The master list for the new Bluebonnet Award Books (2006-2007) has been posted on the TLA website. http://www.txla.org/groups/tba/masters/masterlist_new.html

Birdsall, Jeanne. 2005. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. New York: Knopf. ISBN: 0-375-83143-6, $15.95.

While vacationing with their father at a summer cottage in the Berkshires, the four very different Penderwick sisters, along with the son of the estate’s snooty owner, encounter numerous adventures.

Byars, Betsy, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers. 2004. The SOS File. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. New York: Henry Holt. ISBN: 0-8050-6888-0, $15.95.

Mr. Magro invites his students to write about the biggest emergency in their lives. From riding in a go-cart out of control, to being the last at-bat when you need a run to win, each essay interprets “emergency” differently.

Coman, Carolyn. 2004. The Big House. Illustrated by Rob Shepperson. Ashville, NC: Front Street. ISBN: 1-932425-09-8, $16.95.

With their parents in prison for embezzlement, Ivy and her younger brother, Ray, must live with the snobby heiress whose accusations sent them “up the river.” Ivy and Ray discover secrets that prompt them to case the joint, get the skinny on what’s really going on, and make plans to spring their parents.

Cooper, Susan. 2005. The Magician’s Boy. Illustrated by Serena Riglietti. New York: McElderry Books. ISBN: 0-689-87622-X, $14.95.

When a magician’s apprentice loses the puppet of Saint George, his master forces him to search for it in the Land of Story. The boy’s quest through well-known nursery rhymes and folk tales, leads him to face many challenges and narrowly escape with his life.

Fleischman, Sid. The Giant Rat of Sumatra or Pirates Galore. New York: Greenwillow. Library Edition ISBN: 0-06-074239-9, $16.89; Trade Edition ISBN: 0-06-074238-0, $15.99.

“Shipwreck,” a twelve-year-old cabin boy, narrates a swash-buckling adventure containing an abundance of plot dualities, twists, and turns. His breezy narrative takes readers into the waning days of Mexican rule in California and a high-spirited romp of revenge, romance, and rivalry.

Frank, John. 2004. The Toughest Cowboy. Illustrated by Zachary Pullen. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 0-689-83461-6, $17.95.

Grizz Brickbottom and his gang of cattle rustlers need some companionship and a little civilizing. The solution: Foofy the miniature poodle who takes a bunch of rough, dirty cowboys and turn them into good, clean businessmen.

Gottfried, Maya. 2005. Good Dog. Illustrated by Robert Rahway Zakanitch. New York: Knopf. ISBN: 0-375-83049-9, $15.95.

This picture book collection of free-verse poetry includes poems written in the distinctive voices of various dog breeds. Full-page painted portraits of the canines and smaller preliminary pencil sketches accompany the verses.

Hayes, Joe. 2004. Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma. Illustrated by Mona Pennypacker. El Paso: Cinco Puntos. ISBN: 0-938317-83-0, $14.95.

Set in the railroad town of Duston, Arizona, this dual language story begins when Frank Padilla and his two daughters move into a rundown house rumored to be haunted. There, fourteen-year-old Elena learns the truth as she and her abuletia to try and solve an old, supernatural mystery.

Hill, Elizabeth Starr. 2004. Wildfire! Illustrated by Rob Shepperson. New York: Farrar. ISBN: 0-374-31712-7, $16.00.

Ben and newcomer Elliott don’t hit it off when Elliott belittles their Florida town. And the hostility escalates when Elliott adopts the puppy Ben wants so badly and then turns dangerous when he challenges Ben to set off fireworks in the middle of a drought.

Jackson, Donna M. 2004. In Your Face: The Facts About Your Features. New York: Viking. ISBN: 0-670-03657-9, $17.99.

Readers are encouraged to undertake a closer examination of a familiar part of their anatomy in this logical, cumulative study. A wide variety of topics (from face decorating to reconstruction) are introduced in text that blends scientific inquiry with social and cultural issues.

LaFevers, R. L. 2004. The Forging of the Blade (Lowthar’s Blade Trilogy, Book 1). New York: Dutton. ISBN: 0-525-47349-1, $15.99.

Evil times fall over the land of Lowthar after the warlord Mordig murders the true King. Then the blacksmiths, including Kendric’s father, vanish. Seeking answers, Kendric begins a quest full of danger, a journey threatened with Mawr hounds lurking in the shadows and grymclaws circling the skies.

McGill, Alice. 2004. Sure As Sunrise: Stories of Bruh Rabbit & His Walkin’ Talkin’ Friends. Illustrated by Don Tate. New York: Holt. ISBN: 0-618-21196-9, $17.00.

Drawing on her North Carolina heritage, storyteller McGill retells five Bruh Rabbit tales, including the well-known “Please Don’t Fling Me in the Briar Patch” and less familiar selections such as “Looking to Get Married.” Brief introductions and notes accompany each story.

Park, Linda Sue. 2005. Project Mulberry. New York: Clarion. ISBN: 0-618-47786-1, $16.00. Audio Cassette, Listening Library (2005), ISBN: 0-307-24533-0, $18.00. Audio CD, Listening Library (2005), ISBN: 0-307-24534-9, $28.00

Julia Song, who wishes to downplay her Korean background, is hesitant to raise silkworms for a school science project because she thinks it’s too Korean. But soon she and her best friend, Patrick, learn much about silkworms and themselves.

Riordan, Rick. 2005. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, Book 1). New York: Hyperion. ISBN: 0-7868-5629-7, $17.95. Audio Cassette, Listening Library (2005), ISBN: 0-307-24528-4, $28.00. Audio CD, Listening Library (2005), ISBN: 0-307-24530-6, $40.00

Percy Jackson has just found out that not only is he the son of an Olympic god, but he is the prime suspect in the mystery surrounding Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt. Join Percy and his friends as they battle the gods and monsters of Mount Olympus in modern day America.

Sabuda, Robert and Matthew Reinhart. Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick. ISBN: 0-7636-2228-1, $26.99.

Beginning with the first dinosaur in the Triassic period and ending with possible reasons for the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, this intricate paper-engineered volume includes six spreads of dinosaur pop-ups and information.

Siy, Alexandra & Dennis Kunkel. 2005. Mosquito Bite. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. ISBN: 1-57091-591-1, $15.95. Paper Edition, Charlesbridge (2006), ISBN: 1-507091-592-X, $6.99.

Here’s a mosquito, up close and personal. “Bordered with scales, her wings whine, beating about 500 times in one second.” And she’s coming closer, showing (through photomicrographs) readers why and how she bites unsuspecting humans.

Weeks, Sarah. 2004. So B. It: A Novel. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-623622-3, $15.99. Paper Edition, HarperTrophy (2005) ISBN: 0-06-441047-1, $6.99. Audio CD, HarperChildrens Audio (2004), ISBN: 0-06-075481-8, $25.95.

For twelve years Heidi has lived a sheltered life, home schooled by her agoraphobic neighbor and caring for her mentally retarded mother, So B. It. But with a newly discovered photograph, Heidi begins a cross-country quest to learn the truth about her mother and her own background.

White, Andrea. 2005. Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. New York: Eos. Library Edition ISBN: 0-06-055455-X, $16.89. Trade Edition ISBN: 0-06-055454-1, $15.99.

In 2083 a new reality television show debuts. It’s called Historical Survivor and simulates Robert F. Scott’s 1912 expedition to Antarctica. Each contestant who finishes receives a cash prize. In this story five fourteen year old participants embark on the dangerous, but exhilarating journey but there are adults who play a role in their voyage.

Wiles, Deborah. 2005. Each Little Bird That Sings. New York: Gulliver/Harcourt. ISBN: 0-15-205113-9, $16.00. Audio CD, Listening Library (2005) ISBN: 0-307-28230-9, $35.00.

For Comfort Snowberger, whose family runs the funeral home in Snapfinger, Mississippi, death is a way of life. But, when her Great Uncle Edisto and then her Great-Great Aunt Florentine die, Comfort comes face to face with “the messy glory of life” accepting and beginning to understand its grief, fear, joy, hope and love.

Yoo, Paula. 2005. Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story. New York: Lee & Low. ISBN: 1-58430-247-X, $16.95.

Both text and sepia-toned illustrations capture the time period and struggles of Sammy Lee, the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal in 1948. This biography relates how one man overcame formidable odds in following his dream without disrespecting his father.

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