Lamplighter Nominated Books

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

By Jodi Kendall, Illustrated by Pascal Campion

Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one’s ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey—a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.8

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062484536 (HB)

Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals

By Nancy Furtsinger

Nancy Furstinger profiles Chris P. Bacon and many other animals in Unstoppable—all of whom are making their way around with the help of prosthetics, braces, orthotics and wheelchairs! Readers will meet the caretakers, prosthetists, vets, and loving families that help to make recovery possible. Furstinger offers a glimpse into the cutting-edge technologies, such as 3D printing and brain-controlled prosthetics, that are helping to improve the lives of animals and humans alike.

Nominated

2019-2020 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 7.7

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0544879669 (HB)

Ashes

By Laurie Halse Anderson

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge, but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state where bounty hunters are thick as flies.

Winner

2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.6

Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

ISBN# 978-1416961468 (HB)

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)

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)

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition

By Margot Lee Shetterly

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as ‘human computers’ used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.

Honor

2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 8.2

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062662385 (HB)

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)

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)