Young Hoosier Book Award 2023-2024: Intermediate

The Young Hoosier Book Award Program encourages self-selected reading among elementary and middle school/junior high students. Teachers, librarians, and students from all across Indiana vote on their favorite recent books. This program is run by the Indiana Library Federation (ILF).

Check out the list of the 2023-2024 Intermediate nominees! Recommended for ages 8–10.

Compiled by:
Jon S.

Megan Wagner Lloyd
J-GN Lloyd Allergic

Maggie’s busy household doesn’t seem to have time for her. When she goes looking for a furry friend, she discovers she’s allergic! Can she find the pet for her?

Batpig: When Pigs Fly

Rob Harrell
J-GN Batpig v. 1
Series: Batpig

Gary Yorkshire is your average lovable pink pig until a radioactive bat bite gives him superpowers. Now, he must figure out how to use his powers for good and, of course, find the perfect spandex suit!

Bedhead Ted

Scott SanGiacomo
J-GN Sangiac Bedhead Ted

Ted has always had unruly, messy hair that has been the source of teasing. But now, his hair might be helpful in tracking down the Brookside Beast!

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Perfection

Matthew Swanson
J Swanson
Series: Cookie Chronicles

When Ben follows the advice of his fortune cookie that practice makes perfect, he begins to demand perfection and nearly loses the things dearest to him.

Dog Squad

Chris Grabenstein
J Grabens
Series: Dog Squad

Duke is the star of the streaming hit Dog Squad, an adventurous show that helps average dogs fight crime. When average dog Fred takes Duke’s place, can Fred find the courage to deal with the non-stop action?

The Elephant in the Room

Holly Goldberg Sloan
J Sloan

Sila’s mother has been in Turkey for a while trying to get the paperwork to secure their place in the United States. In the meantime, she finds comfort with a lottery winner—a boy named Mateo—and Veda the circus elephant.

Escape at 10,000 Feet: D.B. Cooper and the Missing Money

Tom Sullivan
J-GN 364.1 Uns
Series: Unsolved Case Files

Still an unsolved case today, this is story of how a man known as D.B. Cooper hijacked an airplane in 1971 and parachuted to freedom never to be seen again.

Franklin Endicott and the Third Key

Kate DiCamillo
J-FC Dicamil
Series: Tales from Deckawoo Drive

Another Deckawoo Drive adventure featuring Frank and Eugenia! A mistake with a duplicate key launches new worries for Franklin Endicott!

The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution Problem

Colleen Paeff
J 628.2092 Pae

It’s 1858 and the city of London, England STINKS! Their river is full of poop! Then, along comes Joseph Bazalgette, who claims to have a solution. Can he make London a cleaner, healthier place?

The Hiddenseek

Nate Cernosek
J Cernose

The Hiddenseek is a gloomy place where you land if you’re not found in the game hide-and-seek. It's up to Holly and Hector Thorn to defeat “It”—the witch in charge—to break the curse and return home.

Katie the Catsitter

Colleen AF Venable
J-GN Katie The Catsitter v. 1
Series: Katie the Catsitter

Cat-sitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor (the owner of 217 cats!) may be the answer to funding Katie’s summer camp trip. But, could she also be the city’s super villain? Is it Katie to the rescue?

Maya and the Robot

Eve L. Ewing
J Ewing

To deal with the anxiety of a new fifth grade class on her own, Maya discovers a robot in her teacher’s closet that helps her realize her special powers.

Miles Morales: Shock Waves

Justin A. Reynolds
J-GN Spider Man Miles Morales Shock Waves

Miles is a regular school kid by day and Brooklyn’s Spider-Man by night. When he tries to help Puerto Rico after a horrible earthquake, he finds unexpected enemies trying to thwart his plans.

Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

Peter Sis
J 921 Winton Sis

Nicholas Winton never told how he saved the lives of 700 Czech children during World War II. In the 1980s, the story came to light. Author Sis shares his story along with one of those saved children, Vera, with the world.

Strangeville School is Totally Normal

Darcy Miller
J Miller
Series: Strangeville School

Harvey’s new school is different to say the least. With the help of his new friend Stella, they go on a quest to discover the school’s strange secrets.

The Supervillain's Guide to Being a Fat Kid

Matt Wallace
J Wallace

To deal with bully Johnny Pro, Max enlists the help of a supervillain prisoner, Master Plan. Can he help Max deal with his middle school woes?

Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Jeff Gottesfeld
J 355.1609 Got

Ever since July 2, 1937, a sentinel has been by the side of the Unknowns—those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for America. With the dedication of these soldiers, the Unknowns are never alone.

What Comes Next

Rob Buyea
J Buyea

Thea’s parents think starting over in a new city will help her deal with the tragic loss of a friend. But it takes the help of a rescue puppy—Jack-Jack—for Thea to open up to new ideas.


Katherine Applegate
J Applega

Animal lover Willodeen loves all animals—even the strange ones called “screechers.” She’s convinced even they serve a purpose. When the magical hummingbears disappear, she and her friend Conner must find out why.

The Year I Flew Away

Marie Arnold
J Arnold

Tempted by a witch to become the “perfect American,” Gabrielle learns the easy way is not always the right way. She's faced with overcoming the witch’s spell to regain her true self.