Lamplighter Nominated Books

The Unbreakable Code

By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Mr. Quisling is definitely up to something mysterious, and Emily and James are on high alert. First, there’s the coded note he drops at a book event. Then, they uncover a trail of encrypted messages in Mark Twain-penned books hidden through Book Scavenger. What’s most suspicious is that each hidden book triggers an arson fire. As the sleuthing friends dig deeper, they discover Mr. Quisling has been hunting a legendary historical puzzle: the Unbreakable Code. This new mystery is irresistible, but Emily and James can’t ignore the signs that Mr. Quisling might be the arsonist.

Nominated

2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.8

Published by Henry Holt and Co.

ISBN# 978-1627791168 (HB)

The Way Things Work Now

By David Macaulay

Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained—with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.

Nominated

2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0544824386 (HB)

Curiosity

By Gary Blackwood

In 1835, when his father is put in debtors’ prison, 12-yr-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton but soon questions his own safety.

Winner

2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.3

Published by Dial Books

ISBN# 978-0803739246 (PB)

Flags Over America: A Star-Spangled Story

By Cheryl Harness

This history-of-flags picture book focuses on the United States’s revolutionary beginnings, from liberty poles to the legendary “Star-Spangled Banner” that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.

Nominated

2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.6

Published by Albert Whitman & Company

ISBN# 978-0807524701 (HB)

Mark of the Thief

By Jennifer A. Nielsen

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods—magic some Romans would kill for. Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own dark purposes. In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.

Honor

2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.2

Published by Scholastic, Inc.

ISBN# 978-0545561556 (PB)

Spidermania: Friends on the Web

By Alexandra Siy, Illustrated by Dennis Kunkel: Photographer

Debunking myths about spiders, this book takes an extremely close look at creatures that have both fascinated and terrified humans. An introduction explains what makes spiders unique. Then ten species are highlighted with incredible electron micrograph photographs and surprising facts. From diving bell spiders that live in bubbles underwater, to spitting spiders that shoot venomous wads of spit at their prey, to black widows and wolf spiders, this unusual book will intrigue readers and help dispel arachnophobia.

Nominated

2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.6

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 978-0823428717 (HB)

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.

Nominated

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.

Nominated

2017-2018 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.4

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1481418594 (PB)