Voice of Youth Award Books 2004-2005
7th and 8th grades

Andrew Clements. Things Not Seen. 2002.
Fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up one winter morning, looks at himself in the bathroom mirror, and realizes in shock that there is no one there. He has become invisible overnight. His parents have to know, but should he tell the rest of the world?
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Cornelia Funke. The Thief Lord. 2002.
Orphaned 12-year-old Prosper and his little brother Bo have fled to the thrilling underworld of Venice. Enchanted by the crowded, narrow alleys and canals, they befriend a group of street children living in an abandoned movie theatre. Scipio is the Thief Lord, the ringleader who directs their thievery. Their lives are to change forever as Scipio takes them on a mysterious adventure.
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Carl Hiaasen. Hoot. 2002.
Roy Eberhardt has just moved to Coconut Cove, Florida. It's not his first time being the new kid at school, and he is used to the bullying. Ironically, it's when Dana Matherson mashes Roy's head against the school bus window that he spots a running, barefoot boy nicknamed Mullet Fingers. Roy senses a mystery when Mullet does not show up for school several days in a row and weird things start happening: alligators in a potty, snakes with their mouths tied.
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Patrice Kindl. Goose Chase. 2001.
Goose Girl, known as such for her twelve feathered friends, is stuck in a tower. She is to stay there until she completes her wedding gown and decides if she will marry King Claudio the Cruel or Prince Edmund of Dorloo. She has no intentions to marry either one. Will Goose Girl escape her predicament and find true love?
Vicki Leon. Outrageous Women of Ancient Times. 1998.
Who were Semiramis of Assyria, Trung Trac of Vietnam, or Hedea of Greece? Women have accomplished extraordinary things all through history, but men have gotten most of the credit in history books. Find out how Hedea competed barefoot in many games and even participated in dangerous chariot races to become one of the first true athletic superstars.
Ann M. Martin. A Corner of the Universe. 2002.
Hattie Owen wants this to be an absolutely ordinary summer. Her plans are turned upside down when her mentally ill Uncle Adam moves back home unexpectedly. Though often stunned at his eccentric behaviors, Hattie learns to understand and appreciate him like no one else-- changing not just her summer of 1961, but her entire outlook on life.
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Robin McKinley. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast. 1978.
Beauty is the daughter of a prosperous ship-owner living an easy, luxurious life. The family's life changes abruptly when his entire fleet is lost and they are forced to move back to his home town. When Father gets lost in the forest one day and is trapped on the Beast's grounds, it is up to Beauty to save his life.
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Blizzard's Wake. 2002.
The year is 1941. Four years after her mother's death, caused by a drunk driver, 12-year-old Kate Sterling is still grieving. She is all alone at home when a spring blizzard moves in and her father and brother are stranded in their car right outside their home. After struggling frantically to save them, she stands face to face with the last person she ever wanted to see.
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Mary Pope Osborne. Adaline Falling Star. 2000.
Eleven-year-old Adaline Falling Star is full of sorrow. Her Native American mother has died of cholera and now her Anglo father has sent her to live with his cruel, racist cousin's family in St. Louis while he joins a mapping expedition in the Rocky Mountains. Adaline is put to work as a servant and when her father fails to return, she decides to take things into her own hands.
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Bill Weaver. Memory Boy. 2001.
Fast forward to the summer of 2008. The earth is nearly unlivable with ash still falling from the sky two years after the eruption of Mount Rainier. Sunlight is as valuable as food and people in the cities turn to crime to survive. With the use of cars pretty much banned, Miles Newell, a 16-year-old boy, has invented a vehicle that will get himself and his family out of Minneapolis and safely to their country cottage.