SC Junior Award Nominees

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All’s Faire in Middle School

Victoria Jamieson

Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.

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Beyond the Bright Sea

Lauren Wolk

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Crow has always been curious about the world around her, and the unspoken question of her own history. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Pablo Cartaya

Arturo works as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex. He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight. 

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The First Rule of Punk

Celia C. Pérez

Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

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Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi

When the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes and move to distant prison camps. But Fred Korematsu refused to go. He knew that what the government was doing was unfair. And when he got put in jail for resisting, he knew he couldn't give up.

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Genevieve’s War

Patricia Reilly Giff

In August 1939 Genevieve makes an impulsive decision not to get on train to take her to boat back New York and must spend the duration of World War II with her grandmother in a small village in Alsace, France, where she becomes involved with the French resistance.

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Greetings from Witness Protection!

Jake Burt

Thirteen-year-old Nikki Demere is an orphan and a kleptomaniac, making her the perfect girl to portray the Trevors' daughter in witness protection, but she soon learns that the biggest threat to her new family's security comes from her own past.

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Halfway Normal

Barbara Dee

Twelve-year-old cancer survivor Norah struggles to fit in at middle school after two years of treatment, but she finds her voice with the help of new friend Griffin, who shares her love of mythology.


Hear the Wolves

Victoria Scott

Sloan Riley is a skilled hunter, but since her mother left, and she lost hearing in one ear, she has clung to her father and older sister. She wakes up terrified that they've both left for a few days, but when a blizzard threatens to bury her small Alaskan town, and the wolves begin to hunt, she must find courage if she is to get herself and the few remaining citizens to safety.


In Some Other Life: a novel

Jessica Brody

Kennedy chose to pursue the boy of her dreams rather than attend an elite private school, but as their romance ends she gets a glimpse of the not-so-perfect life she might have had.


Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Dusti Bowling

New friends and a mystery help Aden, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.

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Last Day on Mars: Chronicle of the Dark Star

Kevin Emerson

While waiting to leave Mars before it burns up just like the Earth before it, Liam and his friend Phoebe discover some facts about time and space and realize that the human race is just one of the races trying to survive in space.


Miles Morales: Spider Man

Jason Reynolds

As a student at Brooklyn Visions Academy, Miles Morales knows he's lucky. Not all kids get this opportunity, especially not kids from his neighborhood. With his quirky best friend Ganke, this school year is gonna be a blast, but when Miles accidentally discovers a villainous teacher's plan to turn good kids bad, he will need to come to terms with his own destiny as the new SPIDER-MAN!

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Brendan Reichs

As the Anvil, an enormous asteroid, threatens to end all life on Earth, sixteen-year-old Min begins to uncover a lifetime of lies, a sinister conspiracy involving all students in her sophomore class in Fire Lake, Idaho.

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Gordon Korman

Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids--trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase who is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?

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Saving Marty

Paul Griffin

When Lorenzo adopts a runt piglet destined for auction, an unexpected, life-changing friendship forms.

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The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade

Jordan Sonnenblick

Maverick Falconer is just starting middle school and he wishes he were a hero like his father because maybe then he could deal with his mother's drinking and series of abusive boyfriends, not to mention the kids who bully him in middle school,  but as the year passes, he begins to realize that other kids have problems too. Maybe if they can all survive sixth grade things will get better.

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Diana Harmon Asher

"Seventh-grader Joseph Friedman is friendless and puny, with ADD to boot. He spends most of his time avoiding the class bully and hiding out in the Resource Room. But the Resource Room teacher encourages (i.e., practically forces) him to join the school cross country team, and he meets Heather, a new student who's tough and athletic and refuses to be pushed around by anybody"

Hardcover | CD Audiobook | eBook (Hoopla) |

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Leslie Connor

As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble.

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Wild Bird

Wendelin Van Draanen

When her behavior escalates out of control, fourteen-year-old Wren is taken away to a wilderness therapy camp where she is forced to develop new skills, including the courage to ask for help.

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