• Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl List

    Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Elementary Booklist
    Georga Children's Book Award Nominees for 2010-2011

    Georgia Children's Book Award Nominees for 2010-2011
    Elementary Level
    The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl uses the suggested GBA list of 17 titles(2010-2011) for elementary schools. All 20 titles will be used for the middle school list. The following list is for elementary schools.
    Angle,Kimberly.(2008). Hummingbird.Farrar Straus Giroux

    In spite of a busy life on the family pumpkin and watermelon farm in Jubilee, Georgia, twelve-year-old March Anne Tanner feels that something is missing, and when Grenna, the grandmother who has helped raise her since her mother died when she was three, also passes on, March Anne finds that she must act on her feelings of loss.

    Feldman,Jody. (2008)The Gollywhopper Games Greenwillow Books,.
    Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling money from Golly Toy and Game Company.

    Fitzmaurice,Kathryn.(2009). The Year the Swallows Came Early Bowen Press.
    In San Juan Capistrano, the swallows return each year, but 10-year-old Eleanor, aka Groovy, is more concerned about her father, who was arrested before her eyes. It’s shocking enough to learn that he’s taken a $25,000 inheritance left to Groovy that she could have used someday for cooking school, but it’s equally hard to hear that her mother is the one who called the cops.

    Frost,Helen,(2008).Diamond Willow .Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
    In a remote area of Alaska, twelve-year-old Willow helps her father with their sled dogs when she is not at school, wishing she were more popular, all the while unaware that the animals surrounding her carry the spirits of dead ancestors and friends who care for her.

    Greenberg,David.(2008).A Tugging String : A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era . Dutton Childrens Books.
    Includes bibliographical references. A fictionalized account of the author's years growing up in Great Neck, New York, during the turbulent civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, when African-Americans were struggling to attain equality, with his father, who was a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Includes commentary from the author's father, Jack Greenberg.

    Haas,Jessie.(2007).).Chase Greenwillow Books.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 250). Phin Chase, an orphaned stable boy in Pennsylvania in the aftermath of the Civil War, must go on the run to save his life after accidentally witnessing the murder of a mine boss by a secret society of Irishmen known as the Sleepers.

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    Henkes,Kevin (2009). Bird Lake Moon/Greenwillow/HarperCollins .
    Temporarily living with his mom at his grandparents' home on Bird Lake, 12-year-old Mitch Sinclair's plans to make the seemingly abandoned house next door his own are shattered when Spencer Stone arrives with his family.

    Hobbs,Will (2008).Go Big or Go Home . Harper.
    Fourteen-year-old Brady and his cousin Quinn love extreme sports, but nothing could prepare them for the aftermath of Brady's close encounter with a meteorite after it crashes into his Black Hills, South Dakota, bedroom.

    Hunter,Erin (2008) The Quest Begins Harper Trophy.

    The author of the Warriors series turns her attention from cats to bears in this first book in the Seekers series. Despite the change in species, much will be familiar to readers. Alternating narratives tell the tales of three young bear cubs, who will be brought together in future installments: Kallik, a female polar bear cub who witnesses her mother’s death by orca pod; Lusa, a black bear cub in a zoo; and Toklo, a grizzly bear cub abandoned by a mother. Booklist

    Jennings,Patrick. (2009). We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes . .HarperCollins.
    When Crusher the snake is captured, her only thought is to escape but as time goes by and she befriends the other inmates of the "zoo," she realizes that freedom also means leaving companions behind.

    Law,Ingrid(2008).Savvy . Puffing Books.
    Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.
    M yers, Edward (2008). Storyteller ..Clarion Books.

    Jack, a seventeen-year-old storyteller, goes to the royal city seeking his fortune and soon attracts the attention of the grief-stricken king, his beautiful eldest daughter, and his cruel young son, and he attempts to help them--and the entire kingdom--through his stories.


    Nelson,N. A (2008).)Bringing The Boy Home . . Harper Collins.
    As two Takunami youths approach their thirteenth birthdays, Luka reaches the culmination of his mother's training for the tribe's manhood test while Tirio, raised in Miami, Florida, by his adoptive mother, feels called to begin preparations to prove himself during his upcoming visit to the Amazon rain forest where he was born.

    Oppel,Kenneth, (2007)Darkwing . EOS.
    Dusk, the world's first bat, must lead his colony to safety in a time of changing species.


    Prineas,Sarah.. (2008).The Magic ThiefHarperTrophy.
    Young Conn opens the first volume of this new trilogy, noting “A thief is a lot like a wizard.” Conn is a thief but, through desire and inevitability, becomes a wizard by book’s end. This evolution begins when Conn picks the pocket of the wizard Nevery, who is startled that the nicked magical stone didn’t kill the boy. Nevery takes on Conn as a servant, but the boy’s inquisitiveness and talents move him to apprentice status. Booklist

    Thomson,Sarah L. (2007).Dragon's Egg . Greenwillow Books.
    Mella, a young girl trained as a dragon keeper, learns that the legends of old are true when she is entrusted with carrying a dragon's egg to the fabled Hatching Grounds, a dangerous journey on which she is assisted by a knight's squire. Fantasy


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