November 1, 2011

Amelia Bloomer Project Nominations Have Closed for the 2012 Amelia Bloomer List

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We will post a complete list of nominations soon.

We hope that some of you will be able to join us at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Dallas as we deliberate on the nominations to reach a final list.

Meeting Times:
Fri (1/20): 12:00-5:30
Sat (1/21): 9:00-1:00, 3:00-6:30
Sun (1/22): 9:00-1:00, 3:00-6:30
Mon (1/23): 9:30-1:00, 3:30-6:30

Nomination: Supreme Court Justices: Sonia Sotomayor

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Shichtman, Sandra H. Supreme Court Justices: Sonia Sotomayor. 2010. 111p. Morgan Reynolds, $28.95 (978-159935156-8). Gr.4-up.

Sonia Sotomayor charted her own course from working-class, diabetic Latina in the Bronx to the investigative lawyer she dreamed of becoming as a young girl, overcoming sexist objections to her assertiveness to become an inspiring woman Supreme Court justice.

October 31, 2011

Nomination: Mastiff

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Pierce, Tamora. Mastiff. 2011. 608p. Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (978-0-375-81470-9). Gr.8-up.

In the course of her Hunt to recover Prince Gareth, Beka Cooper challenges the belief systems of many in the world around her, and together with Gareth creates unexpected change that will rock the foundation of their society. [keo]

Nomination: I Shall Wear Midnight

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Pratchett, Terry. I Shall Wear Midnight. 2010. 368p. HarperCollins, $16.99 (978-0-061-43304-7). Gr.6-up.

Tiffany Aching must overcome the Cunning Man and his influence that undermines witches. [keo]

Nomination: Dust Devil

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Isaacs, Anne. Dust Devil. Illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. 2010. Unpaged. Schwartz and Wade Books/ Random House, $17.99 (978-0-375-86722-4). PreS-Gr.4.

Angel moves from Tennessee to Montana where she creates the buttes, tames the Dust Devil whirlwind and makes him her horse, and conquers Backwards Bart and his biting Desperados… even though the sheriff refuses to deputize her or allow her to go after outlaws (since she’s not a man). [keo]

Nomination: Bossypants

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Fey, Tina. Bossypants. 2011. 277p. Reagan Arthur Books/ Little, Brown and Company, $26.99 (978-0-316-05686-1). Gr.10-up.

Tina Fey shares with sardonic wit her journey from young girl announcing “I am the boss!” to being the boss of 200 people as producer of “30 Rock.” Along the way, she captures the morass of cultural expectations she has faced en route to her current voice/ presence and her commitment to create opportunity for diversity of presence and voice for women of the future in her role as producer, the boss. [keo]

Nomination: Knowing Your Value

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Brzezinski, Mika. Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth. 2011. 194p. Weinstein Books, $22.95 (978-1-60286-134-3). Gr.11-up.

On average women make only seventy-seven cents for every dollar earned by a man; we need to quantify and communicate our value with confidence to capitalize on our abilities and the achievements of the many women who precede us to push forward the next chapter of women’s rights. [keo]

October 30, 2011

Nomination: Sojourner Truth: A Biography

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Murphy, Larry G. Sojourner Truth: A Biography. 2011. 171p. ABC-Clio/ Greenwood, $35.00 (978-0-313-35728-2). Gr. 10-up.

Sojourner Truth left her slavery behind and continued to shed restrictions throughout her life as she grew more and more powerfully into a voice that spoke for equality. [keo]

October 25, 2011

Nomination: Between Sisters

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Badoe, Adwoa. Between Sisters. 2010. 205p. Groundwood Books/ Anansi Press, $16.95 (978-0-88899-996-2). Gr.7-up.

Gloria journeys from her Ghanaian village, to the big city of Kumasi, to become a nanny/ housekeeper for Sistah Christine, a doctor. There she encounters challenging friends and charlatans, overcomes her illiteracy with the help of Christine, and has her eyes opened about AIDS, abortion and the larger world… as well as rocking out with her band (her once unlikely dream). [keo]

October 15, 2011

Nomination: Threads and Flames

Posted in General tagged , at 10:35 pm by betholshewsky

Friesner, Esther. Threads and Flames. 2010. 390p. Viking/ Penguin, $17.99 (978-0-670-01245-9). Gr.6-up.

Raisa voyages to America to find her sister, resiliently embracing independence and newfound possibilities in spite of the trials and tragedies she encounters, including the monumental Triangle Factory fire. [keo]

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