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One Book For Nebraska Kids
or One Book For Nebraska Teens

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.

The Nebraska Library Commission and the Regional Library Systems have book bags for many, but not all, of the selected titles. To borrow the book bags, contact the Commission Reference Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail, or the Regional Library System offices. For more information contact Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665. Guidelines can be found here. These are thought-provoking books to read anytime and librarians may borrow the book sets whenever they are available and fit into their library or school's schedule. The Library Commission has many other book bags available - check them out here.

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.



One Book For Nebraska Kids and Teens 2014

Kids: Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

Teens: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Here are some PDF files to help you setup a book discussion:

Kids Teens
Activities Activities
Author Information Author Information
Discussion Questions Discussion Questions
Book Review Submission Form Book Review Submission Form
Puzzles: Puzzles:
Clueless Crossword Clueless Crossword
    Answers     Answers
Crossword Crossword
    Answers     Answers 
Tile Puzzle Tile Puzzle
    Answers       Answers  
Word Search Word Search
    Answers     Answers   
Websites: Websites:
Websites for the Book Websites for the Book
Book Trailer  
Evaluations: Evaluations:
Adult Evaluation Adult Evaluation
Kids Evaluation Teen Evaluation
Discussion Leader Evaluation Discussion Leader Evaluation


One Book For Nebraska Kids and Teens 2013

Kids: Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
David, nicknamed Scrub, is sent from Florida, where he had all kinds of plans with his best friend, to Washington to stay with his grandmother for the summer. She has a bed and breakfast and he is certain a long boring summer is ahead. He soon learns his grandmother's reputation as a "crazy lady" is well founded -- her visitors are from other planets. Soon Scrub is helping new arrivals to touch up their disguises and trying to keep the prying sheriff, who knows something is off with the place, out of his grandmother's hair. Clever touches, such as the descriptions of the many - very different - aliens add to the fun. Certain to appeal to reluctant readers, this looks like the beginning of a wonderful series.


Teens: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Set in an alternate version of World War I, German Central Powers (Clankers) use mechanized war machines opposed by British Entente Powers (Darwinists) who fabricate living creatures genetically. Heroes are teens Aleksander (15), son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and Deryn (15), a Scottish girl who joins the British Air Service hoping to serve aboard one of the floating fabricated animals. This award-winning, first-in-series novel epitomizes the steampunk genre in young adult fiction.

Here are some PDF files to help you setup a book discussion:

Kids Teens
Activities Activities
Author Information Author Information
Discussion Questions Discussion Questions
Book Review Submission Form Book Review Submission Form
Puzzles: Puzzles:
Clueless Crossword Clueless Crossword
    Answers     Answers
Crossword Crossword
    Answers      Answers 
Tile Puzzle Tile Puzzle
    Answers       Answers  
Word Search Word Search
    Answers        Answers   
Websites: Websites:
Websites for the Book Websites for the Book
Book Trailer  
Evaluations: Evaluations:
Adult Evaluation Adult Evaluation
Kids Evaluation Teen Evaluation
Discussion Leader Evaluation Discussion Leader Evaluation


One Book For Nebraska Teens 2012

Blank Confession by Pete Hautman
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman, is for high school age teens. Shayne Blank (16) has walked into the police station to confess to a murder.  The detective, George Rawls, is intrigued by his manner: calm and matter of fact.  We hear Shayne's story from two points of view: the detective, and one of his classmates, Mikey. 

Here are some PDF files to help you setup a book discussion:

Activities
Author Information
    http://www.petehautman.com/bio.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Hautman
    http://petehautman.blogspot.com/
Discussion Questions
Book Review Submission Form

Puzzles:
Clueless Crossword
    Answers
Crossword
    Answers
Tile Puzzle
    Answers
Word Search
    Answers

Websites:
Websites for the Book

Evaluations:
Adult Evaluation
Teen Evaluation
Discussion Leader Evaluation


One Book For Nebraska Kids 2011-2012

The Last Newspaper Boy in America by Sue Corbett
This year's book is for grades 4-6 or so. Wil David, has just turned 12 and takes over his brother's newspaper route just in time to find out the newspaper will no longer be provided to his town, Steele. He is determined to fight it. On another front, he decides to investigate a new game at the fair, which promises a $1,000 prize, and he wonders what the catch is. Wil uses the library a lot and is a good researcher. His determination won him the nickname "Wil of Steele." Readers will be curious about the outcome of both issues.

Official Website, http://onebook4kids.nebraska.gov/last-newspaper-boy/, for details about the book and the author, and to access resources. 

Here are some PDF files to help you setup a book discussion:

Activities
Author Information
Discussion Questions
Book Review Submission Form

Puzzles:
Clueless Crossword,
    Answers
Crossword,
    Answers
Tile Puzzle,
    Answers
Word Search,
    Answers

Posters:
Poster, legal size
Poster, letter size

Websites:
Websites for the Book

Evaluations:
Adult Evaluation
Kids Evaluation
Discussion Leader Evaluation


One Book For Nebraska Teens 2010-2011

Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
This year's book is aimed at high school age Nebraska teens. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman, tells of a future America where parents can choose to have their children between the ages of 13 - 18, "unwound" (their body parts are harvested and given to others). Connor, 16, is shocked when he discovers his parents have decided to have him unwound. He runs away and strives to survive, encountering others like himself. In a future America, parents can choose to have their children between the ages of 13 - 18, "unwound" (their body parts are harvested and given to others). Connor, 16, is shocked when he discovers by accident that his parents plan to have him unwound. He runs away and strives to survive, encountering others like himself.

Official Website, http://onebook4teens.nebraska.gov/unwind/, for details about the book and the author, and to access resources. You can submit book reviews, video book talks, fan fiction, artwork, and poetry, anything related to Unwind. Work must be original.

Neal Shusterman (author of our One Book for Nebraska Teens 2010-2011, Unwind) Visited Nebraska!

Website: http://www.storyman.com
Video by Neal Shusterman on Unwind: http://www.storyman.com/books/unwind.html?animate=1 (and scroll down)
Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Neal-Shusterman/75447650405
BLOG:http://nstoryman.wordpress.com

Here are some PDF files to help you setup a book discussion:

Puzzles:
Activities
Author Information
Discussion Questions
Clueless Crossword, Answers
Crossword, Answers
Word Search, Answers
Tile Puzzle, Answer

Posters:
Customizable poster, legal size
Customizable poster, letter size


Websites:
Websites for Unwind


Evaluations:
Adult Evaluation
Teen Evaluation
Teen Leader Evaluation


One Book For Nebraska Kids 2009-2010

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
This year's book was aimed at upper elementary age Nebraska children, grades 4-6. It is about Dewey Kerrigan, 11, who travels to New Mexico in 1943 and meets up with her father, who lives on a secret base and is working on a top secret project with a number of other scientists, including J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Official Website, http://onebook4kids.nebraska.gov/greenglasssea/, for details about the book and the author, and to access resources.

Ellen Klages toured Nebraska in October 2009: Kimball, Scottsbluff, Alliance, North Platte, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Hastings, Seward, Norfolk, Prague, Clarkson, Wayne, West Point, Scribner, Louisville, Lincoln, Elmwood, Plattsmouth, and Omaha.

Here are some PDF files to help you setup a book discussion:

Activities
Author Information
Clueless Crossword Puzzle /Answers
Definitive Puzzler / Answer
Discussion Questions
Recommended Web Pages
World Search Puzzle, /Answers
Student Evaluation
Leader Evaluation
 

One Book For Nebraska Teens 2008-2009

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Narrated by Death, The Book Thief tells of Liesel (age 10 at the beginning of the book), who travels to Molching, Germany to live with foster parents; and the effects World War II has on the home front in Germany, and on the people the Nazis are rounding up. To cope, Liesel begins to steal books, even before she has learned to read.

Here are some PDF files to help you setup a book discussion:

Crossword,
Answer
Cryptogram,
Answer
Discussion Questions,
Tile Puzzle,
Answer
Word Search
Answer


One Book For Nebraska Kids 2007-2008

Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelsen
This year's book is aimed at fourth to sixth graders. It is about a boy who risks a lot to try to rescue a bear cub.

Here are some PDF files to help you setup a book discussion:

Flyer,
Details

Puzzles:
Word Search,
Word Search Answers
Clueless Crossword,
Clueless Crossword Answers
Acrostic Puzzle,
Acrostic Puzzle Answers
Acrostic Crossword Puzzle,
Acrostic Crossword Puzzle Answers

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