival, suspense)
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The president’s son, Luke, and his friends Theo and Callie are vacationing in the secure Camp David under constant guard by Secret Service agents. But when a faraway earthquake sets off a chain of disastrous events, Luke and his friends are suddenly on their own, racing to escape a raging wildfire threatening their lives. They urgently need a plan: to override the security systems, to save those who were supposed to save them, to get through an impassable gate, and to escape Camp David.

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George, Jessica Day. Tuesdays at the Castle. 2011. Fantasy, families, treason
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Eleven-year-old Princess Celie lives with her family at Castle Glower, which adds rooms or stairways or secret passageways most every Tuesday. When the king and queen are ambushed while travelling, will Celie--the castle's favorite--with her secret knowledge of its never-ending twists and turns, be able to protect the castle and save the kingdom?

Hahn, Mary Downing. All the Lovely Bad Ones. 2008 (Ghost story)
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Travis and his sister, Corey, are staying with their grandmother in Vermont when they start seeing ghosts. Restless, spiteful spirits swarm the inn their Grandmother runs, and a dark and terrifying presence stalks the halls and the old oak grove on the inn’s grounds. To lay the ghosts to rest, Travis and Corey must uncover the dark history of Fox Hill and the horrors visited on its inhabitants years earlier.

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Harlow, Joan Hiatt. Firestorm! 2010. Historical fiction, Great Chicago Fire, 1871, friendship
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Twelve-year-old Poppy is an orphan living on the streets of Chicago and surviving by being a pickpocket. Thirteen-year-old Justin, the son of a jeweler and comes from a loving family. Even though Poppy and Justin come from two different worlds, they form a friendship. Their friendship is put to the test when a mistake of Justin's causes Poppy to be accused of stealing. Poppy flees from Justin and his family during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Justin and Poppy must rely on their wits if they are to survive the night. Will their friendship turn to ashes or will their friendship be forged better and strong when the fire dies?

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Healy, Christopher. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. 2012. Fantasy, humor, fractured fairy tales
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Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, the Princes Charming, saviors of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.

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Jennings, Patrick. Guinea Dog. 2010. Animals, magic realism, families, school
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Rufus has always wanted a dog, but his mother says no. She tries to cheer him up by bringing home a guinea pig, and fifth-grader Rufus is not happy--until the rodent starts acting exactly like a dog.

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Kehret, Peg. Ghost Dog Secrets. 2010. Animals, ghost story
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Each day, sixth-grader Rusty feeds a dog that's left chained in the frigid weather with no shelter, food, or water. When he realizes the dog has been injured, he tries to have Animal Control help - but when that fails, Rusty and his friend Andrew unchain the dog and take it. A ghost dog starts appearing in Rusty's room - will Rusty figure out what happened before the dog's abusive owner finds out?

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Korman, Gordon. Ungifted. 2012. School, realistic, humor, friendship, robotics
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Donovan pulls a huge prank at school, and is sent to the principal's office. To remember his name, the principal jots it down on a piece of paper- which happens to be the list of gifted and talented students who are being sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction. Will Donovan be able to fool the gifted and talented students and stay in the program?

Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. 2009 (Dragons, Chinese folklore)
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Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.

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MacLachlan, Patricia. Waiting for the Magic. 2011. Family, animals, magic realism
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The day William's dad left them, his mom adopted four dogs and a cat. William is positive that nothing, not even four dogs and a cat, will fill the space left by his dad. However, what William doesn't realize is that his family's new pets are special and want to help. Elinor, William's little sister, knows from the beginning that their new pets are magical. Will William be able to open his mind and heart to the magic of his family's pets and allow them to help him or will William keep his mind and heart closed to their magic?

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Mass, Wendy. 11 Birthdays. 2009 (Friendship, space and time)
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Amanda and Leo have celebrated their first nine same-day birthdays together, but at their tenth birthday they have an argument and stop talking to each other. On their eleventh birthday peculiar things start happening and they notice that the day is repeating itself over and over again.

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Oliver, Lin. Sound Bender. 2011. Science fiction, adventure, brothers, extra-sensory perception
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Leo finds out that when he touches certain objects, he can hear the memories embedded in them. When he picks up a helmet that was used by the government to secretly enslave dolphins, he sets off on a rescue mission-but there are others after the helmet's secrets.

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Palacio, R. J. Wonder. 2012. Realistic, school, disabilities
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Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive. He's been home-schooled but wants to go to a real school. Will he make friends in fifth grade or be taunted and feared by his classmates?

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Poblocki, Dan. The Ghost of Graylock. 2012. Ghost story, mystery
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Staying with their aunts over the summer, Neil Cady, his sister Bree, and their new friends Wesley and Eric, set out to explore Greylock Hall, an abandoned psychiatric hospital which is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of Nurse Janet. They uncover a mystery, a ghost, and a murderer who doesn't want the truth to come out.

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Potter, Ellen. The Kneebone Boy. 2010. Gothic, family, mystery
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Salisbury, Graham. Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet. 2009 (Hawaii, humor, school)
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Calvin Coconut lives in Kailua and is always getting into trouble. Fourth grade finds him forced to give up his room to the unfriendly fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend; as if that's not enough, on the first day of school he catches the attention of the mean school bully.

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Smith, Clete Barrett. Aliens on Vacation. 2011. Science fiction, humor, coming-of-age
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Stine, R. L. It’s the First Day of School - Forever! 2011. School, humor, horror, space and time
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Tanner, Lian. Museum of Thieves. 2010. Fantasy, adventure
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Tashjian, Janet. My Life as a Book. 2010 (School, family, humor)
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Turnage, Sheila. Three Times Lucky. 2012. Mystery, humor, adventure, coming-of-age
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Cranky Mr. Jessie was found dead! Eleven year old Moses "Mo" LoBeau lives in Tupelo Landing, NC and was looking forward to her summer vacation spending time with her best friend Dale and helping out in the cafe owned by the Colonel and Miss Lana. When Dale becomes the number one suspect in Mr. Jessie's murder, the best friends set out to clear Dale's name. Will Mo be able to solve the mystery of who really killed Mr. Jessie or has Mo's luck run out?

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Van Eekhout, Greg. The Boy at the End of the World. 2011 (Science fiction, survival)
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