Serendipitous CLCD Enterprise Searches


There are a lot of great things about CLCD Enterprise, but one of my favorites is the ability to get lost. Getting lost is not a bad thing, think Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Sometimes I feel like I have fallen down a rabbit hole. For example, thinking of ideas for this week’s newsletter, I remembered a book I had read, Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. When I searched for this title in the database, I wasn’t surprised to see that it was an award winner, in fact it was on a total of 19 award lists, state reading lists, and best book lists.

For fun, I clicked on the link for one of the awards which led me to a whole new list of award-winning books. I continued this journey until I had a reading list of 10 different books from 10 different award lists, state reading lists, or best book lists. It was easy to wander happily among the thousands of local, regional and international awards, best books lists, and reading lists included in the database. It was a quick way to create a serendipitous reading list and then to save and share my list using the MyCLCD functions! Have fun with CLCD Enterprise and make it work for you. Check out the titles I came up with…

9780689868016 Rash
By: Pete Hautman

In a future society that has decided it would “rather be safe than free,” sixteen-year-old Bo’s anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.  Ages 13 and up

9781452610863 Sold
By: Patricia McCormick

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.  Ages 13 and up

0739335472 Dairy queen : a novel
By: Catherine Gilbert Murdock

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.  Ages 13 and up

0374301840 Alabama moon
By: Watt Key

After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama institution, becoming entangled in the outside world he has never known and making good friends, a relentless enemy, and finally a new life.  Ages 10-14

9780061148965 My mother the cheerleader : a novel
By: Rob Sharenow

Thirteen-year-old Louise uncovers secrets about her family and her neighborhood during the violent protests over school desegregation in 1960 New Orleans.  Ages 12 and up

9780375849763 The London Eye Mystery
By: Siobhan Dowd

When Ted and Kat’s cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together–Ted with his brain that is “wired differently” and impatient Kat–to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.  Ages 10-14

9780385732901 The book of one hundred truths
By: Julie Schumacher

While visiting her grandparents in Port Harbor, New Jersey, thirteen-year-old Theodora lists one hundred truths that she discovers while babysitting her younger cousins.  Ages 10-14

9780545069496 Ways to Live Forever
By: Sally Nicholls

Eleven-year-old Sam McQueen, who has leukemia, writes a book during the last three months of his life, in which he tells about what he would like to accomplish, how he feels, and things that have happened to him.  Ages 8-14

9780142411841 Twisted
By: Laurie Halse Anderson

After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.  Ages 13 and up

0316013684 The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
By: Alexie Sherman

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.  Ages 13 and up

9781423366805 The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-banks
By: E Lockhart

Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks. Ages 13 and up


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