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Young Reader's Choice Award Favorites

11 Birthdays
11 Birthdays By Mass, Wendy (Book - 2009 ) Mass Available in some locations

Annotation:2012 winner. Amanda's 11th birthday is the worst ever, and she's happy to wake up the next morning to a new day. But is it?

Diary of A Wimpy Kid
Diary of A Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley's Journal By Kinney, Jeff (Book - 2007 ) Kinney, Jeff Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 22 copies

Annotation:This 2010 winner was the first in a blockbuster series of popular books.

A Dog's Life
A Dog's Life The Autobiography of A Stray By Martin, Ann M. (Book - 2005 ) Martin, Ann M. Available in some locations

Annotation:2008 winner, for anyone who wishes that animals could tell us their stories.

Dragon Rider
Dragon Rider By Funke, Cornelia Caroline (Book - 2004 ) Funke, Cornelia Caroline Available in some locations

Annotation:2007 winner. The adventure of a lifetime for an orphan boy who becomes a dragon's companion on its desperate search for a dragon homeland.

The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux Being the Story of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and A Spool of Thread By DiCamillo, Kate (Book - 2003 ) DiCamillo, Kate Available in some locations

Annotation:2006 winner. It's great when kids and adults all agree that a book is terrific. This won the Newbery Medal as well.

The Thief Lord
The Thief Lord By Funke, Cornelia Caroline (Book - 2002 ) Funke, Cornelia Caroline Available in some locations

Annotation:2005 winner. Two orphan brothers on the run in Venice, Italy, find help and protection with the Thief Lord, who is just a kid himself.

Skeleton Man
Skeleton Man By Bruchac, Joseph (Book - 2001 ) Bruchac, Joseph Available in some locations

Annotation:2004 winner. Seriously scary. After a girl's parents disappear, she is forced to live with a disturbing relative she has never heard of. She suspects he isn't human.

Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie By DiCamillo, Kate (Book - 2000 ) DiCamillo, Kate Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 12 copies

Annotation:2003 winner. Honored by the Newbery Award as well. A stray dog changes the life of a lonely girl.

Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 1999 ) Curtis, Christopher Paul Available in some locations

Annotation:2002 winner and Newbery Medal winner too. A bright, funny, homeless boy goes searching for his father across depression-era Michigan.

Holes By Sachar, Louis (Book - 1998 ) Sachar, Louis Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 18 copies

Annotation:2001 winner of Young Readers Choice Award and 1999 Newbery Medal winner, this book is pure satisfaction.

Frindle By Clements, Andrew (Book - 1996 ) Clements, Andrew Available in some locations

Annotation:1999 winner. A teacher who won't bend her rule comes up against a student who is cheerfully determined to break it.

Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger
Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger By Sachar, Louis (Book - 1995 ) Sachar, Louis Available in some locations

Annotation:1998 winner. With their beloved Miss Jewell away on maternity leave, Wayside school kids get some very strange substitute teachers. One sub has three nostrils. Another has three ears. The extra nostril sucks up children's voices. The extra ear can hear their thoughts.

Shiloh By Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds (Book - 1991 ) Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:1994 winner and winner of the Newbery Medal as well. A dog story you'll never forget.

Wait Till Helen Comes
Wait Till Helen Comes A Ghost Story By Hahn, Mary Downing (Book - 1986 ) Hahn, Mary Downing Available in some locations

Annotation:1989 winner. The new little stepsister a brother and sister can't stand spends her time making friends with a deadly dangerous ghost.

Superfudge By Blume, Judy (Book - 1980 ) Blume, Judy Available in some locations

Annotation:1983 winner. You ever meet a cute, funny, really annoying little brother? Superfudge is like that.

Bunnicula A Rabbit-tale of Mystery By Howe, Deborah (Book - 1979 ) Howe Available in some locations

Annotation:1982 winner. Harold the dog tells the story of a little rabbit who just might be a vampire bunny.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry By Taylor, Mildred D. (Book - 1976 ) Taylor Available in some locations

Annotation:1979 winner and Newbery Medal winner too. A black family you'll love, living in the terrible days of segregation but standing up and speaking out every chance they get.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh By O'Brien, Robert C. (Book - 1971 ) O'Brien, Robert C. Available in some locations

Annotation:1974 winner. Here's another one where kids agree with the Newbery Award. This classic tale of superintelligent rats won the Newbery medal in 1972.

Ramona the Pest
Ramona the Pest By Cleary, Beverly (Book - 2006 ) CLEARY Available in some locations

Annotation:1971 winner. Still everybody's favorite little sister after all these years.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Mouse and the Motorcycle By Cleary, Beverly (Book - 2006 ) CLEARY Available in some locations

Annotation:1968 winner. Imagine a mouse, riding a mouse-sized motorcycle. No wonder kids voted this the winner and keep on reading it today.

The Incredible Journey
The Incredible Journey By Burnford, Sheila Every (Book - 1961 ) Burnford, Sheila Every. Available in some locations

Annotation:1964 winner. Classic animal adventure.

Old Yeller
Old Yeller By Gipson, Fred (Book - 1956 ) Gipson, Fred Available in some locations

Annotation:1959 winner

Henry and Ribsy
Henry and Ribsy By Cleary, Beverly (Book - 2007 ) CLEARY Available in some locations

Annotation:1957 winner. Everybody remembers the Ramona books best, but kids also voted for these adventures of a boy and his dog.

McElligot's Pool
McElligot's Pool By Seuss (Book - 1974 ) Seuss, Dr. Available in some locations

Annotation:1950 winner. "If I wait long enough, if I'm patient and cool,/ Who knows what I'll catch in McElligot's pool?"

Snow Treasure
Snow Treasure By McSwigan, Marie (Book - 2005 ) McSwigan, Marie Available in some locations

Annotation:1945 winner. A wartime adventure where the kids are the heroes.

By the Shores of Silver Lake
By the Shores of Silver Lake By Wilder, Laura Ingalls (Book - 2003 ) J WILDER LH Available in some locations

Annotation:1942 winner and Newbery Honor book, this is another one where kids agree a book is so good it deserves an award.

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mr. Popper's Penguins By Atwater, Richard (Book - 1938 ) Atwater, Richard Available in some locations

Annotation:1941 winner and also a Newbery honor book, this is still a laugh out loud favorite.

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