• Try one of these books from the SCASL Junior Book Award Nominee List. Read three to be eligible to vote.
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  • Adrift

    by Paul Griffin Year Published: 2015

    Matt and John are working-class guys trying to earn some money, and Driana, JoJo, and Stef live a much different life of privilege and wealth. Worlds collide when the five teens are lost at sea  with no one to count on but themselves. This is a great summer read- as long as you stay on dry land.


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  • Beneath

    by Roland Smith Year Published: 2016

    After receiving a cryptic message from his older brother, Pat sets out on a strange and dangerous journey to the mysterious Community living beneath the streets of New York.

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  • Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth

    by Laura A. Woollett Year Published: 2015

    This book draws upon primary source documents and survivor interviews to recount the story of one of the worst disastersin American history, the 1944 Hartford circus fire, which claimed the lives of over 100 people.

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  • Book Scavenger

    by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman Year Published: 2015

    Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

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  • Chasing Secrets

    by GEnnifer Choldenko Year Published: 2015

    Thirteen-year-old Lizzie and her secret friend, Noah, who is hiding in her house, plan to resue Noah's father from the quarantined Chinatown and save everyone they love from contracting the plague that is spreading in 1900 San Francisco.

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  • Code of Honor

    by Alan Gratz Year Published: 2015

    When Iranian American Kamran Smith learns that his big brother, Darius, has been labelled a terrorist, he sets out to piece together the codes and clues that will save his brother's life and his country from a deadly terrorist attack.


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  • Fast Break

    by Mike Lupica Year Published: 2015

    Since his mother's death, twelve-year-old Jayson has focused on basketball and surviving. When he is found out and placed with an affluent foster family, he must learn to accept many changes, including facing his former teammates in a championship game.

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  • Fort

    by Cynthia DeFelica Year Published: 2015

    When older boys trepass in the fort where Wyatt and Augie have been enjoying a wonderful summer, they team up with another bullied kid to exact revenge against the older boys, with unexpected consequences. 

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  • Ghostlight

    by Sonia Gensler Year Published: 2015

    Disapponted when her brother pursues other interests during their annual summer visit to their grandmother's farm, Avery befriends a famous man's son, who announces his intentions to film a ghost story at a scary nearby mansion.

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  • House Arrest

    by K. A. Holt Year Published: 2015

    Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations. 

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  • I Am Princess X

    by Cherie Priest Year Published: 2015

    Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing all over town.

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  • I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

    by Caitlin Alfirenka and Martin Ganda Year Published: 2015

    In this dual memori, Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda recount how they became best friends and better people through letters.


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  • Mark of the Thief

    by Jennifer A. Nielsen Year Published: 2015

    Nic, a slave in the mines of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cave filled with Julius Caesar's treasures. What he finds will change his destiny and the history of th Empire. Book #1.  


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  • Roller Girl

    by Victoria Jamieson Year Published: 2015

    Astrid signs up for rollerderby camp, but her best friend Nicole chooses dance. While making new friends and struggling with a new sport, Astrid fears she is losing Nicole.  


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  • Terror at Bottle Creek

    by Watt Key Year Published: 2016

    Thirteen-year-old Cort's father, a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama, has been teaching his son everything he knows. When a deadly Gulf Coast hurricane makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put all his skills to the test. 


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  • The Chosen Prince

    by Diane Stanley Year Published: 2015

    Prince Alexos, the long-awaited champion of the goddess Athene, follows the course of his destiny through war and loss and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its end: a ship-wreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. 

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  • The Seventh Most Important Thing

    by Shelley Pearsall Year Published: 2015

    In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after Arthur throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects.


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  • The War that Saved My Life

    by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Year Published:

    A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. 

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  • The Worst Class Trip Ever

    by Dave Barry Year Published: 2015

    Attending a class trip in Washington, D.C., Wyatt and his friends encounter a group of mysterious men and find themselves dodging their long-suffering teachers to stop what may be a plot against the president. Book #1.

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  • Walk on Earth a Stranger

    by Rae Carson Year Published: 2015

    Lee Westfall, who possesses a supernatural ability to sense the presence of gold, disguises herslef as a boy and seeks safety and romance in California. Book #1. 

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