Voice of Youth Award Books 2002-2003
5th and 6th grades

Avi.  The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
Franny Billingsley.  The Folk Keeper.
Orphan Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea.
Douglas Florian.  Insectlopedia.
Twenty-one short poems about such insects as the inchworm, termite, cricket, and ladybug.
Russell Freedman.  The Wright Brothers.
Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.
Jack Gantos.  Heads or Tails.
Jack's diary helps him deal with his problems which include dog-eating alligators, a terror for an older sister, a younger brother who keeps breaking parts of himself, and next-door neighbors who are really weird.
Peg Kehret.  Earthquake Terror.
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in northern California where his family had been camping, twelve-year-old Jonathan Palmer must find a way to keep himself, his partially paralyzed younger sister, and their dog alive until help arrives.
Patricia MacLachlan.  Journey.
When their mother goes off, leaving her two children with their grandparents, they feel as if their past has been erased until Grandfather finds a way to restore it to them.
Alice McGill.  Miles' Song.
In 1851 in South Carolina, Miles, a twelve-year-old slave, is sent to a "breaking ground" to have his spirit broken but endures the experience by secretly taking reading lessons from another slave.
Robert McCloskey.  Homer Price.
Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.
Betty Ren Wright.  The Dollhouse Murders.
A dollhouse filled with a ghostly light in the middle of the night and dolls that have moved from where she last left them lead Amy and her retarded sister to unravel the mystery surrounding grisly murders that took place years ago.