Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominees - 2021-2022


Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
Sponsored by Salem State University
Master List 2021-2022 Nominees


Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows (Book 1) by Ryan Calejo

City Spies by James Ponti

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble ( Book 1) by Ann Meriano

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

Save Me a Seat by Weeks and Varadarajan

Scouts by Sharon Greenland

The Storm Runner (Book 1) by J.C. Cervantes

The Talk : Conversations about Race, Love & Truth edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson

To: Night Owl From: Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

The Twelve by Cindy Lin

Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson

We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

What’s the Issue: Climate Change (Book 3) by Tom Jackson and Cristina Guitian

When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten

When the Stars Scattered by Victoria Jameison and Omar Mohamed

The Wild Robot (Book 1) by Peter Brown

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

Zayd Saleem Chasing the Dream: Power Forward; On Point: Bounce Back by Hena Khan

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure
among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children's Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University 


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Massachusetts Children's Book Award 2021-2022 Nominees by Reading Levels


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Massachusetts Children's Book Award 2021-2022 Posters


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Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

Becoming Muhammad Ali 

by 

James Patterson and Kwame Alexander 

About This Book:


Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing.


Genres: Biographical Fiction, Historical Fiction

Preview



Becoming Muhammad Ali Animated Trailer



Becoming Muhammad Ali Live Action Trailer


Vocabulary Activity


Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.

1.  Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.

2.  Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.

3.  What is the definition of the word?

4.  Can you use it in your own sentence?

5.  Explain how the word connects to the story.

Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the

other MCBA books you read.




This page is still in progress.  Check back for updates.




Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows (Book 1) by Ryan Calejo


 Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows (Book 1) 

by 

Ryan Calejo


About This Book:


Charlie Hern├índez has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.


But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.


Soon, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Peluda (a.k.a. the Hairy Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother’s stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn’t possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering what’s happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).


Preview



Vocabulary Activity


Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.

1.  Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.

2.  Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.

3.  What is the definition of the word?

4.  Can you use it in your own sentence?

5.  Explain how the word connects to the story.

Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the

other MCBA books you read.


This page is still in progress.  Check back for updates.


City Spies by James Ponti


 City Spies 

by 

James Ponti


About This Book:


Sara Martinez is a hacker facing years in juvenile detention, until she meets Mother, a spy who gets her out of jail and into MI6, British Secret Intelligence.


Operating out of a castle in Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from around the world who've fallen through the cracks only to form a family like no other. When they’re not at the local boarding school, they’re mastering spy skills like sleight of hand, breaking and entering, covert observation, and explosives. So they can go places in the world of espionage where adults can’t.


Before she knows what she’s doing, Sara's off to Paris for an international youth summit, hacking into a rival school’s computer to prevent them from winning a million euros, dangling thirty feet off the side of a building, and trying to stop a villain…all while navigating the complex dynamics of her new team.


No one said saving the world was easy…


Preview


Author’s Website


Vocabulary Activity


Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.

1.  Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.

2.  Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.

3.  What is the definition of the word?

4.  Can you use it in your own sentence?

5.  Explain how the word connects to the story.

This page is still in progress.  Check back for updates.


Clean Getaway by Nic Stone


 Clean Getaway 

by 

Nic Stone


About This Book:


When CLEAN GETAWAY begins, Scoob, an 11-year-old Black boy is in an RV with his White grandmother. She's invited him on a road trip. Scoob is grounded after being suspended from school, and his dad has canceled spring break plans. Traveling with G'ma is a welcome loophole.



Vocabulary Activity


Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.

1.  Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.

2.  Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.

3.  What is the definition of the word?

4.  Can you use it in your own sentence?

5.  Explain how the word connects to the story.

Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the

other MCBA books you read.


This page is still in progress.  Check back for updates.



Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World 

by 

Ashley Herring Blake


 

About This Book:


When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm--and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.


Mysteriously, Ivy's drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks--and hopes--that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the courage to follow her true feelings?



Vocabulary Activity


Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.

1.  Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.

2.  Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.

3.  What is the definition of the word?

4.  Can you use it in your own sentence?

5.  Explain how the word connects to the story.

Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the

other MCBA books you read.


This page is still in progress.  Check back for updates.


Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble ( Book 1) by Ann Meriano

 

Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble ( Book 1) 

by 

Ann Meriano

About This Book:


Leonora Logro├▒o’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. And no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.


Leo hopes that this might be the year that she gets to help prepare for the big celebration—but, once again, she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: they’re brujas—witches of Mexican ancestry—who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake.  


Leo knows that she has magical ability as well and is more determined than ever to join the family business—even if she can’t let her mama and hermanas know about it yet.

And when her best friend, Caroline, has a problem that needs solving, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It’s just one little spell, after all…what could possibly go wrong? 


About the Author


Anna Meriano grew up in Houston, Texas, with an older brother and a younger brother but (tragically) no sisters. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in English and earned her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in writing for children from the New School in New York. She has taught creative writing and high school English and works as a writing tutor. Anna likes reading, knitting, playing full-contact quidditch, and translating English song lyrics into Spanish and vice versa. She’s also the author of the Love Sugar Magic series.


 Read a Sample

Author’s Website




Vocabulary Activity


Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.

1.  Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.

2.  Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.

3.  What is the definition of the word?

4.  Can you use it in your own sentence?

5.  Explain how the word connects to the story.

Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the

other MCBA books you read.


This page is still in progress.  Check back for updates.


Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya


 Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish 

by 

Pablo Cartaya


About This Book:


Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you’re only in the eighth grade, you’re both a threat and a target.

After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus’s mom decides it’s time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don’t remember or have never met. But Marcus can’t focus knowing that his father— who walked out of their lives ten years ago—is somewhere on the island.

So begins Marcus’s incredible journey, a series of misadventures that take him all over Puerto Rico in search of his elusive namesake. Marcus doesn’t know if he’ll ever find his father, but what he ultimately discovers changes his life. And he even learns a bit of Spanish along the way.


Vocabulary Activity


Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.

1.  Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.

2.  Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.

3.  What is the definition of the word?

4.  Can you use it in your own sentence?

5.  Explain how the word connects to the story.

Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the

other MCBA books you read.


This page is still in progress.  Check back for updates.