The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen, published 2012 by Tundra Books, is the winner of the 2013 Thumbs Up! Award. The award will be presented at the Spring Institute 2014 Conference in Battle Creek, March 27-28, 2014.
Thirteen-year-old Henry’s happy, ordinary life comes to an abrupt halt when his older brother, Jesse, picks up their father’s hunting rifle and leaves the house one morning. What follows shatters Henry’s family, who are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where no one knows their past. When Henry’s therapist suggests he keep a journal, at first he is resistant. But soon he confides in it at all hours of the day and night. In spite of Henry’s desire to “fly under the radar,” he eventually befriends a number of oddball characters, both at school and in his modest apartment building. And even though they know nothing about his past – at least, not yet – they help him navigate the waters of life after “IT.”
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award, the 2013 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, Best YA Book and the 2013 Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year
The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, published 2012 by Scholastic, is the winner of the 2013 Mitten Award. Presentation of the award will take place at the Spring Institute 2014 Conference in Battle Creek, March 27-28, 2014.
When the news of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound broke, the SEAL team member that stole the show was a highly trained canine companion. Throughout history, dogs have been key contributors to military units. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent follows man's best friend onto the battlefield, showing readers why dogs are uniquely qualified for the job at hand, how they are trained, how they contribute to missions, and what happens when they retire. With full-color photographs throughout and sidebars featuring heroic canines throughout history, Dogs on Duty provides a fascinating look at these exceptional soldiers and companions.
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