Lamplighter Nominated Books

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)

Finding Faith in the Field

By Benjamin Duane Hylden

On a cold April day, Ben Hylden tried on his suit coat for the upcoming school prom, then sped toward nearby Park River, ND, for an appointment. Running late and driving too fast, he lost control of his car on ice, flipped the car and was thrown out the passenger’s door-plunging face first into an icy field. Ben’s face and body were crushed, along with his dreams of being a basketball star.
As his battered body lay in the field, Ben’s life seemed to be coming to an end. However, it turned out to only be the beginning of a remarkable journey of faith that showed him glimpses of life beyond this world, and gave him a new perspective on what matters most.


2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Samizdat Publishing Group, LLC

ISBN# 9781938633591 (PB)

Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

By Liesl Shurtliff

All his life, Jack has longed for an adventure, so when giants turn up in the neighbor’s cabbage patch, he is thrilled! Soon Jack is chasing them to a land beyond the clouds, with his little sister, Annabella…The king of the giants has taken something that belongs to them, and they’ll do anything—even dive into a smelly tureen of green bean soup—to get it back.


2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by Random House Children's Books

ISBN# 9780385755801 (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.


2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.5

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062358684 (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.


2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.0

Published by Mighty Media, Inc.

ISBN# 9781938063510 (PB)


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.


2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 3.6

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN# 978-0451470348 (HB)

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog

By Ann Bausum, Illustrated by Marty Ittner

Stubby, the stump-tailed terrier, worked behind enemy lines, and gained military honors along the way. Private Robert Conroy casually adopted the orphan pup while attending basic training on the campus of Yale University in 1917. The Connecticut volunteer never imagined that his stray dog would become a war hero. Almost 100 years later, Stubby’s great deeds and brave heart make him an animal hero to fall in love with and treasure all over again.


2016-2017 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.4

Published by National Geographic Children's Books

ISBN# 978-1426314865 (HB)