Lamplighter Nominated Books


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.


2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Paul Dry Books

ISBN# 978-1589881433 (PB)

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Wild River

By Rodman Philbrick

Daniel Redmayne is fast asleep on the first night of a white water rafting trip, when he’s awoken by screams. The dam has failed. The river is surging, and their camp will be under water in a matter of moments.

As the shrieking roar of the river rushes closer, the kids scramble to higher ground. They make it; their counselors do not.

Now they’re on their own, with barely any food or supplies, in the middle of the Montana wilderness. Do Daniel and his four classmates have what it takes to stay alive until they can get rescued? Alone in the wild, they forge powerful bonds—but develop dangerous disagreements. If nature doesn’t break them, they might just destroy each other.


2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.2

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338647273 (HB)

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A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games

By Lori Alexander, Illustrated by Allan Drummond

Dedicating his life to helping patients labeled “incurables,” Ludwig Guttmann fought for the rights of paraplegics to live a full life. The young doctor believed—and eventually proved—that physical movement is key to healing, a discovery that led him to create the first Paralympic Games.


2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.6

Published by Clarion Books

ISBN# 978-1328580795 (HB)

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The Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl Who Soared Beyond Expectations

By Aisholpan Nurgaiv with Liz Welch

Teenaged eagle hunter Aisholpan Nurgaiv tells the true story of how she became the first girl to compete in—and win—one of Mongolia’s most prestigious competitions. Nurgaiv’s story and fresh, sincere voice are not only inspiring but truly magnificent: with the support of her father, she captured and trained her own golden eagle and won the Ölgii eagle festival. A memoir of survival, empowerment, and the positive impact of one person’s triumph.


2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.8

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0316522618 (HB)

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The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe

By Tricia Springstubb

Eleven-year-old Loah Londonderry is definitely a homebody. While her mother, a noted ornithologist, works to save the endangered birds of the shrinking Arctic tundra, Loah anxiously counts the days till her return home. But then, to Loah’s surprise and dismay, Dr. Londonderry decides to set off on a perilous solo quest to find the Loah bird, long believed extinct. Does her mother care more deeply about Loah the bird than Loah her daughter?

When Dr. Londonderry’s expedition goes terribly wrong, Loah needs to discover for herself whether she has the courage and heart to find help for her mother, lost at the top of the world.


2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.8

Published by Margaret Ferguson Books

ISBN# 978-0823447572 (HB)

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The Queen Bee and Me

By Gillian McDunn

Meg has always found comfort in her best friend Beatrix’s shadow. Self-assured Beatrix is the one who makes decisions, and the girls have been a pair since kindergarten. But middle school has brought some changes in Beatrix, especially when Meg tries to step outside her role as sidekick.

A special science elective is Meg’s first step away, but when she’s paired with quirky new girl Hazel, Beatrix steps in to stake her claim on Meg. Meg is taken aback at how mean Beatrix can be—and how difficult it is to stand up to her friend. But as Meg gets to know Hazel while working on their backyard beehive project, she starts to wonder: Is being Beatrix’s friend worth turning down the possibility of finding her own voice?


2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.1

Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books

ISBN# 978-1681197517 (HB)

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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.


2021-2022 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by New Growth Press

ISBN# 9781948130929 (HB)

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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.


2021-2022 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Simon & Schuster

ISBN# 9781534446069 (HB)

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