Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees

Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees

Have you heard about the Young Hoosier Book Awards (YHBA)? It's a program run by the Indiana Library Federation to engage school-age kids in fun, recreational reading.

Every year, kids in Indiana get to vote for the book nominee they like best! Check out the nominees for the 2018-2019 YHBA Intermediate list, aimed at 4th-6th graders! Get the full list!


Compiled by:
Alex G.
Applesauce Weather

Helen Frost
Juvenile Fiction - J Frost

"When the first apple falls from the tree, Faith and Peter know that it's applesauce weather, even though Peter is getting a little old for such things. It also means Uncle Arthur should be here to tell his stories, with a twinkle in his eye as he spins tales about how he came to have a missing finger. But this is the first year without Aunt Lucy, and when Uncle Arthur arrives, there's no twinkle to be found and no stories waiting to be told. Faith is certain, though, that with a little love and patience, she and Peter might finally learn the truth about that missing finger. Paired with warm, expressive illustrations by Amy June Bates, this heartfelt tale by award-winning poet Helen Frost highlights the strength of family and the power of a good story" -- Provided by publisher.


Fuzzy

Tom Angleberger
Juvenile Fiction - J Anglebe

When Max (Maxine Zealster) befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, she helps him navigate Vanguard Middle School and together they reveal the truth behind the Robot Integration Program.


Garvey's Choice

Nikki Grimes
Juvenile Fiction - J Grimes

"Garvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading--anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey's life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father--by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports." -- Provided by publisher.


Gertie's Leap to Greatness

Kate Beasley
Juvenile Fiction - J Beasley

"Gertie is a girl on a mission to be the best fifth grader ever in order to show her estranged mother that Gertie doesn't need her--not one bit!"-- Provided by publisher.


The Great Shelby Holmes

Elizabeth Eulberg
Juvenile Fiction - J Eulberg

Nine-year-old Shelby Holmes, the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood, and her new easy-going friend from downstairs, eleven-year-old John Watson, become partners in a dog-napping case.


Hamstersaurus Rex

Tom O'Donnell
Juvenile Fiction - J Odonnel
Series: Hamstersaurus Rex

"Eleven-year old Sam befriends a hungry class hamster that undergoes a freaky transformation"-- Provided by publisher.


The Haunted House Project

Tricia Clasen
Juvenile Fiction - J Clasen

 

"Since her mom died, Andie's family has crumbled. Instead of working, her dad gambles away insurance money, while her sister, Paige, has put her future on hold in order to pick up extra waitressing shifts. Andie's afraid of what will happen if people find out just how bad things are. She's not sure how long she can hide the fact that there's no food or money in the house...or adults, for that matter. When her science partner suggests they study paranormal activity, Andie gets an idea. She wants a sign from her mom--anything to tell her it's going to be okay. Maybe the rest of her family does too. So she starts a project of her own. Pretending to be her mother's ghost, Andie sprays perfume, changes TV channels, and moves pictures. Haunting her house is Andie's last hope to bring her family back into the land of the living."-- From publisher's website.


The Infinity Year of Avalon James

Dana Middleton
Juvenile Fiction - J Middlet

Facing bullying at school and her family being torn apart, Avalon anxiously waits with her best friend, Atticus, for the magical power they are supposed to inherit between their tenth and eleventh birthdays.


The Lincoln Project

Dan Gutman
Juvenile Fiction - J Gutman
Series: Flashback Four

"Miss Z, a mysterious billionaire and a collector of rare photographs, is sending her four recruits back in time on a mission to capture, for the first time, one of the most important moments in American history-- Abraham Lincoln giving his famous Gettysburg address"-- Provided by publisher.


Maxi's Secrets: (Or What You Can Learn From A Dog)

Lynn Plourde
Juvenile Fiction - J Plourde

"Fifth-grader Timminy, who's small for his age and new in town, isn't eager to start middle school--but he gets a great consolation prize in Maxi, a big, deaf, lovable dog"-- Provided by publisher.


Mighty Jack

Ben Hatke
Juvenile Graphic Novel - J Hatke
Series: Mighty Jack

Jack dreads summer because his single mother has to work and leaves him at home with his boring little sister who is autistic. She doesn't talk at all. Ever. But one day while they are at a flea market, she does talk. She tells Jack to trade their mother's car for a box of mysterious seeds. It's the best mistake Jack has ever made!


Rookie of the Year

Phil Bildner
Juvenile Fiction - J Bildner
Series: Rip and Red

"Rip and Red find that fifth grade continues to challenge them in brand-new ways and discover that sometimes radical change is nothing to be afraid of"-- Provided by publisher.


Some Kind of Courage

Dan Gemeinhart
Juvenile Fiction - J Gemeinh

In 1890 Washington the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back--and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.


Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story, St. Louis, Missouri: 1847

Deborah Hopkinson
Juvenile Picture Book - EJ Hop

In 1847 St. Louis, Missouri, when a new law against educating African Americans forces Reverend John to close his school, he finds an ingenious solution to the new state law by moving his school to a steamboat in the Mississippi River. Includes author's note on Reverend John Berry Meachum, a minister, entrepreneur, and educator who fought tirelessly for the rights of African Americans.


Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness

Donna Bowman
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 179.3 Bow
The Sweetest Sound

Sherri Winston
Juvenile Fiction - J Winston

"Shy ten-year-old Cadence grapples with an overprotective father, a mother who's skipped town to pursue stardom, and what to do when a recording of her amazing voice leaks before she's ready to share it with the world"-- Provided by publisher.


Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Chris Barton
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 609.2 Bar

Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun.


The Wild Robot

Peter Brown
Juvenile Fiction - J Brown
Series: Wild Robot

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.


Wish

Barbara O'Connor
Juvenile Fiction - J Oconnor

A touching story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young animal lovers. Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets. Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all. From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.


Word of Mouse

James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
Juvenile Fiction - J Patters

"The illuminating journey of a very special mouse, and the unexpected friendships he makes along the way"-- Provided by publisher.