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Magnolia Award 2018 & 2019

A Children's Choice Award for the State of Mississippi Mission: To introduce the children of Mississippi to current children's literature and instill a love of reading. Children in grades three, four, and five, in public, private, or homeschooled settings are eligible to participate. They will read the books and turn their votes into their librarian, who will cast the votes electronically. Voting will be held in February, with winners announced at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival.

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      The Real McCoys

      by Matthew Swanson

      Apr 2018

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      2019 3rd–5th Grade
      Can Moxie McCoy and her little brother, Milton, form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century? “Moxie’s Official Debrief.” Glossary. “Meet Annabelle Adams.” Black-and-white illustrations.

      A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White

      by Barbara Herkert

      Jan 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      2019 PreK–2nd Grade
      Propelled by his fascination with the outside world, young Elwyn White began to jot down his reflections in a journal.Writing filled him with joy, and words became his world.

      How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild

      by Katherine Roy

      Dec 2017

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      2019 3rd–5th Grade
      This nonfiction picture book follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth. Author's note. Selected sources. Further reading and resources. Full-color map and illustrations.

      Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

      by Carole Boston Weatherford

      Dec 2017

      Biography Elementary Plus

      2019 3rd–5th Grade
      $16.99  $12.75  Member Price
      Arturo Schomburg, an Afro-Puerto Rican of the Harlem Renaissance, collected books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora to bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. Time line. Source notes. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations done in oil.

      The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

      by Mackenzi Lee

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2019 9th–12th Grade
      Henry Montague was born to be a gentleman, but even the finest boarding schools in England haven't been able to tame his roguish passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. Author's note on historical accuracy.

      The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: A Novel

      by Avi

      Sep 2017

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      2019 6th–8th Grade
      Oliver tries to fend for himself among cruel orphan masters, corrupt magistrates, and conniving thieves in this high-adventure novel. Author's note.

      Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot

      by Matthew Clark Smith

      Jul 2017

      Biography Elementary Plus

      2019 3rd–5th Grade
      Take to the skies with Sophie Blanchard—a woman meant for the air—as she discovers the incomparable sensation of flight in this beautifully told tale. Author's note. Illustrator's note. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations done in ink and watercolor.


      by Barry Lyga

      Jun 2017

      Young Adults

      2019 9th–12th Grade
      Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one—not even Sebastian himself—can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister.

      Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d

      by Mary Losure

      May 2017

      Biography Middle Plus

      2019 6th–8th Grade
      This surprising true story of Isaac Newton's boyhood suggests his intellectual development owed as much to magic as to science. Excerpts from Newton's notebooks. Notes on the study of chemistry. Excerpts from science books written in Newton's era. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      Strange the Dreamer

      by Laini Taylor

      May 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      2019 9th–12th Grade
      The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly.

      Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

      by Kelly Jensen

      Apr 2017

      Paperbacks High

      2019 9th–12th Grade
      $10.25  $7.50  Member Price
      Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like. Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are.

      Black-and-white photo insert.

      Exit, Pursued by a Bear

      by E. K. Johnston

      Jun 2016

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2018 9th–12th Grade
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      2017 Amelia Bloomer List, Top Ten
      In this adaptation of The Winter's Tale, Hermione, cocaptain of her cheer team, is drugged and sexually assaulted at camp—and becomes determined to be more than an unfortunate statistic.
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