Lamplighter Nominated Books

The Alcatraz Escape

By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman , Illustrated by Sarah Watts

Legendary literary game-maker Garrison Griswold is back in action―this time with “Unlock the Rock.” For his latest game, Griswold has partnered with the famous—and famously reclusive—mystery writer Errol Roy to plan an epic escape room challenge on Alcatraz Island.

Winner

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.8

Published by Henry Holt and Co

ISBN# 978-1627799638 (HB)

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

By John Hendrix

Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the established political and religious authorities. When the Nazis outlaw the church, he escapes as a fugitive. Struggling to reconcile his faith and the teachings of the Bible with the Nazi Party’s evil agenda, Bonhoeffer decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible!

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.6

Published by Harry N. Abrams

ISBN# 978-1419728389 (HB)

The Winter War

By Priscilla Shirer and Gina Detwiler

Two years ago, the Prince Warriors lost one of their own, but now they must stand firm . . . because death is coming once again. In this sequel to Priscilla Shirer’s best-selling trilogy, the Prince Warriors return to Ahoratos to find it bare and dangerous. The Winter War is upon them

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.5

Published by B&H Kids

ISBN# 9781462796755 (HB)

Wish on All the Stars

By Lisa Schroeder

Juliet is now an official member of the Starry Beach Club, and loves working with her new friends, Emma and Carmen, to make people’s wishes come true. Living away from her dad is still hard, and she misses her best friend from her old town, but she has her friends and the bookmobile, and San Diego feels more like home than ever. But then she learns that the bookmobile is going to have to shut down. The owner of the parking lot wants to start charging rent, and soon the bookmobile won’t be able to stay in business. The Starry Beach Club comes up with different ways to save their favorite store, but none seem to work. But then Emma gets the idea to have a crafts fair…and she wants Juliet to sell her paintings! Juliet is nervous, and isn’t sure whether she’s ready to put herself on display. Meanwhile, Carmen is feeling anxious about the possibility of her mother being deported. Will Juliet be able to be brave for herself and for Carmen?

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338195774 (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.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.9

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062377494 (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)

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.

Honor

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.5

Published by HarperCollins; Young Readers' ed. edition

ISBN# 978-0062445940 (HB)

Resistance

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.

Winner

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.8

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338148473 (HB)