Book Awards Winners
4th - 6th Grade
2007 - 2011
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor J OCO
Georgina Hayes is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were
evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car. With her
mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live,
Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother, Toby. And she has her heart
set on improving their situation. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with
a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly
seems within reach. All she has to do is “borrow” the right dog and its owners
are sure to offer a reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected.
A Dog's Life, by Ann M. Martin J MAR
Gr. 4-6. Novels for children
rarely follow characters from birth to the threshold of the grave, but
then again, most protagonists do not measure their life spans in dog
years. In this "autobiography" of a dog named Squirrel, Newbery Honor
Book author Martin imagines how a stray separated from its family in
puppyhood finds its way in the world. Martin adjusts to her character's
limited viewpoint by combining a retrospective structure--allowing an
older, wiser Squirrel to shed light on things not within a puppy's
purview--with graceful dog's-eye descriptions of nature, as when a moon
waxes "from the tiny curl of a cat's claw to a half-closed eye." Readers
who love animal survival stories in the tradition of Anna Sewell's Black
Beauty (1877) and Sheila Burnford's The Incredible Journey (1961) will
embrace this for its convincing animal perspective, though some sad
events may shock the softer hearted.
The Ghost’s Grave by Peg
Kehret J AWARD KEH
By turns comic and scary, Kehret's
seventeenth novel is rooted in both the supernatural and the gritty
reality of coal miners' lives in the first years of the last century.
Hero-narrator Josh is sent to stay with a distant relative in Carbon
City, Washington. From the moment he crosses the threshold of his aunt's
old country house and witnesses her using a shotgun on a bat in the
kitchen, he knows he has crossed into a life new and strange. With no
TV, CDs, or DVDs, Josh occupies himself with a long bike ride into town,
past a cemetery and a tree house said to be haunted. And haunted it is.
Its ghost, the specter of an old coal miner who died in a disaster in
1903, has a mission for Josh; he wants the boy to dig up his leg, which
was buried before the miner died, and reunite it with the rest of him.
When Josh exhumes the limb, he discovers a buried box of cash. A bored
kid in a dead-end town turns sleuth in this fun, fast-moving caper.
Escaping the Giant Wave
by Peg Kehret J Award KEH and Large Print KEH
Kyle's perfect vacation becomes a nightmare while he's babysitting
his sister, BeeBee. An earthquake hits the coast and starts afire in
their hotel. While fighting their way through smoke and flame, Kyle
remembers seeing a sign at the beach that said after an earthquake
everyone should go uphill and inland, as far from the ocean as possible.
Tsunamis, giant waves that often follow earthquakes, can ride in from
the sea and engulf anyone who doesn't escape fast enough.
Can Kyle and BeeBee outwit and outrun nature's fury to save themselves
from tsunami terror?
Gregor the Overlander
by Suzanne Collins J COL & J CD SPOKEN COL
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into
a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men,
bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by
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