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Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 Years)

See below for the list of 2022 winners in the YOUNG READER: FICTION (8-12 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Dragonfly Dreams
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Eleanor McCallie Cooper

Publisher: Koehler Books

ISBN: 978-1-64663-423-1

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After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, everything changes for Westerners in China. Nini’s American mother is in danger of being sent to an internment camp, her Chinese father is fired for having an American wife, and her little sister becomes desperately ill. Only Nini can save the family now.

The Adventure of the Big Fish by the Small Creek: Book 2 of the Cayuga Island Kids series
2022 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: Judy Bradbury, illustrated by Gabriella Vagnoli

Publisher: Cross Your Fingers, a City of Light Publishing Imprint

ISBN: 978-1-952536-17-5

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It begins with a plastic bottle and a couple of ducks and ends with a big fish and a couple of new friends. How the Cayuga Island Kids go from fishing a plastic bottle out of a creek to bringing the community together to build a recycling bin big enough to hold plenty of plastic makes for a lively adventure. Although we are each just one person, together we can make a BIG difference.

Matt Sprouts and The Curse of Ten Broken Toes
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Matt Eicheldinger

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-63489-467-8

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After an accident spirals into a series of downright unfortunate events, it's decided that twelve-year-old Matt Sprouts has contracted "the Curse," a hometown myth that has ruined the lives of middle schoolers before him. With only a few allies at his side and time running out Matt must attempt the impossible: break the Curse!

See below for the list of 2021 winners in the YOUNG READER: FICTION (8-12 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

The Wizenard Series: Season One
2021 Gold Winner

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.

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The Eye of Zeus: Legends of Olympus
2021 Silver Winner

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 Silver Winner

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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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