Lamplighter Nominated Books

Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job

By Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

A dog’s nose is 300 times more powerful than a human nose, so it’s no wonder that dogs use their incredibly advanced sense of smell to do some very important jobs. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent explores the various ways specific dogs have put their super sniffing ability to use: from bedbug sniffers to explosive detectors to life-saving allergy detectors . . . and more. This dynamic photo-essay includes first-hand accounts from the people who work closely with these amazing dogs.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.0

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

ISBN# 978-0802736185 (HB)

Under Their Skin

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Nick and Eryn’s mom is getting remarried, and the twelve-year-old twins are skeptical when she tells them their lives won’t change much. Well, yes, they will have to move. And they will have a new stepfather, stepbrother, and stepsister. But Mom tells them not to worry. They won’t ever have to meet their step siblings. This news puzzles Nick and Eryn, so the twins set out on a mission to find out who these kids are and why they’re being kept hidden.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.4

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1481418594 (PB)

Wilder and Sunny

By S.J. Dahlstrom

In this third installment of “The Adventures of Wilder Good,” Wilder and his “secret” girlfriend, Sunny Parker, set out with Wilder’s mentor, Gale Loving, for a day of fly fishing on the Rio Grande. But in the Colorado wilderness an afternoon of fishing and fun can shift suddenly to a life-and-death challenge. When Gale is injured, Wilder and Sunny must take charge. Together, the two learn what it is to aid and protect a friend. With no one to turn to, they have to make their own decisions and rely on their own skills as darkness falls and they prepare to spend the night in the canyon tending to Gale.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Paul Dry Books

ISBN# 978-1589881006 (PB)

The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats

By Sandra Markle

Little brown bats do us a big favor. They eat huge numbers of insects! That helps limit the spread of diseases and the damage that insects do to farm crops. But in recent years, large populations of little brown bats have been dying off each winter. Is a virus killing them? Could climate change or pesticides be the cause? Or is it something else? Follow a team of dedicated scientists working to save the little brown bats in this real-life science mystery.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.3

Published by Millbrook Press

ISBN# 978-1467714631 (HB)

A Horse Called Hero

By Sam Angus

In 1940, as the war escalates and London becomes a target for German bombs, Dodo and Wolfie are evacuated to the country. After weeks of homesick loneliness, they come across an orphaned foal and name him Hero for surviving against the odds.


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.8

Published by Square FIsh

ISBN# 978-1250062833 (PB)

The Island of Dr. Libris

By Chris Grabenstein

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?


2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.3

Published by Yearling

ISBN# 978-0385388450 (PB)

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?


2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.4

Published by Penguin Young Readers Group

ISBN# 9780142423059 (PB)

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)