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.

2022 One Book for Nebraska Kids

"The Adventures of Beanboy" by Lisa Harkrader

Never underestimate the power of the bean. Tucker MacBean has been drawing comic books almost as long as he’s been reading them. When his favorite comic has a contest for kids, he hopes he has finally found a way to fix his family—all he has to do is create the winning superhero sidekick . . . Introducing “Beanboy”—the first comic book character to truly harness the power of the bean for good. He is strong, he is relentless, he can double in size overnight (if given enough water).

With thoughtful characterizations and copious comic book illustrations, this laughout-loud novel will have readers rooting for a superhero with true heart.

  • Find a copy of the book @ your library®—audio, eBook, and print editions.
  • Check out a Book Club Kit from the Nebraska Library Commission.
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  • Teacher Guide from Reading to Kids
  • Lisa Harkrader

    About the Author: Lisa Harkrader is the author of thirteen middle-grade, chapter, and picture books. The Adventures of Beanboy is a 2014 Kansas Notable Book and in 2014-15 made the William Allen White List. She makes her home with her family on a farm in Kansas.
    Learn more about Lisa at www.ldharkrader.com

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    2022 One Book for Nebraska Teens

    "Stupid Fast" by Geoff Herbach

    It’s about a boy. It’s about sports. It’s about being a serious dork. It’s about a paper route. It’s about bullying and the opposite. It’s about a girl. It’s about hair growth. It’s about a little brother. It’s about piano. It’s about a depressed mother. It’s about learning to be who you are. It’s about not hiding.
    Book 1 of 3: Felton Reinstein trilogy

  • Find a copy of the book @ your library®—audio, eBook, and print editions.
  • Check out a Book Club Kit from the Nebraska Library Commission.
  • Read-alikes
  • Discussion Guide from Sourcebooks
  • Geoff Herbach

    About the Author: Geoff Herbach is the author of the award winning Stupid Fast YA series as well as Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders. His books have been given the 2011 Cybils Award for best YA novel, the Minnesota Book Award, selected for the Junior Library Guild, listed among the year’s best by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association and many state library associations. In the past, he wrote the literary novel, The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, produced radio comedy shows and toured rock clubs telling weird stories. Geoff teaches creative writing at Minnesota State, Mankato. He lives in a log cabin with a tall wife.
    Learn more about Geoff at www.geoffherbach.com

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    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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    The Adventures of Beanboy

    Copyright: 2015
    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    ISBN-13: 978-0544540736
    240 pages

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    "Tucker's rapport with his brother, concern for his mother, and frustration with his absent father (who now 'only existed in e-mails') add emotional depth to Harkrader's believable portrait of school and family life."

    Publishers Weekly 



    Girl, Stolen

    Copyright: 2011
    Publisher: ‎ Sourcebooks Fire
    ISBN-13: 978-1402256301
    320 pages

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    “It’s rare to gain access to a male teen’s thoughts at his most vulnerable… Felton is a hero for all readers—male and female. And Herbach (who admits to growing up in Wisconsin as 'both a dork and a jock') is a writer to watch.”

    —Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness


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