Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 Years)

See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the YOUNG READER: FICTION (8-12 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.

The Eye of Zeus: Legends of Olympus
2021 Finalist

Author: Alane Adams

Publisher: SparkPress

ISBN: 978-1-68463-028-8

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Finding out she’s the daughter of Zeus is not what a foster kid like Phoebe Katz expected to hear from a talking statue of Athena. But when her beloved social worker is kidnapped, Phoebe and friends must travel back to ancient Greece and rescue him before she accidentally destroys Olympus.

Gobbledy: A Novel
2021 Finalist

Author: Lis Anna-Langston

Publisher: SparkPress

ISBN: 978-1-68463-067-7

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Ever since Dexter and Dougal’s mom passed away, life has been different—but things take a whole new turn when a shooting star turns out to be a creature from outer space! Gobbledy is a fun-filled holiday story that adds up to two brothers, three friends, unlimited jars of peanut butter, a ketchup factory, and one little alien far, far from home.

The Wizenard Series: Season One
2021 Finalist

Creator and Author: Kobe Bryant and Wesley King

Publisher: Granity Studios

ISBN: 978-1-949520-14-9

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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant presents this illuminating follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizenard Series: Training Camp―a story of strain and sacrifice, supernatural breakthroughs, and supreme dedication to the game.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the YOUNG READER: FICTION (8-12 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit's Bad Habits
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Julian Gough and Jim Field

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

ISBN: 978-1-68412-588-3

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Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits is a laugh-out-loud middle-grade chapter book that chronicles the forming of an unlikely friendship between a grumpy rabbit and a friendly bear.

Harry Potter: Exploring Hogwarts: An Illustrated Guide
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Jody Reverson, illustrated by Stuid Mutitcher

Publisher: Insight Editions

ISBN: 978-1-68383-622-3

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Explore the iconic locations of Hogwarts as seen in the Harry Potter films with this large-scale interactive book, Harry Potter: Exploring Hogwarts.

Silent Lee and The Adventure of the Side Door Key
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Alex Hiam

Publisher: Webster Press

ISBN: 978-1-63558-011-2

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Silent commutes from modern-day Boston to a magical version of the city to attend a school of magic…until things begin to go wrong.

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