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Young Hoosier Book Award


The Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) was established in 1974, and then expanded to three categories in 1992: Kindergarten through 3rd grade; 4th through 6th grade, and 6th through 8th grade. The Award is designed to encourage student reading by having students, teachers, parents, and media specialists identify 20 of their favorite books in each category, of which one winner is chosen in each grade division every year. Criteria for selection include requirements that book must be published within the last five years and be in print at the time of selection.






Daywalt, Drew
JE DAYWA

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
Grabenstein, Chris
J GRABE

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
Garcia, Kami
FICTION GARCI

Seventeen-year-old Kennedy Waters discovers she is a member of an ancient secret society formed to protect the world from a powerful demon determined to find a way out of his dimension and into ours. She joins the Legion on a mission to find a weapon that can defeat the demon.
Reynolds, Aaron
JE REYNO

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.
Palacio, R. J.
J PALAC

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
TenNapel, Doug
COMICS GRAPHICS CARDB

When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.
Czekaj, Jef
JE CZEKA

Important secrets about how best to live a cat's life will be revealed only to those who can prove that they are genuine cats.
Telgemeier, Raina
COMICS GRAPHICS SMILE

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.
Evans, Richard Paul
FICTION EVANS

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette's syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special--he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael's friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens--and through them, the world.
Barton, Chris
JE BARTO

A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.
Buyea, Rob
J BUYEA

Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.
Draper, Sharon
J DRAPE

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Crisp, Marty
JE CRISP

A boy who has signed on as cabin boy aboard the Titanic helps ready the ship for its maiden voyage, but when it is time to set sail and he cannot find the ship's cat on board, he leaves the vessel to search for her.
Mass, Wendy
J MASS

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.
Bodeen, S.A.
FICTION BODEE

After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
Kirk, Daniel
JE KIRK

Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.
O'Connor, Barbara
FICTION OCONN

Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
Collins, Suzanne
FICTION SCIENCE FICTION COLLI

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
MacLachlan, Patricia and Emily MacLachlan Charest
J811.54 MACLA

It's a dog's life! Every dog has a tail to wag . . . and a tale to tell. Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest asked a collection of canines to speak upâ??and so they do, in words, barks, and yips. Captured here are accounts of happy days filled with squeaky toys, good smells, plenty of naps, and the very important jobs they do for the people they love to love. -Amazon
Martin, Ann M.
J MARTI

Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.
Smith, Roland
J SMITH

Twins, Grace and Marty, along with a mysterious uncle, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle in search of their missing photojournalist parents.
Bruel, Nick
JE BRUEL

When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.
Kehret, Peg
J KEHRE

Apprehensive about spending the summer in Washington State with his Aunt Ethel when his parents get an overseas job, twelve-year-old Josh soon finds adventure when he meets the ghost of a coal miner.
Riordan, Rick
J PAPERBK RIORD

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Dodds, Dayle Ann
JE DODDS

Rhyming tale of five boys and their father who forget about their chores on the farm to enjoy Minnie's good cooking, each requesting double what the previous one ordered.
Kehret, Peg
J KEHRE

When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.
Weeks, Sarah
J WEEKS

After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.
Schaefer, Lola M.
JE SCHAE

Based on the true story of a bird of prey's survival after being struck by a poacher's arrow.
Collins, Suzanne
J COLLI

When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
Kehret, Peg
J PAPERBK KEHRE

Thirteen-year-old Bonnie has a feeling of foreboding on the very day that her six-year-old brother Matt and their dog Pookie are abducted, and she becomes involved in a major search effort as well as a frightening adventure.
Kasza, Keiko
JE KASZA

When a young pig knocks on a fox's door, the fox thinks dinner has arrived, but the pig has other plans.
DuPrau, Jeanne
J DUPRA

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
Farmer, Nancy
J FARME

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
DiTerlizzi, Tony
JE DITER

A young boy manages to get his busy father's attention with the help of a special imaginary friend.
Creech, Sharon
J CREEC

Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.
Draper, Sharon
FICTION DRAPE

Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.
Schnitzlein, Danny
JE SCHNI

A young boy agrees to give a disgusting monster first his soccer ball, then his bike in return for eating the boy's peas, but when the monster asks for the his puppy, the boy makes a surprising discovery.
Alphin, Elaine Marie
J ALPHI

Alexander, in North Carolina while his father decides whether to remarry and move there, meets the ghost of a Confederate soldier and helps him look for his family.
Brashares, Ann
FICTION BRASH

Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants.
Cocca-Leffler, Maryann
JE COCCA

Mr. Tanen, the principal at Lynnhurst Elementary School, is well known for his colorful and unusual ties, but he and his students are saddened when his boss orders him to stop wearing them.
DiCamillo, Kate
J DICAM

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Spinelli, Jerry
J SPINE

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
Lester, Helen
JE LESTE

All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.
Skurzynski, Gloria
J PAPERBK SKURZ

Twelve-year-old Jack and his younger sister visit Mesa Verde National Park, where they delve into the park's history while gradually uncovering the mysterious past of their family's teenage foster child Lucky.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
J PAPERBK HADDI

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.
Blake, Robert J.
JE BLAKE

Akiak the sled dog refuses to give up after being injured during the Iditarod sled dog race.
Kehret, Peg
JB K261S

The author describes her battle against polio and her efforts to overcome its debilitating effects.
Draper, Sharon M.
FICTION DRAPE

Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.
Clements, Andrew
JE CLEME

It's an ordinary morning in Walla Walla until Lulu, her teacher, the school nurse, and the principal are all infected by a word warp which makes them reduplicate everything they say.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
J NAYLO

Sixth-grader Marty and his family try to help their rough neighbor, Judd Travers, change his mean ways, even though their West Virginia community continues to expect the worst of him.
Levine, Gail Carson
J PAPERBK LEVIN

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Grossman, Bill
JE GROSS

Little sister has no problem eating one hare, two snakes, and three ants, but when she gets to ten peas, she throws up quite a mess.
Clements, Andrew
J CLEME

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
Roberts, Willo Davis
J ROBER

Fourteen-year-old Cici hopes for a romantic summer at the beach but instead finds herself trying to solve a murder which had occurred there the previous year.
Arnold, Marsha Daine
JE ARNOL

As the Name Day celebration approaches, a young kitten tries to deserve a noble name, by following the path of the beautiful Bengal tiger.
Park, Barbara
J PARK

Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls her younger brother Mick and his death in a bicycle accident.
Zindel, Paul
FICTION MYSTERY ZINDE

When fifteen-year-old Jackson visits his aunt in England, he becomes caught up in a chase to capture an unknown creature who is stalking and killing people on the plains surrounding ancient Stonehenge.
Harold, Jerdine Nolen
JE NOLEN

A child ventures out in the middle of the night to see how Harvey Potter grows his wonderful balloons.
Sachar, Louis
J PAPERBK SACHA

Unusual things continue to happen in the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
Paulsen, Gary
J PAULS

Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read.
McDermott, Gerald
J398.2 MCDER

Zomo the Rabbit, an African trickster, sets out to gain wisdom.
Wright, Betty Ren
J WRIGH

Strange things happen when twelve-year-old Sarah is alone in the house with Great Aunt Margaret, who appears to be the victim of a ghost seeking revenge for a death in the past.
Paulsen, Gary
J PAULS

Sent to live with relatives on their farm because of his unhappy home life, an eleven-year-old city boy meets his distant cousin Harris and is given an introduction to a whole new world.
Sanderson, Ruth
J398.21 SANDE

Three princes go on a quest to the Heart of the World to save their drought-ravaged kingdom.
Kehret, Peg
J KEHRE

While acting in a "haunted house" featuring interesting deaths in history, Ellen is contacted by the ghost of a former resident, who seems to be protecting the collection of antique Wedgwood dishes on display there.
Nixon, Joan Lowery
J NIXON

Robertus, Polly M.
JE ROBER

Baxter the Basset Hound comes to the aid of some kittens when their mother disappears one afternoon.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
J NAYLO

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean- spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
Cleary, Beverly
J CLEAR

In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.
Wiesner, David
JE WIESN

Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
Hahn, Mary Downing
J HAHN

When Matt and Parker learn the body they found in Indian Creek is a drug-related death, they fear Parkers's mother may be involved.
Cooney, Caroline B.
FICTION COONE

A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.
Wood, Audrey
JE WOOD

Kehret, Peg
J KEHRE

Twelve-year-old Molly's visit to her aunt and uncle's llama ranch in the state of Washington leads her into unexpected danger and suspense.
Duncan, Lois
FICTION DUNCA

Seventeen-year-old April finds her comfortable life changed forever when death threats to her father, a witness in a federal case, force her family to go into hiding under assumed names and flee the pursuit of a hired killer.
Martin, Ann M.
J PAPERBK MARTI

The ten Rosso children, spaced a year apart and named alphabetically, find their life rambunctious and exciting when their family leaves New York City for a big old farmhouse and new friends.
Paulsen, Gary
J PAPERBK PAULS

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
Graeber, Charlotte Towner
J GRAEB

Nixon, Joan Lowery
FICTION MYSTERY NIXON

Sixteen-year-old Mary Elizabeth's summer job at an expensive health club turns out to be more exciting than she bargained for when a series of mysterious events culminate in murder.
Wright, Betty Ren
J WRIGH

Christina's summer in a spooky, isolated Victorian house with her grumpy uncle turns into a ghostly adventure.
Hahn, Mary Downing
J HAHN

Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.
Roberts, Willo Davis
J ROBER

Nixon, Joan Lowery
J NIXON

Lisa and her three friends find themselves unwilling players in a cat-and-mouse game with a murderous magician whose identity and motivation baffle them.
Smith, Robert Kimmel
J SMITH

Upset that he has to give up the room he loves to his grandfather, Pete decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.
Duncan, Lois
J DUNCA

Carris, Joan Davenport
J CARRI

When their mother is taken ill while their father is out of town, four brothers ranging in age from two to twelve decide to take over the responsibilities of running the household.
Duncan, Lois
FICTION DUNCA

Park, Barbara
J PARK

Eleven year-old Oscar devises an elaborate plan to get rid of his pesky little brother.
Smith, Robert Kimmel
J SMITH

Blume, Judy
J PAPERBK BLUME

Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother, Fudge.
Kalb, Jonah
J KALB

The young players on a baseball team who are developing a taste for winning take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime error.
Roberts, Willo Davis
J ROBER

Laurie is physically abused by her mother. Can she escape? Will anyone believe her story?
Fleischman, Sid
J FLEIS

A thick tule fog and a ghost-raising lead to more excitement and reward than Opie had counted on.
Robinson, Barbara
J PAPERBK ROBIN

The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.
Rockwell, Thomas
J ROCKW

Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.
Blume, Judy
J BLUME

Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.
White, E.B.
J WHITE

Knowing how to read and write is not enough for Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter Swan; his determination to learn to play a stolen trumpet takes him far from his wilderness home.