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A Fine, Fine School

By Sharon Creech, Illustrated by Harry Bliss

Mr. Keene loves his school and its students so much that he decides to extend the school week, and eventually, the school year.


2003-2004 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 0-06-027736-X (PB, HB)

Among the Betrayed

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Thirteen-year-old Nina is threatened by the Population Police, who give her the option of helping them identify “third-born” children, or facing death.


2004-2005 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Simon & Schuster

ISBN# 0-689-83905-7 (PB, HB)


By Laurie Halse Anderson

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge, but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state where bounty hunters are thick as flies.


2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.6

Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

ISBN# 978-1416961468 (HB)

Baby Whale’s Journey

By Jonathan London

After Baby Whale is born he swims with his mother and, surrounded with a protective pod, he begins to grow and learn. As he watches all around him, soon Baby Whale comes to know all the ways of the whales and of the sea.


2001-2002 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Chronicle

ISBN# 0-8118-2496-9 (PB, HB)

Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand

By Eric LeGrand

LeGrand tells a real life story of his journey as he fights to walk again after being tackled on the football field in a college game leaving him paralyzed. He inspires his fans with his personal motto to “believe.”


2014-2015 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.4

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 9780062225825 (HB)

Beyond the Valley of Thorns

By Patrick Carman

When thirteen-year-old Alexa embarks on a mysterious quest, she finds her old friends Yipes, the little man, Murphy, the squirrel, Odessa, the wolf, and Squire, the hawk have been designated to help her.


2007-2008 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.2

Published by Orchard

ISBN# 0-439-70094-9 (PB, HB)


By Sharon Creech

When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, thirteen-year-old Dinnie discovers an expanding world and her place in it.


2000-2001 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Harper Collins

ISBN# 0-06-026993-6 (PB, HB)

Book Scavenger

By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.


2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.5

Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

ISBN# 9781627791151 (HB)

The Boy on the Porch

By Sharon Creech

A young couple inexplicably finds a boy on their porch. John and Marta know they have been chosen to care for the boy and they try to unravel his history.


2016-2017 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0061892356 (HB)

Chinese Cinderella

By Adeline Yen Mah

Adeline revisits the territory she covered in her adult bestseller, Falling Leaves, for this powerful and poignant memoir aimed at young readers.


2001-2002 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Delacorte

ISBN# 0-385-32707-2 (PB, HB)


By Gary Blackwood

In 1835, when his father is put in debtors’ prison, 12-yr-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton but soon questions his own safety.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.3

Published by Dial Books

ISBN# 978-0803739246 (PB)

Curse of the Spider King

By Wayne Thomas Batson

Seven young Elf Lords must decide whether to remain on Earth or return to Allyra as they learn secrets of the past and dark strangers are watching their every move.


2011-2012 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Nelson, Thomas, Inc.

ISBN# 9780718029876 (PB)

Escaping the Giant Wave

By Peg Kehret

When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save his sister and a boy who has bullied him for years.


2005-2006 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Simon & Schuster

ISBN# 0-689-85272-X (HB)

Fish in a Tree

By Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her and to everyone than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.


2017-2018 Crown Award

Reading Level: 3.7

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books

ISBN# 978-0399162596 (HB)

Friendship According to Humphrey

By Betty G. Birney

When Humphrey returns to Mrs. Brisbane’s class after the winter break, a new class pet and some other surprises give him the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of friendship. Sequel to The World According to Humphrey.


2007-2008 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Putnam

ISBN# 0-399-24264-3 (HB)

Gingerbread Baby

By Jan Brett

A young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby that escapes from their oven and leads a crowd on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale about a not-so-clever gingerbread man.


2000-2001 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Putnam Juvenile

ISBN# 978-0399234446 (PB)


By John Patrick Green, Illustrated by John Patrick Green, with color by Cat Caro

The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.


2018-2019 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.8

Published by First Second

ISBN# 978-1626722002 (HB)

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes

By Rose Lewis, Illustrated by Jane Dyer

The author describes in fiction form how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl.


2002-2003 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Little, Brown

ISBN# 0-31652538-3 (HB)

Isle of Swords

By Wayne Thomas Batson

A young, seriously injured amnesiac regains consciousness on an island and finds that discovering his identity involves notorious pirates warring over legendary treasure.


2009-2010 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Nelson, Thomas, Inc.

ISBN# 9781400313631 (PB)

I’m Not Who You Think I Am

By Peg Kehret

Ginger is the target of mistaken identity by a disturbed mother.


2002-2003 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Dutton

ISBN# 0-525-46153-1 (PB, HB)

Like Pickle Juice On a Cookie

By Julie Sternberg, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

When Eleanor’s beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her ailing father, Eleanor must try to bear the summer without Bibi and prepare for the upcoming school year.


2013-2014 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.2

Published by Amulet

ISBN# 9780810984240 (HB)

Lost in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

By Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick

A spring tale of trust, patience, and waiting for your time. Woodland creatures are concerned for a newborn white-tailed fawn they believe is lost.


2006-2007 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc.

ISBN# 0-9671748-8-0 (PB, HB)

Loving Marley

By Donald and Sara Hassler, Illustrated by Carol Newsom

From the first moment the Barkers saw the puppy it was love at first sight. They soon learn that adopting a pet is a big responsibility and a decision that will lead to a lifetime of fun and adventures.


2010-2011 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.0

Published by Pugtale Publishing

ISBN# 9780976639077 (HB)

Malcolm at Midnight

By W. H. Beck, Illustrated by Brian Lies

A rat named Malcolm loves living at a school with a secret society of pets that keep children out of trouble. This mystery involves an iguana that has disappeared!


2015-2016 Crown Award

Reading Level: 3.8

Published by Houghton

ISBN# 0547681003 (PB, HB)

Mama Played Baseball

By David A. Adler

While her dad is away serving in WW II, Amy helps her mother get a job as a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.


2005-2006 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Harcourt

ISBN# 0-15-202196-5 (HB)


By Elise Broach, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as a birthday gift for James, a human. The two new friends work together to help recover a drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


2010-2011 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Square Fish

ISBN# 9780312608705 (PB)

Missing on Superstition Mountain

By Elise Broach

When Simon, Henry, and Jack move with their parents to Arizona, they are irresistibly drawn to explore the aptly named Superstition Mountain, despite warnings it is not safe. Ms. Broach is the recipient of the 2011 Children’s Crown Award for Masterpiece.


2014-2015 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Square Fish

ISBN# 9781250004772 (PB)


By Sharon Creech

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents ‘volunteer’ Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna and that stubborn cow, Zora.


2018-2019 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062415240 (HB)

Moonshiner’s Gold

By John Erickson

In 1927, Riley and his grandfather must find a way to save the family ranch from a group of moonshiners and the men behind the operation.


2003-2004 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Viking

ISBN# 0-670-03502-5 (PB, HB)

My Grandfather’s Coat

By Jim Aylesworth, Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Based on the Yiddish folk song “I Had a Little Overcoat,” this splendid tale chronicles four generations through the a grandfather’s coat, which becomes a jacket, then a vest and so on.


2016-2017 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 4.1

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 978-0439925457 (HB)

No Talking

By Andrew Clements, Illustrated by Mark Elliott

When, the loud and disorderly 5th grade boys challenge the girls in their class to a “no talking” duel, the result has lasting effects on everyone, including the teachers and principal.


2009-2010 Crown Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by Atheneum Books

ISBN# 1416909842 (PB, HB)

Out of My Mind

By Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory, but her teachers and doctors do not know how smart she is and think she is incapable of learning. Melody’s problem is she can’t speak, walk or write, until recently when she discovers something.


2012-2013 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 9781416971719 (PB)


By Marion Dane Bauer

Deep in the woods, four normal-sized pups—Leader, Sniffer, Runner, & Thinker—are born. Then comes one last, very small pupages. For him there is no name but Runt and he struggles for acceptance.


2004-2005 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Clarion

ISBN# 0-618-21261-2 (PB)

Salt In His Shoes

By Deloris Jordan

This is the heartwarming and inspirational story of Michael Jordan as a young boy.


2002-2003 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Simon and Schuster

ISBN# 0-689-83371-7 (PB, HB)

Saving Shiloh

By Phyllis Naylor

Sixth-grader Marty and his family try to help their rough neighbor, Judd Travers, change his mean ways, because they believe everyone deserves a second chance, even though their West Virginia community continues to expect the worst of him.


2000-2001 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Atheneum

ISBN# 0-689-81460-7 (PB, HB)


By Ingrid Law

The story recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her “savvy”-a magical power unique to each member of her family-just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.


2010-2011 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.0

Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

ISBN# 9780142414330 (PB)

Secret of the Night Ponies

By Joan Harlow

In 1965 Newfoundland, thirteen- year-old Jesse’s brave and impulsive nature leads her to commit a variety of daring acts, including rescuing a herd of wild ponies and kidnapping an orphan girl who is being mistreated by her guardians.


2013-2014 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Simon & Schuster

ISBN# 9781416907848 (PB)

Shep Our Most Loyal Dog

By Sneed B. Collard III, Illustrated by Joanna Yardley

Shep is the true story of a dog whose devotion became an inspiration to people around the world.


2008-2009 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by Sleeping Bear Press

ISBN# 1-58536-259-X (HB)

Sky Memories

By Pat Brisson

When ten-year-old Emily learns that her mother has cancer, the two of them begin a ritual that will help prepare Emily for what is to come and to remember her mother long after she is gone.


2001-2002 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Delacorte

ISBN# 0-385-32606-8 (HB)

Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs

By Michaela Muntean, Illustrated by K.C. Bailey and Stephen Kazmierski

This photo essay describes how Luciano Anastasini, a seventh-generation circus performer whose acrobatic career was cut short by a fall, adopted and trained abandoned dogs to create a unique act.


2014-2015 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 4.6

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 9780545234979 (HB)

Such a Little Mouse

By Alice Schertle, Illustrated by Stephanie Yue

In every season, a little mouse pops out of his hole in the meadow and explores his world, gathering the food and supplies he will need when winter comes.


2017-2018 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.7

Published by Orchard Books

ISBN# 978-0545649292 (HB)


By Rober J. Blake, Illustrated by Rober J. Blake

A young boy must rely on his dog and his training to save himself and his father after an attack by a bear during a hunting trip. 


2009-2010 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.0

Published by Philomel

ISBN# 399233830 (HB)

The Blue Door

By Christa Kinde

Teenager Prissie Promeroy’s faith is tested when she realizes that she can see Angels. She must rely on God to truly understand his plan for her newly discovered gift.


2014-2015 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.7

Published by Zonderkidz

ISBN# 9780310724193 (HB)

The City of Ember

By Jeanne DuPrau

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a messenger to run to new places in her beloved but decaying city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.


2005-2006 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Random House

ISBN# 0-375-82273-9 (HB)

The Dark Hills Divide

By Patrick Carman

Alexa is spending another summer in Bridewell with her father. She’s eager to solve the mystery that lurks in the forests and The Dark Hills which townspeople fear.


2006-2007 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Orchard Books

ISBN# 0-439-75843-2 (PB, HB)

The Day-Glo Brothers

By Chris Barton, Illustrated by Tony Persiani

Bob and Joe Switzer are the two brothers that invented a whole new kind of color. Through years of experimenting, the two brothers developed fluorescent colors after many trials and errors.


2011-2012 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.

ISBN# 9781570916731 (HB)

The False Prince

By Jennifer A. Nielson

Four orphans are chosen to compete for the role of impersonating the prince after the royal family in the medieval kingdom of Carthya are believed to have all been killed.


2013-2014 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.1

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 9780545284141 (PB)

The Good Dog

By Avi

McKinley, a malamute, is torn between the domestic world of his human family and the wild world of a wolf named Lupin, as he tries to increase his wolf pack.


2003-2004 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Atheneum

ISBN# 0-689-83824-7 (PB, HB)

The Rise Of The Wyrm Lord

By Wayne Thomas Batson

Adrian’s new friend Antoinette is called to the Realm, but when she arrives to rescue Robby through his Glimpse-twin, the place is in turmoil and she must decide whether to stay loyal to the one true king of join the evil side.


2008-2009 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers

ISBN# 9781400322657 (PB)

The Sea Chest

By Toni Buzzeo, Illustrated by Mary GrandPre

A young girl listens as her relative, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, tells of her childhood living on a Maine island, and of an infant that washed ashore in a storm.


2004-2005 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Dial Press

ISBN# 0-8037-2703-8 (HB)

The Secret Zoo

By Bryan Chick

Megan lives next door to the zoo and notices puzzling behavior from the animals. When she disappears, her friends follow a set of clues and must sneak into the zoo. There they discover much more than they could have ever guessed.


2012-2013 Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN# 9780061987519 (PB)

The World According to Humphrey

By Betty G. Birney

Humphrey, a pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and their teacher.


2006-2007 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Putnam

ISBN# 0-399-24198-1 (HB)

Three Bird Summer

By Sara St. Antoine

During a summer family trip, Adam meets an adventurous neighbor named Alice, and they spend the summer trying to discover the mystery surrounding Adams grandmother.


2015-2016 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.6

Published by Candlewick Press

ISBN# 9780763665647 (HB)


By Peg Kehret

When his owner, Alex, finds and illegal animal trap in the woods, Pete the cat faces grave danger as he tries to help his human friends find the culprit who set the trap.


2008-2009 Crown Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by Dutton Childrens Books

ISBN# 0-525-47728-4 (PB, HB)


By Meg Kearney, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

A moving story of a three-legged dog who finds a boy of his very own.


2015-2016 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.2

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 978-0545100410 (HB)

Two Dogs Swimming

By Lynn Reiser

When two dogs, Whistle and Spot, play at running and jumping, sometimes one wins and sometimes the other one does, but until Spot learns to swim, Whistle always beats him across the pond.


2007-2008 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.5

Published by Greenwillow

ISBN# 0-06-008648-3 (PB)

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?

By Patrick O’Brien

This is the true story of Sandy Koufax who was a gifted young athlete who went from unpredictable to otherworldly. Along the way he faces many obstacles.


2011-2012 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.0

Published by Random House Children's Books

ISBN# 9780375837388 (HB)