Nominated Books

Run with Me: The Story of a U.S. Olympic Champion

By Sanya Richards-Ross

From her early days running in Jamaica to her final race, Sanya shares the importance of determination, courage and faith. She uses the 4 Ps—push, pace, position and poise—a model created by her coach, Clyde Hart, to approach and tackle every obstacle. In her book, Sanya reveals how these strategies have helped her and will help kids learn how to run their best race in life. Run with Me is Sanya’s story—her wins and her losses—chronicling her unique triumphs and trials with fame, family and faith. Written purposely for the 8-12 audience, this book will inspire kids to pursue their dreams at full speed.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Zondervan

ISBN# 978-0310761211 (HB)

The Unicorn Quest

By Kamilla Benko

Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor . . . until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other, the beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns’ greatest secret.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.4

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

ISBN# 978-1681192451 (HB)

Orphan Train Girl

By Christina Baker Kline

Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help a wealthy elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. But from the moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before. Vivian asks Molly questions about her life and actually listens to the answers.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.5

Published by HarperCollins; Young Readers' ed. edition

ISBN# 978-0062445940 (HB)

See You on a Starry Night

By Lisa Schroeder

Juliet has just moved to a beachside town with her newly separated mother and her moody older sister. When she meets their new neighbor, Emma, the girls form an instant bond. Emma’s big family takes Juliet in, and the girls have fun together—starting with the night they throw bottles with secret messages into the sea.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 3.8

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338195743 (HB)

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

By Jodi Kendall, Illustrated by Pascal Campion

Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one’s ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey—a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.8

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062484536 (HB)

Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals

By Nancy Furtsinger

Nancy Furstinger profiles Chris P. Bacon and many other animals in Unstoppable—all of whom are making their way around with the help of prosthetics, braces, orthotics and wheelchairs! Readers will meet the caretakers, prosthetists, vets, and loving families that help to make recovery possible. Furstinger offers a glimpse into the cutting-edge technologies, such as 3D printing and brain-controlled prosthetics, that are helping to improve the lives of animals and humans alike.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.7

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0544879669 (HB)

Resistance

By Jennifer A. Nielsen

Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people. Soon Chaya joins a resistance cell that runs raids on the Nazis’ supplies. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya’s network shatters. She is alone and unsure of where to go, until Esther, a member of her cell, finds her and delivers a message that chills Chaya to her core, and sends her on a journey toward an even larger uprising in the works—in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.8

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338148473 (HB)

Running on Empty

By S.E. Durrant

CJ is a runner—and when he’s running, he’s fast, free, and flying. It was Grandad who taught him to run, and who did a lot more, besides. Grandad always made sure things were in order around CJ’s house, because his parents could not. CJ’s parents are different, and because they do not have the tools to cope with certain elements of everyday life, it was Grandad who reviewed the water bill, saw to it that the electricity meter had funds, and kept everything else shipshape. But now, with Grandad’s sudden passing and Aunt Joan about to have a baby, CJ knows it’s up to him to make sure Mum and Dad are okay and to keep the household going. It would be a hard job for any adult, but for a kid who’s also starting middle-school and trying to impress the gruff track coach . . . is staying afloat even possible?

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 978-0823438402 (HB)