2007-2008 Junior Book Award Nominees Bound by Donna Jo Napoli In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child's feet so that she alone might marry well. Chicken Boy by Frances O’Roark Dowell Since the death of his mother, Tobin's family and school life have been in disarray, but after he starts raising chickens with his seventh-grade classmate, Henry, everything starts to fall into place. The Cloud Chamber by Joyce Maynard In 1966, when his father's attempted suicide causes the ostracism of the family in their small Montana community, fourteen-yearold Nate copes with his sadness and anger by trying to win the school science fair. Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith Twins, Grace and Marty, along with a mysterious uncle, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle in search of their missing photojournalist parents. Day of Tears by Julius Lester Presents an historical fiction written in first-person format that follows Emma, the slave of Pierce Butler, through a series of events in her life as her master hosts the largest slave auction in American history in Savannah, Georgia in 1859 in order to pay off his mounting gambling debts. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II. Hitch by Jeanette Ingold To help his family during the Depression and avoid becoming a drunk like his father, Moss Trawnley joins the Civilian Conservation Corps, helps build a new camp near Monroe, Montana, and leads the other men in making the camp a success. In Darkness, Death by Dorothy Hoobler In eighteenth-century Japan, young Seikei becomes involved with a ninja as he helps Judge Ooka, his foster father, investigate the murder of a samurai. Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game. The Liberation of Gabriel King by Kelly Going Gabriel, a white boy who is being bullied, and Frita, an African-American girl facing prejudice, decide to overcome their many fears together as they go back to school in Georgia in 1976. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Percy, expelled from six schools for being unable to control his temper, learns the truth from his mother that his father is the Greek god Poseidon, and is sent to Camp Half Blood where he is befriended by a satyr and the demigod daughter of Athena who join him in a journey to the Underworld to retrieve Zeus's lightning bolt and prevent a catastrophic war. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland. The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm Tired of being bullied and picked on, three seventhgrade outcasts join forces and, using scientific methods and the power of the Internet, begin to create a new atmosphere at Parkland Middle School. The Safe Keeper’s Secret by Sharon Shinn Fiona is Safe-Keeper in the small village of Tambleham, where neighbors and strangers alike come one by one, in secret, to tell her things they dare not share with anyone else. The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls. The Secret of Castle Cant by K.P Bath When twelve-toed orphan Lucy Wickwright is brought to Castle Cant to be serving girl to the Baron's daughter, the Adorable & Honorable Pauline, she becomes involved with revolutionaries and uncovers surprising palace intrigues. Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixthgrader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school. Sixth Grade Glommers, Norks and Me by Lisa Papademetriou Allie Kimball discovers that middle school is a very different place than fifth grade and struggles to learn ways to fit in. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton Bethany Hamilton shares the story of her lifelong love of surfing, and tells how she was able to recover and return to competition with the help of her family, friends, and faith, after losing her arm in a shark attack at the age of thirteen.