Crown Nominated Books

A Piglet Called Truffle

By Helen Peters, Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

Jasmine Green loves animals. Her mother is a veterinarian. Her father is a farmer. And her brother and sister are . . . well, they’re mostly annoying. But being in the Green family means seeing and taking care of animals all the time. While helping her mom on a house call, Jasmine visits a new litter of piglets and discovers a forgotten runt hidden underneath its brothers and sisters. Poor little piglet. It is so tiny that it can’t even drink! Its owner refuses to rescue it. So it is up to Jasmine to save the pig . . . secretly. What will happen if anyone finds out?


2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.6

Published by Walker Books US

ISBN# 978-1536210248 (HB)

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The Amelia Six

By Kristin L. Gray

Amelia Earhart’s famous aviator goggles go missing and eleven-year-old Millie has to find them before the night is over in this girl-powered middle grade mystery.


2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.2

Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

ISBN# 978-1534418851 (HB)

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The Lion of Mars

By Jennifer L. Holm

Bell has spent his whole life—all eleven years of it—on Mars. But he’s still just a regular kid—he loves cats and any kind of cake, and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping. Like, why don’t they have contact with anyone on the other Mars colonies? Why are they so isolated? When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups all fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It’s up to Bell—a regular kid in a very different world—to uncover the truth and save his family…and possibly unite an entire planet.


2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0593121818 (HB)

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The One and Only Bob

By Katherine Applegate

Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.


2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 3.9

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062991317 (HB)

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Beyond Me

By Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu

In the aftermath of the natural disasters that have struck her country, eleven-year-old Maya is luckier than many. Her family didn’t lose their home, their lives, or each other. But Maya still can’t help feeling paralyzed with terror, and each aftershock that ripples out in the days that follow makes her fear all over again that her luck could change in an instant.


2021-2022 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Atheneum Books

ISBN# 9781481437899 (HB)

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Courageous World Changers: 50 True Stories of Daring Women of God

By Shirley Raye Redmond

Meet women 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.


2021-2022 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Harvest House

ISBN# 9780736977340 (HB)

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Finding Home

By Karen Kingsbury

Summer is over and Dad begins his important position at an Indiana hospital. Like it or not, Bloomington is the Baxter Family’s new home. As school starts, everyone finds reasons to be excited about the move. Everyone that is except Ashley. Ashley desperately misses the home and friends she left behind. As she realizes her siblings have their struggles, too, she can’t help but wonder if unlikely friends can be the best friends of all? And could time and love from her family be enough to make a house feel like home?


2021-2022 Crown Award

Reading Level: 3.2

Published by Simon & Schuster

ISBN# 9781534412187 (HB)

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Finding Narnia: The Story of C.S. Lewis and His Brother

By Caroline McAlister , Illustrated by Jessica Lanan

Before C.S. Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, he was a young boy named Jack who spent his days dreaming up stories of other worlds filled with knights, castles, and talking animals. His brother, Warnie, spent his days imagining worlds filled with trains, boats, and technology. One rainy day, they found a wardrobe in a little room next to the attic, and they wondered, What if the wardrobe had no end?


2021-2022 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.5

Published by Roaring Book Press

ISBN# 9781626726581 (HB)

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