Voice of Youth Award Books 2002-2003
7th and 8th grades

Avi.  Wolf Rider.
After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed murder, 15-year-old Andy finds his close relationship with his father crumbling as he struggles to make everyone believe him.
Joan Bauer.  Hope Was Here.
When 16-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.
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Susan Cooper.  King of Shadows.
While in London as part of an all-boy acting company preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theatre, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself.
Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.  Chuck Close Up Close.
A biography of the revisionist artist who achieved prominence in the late 1960s for enormous, photographically realistic, black and white portraits of himself and his friends.
Will Hobbs.  Ghost Canoe.
Fourteen-year-old Nathan, fishing with the Makah in the Pacific Northwest, finds himself holding a vital clue when a mysterious stranger comes to town looking for Spanish treasure.
Felice Holman.  Slake's Limbo.
Thirteen-year-old Aremis Slake, hounded by his fears and misfortunes, flees them into New York City's subway tunnels, never again--he believes--to emerge.
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Naomi Shihab Nye.  This Same Sky.
A poetry anthology in which 120 poets from 62 different countries celebrate the natural world and its human and animal inhabitants.
Gary Paulsen.  Harris and Me.
Sent to live with relatives on their farm because of his unhappy home life, an 11-year-old city boy meets his distant cousin Harris and is given an introduction to a whole new world.
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Margaret Rostkowski.  After the Dancing Days.
A forbidden friendship with a badly disfigured soldier in the aftermath of World War I forces 13-year-old Annie to redefine the word "hero" and to question conventional ideas of patriotism.
Graham Salisbury.  Under the Blood-Red Sun.
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.