Nominated Books

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.


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.


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.


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.


2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.7

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0544879669 (HB)


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.


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?


2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 978-0823438402 (HB)

In Over Their Heads

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

In Under Their Skin, twins Nick and Eryn successfully met their new stepsiblings, Ava and Jackson. But in doing so, the twins found themselves on a mission to discover how to prevent humanity from facing certain doom.


2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.3

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1481417617 (HB)

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe

By David Teague

Oscar Indigo has never been good at baseball, so naturally he’s nervous when he has to fill in for his team’s injured All-Star, Lourdes. Luckily, Oscar has a mysterious gold watch that can stop time, which he uses to fake a game-winning home run. Now Oscar’s the underdog hero of his town and even Lourdes wants to be his friend.


2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.9

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062377494 (HB)