2013 Caudill Nominees

For more on this year's Caudill Nominees check out the LibGuide from Barrington Middle School.
Slides from Caudill Book Talk.

Anything But Typical
by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.

AsEasyasFallingOfftheFaceoftheEarth.gifAs Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
by Lynne Rae Perkins

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

BlackRadishes.gifBlack Radishes
by Susan Lynn Meyer

Gustave, having been forced to move from Paris to the countryside after his parents decided it was not safe for Jews to live in the city during World War II, meets a Catholic girl named Nicole, whose family is part of the French Resistance, and together they devise a plan to rescue his friend and family members from the Nazi occupied territory.

BorntoFly.gifBorn to Fly
by Michael Ferrari

Bird McGill, an eleven-year-old tomboy obsessed with flying in 1942, withholds judgement while her classmates maintain that new Japanese American student Kenji Fujita is a spy, but she realizes Kenji is just as American as she is when they find evidence of real spy activity during their research for a class project.

by Natasha Friend

Thirteen-year-old Evyn's world is turned upside-down when her father, widowed since she was a toddler, suddenly decides to marry a woman with six children, move with Ev and her older brother from Maine to Boston, and enroll her in private school.

by Deborah Wiles

As eleven-year-old Franny Chapman deals with drama at home and with her best friend in 1962, she tries to understand the larger problems in the world after President Kennedy announces that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba. Features historic quotations and photographs.

Dark Life
by Kat Falls

When fifteen-year-old Ty, who has always lived on the ocean floor, joins Topside girl Gemma in the frontier's underworld to seek and stop outlaws who threaten his home, they learn that the government may pose an even greater threat.

thegraveyardbook.gifThe Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures.

HarperKids. "The Graveyard Book Trailer Narrated by Neil Gaiman." Video. YouTube. 10 Oct. 2008. Web. 8 June 2012.

HowtoSurviveMiddleSchool.gifHow to Survive Middle School
by Donna Gephart

When eleven-year-old David Greenberg's best friend makes the start of middle school even worse than he feared it could be, David becomes friends with Penny, who shares his love of television shows and posts one of their skits on YouTube, making them wildly popular--online, at least.

yt23km. "How to Survive Middle School." Video. YouTube. 5 Dec. 2011. Web. 8 June 2012.

InsideOutandBackAgain.gifInside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

LoveAubrey.gifLove, Aubrey
by Suzanne LaFleur

While living with her Gram in Vermont, eleven-year-old Aubrey writes letters as a way of dealing with losing her father and sister in a car accident, and then being abandoned by her grief-stricken mother.

NinthWard.gifNinth Ward
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

OneCrazySummer.gifOne Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

OutofMyMind.gifOut of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

ShootingKabul.gifShooting Kabul
by N. H. Senzai

Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

by Raina Telgemeier

The author relates, in graphic form, her experiences after she injured her two front teeth and had to have surgeries and wear embarrassing braces and headgear, all the while also dealing with the trials and tribulations of middle school.

comicsbakery. "SMILE Video Trailer". Video. YouTube. 24 Jan 2010. Web. 8 June 2012.


The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

by Andy Mulligan

A group of fourteen-year-old boys, who make a living picking garbage from the outskirts of a large city, find something special and mysterious that brings terrifying consequences.

kidsatrandomhouse. "Trash by Andy Mulligan - Trailer (Paperback Edition)".Video. YouTube. 14 March 2012. Web. 8 June 2012.

TurtleinParadise.gifTurtle in Paradise
by Jennifer L. Holm

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

TheYearMoneyGrewonTrees.gifThe Year Money Grew on Trees
by Aaron R. Hawkins

In early 1980s New Mexico, thirteen-year-old Jackson Jones recruits his cousins and sisters to help tend an elderly neighbor's neglected apple orchard for the chance to make big money and, perhaps, to own the orchard.