Crown Nominated Books

When Winter Robeson Came

By Brenda Woods

In August 1965, twelve-year-old Eden is excited when her cousin from Mississippi comes to visit her in Los Angeles, but their priorities and plans change when the Watts Riots erupt around them.

Nominated

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books

ISBN# 978-1524741587 (HB)

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A Secret Shared

By Patricia MacLachlan

Ben and Nora discover through a mail-order DNA test kit that their youngest sister was adopted and must unravel a family secret.

Nominated

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 3.2

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

ISBN# 978-0062885852 (HB)

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The Beatryce Prophecy

By Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

When a child appears at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing, Brother Edik nurses her back to health. When he uncovers her dangerous secret, she is sent away into the world with a goat and a boy.

Nominated

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by Candlewick

ISBN# 978-1536213614 (HB)

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The Islanders

By Mary Alice Monroe and Angela May

While spending the summer with his grandmother on Dewees Island, eleven-year-old Jake finds two friends also struggling with family issues. Together, they try to save a sea turtle nest.

Winner

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 3.8

Published by Aladdin

ISBN# 978-1534427273 (HB)

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Brave Heroes and Bold Defenders: 50 True Stories of Daring Men of God

By Shirley Raye Redmond, Illustrated by Katya Longhi

Meet men who have used their God-given talents to live out their faith to the fullest. They come from a variety of backgrounds, eras, and ethnicities, but each one has answered the Lord’s call on their life in bold and innovative ways.

Nominated

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Harvest Kids

ISBN# 978-0736981330 (HB)

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Mr. Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise

By Alex T. Smith

Mr. Penguin and his Adventuring gang board a luxury cruise ship for some much-needed rest and a little entertainment. With Colin, his kung fu spider sidekick, preparing to perform with the Ladies Choir and fish finger sandwiches available twenty-four hours a day, Mr. Penguin isn’t even bothered that he can’t swim and is deeply afraid of water. When he befriends a young stowaway with a mystery of her own to solve, he soon finds that Adventures are lying in wait.

Nominated

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 5.9

Published by Peachtree Publishing Company

ISBN# 978-1682632130 (HB)

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Muffled

By Jennifer Gennari

Amelia does not like noise. In fifth grade, she has to learn to play an instrument or, as she sees it, make noise on purpose. To help Amelia cope, her father gives her a pair of earmuffs to wear. When she makes a new friend in trombone class, the two form an unlikely friendship that helps Amelia find a way to let in the noisy world she’s muffled for so long.

Honor

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1534463653 (HB)

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Raising Lumie

By Joan Bauer

Olive Hudson desperately wants a dog. But that doesn’t seem to be a possibility right now. Newly orphaned, she’s moving in with the half-sister she hardly knows and their life is too chaotic to include a dog. But then something wonderful happens: Olive gets a chance to raise Lumie, a guide dog puppy. Discipline. Rules. Lots of hugs. Only the best of the best puppies continue on to become guide dogs, and of course Olive wants Lumie to be chosen. But if she is, that means that Olive will lose her.

Winner

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0593113202 (HB)

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