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The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based booklist available as an online-only Bulletin feature. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have them to offer--so don't expect an even dozen. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source. See the archive for lists from previous months.

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Charade Parade:  A Dozen in Disguise

--selected by Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor

Forget the baseball cap and dark sunglasses, the disguises featured in this month’s Dozen require some complicated maneuvering from our protagonists (both human and animal) and will more than likely inspire a few trips to the craft store.

Disguise dozen

Barton, Chris Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities; illus. by Paul Hoppe. Dial, 2011. Gr. 5-9

This offbeat collective biography chronicles, with suspense and energy, the exploits of ten people who engaged in dramatic, sometimes famous, acts of identity fakery, from a teen passing as a New York subway driver to Solomon Perel, a Polish Jew who enrolled and was accepted in the Hitler Youth. (BCCB 4/11)


Douglas, Lola. True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet : A Novel. Razorbill, 2005

An overdose at the Viper Room and a subsequent stint in rehab bring sixteen-year-old movie starlet Morgan Carter to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she will don a new identity and experience life as a “normal” teen in an effort to stay clean and sober. (BCCB 2/06)


Fradin, Judith Bloom and Dennis Brindell Fradin. 5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight from Slavery. National Geographic, 2005. Gr. 5-10

This is the gripping true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery with a daring plan wherein Ellen publicly passed as a young white man and her husband as her slave on their journey north. (BCCB 5/06)


Helman, Andrea. Hide and Seek: Nature’s Vanishing Acts; illus. with photographs by Gavriel Jecan. Walker, 2008. Gr. 2-4

Humans aren’t the only species to use a good costume to better their circumstances: photographs of 28 different animals expertly camouflaged are accompanied by brief, informative text, making this an easy choice for a science project resource. (BCCB 2/08)


Jinks, Catherine. Babylonne. Candlewick, 2008. Gr. 7-12

Although the historical details here are sometime unflinchingly graphic, the snappy, colorful first-person narration by Babylonne, a medieval teen girl who chops off her hair and heads off the join the knighthood, give this piece of historical fiction interesting cross-genre appeal. (BCCB 1/09)


Jones, Carrie. Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender : The True Story of a Civil War Spy; illustrated by Mark Oldroyd. Carolrhoda Books, 2011. 6-10 yrs

Jones takes a look at the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, whose enlistment in the Union army as a male nurse was only the first of many disguises used by the young Canadian woman who would eventually serve as a spy behind Confederate lines. (BCCB 5/11)


Meyer, L. A. Bloody Jack: Being an Account of Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy. Harcourt. Gr. 7-10

When a desperate young eighteenth-century orphan passes for male and joins the Royal Navy, the resulting journey is fraught with high adventure, drama, and even romance. (BCCB 12/02)


Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl; illus. by Jamie Hogan. Charlesbridge, 2007.  Gr. 3-5

Bangladeshi culture, gender expectations, and the nuances of microfinance all play a role in this engaging story of a young girl’s attempts to help out her struggling family by posing as a boy to gain employment at a local rickshaw repair shop. (BCCB 5/07)


Pichon, Liz. The Very Ugly Bug. Tiger Tales, 2005. 4-7 yrs

A very ugly bug lament sits inability to properly camouflage itself but then discovers that its unsightliness might actually be a benefit in this vibrantly illustrated picture-book take on self-acceptance. (BCCB 5/05)


Root, Phyllis. Looking for a Moose; illus. by Randy Cecil. Candlewick, 2006. 3-6 yrs

In this deliciously chantable rhyming story, a crew of kids take off searching for a moose hidden within the forest landscape—but is the animal closer than the searchers realize? (BCCB 12/06)


Savage, Stephen Where’s Walrus?; written and illus. by Stephen Savage. Scholastic, 2011.  3-6 yrs
This hilarious wordless picture book follows the attempts of an adventurous walrus to blend with various groups of people after he slips out of the zoo for a lark. (BCCB 2/11)


Schwartz, David M. Where Else in the Wild?: More Camouflaged Creatures Concealed…and Revealed; by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy; illus. with photographs by Dwight Kuhn. Tricycle, 2009. Gr. 2-4

Viewers scratching their heads while trying to locate the concealed critters in Kuhn’s vibrant, full-page photos will be helped along by the clues peppered throughout the accompanying “ear-tickling” poems by Schwartz and Schy. (BCCB 1/10)

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