Voice of Youth Award Books 2002-2003
3rd and 4th grades

Ann Cameron.  Gloria's Way.
Gloria shares special times with her mother and father and with her friends Julian, Huey, and Latisha.
Bruce Coville.  Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.
Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg.
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Kalli Dakos.  Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll.
A collection of thirty-two poems celebrating life in school.
Betsy Duffey.  Cody Unplugged.
Concerned that his television and video habits have gotten out of hand, Cody's parents send him to Camp Bear where he learns to experience real life rather than virtual reality.
John Reynolds Gardiner.  Stone Fox.
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
Jamie Gilson.  Hobie Hanson, You're Weird.
With his best friend away at computer camp, Hobie reluctantly shares adventures with a girl classmate the summer after fourth grade.
Bruce Hale.  The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse.
When hired by a fellow fourth-grader to find her missing brother, Chet Gecko uncovers a plot involving a Gila monster's revenge upon the school football team.
Karen Hesse.  Just Juice.
Realizing that her father's lack of work has endangered her family, nine-year-old Juice decides that she must return to school and learn to read in order to help their chances of surviving and keeping their house.
Anne Love.  Dakota Spring.
Caroline and Jess struggle to get along with their prim grandmother, who has come to their prairie home to help take care of them while their father recovers from an accident.
Dr. Francine Patterson.  Koko's Kitten.
The real life experience of Koko, a gorilla in California who uses sign language, with a young kitten whom she loved and grieved over when it died.