It's here, it's here!! YAAAY! The 2009 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Nominees have been announced! I found the list here on the website in pdf format (kind of by a fluke... if you go to the website and then click on the "Home" link, you'll see the link to the master list).
ETA (March 7, 2008): One of my goals for 2008 was to read and review all the Caudill nominees... I'm linking to my reviews as I finish them (books I haven't reviewed yet will link to Amazon). Most of the books I'd read before the list was announced have "mini-reviews" based on what I wrote down at the time I finished the books. Please check them out and be sure to let me know what you think of the books as well!
Blume, Lesley M.M. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters.
Carbone, Elisa. Blood on the River: James Town 1607.
Han, Jenny. Shug.
Holm, Jennifer L. Penny from Heaven.
Key, Watt. Alabama Moon.
Klages, Ellen. The Green Glass Sea.
Lawson, Kirby. Hattie Big Sky.
Lisle, Janet Taylor. Black Duck.
Lord, Cynthia. Rules.
Lowry, Lois. Gossamer.
Lupica, Mike. Heat.
Marrin, Albert. Oh Rats!: The Story of Rats and People.
Park, Linda Sue. Project Mulberry.
Paver, Michelle. Wolf Brother.
Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life as We Knew It.
Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief.
Schlitz, Laura Amy. A Drowned Maiden's Hair.
Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Sherlock, Patti. Letters from Wolfie.
Wilson, Diane Lee. Black Storm Comin'.
[Before the list was announced, I had read] 11 out of the 20... not bad.
Now, taking a look at my previous post about this award, we can see that I totally called Life as We Knew It and Hattie Big Sky. I'm also deliriously happy about Wolf Brother being on the list because I LOVE the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series (and I am not a big series person). I'm also delighted that thousands of kids will be reading The Green Glass Sea, Project Mulberry, and A Drowned Maiden's Hair. I'm glad to see a nonfiction title on the list and it looks like I've got 9 more interesting books to add to my to-read list.
I'll post reviews of the ones I've read, though they may be short if I read them awhile ago. And one of my reading resolutions this year was to read and review all 20 Caudill books, so you can expect to see that in the coming months.
Let the reading of Caudills begin!!