BLUEBONNET BOOK SELECTIONS FOR 2014/2015
The following books were selected for the 2014-2015 Bluebonnet Competition. More information about Bluebonnet books can be found on the Texas Library Association Website.
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker
Illustrated by Tim Probert. New York: Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
Hardback: 9781596437654, eBook: 9781596438583.
Can you keep a secret? When you are the mastermind behind amazing pranks, remaining anonymous can be tough. That’s why Ben and his friends form the League of Picklemakers, a real club, whose sole purpose is to pull pranks.
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by K. G. Campbell.
Somerville, MA: Candlewick. Hardback: 9780763660406, eBook: 9780763667245, Audiobook:
After an unfortunate incident with the vacuum cleaner, Ulysses becomes a superhero squirrel! Flora recognizes Ulysses' special potential as writer, adventurer, and peacemaker. This chapter book and graphic novel hybrid, with loveable, unstoppable Ulysses, will steal your heart.
Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie
Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo. New York:
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins. Hardback: 9780062118905, Paperback: 9780062118912, eBook: 9780062118929.
Put on your thinking caps, or Clucker hats, and help Laurie and Bud solve the mystery of the famous Tutweiler Treasure before the school board tears down Tuckernuck Hall! Unexpected twists and humorous characters will keep you on your toes until the very end.
Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster. Hardback: 9781442457539, eBook: 9781442457553.
Spy School is out for summer, but attendance at Survival Camp is mandatory! For twelveyearold Ben, the camp experience will come in handy, as he is trying to survive death threats from Spyder, the evil rival spy network. No time for vacation in the world of espionage!
Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack
New York: Bloomsbury. Hardback: 9781599909158, Paperback: 9781599908588, eBook: 9781599909370.
Fraternal twins Owen, the jock, and Russell, the brains, coexisted for the majority of their life. This year, however, their worlds are turned upside down when the new basketball coach makes all the boys try out, and the brainiac ends up being a closeted Michael Jordan! Can the athlete brother keep pace and show some academic prowess?
Dead City by James Ponti
New York: Aladdin / Simon & Schuster. Hardback: 9781442441293, Paperback: 9781442441309, eBook: 9781442441286.
Pop Quiz — you are in the school bathroom with only a towel and flat iron when a zombie attacks. What do you do? Luckily for Molly, her mother has secretly prepared her with martial arts, fencing, and birdwatching lessons. Will those lessons pay off? Welcome to Molly Bigelow’s life!
Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom
New York: DisneyHyperion.
Hardback: 9781423145394, Paperback: 9781423163886 (available 12/2013), eBook: 9781423178101.
The last place you’d ever expect to see this aspiring paleontologist is in a beauty pageant. But when Rebel wants to raise money for the Ice Age Kids’ Dig and Safari summer camp, she’s willing to try anything. Follow her as she ventures into the unfamiliar realm of hairstyles, makeup, and fancy dresses. After all, how hard can it be?
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
New York: Random House. Hardback: 9780307977939, eBook: 9780307977953, Library binding: 9780307977946.
Think you know the story of Rumpelstiltskin? Think again! Rump has been bullied his whole life because of his name. Join his journey to find his destiny and break a magical curse in this new take on a familiar tale.
Counting by 7's
New York: Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Young
Readers Group. Hardback: 9780803738553
Willow, a twelveyearold prodigy, loves the number 7, is obsessed with her garden and medical diseases, and is not interested in the usual middle school activities! Told through Willow's voice, this heartwarming story is filled with memorable characters who are thrust together by tragic circumstances. Their bonding results in the true meaning of “family”.
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
New York: Wendy Lamb Books / Random House. Hardback:
9780385737432, Paperback: 9780375850875, Audiobook: 9780449014097, Library binding: 9780385906654, eBook: 9780375899539.
If you saw a sign that read “Spy Club Meeting – Today” would you want to know where and when? Would you sneak out to attend? Join Georges as he moves into a new apartment and discovers that sometimes, even when you’re looking closely, you can still miss the clues.
The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon by
Illustrated by Katherine Roy. San Francisco: McSweeneys McMullens. Hardback: 9781938073069, Paperback
Siblings Kit, Zander, and M.K. are on their own after Dad goes missing while exploring the world’s uncharted land. This alternate reality has a clever steampunk style that provides interesting mechanical gadgets to help in the quest to find their dad and the missing half of their treasure map. Revel in the blend of engineering, cartography, anthropology, and geology for a great adventure.