Wouldn't it be great if kids all over Nebraska were talking about books? The Nebraska Library Commission & the Regional Library Systems have a program where kids can all read and discuss the same book. And tell us what you think about the selections.

2020 One Book for Nebraska Kids

"Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper

11 year old Melody has a photgraphic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school-but NO ONE know it. Most people-her teachers and doctors included-don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can't. She can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind-that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice...but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

"Kids will benefit from being introduced to Melody and her gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes and reveals the quiet strength and fortitude it takes to overcome disabilities and the misconceptions that go with them." ~ School Library Journal

"It's impossible to close this book without thinking about the world differently." ~ Publishers Weekly

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Sharon Draper

About the Author: Sharon Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year is a five-time winner of the Corsetta Scott King Literary Awards, and is a New York Times bestselling author, with Out of My Mind staying on the list for almost two years.

2020 One Book for Nebraska Teens

"Girl, Stolen" by April Henry

16 year old Cheyenne Wilder is alseep in the back of her mom's car when it's stolen from the pharmacy parking lot. Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia-she's also blind. Griffin, the teenager who was stealing packages out of parked cars, hadn't meant to kidnap her; he just impulsively stole the car with her in it. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne's father is the president of Nike, everything changes-now there's a reason to keep her. Will Cheyenne be able to survive this harrowing ordeal and escape? And if so, at what price?

"A captivating tale that shifts between Cheyenne's and Griffin's thoughts. Both are well-built, complex characters, trapped in their own ways by life's circumstances, which--paired with a relentlessly fast pace--ensures a tense read." ~ Publisher's Weekly

"Be ready to be startled and inspired as the story reaches its climax. Readers will race to the end." ~ Suspense magazine

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April Henry

About the Author: April Henry

April Henry is the New York Times-bestselling author of 24 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.

Beginning in 2013 we select both a One Book for Nebraska Kids and a One Book for Nebraska Teens every year. Prior to 2013 we alternated choosing titles. The "Kids" book is aimed at grades 4-6 or so and the "Teens" title is often aimed at high school age readers.

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Out of My Mind

Copyright: 2012
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 9781416971719
320 pages

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Girl, Stolen

Copyright: 2012
Publisher: Square Fish
ISBN-13: 9780312674755
240 pages

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