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California Young Reader Medal by Tracy Dodge
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 6:06 pm
Filed under: books, children, Libraries, teen

The student-chosen California Young Reader Medal books have been announced:

Primary: I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll
“When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note saying that Gabe has gone fishing and will be back in a week. He tries out several substitute monsters, but finds that none are as perfect as Gabe”

Intermediate: Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth
“In 1970s Florida, eleven-year-old Violet’s world is upturned by the arrival of a girl from Detroit who seems bent on stealing Violet’s best friends”

Middle School: Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
“Ally, Bree, and Jack meet at the one place the Great Eclipse can be seen in totality, each carrying the burden of different personal problems, which become dim when compared to the task they embark upon and the friendship they find”

Young Adult: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
“In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king”

Picture Book for Older Reader: Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
“A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry “Box” Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia”

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