Texas Bluebonnet List 2011-2012

The Bluebonnet Award is a project of the Texas Library Association and is co-sponsored by the Children's Roundtable and the Texas Association of School Librarians, both of the Texas Library Association from suggestions from librarians, teachers, parents, students, and others. Students in grades 3-6 vote in January for the winner.

Looking for something new to read? You might be interested in knowing, that the 2011 - 2012 Texas Bluebonnet Master List, was announced at Texas at the Texas Book Festival. I've already read several of the books on the new list and I think that there is something for everyone.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have.   

The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda Angleberger, Tom  
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.

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity Barnett, Mac
When twelve-year-old Steve Brixton, a fan of Bailey Brother’s detective novels, is mistaken for a real detective, he must elude librarians, police, and the mysterious Mr. E as he seeks a missing quilt containing coded information.

The Hallelujah Flight Bildner, Phil
In 1932, James Banning, along with his co-pilot Thomas Allen, make history by becoming the first African Americans to fly across the United States, relying on the generosity of people they meet in the towns along the way who help keep their "flying jalopy" going.


The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy Butler, Dori Hillestad
While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy.


Wild Times at the Bed and Biscuit Carris, Joan
Gramp Bender is temporarily caring for wild animals at the Bed and Biscuit animal boardinghouse. All the animals want to go home. Can Ernest, the capable mini-pig, help them to behave?


Happenstance Found Catanese, P. W.

A boy awakens, blindfolded, with no memory of even his name, but soon meets Lord Umber, an adventurer and inventor, who calls him Happenstance and tells him that he has a very important destiny--and a powerful enemy.

The Duchess of Whimsy: an Absolutely Delicious Fairy Tale de Seve, Randal
The Duchess of Whimsy has absolutely no interest in the Earl of Norm until he makes a sandwich that causes her to look at him in an entirely different way.

Out of My Mind Draper, Sharon
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.


Imogene’s Last Stand Fleming, Candace
Enamored of history, young Imogene Tripp tries to save her town's historical society from being demolished in order to build a shoelace factory. Includes notes about historical figures quoted in the story.


Turtle in Paradise Holm, Jennifer L
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.


Amazing Faces Hopkins, Lee Bennett
An anthology of universal poems focusing on the human experience emotions, perceptions, and understandings as expressed by poets of diverse heritage and reflected in illustrations featuring people of all ages and backgrounds.


Goal! Javaherbin, Mina
In a dangerous alley in a township in South Africa, the strength and unity which a group of young friends feel while playing soccer keep them safe when a gang of bullies arrives to cause trouble.

The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) Kerley, Barbara
Thirteen-year-old Susy Clemens wants the world to know that her papa, Mark Twain, is more than just a humorist and sets out to write a comprehensive biography of the American icon.


 

Balarama: A Royal Elephant Lewin, Ted and Betsy Lewin
World travelers Ted and Betsy Lewin recount how the trained elephants of southern India, in particular the one chosen to be the lead elephant in the Mysore Dasara, are raised, cared for, and prepared for performing in ceremonial processions.

Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott McDonough, Yona Zeldis
Louisa came from a family that was poor but free thinking and she started teaching when she was only seventeen years old. But writing was her passion. This biography captures the life of a compassionate woman who left an indelible mark on literature for all ages.


The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children McGowan, Keith
Eleven-year-old inventor Sol must recover his self-confidence if he and his eight-year-old sister, Connie, are to escape the clutches of Hansel and Gretel's witch, to whom they have been led by their new stepmother and the man they believe to be their father.

Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story Nelson, S. D.
Learn about the life of the Lakota-Oglala medicine man Black Elk from his childhood in the American West to his efforts to teach the world about his people's religion and culture, preserving the Native American way of life and his belief that we all have the power to make the world a better place.


The Storm in the Barn Phelan, Matt
In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: local bullies, his father's failed expectations, and a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness.


Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse Singer, Marilyn
A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.


The Shadows West, Jacqueline
When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.