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A Grateful Harvest

By Kristiana Gregory

In this second Prairie River series, Nessa is having difficulty making friends and her position as the local teacher is on shaky ground. Through it all she relies heavily on prayer to sustain her.

Nominated

2005-2006 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 0-439-43993-0 (PB)

A Long Walk to Water

By Linda Sue Park

Based on a true story, the author tells the story of Nya who spends seven months of the year walking each day for eight hours in order for her family to have water. The reader also learns the story of Salva who is walking away from his ruined village to find safety.

Nominated

2012-2013 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN# 9780547577319 (PB)

A Single Shard

By Linda Sue Park

Tree-ear, an orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters’ village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

Nominated

2003-2004 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Clarion

ISBN# 0-395-97827-0 (PB, HB)

A Strange Place to Call Home

By Marilyn Singer

Narrative of 14 animals defying the odds coupled with illustrations to visualize the fascinating acts of each species in their living domain.

Nominated

2014-2015 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.3

Published by Chronicle Books

ISBN# 9781452141251 (PB)

A Thousand Never Evers

By Shana Burg

As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963, the black residents, including Addie Ann Pickett, in the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice.

Nominated

2010-2011 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by Random House Children's Books

ISBN# 9780440422099 (PB)

Across The Wide And Lonesome Prairie

By Kristiana Gregory

In her diary, thirteen year-old Hattie chronicles her family’s arduous 1847 journey from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. This is number four of the Dear America series.

Nominated

2000-2001 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 0-590-22651-7 (PB)

After the Train

By Gloria Whelan

Ten years after the end of World War II in the town of Rolfen, West Germany, a young boy named Peter discovers a secret about his past. This leads him to question everything in his peaceful town.

Nominated

2011-2012 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN# 9780060295967 (HB)

Albino Animals

By Kelly Milner Halls

Learn about albino animals, the genetics that causes albinism, and the survival challenges albinos face.

Nominated

2006-2007 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Darby Creek

ISBN# 1-58196-012-3 (PB, HB)

Around the World in 100 Days

By Gary Blackwood

It is 1891 and Harry Fogg and his crew have 100 days to circle the entire globe. Only cars on land and boats in the water are allowed.

Nominated

2012-2013 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

ISBN# 9780142419632 (PB)

At the Sign of the Star

By Katherine Sturtevant

In 17th century London, Meg dreams of becoming a bookseller like her father.

Nominated

2002-2003 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by FSG

ISBN# 374404585 (PB, HB)

Be Loved

By Emma Mae Jenkins

Readers will experience the chain-breaking liberty of knowing the Lord’s presence and the freedom to be unique. This full-color, hardback book includes pictures from Emma Mae’s life, along with key Bible verses that God used to strengthen and guide her through the ups and downs of her high school years as a young Christian. Readers will learn to face the challenges of their student years with religion, courage, hope, and lifegiving love for others.

Nominated

2021-2022 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by New Growth Press

ISBN# 9781948130929 (HB)

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Beyond the Bright Sea

By Lauren Wolk

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

Nominated

2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.8

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1101994856 (HB)

Beyond the Laughing Sky

By Michelle Cuevas, Illustrated by Julie Morstad

Ten-year-old Nashville doesn’t feel like he belongs with his family, in his town, or even in this world. He was hatched from an egg his father found on the sidewalk and has grown into something not quite boy and not quite bird. Despite the support of his loving parents and his adoring sister, Junebug, Nashville wishes more than anything that he could join his fellow birds up in the sky. After all, what’s the point of being part bird if you can’t even touch the clouds?

Nominated

2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.4

Published by Penguin Young Readers Group

ISBN# 9780142423059 (PB)

Blue Skies

By Anne Bustard

Glory Bea Bennett knows that miracles happen in Gladiola, Texas, population 3,421. After all, her grandmother—the best matchmaker in the whole county—is responsible for thirty-nine of them. Now, Glory Bea needs a miracle of her own. The war ended three years ago, but Glory Bea’s father never returned home from the front in France. Glory Bea understands what Mama and Grams and Grandpa say—that Daddy died a hero on Omaha Beach—yet deep down in her heart, she believes Daddy is still out there. When the Gladiola Gazette reports that one of the boxcars from the Merci Train (the “thank you” train)—a train filled with gifts of gratitude from the people of France—will be stopping in Gladiola, she just knows daddy will be its surprise cargo. But miracles, like people, are always changing, until at last they find their way home.

Nominated

2021-2022 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Simon & Schuster

ISBN# 9781534446069 (HB)

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Britfield and the Lost Crown

By C. R. Stewart

He’s spent the majority of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when Tom learns that his parents might actually be alive, he is determined to find them. Together with his best friend Sarah, and armed with only the word “Britfield,” as a clue to Tom’s mysterious past, the two make a daring escape.

Soon, they are on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what appears to be half of the police officers in England! The hunt is on, but will Tom and Sarah be able to evade capture long enough to solve an even bigger conspiracy that could tear our world apart

Nominated

2021-2022 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.6

Published by Devonfiled Publishing LLC

ISBN# 9781732961210 (HB)

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Byrd & Igloo: A Polar Adventure

By Samantha Sieple

An engaging story about polar explorer and aviator, Admiral Richard E. Byrd and his travels with his fox terrier companion, as they both explore travelling to the North and South poles.

Nominated

2015-2016 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.7

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 9780545562768 (HB)

Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science

By Susan Hughes, Illustrated by Michael Wandelmaier

Scientists, archeologists and historians peer into nine unsolved mysteries from the past. Readers will learn about the tools and techniques used to explain these cases.

Nominated

2012-2013 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Kids Can Press, Limited

ISBN# 9781554533633 (PB)

Close to Famous

By Joan Bauer

Foster has a big dream which is to have her own cooking show. While she keeps baking, she discovers she is not the only one with dreams of fame.

Nominated

2012-2013 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

ISBN# 9780142420171 (PB)

Courageous: A Novel of Dunkirk

By Yona Zeldis McDonough

Aiden has been afraid of the ocean since his brother’s ship was sunk by the Germans. Then the call comes in: British forces are stranded at Dunkirk, and they need help from civilian boats.

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.1

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338226850 (HB)

Dancing Through the Snow

By Jean Little

Min is a foster child that has been in four different homes and has put a wall around herself as protection. Jess Hart, a former Children’s Aid doctor, befriends Min and opens up her world.

Nominated

2011-2012 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Scholastic Canada Ltd

ISBN# 9781443119870 (HB)

Daughter of Venice

By Donna Jo Napoli

Frustrated with the restrictions her gender imposes on her life, fourteen-year-old Donata, roams the streets of sixteenth-century Venice dressed as a boy.

Nominated

2004-2005 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Wendy Lamb Books

ISBN# 0-385-32780-3 (PB, HB)

Devil’s Den

By Susan Pfeffer

Joey has often thought about the biological father who left before he was born, but when, during a trip to a Civil War battlefield, his stepfather announces his plan to legally adopt Joey, he decides he must find out why his father has never contacted him.

Nominated

2001-2002 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Walker

ISBN# 0-8027-8650-2 (HB)

Dickens: His Work and his World

By Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Robert Ingpen

A spirited look at one of our greatest novelists, Charles Dickens, with beautiful illustrations and discussions of some of his greatest works.

Nominated

2007-2008 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.3

Published by Candlewick Press

ISBN# 0-7636-2752-6 (PB, HB)

Discovery at Flint Springs

By John R. Erickson

When Dr. Montrose visits their Texas ranch in the summer of 1927, brothers Riley and Coy are drawn into an archeological adventure.

Nominated

2006-2007 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Viking

ISBN# 0-670-05946-3 (HB)

Dragons of Silk

By Laurence Yep

Silk binds the lives of four girls from generations together. Across the span of 75 years , both in China and in America, each girl shows strength and courage as she faces life’s challenges - from war, prejudice and financial hardship.

Nominated

2013-2014 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.7

Published by Harper Collins

ISBN# 9780060275181 (HB)

Eclipse of the Jaguar

By Richard Trout

During a family trip 13 year old R.O. and his friend are kidnapped in Belize by looters. The family of R.O. uses unique skills and talents to rescue them.

Nominated

2014-2015 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.8

Published by Pelican

ISBN# 9781589808720 (HB)

El Lector

By William Durbin

Fifteen cigar workers were arrested in front of Ybor City’s Labor Temple on November 7, 1931, and charged with “unlawful assembly, rioting, and assault to commit murder.”

Nominated

2008-2009 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by Random House Children's Books

ISBN# 9780385746519 (HB)

Fighting for the Forest

By P. O'Connell Pearson

When Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in March 1933, the United States was on the brink of economic collapse and environmental disaster. Thirty-four days later, the first of over three million impoverished young men were building parks and reclaiming the nation’s forests and farmlands. The Civilian Conservation Corps—FDR’s favorite program and “miracle of inter-agency cooperation”—resulted in the building and/or improvement of hundreds of state and national parks, the restoration of nearly 120 million acre of land, and the planting of some three billion trees—more than half of all the trees ever planted in the United States.

Nominated

2021-2022 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.6

Published by Simon & Schuster

ISBN# 9781534429321 (HB)

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Finest Kind

By Lea Wait

Adjusting to a new life in Maine is hard. Keeping a deep family secret is harder

Nominated

2008-2009 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.5

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

ISBN# 9781416909521 (PB)

Fish

By L. S. Matthews

Tiger and his parents who are aid workers must leave their village when fighting breaks out. A great read of strength and survival in an unforgiving world.

Nominated

2006-2007 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Delacorte

ISBN# 0-385-73180-9 (HB)

Flags Over America: A Star-Spangled Story

By Cheryl Harness

This history-of-flags picture book focuses on the United States’s revolutionary beginnings, from liberty poles to the legendary “Star-Spangled Banner” that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.

Nominated

2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.6

Published by Albert Whitman & Company

ISBN# 978-0807524701 (HB)

Foster’s War

By Carolyn Reeder

When his older brother joins the army during World War II in order to escape the rages of an authoritarian father, eleven-year-old Foster fights his battles on the home front.

Nominated

2000-2001 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 0-590-09846-2 (HB)

Friends And Enemies

By Louann Caeddert

In WW II, William finds himself alienated from Jim who does not believe in fighting.

Nominated

2002-2003 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Atheneum

ISBN# 0-689-82822-5 (HB)

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

By Janae Marks

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge.

But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance.

Nominated

2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

ISBN# 978-0062875853 (HB)

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Genevieve’s War

By Patricia Reilly Giff, Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

Thirteen-year-old American girl Genevieve has spent the summer of 1939 at her grandmother’s farm in Alsace, France. Then she makes an impulsive choice: to stay in France. It proves to be a dangerous decision. World War II erupts. The Nazis conquer Alsace and deport the Jews and others. A frightening German officer commandeers a room in Meme’s farmhouse. And when Gen’s friend Remi commits an act of sabotage, Gen is forced to hide him in the attic right above the Nazi officer’s head. Genevieve’s War is a gripping story that brings the war in occupied France vividly to life. It is a companion work to Lily’s Crossing, a Newbery Honor Book.

Nominated

2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 978-0823438006 (HB)

Get Along, Little Dogies: The Chisholm Trail Diary of Hallie Lou Wells

By Lisa Waller Rogers

Hallie Lou Wells persuades her father to let her go in his place on a cattle drive along the Chisolm Trail in 1878.

Nominated

2003-2004 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Texas Tech Univ. Press

ISBN# 0-89672-446-8 (PB, HB)

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion

By Samantha Seiple

Narrative non-fiction that tells the story of how the Japanese invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands during World War II.

Nominated

2013-2014 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.8

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 9780545296540 (HB)

Green Angel

By Alice Hoffman

Haunted by grief and her past after losing her family, fifteen-year-old Green retreats into her ruined garden as she struggles to survive emotionally and physically on her own. This was written in response to Sept.11, 2001. Ask Scholastic for a discussion guide for class study.

Nominated

2004-2005 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 0-439-44384-9 (PB, HB)

Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet & the Brian Books

By Gary Paulsen

The author relates incidents in his life and how they inspired parts of his books about the character, Brian Robeson.

Nominated

2004-2005 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Laurel-Leaf

ISBN# 0-440-40712-5 (PB, HB)

Her Own Two Feet

By Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uwitonze

Rebeka Uwitonze was born in Rwanda with curled and twisted feet, which meant she had to crawl or be carried to get around. At nine years old, she gets an offer that could change her life. A doctor in the US might be able to turn her feet. But it means leaving her own family behind and going to America on her own.

Nominated

2021-2022 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.8

Published by Scholatic Focus

ISBN# 9781338356373 (HB)

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Here Lies the Librarian

By Richard Peck

Fourteen-year-old Eleanor “Peewee” McGrath, a tomboy and automobile enthusiast, discovers new possibilities for her future after the 1914 arrival in her small Indiana town of four young librarians.

Nominated

2008-2009 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.1

Published by Dial Books

ISBN# 9780142409084 (PB)

Hidden Child

By Isaac Millman

The author details his difficult experience as a young Jewish child living in Nazi-occupied France during the 1940’s.

Nominated

2007-2008 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.2

Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux

ISBN# 978-0-374-33071-2 (HB)

Hold Fast

By Blue Balliet

After her father’s mysterious disappearance, Early and her family are forced to move out of their apartment leaving them homeless. Early keeps her family together while following clues that will help her solve the mystery concerning her father.

Nominated

2014-2015 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.2

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 978-0545299886 (PB)

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.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.9

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062377494 (HB)

Hunter Brown and the Consuming Fire

By Christopher Miller and Allen Miller

Hunter returns to Solandria with new friends to race to save Hope and further bolster the Resistance before the brutal Xaul can reach her.

Nominated

2011-2012 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Warner Press Publishers

ISBN# 9781593173579 (HB)

I Can’t Believe I Have To Do This

By Jan Alford

Twelve-year-old Dean Matthews receives a journal as a birthday present from his mother and records the events of the following year. At first, he is very unhappy about having to do this, but he learns valuable lessons along the way.

Nominated

2000-2001 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Putnam

ISBN# 0-399-23130-7 (PB, 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.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.3

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1481417617 (HB)

Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea and Air

By Stewart Ross

An engaging guide about 14 explorers, from Marco Polo to Neil Armstrong, and how they traveled. Detailed cross- section illustrations of the craft in which they explored.

Nominated

2013-2014 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.9

Published by Candlewick

ISBN# 9780763669928 (PB)

Iron Thunder

By AVI, Illustrated by C.B. Mordan

To earn a living after his father died fighting for the Union, thirteen year-old Tom takes an ironworking job building a Union ship, but Confederates see young Tom’s job as an opportunity to spy out the vessel.

Nominated

2009-2010 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Disney-Hyperion

ISBN# 9781423105183 (PB)

Itch

By Polly Farquhar

Isaac’s sixth-grade year gets off to a rough start. For one thing, a tornado tears the roof off the school cafeteria. His mother leaves on a two-month business trip to China. And as always. . . . there’s the itch.

Drawing on her own experiences with idiopathic angioedema and food allergies, Polly Farquhar spins a tale of kids trying to balance the desire to be ordinary with the need to be authentic–allergies, itches, confusion and all.

Nominated

2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.1

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 978-0823445523 (HB)

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Jackie’s Wild Seattle

By Will Hobbs

Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her little brother, Cody, spend the summer with their uncle, helping at a wildlife rescue center named Jackie’s Wild Seattle.

Nominated

2005-2006 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Harper Collins

ISBN# 0-688-17474-4 (HB)

Kensuke’s Kingdom

By Michael Morpugo

When Michael is swept off his family’s yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive—until he finds he is not alone.

Nominated

2005-2006 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 0-439-38202-5 (HB)

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome

By Robby Novak and Brad Montague

In his Guide to Being Awesome, Kid President pulls together lists of awesome ideas to help the world, awesome interviews with his awesome celebrity friends.

Nominated

2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.5

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062358684 (HB)

Laugh with the Moon

By Shana Burg

Battling the death of her mother, 13 year old Clare spends several weeks in Malawi with her father. She meets new friends that will help her open her heart after loss.

Nominated

2014-2015 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.5

Published by Random House

ISBN# 9780440422105 (PB)

Linked

By Gordon Korman

Link, Michael, and Dana live in a quiet town. But it’s woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into school and vandalizes it with a swastika.

Nobody can believe it. How could such a symbol of hate end up in the middle of their school? Who would do such a thing?

The mystery deepens as more swastikas begin to appear. Some students decide to fight back and start a project to bring people together instead of dividing them further. The closer Link, Michael, and Dana get to the truth, the more there is to face. It seems the crimes of the present may be connected to crimes of the past.…

Nominated

2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.3

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338629118 (HB)

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Listen!

By Stephanie S. Tolan

The story of a twelve-year girl, Charley and her difficult emotional and physical journey as the themes of nature, family, and love are weaved into a complex and powerful portrait of recovery.

Nominated

2008-2009 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN# 9780060579371 (PB)

Listening for Lions

By Gloria Whelan

Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1918, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor’s identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents’ mission hospital.

Nominated

2007-2008 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.7

Published by Harper Collins

ISBN# 0-06-058175-1 (PB)

Littlejim’s Dreams

By Gloria Houston

In 1920 in the mountains of North Carolina, fourteen-year-old Jim Houston sees his hopes of continuing his education fade when his mother becomes seriously ill and his logger father must deal with underhanded businessmen.

Nominated

2000-2001 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Harcourt Brace

ISBN# 0-15-201509-4 (HB)

Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers

By Pendrad Noyce

Thirteen- year -old couch potato cousins find themselves lost in a mysterious world called Lexicon, where they must solve puzzles of math and grammar.

Nominated

2013-2014 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.9

Published by Scarletta Press

ISBN# 9780983021926 (PB)

Miles’ Song

By Alice McGill

Miles, a slave, endures trying to have his spirit broken by secretly learning to read.

Nominated

2002-2003 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Houghton

ISBN# 0-395-97938-2 (PB, HB)

Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color

By Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

This collection of poetry tells the story of Prudence Crandall and her students in the days before prejudice and persecution closed her 19th century school for African American girls in Canterbury, Connecticut.

Nominated

2009-2010 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by Highlights Press

ISBN# 9781590784563 (HB)

Missing From Haymarket Square

By Harriette Gillem Robinet

Three children in Chicago in 1886 experience the Haymarket Riot in response to the exploitative working conditions.

Nominated

2003-2004 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Atheneum

ISBN# 0-689-83895-6 (PB, HB)

Monsoon Summer

By Mitali Perkins

Secretly in love with her best friend and business partner Steve, fifteen-year old Jazz must spend the summer away from him when her family goes to India during that country’s rainy season to help set up a clinic.

Nominated

2006-2007 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Delacorte

ISBN# 0-385-73123-X (HB)

Moon Over Tennessee

By Craig Crist-Evans

In the spring of 1863, a thirteen-year-old boy leaves his home on a farm in northeastern Tennessee with his father, who has joined the confederate army. This is a moving personal narrative in the form of a journal.

Nominated

2001-2002 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Houghton

ISBN# 0-395-91208-3 (PB, HB)

Moonbird

By Phillip Hoose

Researchers provide facts about a robin-sized shorebird, B95, and its ability to fly the distance it takes to get to the moon.

Nominated

2014-2015 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.9

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN# 9780374304683 (HB)

Mud City

By Deborah Ellis

After fleeing her native Afghanistan fourteen-year-old Shauzia is living in a refugee camp in Pakistan. She masquerades as a boy to try and earn money to fulfill her dream of living in France.

Nominated

2005-2006 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Groundwood

ISBN# 0-88899-518-0 (HB)

My Contract With Henry

By Robin Vaupel

A mission that begins as an eighth-grade project on Henry David Thoreau’s experimental living at Walden Pond becomes a life-changing experience for a group of outsider students who become budding philosophers, environmental activists, and loyal friends.

Nominated

2005-2006 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 0-8234-1701-8 (HB)

My Louisiana Sky

By Kimberly Holt

Growing up in Louisiana in the 1950’s, twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings with her stern but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.

Nominated

2000-2001 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Henry Holt

ISBN# 0-8050-5251-8 (HB)

Night of the Howling Dogs

By Graham Salisbury

An enormous earthquake and tsunami strike Halape, Hawaii in 1975, and test the survival skills of a Boy Scout troop and others who are camping on the beach at the time of the anomalies.

Nominated

2009-2010 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 3.0

Published by Random House Children's Books

ISBN# 9780440238393 (PB)

Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey

By Ann Rinaldi

Lady Jane Grey, who at fifteen was Queen of England for nine days before being executed, recounts her life story from the age of nine.

Nominated

2006-2007 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 0-06-054924-6 (PB)

Not Exactly Normal

By Devin Brown

A sixth-grader at St. Luke’s Episcopal School in rural New England sets out to have a mystical experience and learns valuable lessons about himself and the world along the way.

Nominated

2007-2008 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.5

Published by Eerdmans Books

ISBN# 0-8028-5283-1 (HB)

Odd Man Out

By Sarah Ellis

Kip grabbed the flashlight from his pack and pushed his way through the wall head first, landing with a thump he soon discovers a binder on a shelf and so the mystery begins

Nominated

2008-2009 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by Groundwood Books

ISBN# 9780888997029 (PB)

On the Wings of Heroes

By Richard Peck

A boy experiences World War II on the Illinois homefront, through his brother in the Air Force and his father, who was injured in the preceding war.

Nominated

2009-2010 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Penguin Group

ISBN# 9780142412046 (PB)

Once Was a Time

By Leila Sales

In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte’s scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty’s fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.

Nominated

2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.1

Published by Chronicle Books

ISBN# 978-1452140094 (HB)

Paperboy

By Isabelle Holland

Jobs aren’t easy to come by in New York during 1881, especially for a twelve-year-old immigrant boy. After a few scrapes he gets to work on a city newspaper for the man who gives him a real chance in life.

Nominated

2001-2002 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 0-8234-1422-1 (HB)

Perfect Season

By Tim Green

After moving to New Jersey Troy, a talented athlete and genius, undergoes several challenges as he joins a new football team to play football and offer his football expertise to a professional team.

Nominated

2015-2016 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.6

Published by Harper Collins

ISBN# 9780062208705 (PB, HB)

Play Makers

By Mike Lupica

After winning a football championship, 6th grader Ben has began basketball season and is faced with new competition on a rivalry team. This will challenge Ben in learning the importance of team dynamics, sportsmanship, and friendship.

Nominated

2014-2015 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.4

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 9780545381802 (PB)

Prairie Lotus

By Linda Sue Park

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America’s heartland, in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople’s almost unanimous prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers.

Nominated

2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.2

Published by Clarion Books

ISBN# 978-1328781505 (HB)

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Precious Bones

By Mika Ashley-Hollinger

During a summer of playing in Florida swamps, 10 year old Bones embarks upon a mystery to discover the truth about her father, who is part Miccosukee Indian, when he has been accused of two murders.

Nominated

2014-2015 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by Random House

ISBN# 9780307930705 (PB)

Project Mulberry

By Linda Sue Park

While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and more. Between the chapters are short Dial Pressogues between the author and main character about the writing of the book.

Nominated

2007-2008 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.3

Published by Clarion

ISBN# 0-618-47786-1 (PB)

Promises to Keep

By Sharon Robinson

As told by his daughter, this is a biography about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues, and his impact on America’s game.

Nominated

2006-2007 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Scholastic

ISBN# 0-439-42592-1 (PB, HB)

Radiant Girl

By Andrea White

n the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, Katya comes to understand the things most important about her homeland and fulfills a promise she made to herself many years before.

Nominated

2010-2011 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.0

Published by Bright Sky Press

ISBN# 9781933979236 (HB)

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

By Liesl Shurtliff

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic. But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

Nominated

2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.3

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0385755832 (HB)

Rio Grande Stories

By Carolyn Meyer

To help raise money at their new school, a group of seventh graders decide to write and sell a book which is a tribute to the diverse heritages and traditions within their school community and the city of Alburquerque.

Nominated

2009-2010 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.0

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN# 9780152000660 (PB)

Rules

By Cynthia Lord

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

Nominated

2008-2009 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 3.9

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 9780439443838 (PB)

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)

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)

Saba: Under the Hyena’s Foot

By Jane Kurtz

After being kidnapped and brought to the emperor’s palace in Gondar, Ethiopia, twelve-year-old Saba discovers that she and her brother are part of the emperor’s desperate attempt to consolidate political power in 1846.

Nominated

2005-2006 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by American Girl

ISBN# 1-58485-829-X (PB, HB)

Sacajawea

By Joseph Bruchac

She is the interpreter, peacemaker, and guide for the renowned Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Nominated

2002-2003 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Harcourt

ISBN# 0-15-202234-1 (PB, HB)

Searching for Lottie

By Susan L. Ross

Charlie, a budding violinist, decides to research the life of her great-aunt and namesake for her middle school ancestry project. Everyone in Charlie’s family believes Great-Aunt Charlotte (called Lottie), a violin prodigy, died at the hands of the Nazis, but the more Charlie uncovers about her long-lost relative, the more muddied Great-Aunt Lottie’s story becomes. Could it be that Lottie somehow survived the war by hiding in Hungary? Could she even still be alive today?

Nominated

2021-2022 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.7

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 9780823441662 (HB)

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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)

Shadow-Catcher

By Betty Levin

Jonathan attempts to solve a mystery in 1892 while accompanying his traveling photographer grandfather.

Nominated

2002-2003 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Greenwillow

ISBN# 0-688-17862-6 (HB)

The Shark Rider

By Ellen Prager

After thwarting the dastardly plans of J.P. Rickerton, Tristan Hunt is having trouble keeping his newfound talents a secret. And if undercover spies and a mysterious illness threatening to expose the secrets of camp weren’t enough, reports of dying fish and disappearing sponge in the Caribbean call Tristan and his friends back into action.

Nominated

2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by Mighty Media, Inc.

ISBN# 9781938063510 (PB)

Shine!

By J.J. and Chris Grabenstein

Shine on! might be the catchphrase of twelve-year-old Piper’s hero—astronaut, astronomer, and television host Nellie Dumont Frisse—but Piper knows the truth: some people are born to shine, and she’s just not one of them. That fact has never been clearer than now, since her dad’s new job has landed them both at Chumley Prep, a posh private school where everyone seems to be the best at something and where Piper definitely doesn’t fit in.

Nominated

2021-2022 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by Random House

ISBN# 9781524717667 (HB)

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Silverbelly

By S.J. Dahlstrom

Wilder is back on his grandad’s ranch in West Texas and a run-in with his dangerous neighbor, Saul, spins Wilder’s head like the blizzard that hits the ranch the day before Thanksgiving. Along with his sister, Molly, Wilder must rethink his ideas about what a trophy is, and how he relates to the wild landscape around him.

Nominated

2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Paul Dry Books

ISBN# 978-1589881433 (PB)

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Snow Falling In Spring

By Moying Li

Moying Li is twelve years old when the Cultural Revolution begins. While her world is crumbling around her, she finds sanctuary in literature even though many schools shut down and most books are forbidden.

Nominated

2010-2011 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.0

Published by Square Fish

ISBN# 9780312608675 (PB)

Soar

By Joan Bauer

Jeremiah is the world’s biggest baseball fan. He really loves baseball and he knows just about everything there is to know about his favorite sport. So when he’s told he can’t play baseball following an operation on his heart, Jeremiah decides he’ll do the next best thing and become a coach.

Nominated

2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 3.6

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN# 978-0451470348 (HB)

Sparrow Road

By Sheila O'Conner

Twelve- year old Raine does not want to move to and old estate in Michigan with her mother. However, Raine soon learns that the house, called Sparrow Road, is full of mystery and surprises.

Nominated

2013-2014 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 3.6

Published by Penguin Group

ISBN# 9780399254581 (HB)

Spidermania: Friends on the Web

By Alexandra Siy, Illustrated by Dennis Kunkel: Photographer

Debunking myths about spiders, this book takes an extremely close look at creatures that have both fascinated and terrified humans. An introduction explains what makes spiders unique. Then ten species are highlighted with incredible electron micrograph photographs and surprising facts. From diving bell spiders that live in bubbles underwater, to spitting spiders that shoot venomous wads of spit at their prey, to black widows and wolf spiders, this unusual book will intrigue readers and help dispel arachnophobia.

Nominated

2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.6

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 978-0823428717 (HB)

Spilling Ink

By Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter, Illustrated by Matt Phelan

The authors guide children through the process of writing from developing a voice, characters, and a plot. Fun writing prompts help children get started.

Nominated

2012-2013 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Square Fish

ISBN# 9781596436282 (PB)