Nomination: Ask Me How I Got Here

ask me how i got here

Heppermann, Christine. Ask Me How I Got Here. 2016. 240p. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $17.99 (978-0-0623-8795-0). Gr. 9-12.

When star runner and Immaculate Heart Academy sophomore Addie Solokowski discovers that she’s pregnant, she choses to have an abortion.  Afterwards, Addie turns to poetry to process her increasingly complex relationships with her body, sexuality, and religion.

Nomination: What a Kick: How a Clutch World Cup Win Propelled Women’s Soccer

9780756552930Berne, Emma Carlson.  What a Kick: How a Clutch World Cup Win Propelled Women’s Soccer. 2016. 64p. Capstone, $25.49 (978-0-7565-5293-0). Gr. 4-7.

Twenty-seven years after Title IX, the United States women’s soccer team won the 1999 World Cup and propelled the team and women’s soccer into the spotlight. The victory was more than winning a global title, it was a win for women in sports.

Nomination: The Lie Tree

the lie tree by frances hardingeHardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. 2016. 377p. Amulet Books, $17.95 (978-1-4197-1895-3). Gr.7-up.

Faith is full of questions, curiosity, intellect, and anger—all traits that are frowned on in an upper-middle class Victorian Era girl. When her beloved father is found dead, most people assume it was a suicide, but Faith knows he was murdered… and she intends to prove it, by whatever means necessary.

Nomination: The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

ggPaul, Caroline. The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. Illus. By Wendy MacNaughton. 149p. Bloomsbury, $18.00 (978-1-63286-123-8). Gr. 6-up.

The real-life thrilling stories of adventurer Caroline Paul includes tips, activities, and stories of other female adventurers to encourage girls to conquer fears, face challenges, and live lives of confidence, self-reliance, and teamwork.

Nomination: Florence Nightingale: Mother of Modern Nursing

9780531214251_xlgAlexander, Carol. Florence Nightingale: Mother of Modern Nursing. 32 p. Scholastic/Children’s Press. $17.25 (9780531214121). Gr. PreK – 2.

Florence Nightingale often took care of sick friends and neighbors as a young girl and decided to become a nurse. After studying nursing, Florence worked in a hospital and on the battlefields in Turkey, nursing soldiers even when she fell ill. After the war, she helped the English government improve hospitals, improve hygiene and opened schools for nurses.

Nomination: Miss Colfax’s Light

colfaxBissonette, Aimee. Miss Colfax’s Light. Illus. By Eileen Ryan Ewen. 2016. 32p. Sleeping Bear Press, $16.99. (978-1-58536955-3). Gr. K-3.

In 1861, Harriet Colfax was determined to live an independent life in her beloved Indiana.  Appointed the keeper of the Michigan City lighthouse, she worked tirelessly for 43 years to fulfill the daunting and challenging duties and to live life on her terms.