BOB Book Winner 2018 – Historical Fiction

A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park

 

In each chapter there are two time periods and two storylines because we are following both the true story of Salva Dut, a Sudanese Lost Boy, who was airlifted to the United States in the 1990’s and the fictional story of Nya, a young village girl of today. The author, Linda Sue Park, has used this book as a platform to support Dut’s program, Water for South Sudan.

Separated from his family by war in Sudan, Salva traveled by foot hundreds of miles to safety in Kenya.  Along with thousands of other boys – he survived starvation, attacks and disease to eventually relocate in New York.  He learned English, went to college and was successful enough to be able to return to his country to install deep-water wells in remote villages.

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BOB Book Winner 2018 – Fantasy

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

 

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a character in a book you were reading suddenly came to life?  Meggie’s father is a book binder. Nine years ago he read a story aloud called “Inkheart” and accidentally released an evil character from the book into our world!  Whenever this happens, of course, a living person is always sent back into the book to replace the one that is let out.  That’s why Meggie’s mother disappeared.  Now Meggie and her father – and a mysterious man called Dustfinger- have to flee from the villain and find the author for help.

This is book one of a trilogy. Each chapter begins with a quote from a children’s classic where book lovers are given a hint about what may happen next.

Beware of Chapter 14!

“The reason there’s no use looking,” said Mr. Beaver, “is that we know already where he’s gone!”  Everyone stared in amazement.  “Don’t you understand?” said Mr. Beaver.  “He’s gone to her, to the White Witch.  He has betrayed us all.” – C. S. Lewis,  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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BOB Book Winner 2018 – SciFi

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger & Paul Delinger

Fitting in at Vanguard One Middle school is already tough for Max. Vice Principal Barbara is a supercomputer who controls everything.  She is very strict and there are lots of rules to follow. Now she has assigned Max the task of helping a government-issued robot named Fuzzy assimilate.  Fuzzy is part of a Robot Integration Program(RIP) that is supposed to teach computers to think for themselves.  Both Fuzzy and Max  have to comply with the Vice Principal’s oppressive demands and struggle with the anti-robot prejudices of others.  What could go wrong?

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Interactive Picture Books

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
More than anything else, I wish I thought of this idea first. A picture book with no pictures is probably the only children’s story I could write due to my lack of artistic ability. Even so, it is fine that B.J. Novak thought of it before me; I was very impressed with how he used this concept. I incorrectly assumed there would be some sort of abstract art in the book: shapes, splotches, splashes of color. This book really is true to the title; it is only words. Nothing else. The words alone convey action in ways I rarely see in picture books. The physical words change fonts, styles, sizes and colors. Sound effects and nonsense words are cleverly utilized. The words contain a back and forth conversation, and it is clear who is speaking each time even though the narrators are never defined. This book, to my complete surprise, is one of the best children’s books I ever read. I hope to read it many times again.
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