Voice of Youth Award Books 2009-2010
5th and 6th grade

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Barry, Dave and Pearson, Ridley. Peter and the Starcatchers. 2004. *
In this exciting and difficult-to-put-down story, Peter and his friends encounter pirates, wicked mermaids, talking dolphins, treasure, and magic when they are sent to the land of Rundoon to serve the fearsome King Zarboff the Third. birdie
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. 2008. *
When 11-year-old Elijah, the first free child born in Buxton, a small town established by runaway slaves, goes after a man who steals the money meant to buy a family’s freedom, he encounters the horrors of slavery and must overcome his fears to do what is right. birdie
Fletcher, Ralph. Flying Solo. 1998.
Mr. Fabiano’s substitute teacher never shows up and the kids in his 6th grade class decide to run the class themselves. As the day progresses and the tension builds, powerful emotions threaten to expose their plan. birdie
Hale, Shannon and Hale, Dean. Rapunzel’s Revenge. 2008.
This graphic novel version of the classic fairy tale Rapunzel takes place in the Wild West. When she discovers the dark world beyond her high garden walls, Rapunzel is imprisoned in a magic tree with only one window. She manages to escape and, with suspense and many adventures along the way, vows to bring down the cruel empire.
Hampton, Wilborn. Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns: A Reporter's Story. 1997.
The author, a young reporter in Dallas on the day President Kennedy was killed, describes not only the tragedy of the day, but the exciting and competitive race for the “scoop.”
Janeczko, Paul B. Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing. 2004.
For those of us who love mysteries or who secretly long to be a spy, this how-to guide to making and breaking codes and ciphers includes many fascinating historical tales, as well as clever illustrations.
Lee, Ingrid. Dog Lost. 2008.
When Mackenzie’s father gives him a pit bull he won in a card game, the boy and dog immediately fall in love with each other. And, almost as quickly, the dog is taken away and abandoned. Will the dog be able to survive? Will the town outlaw all pit bulls?
Lord, Cynthia. Rules. 2006. *
Catherine has created a set of rules for her younger brother, who has autism, in an attempt to help him be “normal.” When she becomes friends with Jason, a boy who is nonverbal and confined to a wheelchair, she is able to help him improve his communication skills and he is able to help her look at her brother in a new way. birdie
Ruckman, Ivy. Night of the Twisters. 1984.
Based on a true story, many people are killed and hundreds of homes destroyed when, on June 3, 1980, tornadoes devastate Grand Island, Nebraska. Dan and Arthur are babysitting when a tornado strikes and they must find the strength and courage to keep themselves, and the baby, safe. birdie
Tolan, Stephanie S. Surviving the Applewhites. 2002. *
After having been thrown out of many schools, Jake’s last chance is with the quirky Applewhite family and their Creative Academy. He’s pretty much left on his own while the family works on their production of The Sound of Music. Will Jake fit in? Will he even want to? birdie