Winners

Best New Voice: Children's / Young Adult
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2022 WINNERS - BEST NEW VOICE: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT
See below for the list of 2022 winners in the BEST NEW VOICE: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2021. 

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The Legend of Jet the Gerbil: Could be the Greatest Gerbil Story Ever Told
2022 Gold Winner

Author/Illustrator: by Michael Keller, illustrated by Patrizia Donaera

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-63489-418-0

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The true story of an amazing pet gerbil and his human, Michael. One day, while cleaning Jet’s tank, something goes terribly wrong, setting Michael and his dad on a fast-paced adventure to find and rescue Jet.  The Legend of Jet the Gerbil could be the greatest gerbil story ever told!

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Curiosity Makes the Engineer: La curiosidad hace a la ingeniera
2022 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: by Vanessa Lopez, illustrated by Michelle Simpson

Publisher: Nirshell LLC

ISBN: 978-0-578-8881-6

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When young Julia takes apart the TV remote to see how it works, she can’t figure out how to put it back together. Her mom, an electrical engineer, shows Julia how to put the remote back together while discussing misconceptions about who can become an engineer.

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A Picnic in the Rain
2022 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: by Corinne Delporte, illustrated by Célia Molinari Sebastiá

Publisher: Chouette Publishing, CrackBoom! Books Imprint

ISBN: 9782898023187

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A rainy day in spring is the perfect time for the snail family to go out on a picnic. But no sooner have they set off that the clouds make way for sunshine. Their picnic is ruined! Unless…This story is a gentle reminder to always look on the bright side.

2021 WINNERS - BEST NEW VOICE: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT
See below for the list of 2021 winners in the BEST NEW VOICE: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

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Mrs. Mullendeck's Big Sneeze
2021 Gold Winner

Authors: Suzanne Hansford Evans, illustrated by David V. Hansford

Publisher: The HillHelen Group LLC

ISBN: 978-1-7333626-6-5

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Mrs. Mullendeck’s Big Sneeze is a whimsical rhyming book detailing the calamitous effects of a big sneeze on the inhabitants of Snaky Creek.  The book is beautifully illustrated with paintings that tell the story and provide opportunities to further engage a child and spark their imagination. Lexile® level AD780L

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Between Wild and Ruin: Book one, in the 'Wild and Ruin' Trilogy
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Jennifer G. Edelson

Publisher: Bad Apple Books

ISBN: 978-1733514002

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After moving to small-town New Mexico and meeting Ezra, a secretive recluse whose once-perfect face was destroyed in an inexplicable accident, Ruby discovers an ancient pueblo ruin behind her house and finds herself teetering between love, mystery, monsters, and other worlds.

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The Peacemakers
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Rebecca Suter Lindsay

Publisher: Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC

ISBN: 978-1945049088

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Manny, a Mennonite boy living near Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1861, would do anything to protect Father and Uncle Davy from being forced to join the Confederate army. “A rich coming-of-age tale that sheds light on an uncommon Civil War perspective.” Kirkus Reviews

2020 WINNERS - BEST NEW VOICE: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT

See below for the list of 2020 winners in the BEST NEW VOICE: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Ty the Quiet Giraffe

Authors: Carrie Hasler

Publisher: San Diego Zoo Global Press

ISBN: 978-1-943198-08-5

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Ty the giraffe is quiet and beginning to feel very small, until he shows that everyone has something important to say.

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Hundredth Day Disaster

Author: Bridget Reistad

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

ISBN: 978-1-64343-987-7

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The arrival of the Hundredth Day of School triggers trouble for the teacher. The students must solve the mystery of miscalculations to save the day!

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Molly Gets Her Wheels

Author: Sherry Carnahan

Publisher: FlyHigh Media, LLC

ISBN: 978-0-9600527-0-7

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Molly is a disabled dog with an unstoppable spirit! “Heartwarming story with adorable illustrations! My students with disabilities will love this book!” – L. Hanson, 5-Star review.

 
 
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