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The Volunteer State Book Award is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. Each year, students across Tennessee are asked to read books from a list of nominated titles. The Volunteer State Book Award has four divisions--Primary

(Pre-K-2nd Grade), Intermediate (Grades 3rd-5th), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). In the spring, those students who read or listened to at least three of the titles from the list will be eligible to vote for their favorite titles. These votes will be tabulated and sent to the state organization. The book with the most votes state-wide will win the award. The author of the book receives a plaque and will be invited to

Tennessee to receive the award.

 

Here are this year's nominated titles for Intermediate, Middle School, and High School divisions:

Intermediate Division Grades 3‐5

  • Barnett, Marc. The Terrible Two. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Amulet Books, 2015.

  • Barnhill, Kelly. The Witch’s Boy. Algonquin Young Readers, 2014.

  • Bell, CeCe. El Deafo. Amulet Books, 2014.

  • Beil, Michael. Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

  • Burg, Ann E. Serafina's Promise. Scholastic, 2013.

  • Clements, Andrew. The Map Trap. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014.

  • Fitzgerald, Laura Marx. Under the Egg. Puffin Books, 2014.

  • Hendrix, John. Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014,

  • Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Secret of the Mountain Dog. Scholastic, 2014.

  • Kostyal, K.M. George Washington's Rules to Live By: A Good Manners Guide from the Father of Our Country. National Geographic, 2014.

  • Larsen, Kirby. Dash. Scholastic, 2014.

  • Lloyd, Natalie. A Snicker of Magic. Scholastic, 2014.

  • Marino, Nan. Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace. Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

  • Martin, Ann. Rain Reign. Feiwel and Friends, 2014.

  • McClure, Wendy. Wanderville. Razorbill, 2014.

  • Philbrick, Rodman. Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina. Blue Sky Press, 2014.

  • Shurtliff, Liesl. Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

  • Turnage, Sheila. The Ghost of Tupelo Landing. Kathy Dawson Books, 2014.

  • Watson, Jude. Loot: How to Steal a Fortune. Scholastic, 2014.

  • Weston, Carol. Ava and Pip. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014.

Middle School Division Grades 6‐8

  • Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

  • Auxier. Jonathan. The Night Gardener. Amulet Books, 2014.

  • Booth, Coe. Kinda Like Brothers. Scholastic, 2014.

  • Cremer, Andrea. The Inventor’s Secret. Philomel, 2014.

  • DePrince, Michaela. Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

  • Dulemba, Elizabeth. A Bird on Water Street. Little Pickle Press, 2013.

  • Fitzgerald, Laura Marx. Under the Egg. Puffin Books, 2014.

  • Gibbs, Stuart. Space Case. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014.

  • Milford, Kate. Greenglass House. Clarion Books, 2014.

  • Rawl, Paige. Positive : Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change the World. HarperCollins, 2014.

  • Reedy, Trent. If You’re Reading This. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2014.

  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Rithmatist. Tor, 2013.

  • Schrefer, Eliot. Threatened. Scholastic, 2014.

  • Sheinkin, Steve. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

  • Smith, Roland. Beneath. Scholastic, 2015.

  • Telgemeier, Raina. Sisters. Graphix, 2014.

  • Watson, Jude. Loot: How to Steal a Fortune. Scholastic, 2014.

  • White, J.A. The Thickety: A Path Begins. Katherine Tegen Books, 2014.

  • Wiles, Deborah. Revolution. Scholastic, 2014.

  • Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.

High School Division grades 9-12

  • Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

  • Carleson, J.C. The Tyrant’s Daughter. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

  • DePrince, Michaela. Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

  • Fleming, Candace. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014.

  • Gray, Claudia. A Thousand Pieces of You. HarperTeen, 2014.

  • Heppermann, Christine. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. Greenwillow Books, 2014.

  • Kenneally, Miranda. Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Sourcebooks Fire, 2014.  

  • King, A.S. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future. Little, Brown and Company, 2014.

  • Lockhart, E. We were liars. Delacorte Press, 2013.

  • Nelson, Jandy. I’ll Give You the Sun. Dial Books, 2014.

  • Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

  • Pearson, Mary. The Kiss of Deception. Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

  • Rawl, Paige. Positive : Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change the World. HarperCollins, 2014. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014.

  • Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. St. Martin's Griffin, 2013.

  • Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.

  • Schrefer, Eliot. Threatened. Scholastic, 2014.

  • Sheinkin, Steve. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

  • Stevens, Courtney C. Faking Normal. HarperTeen, 2014.  

  • Whaley, John Corey. Noggin. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014.

  • Yang, Gene Luen. The Shadow Hero. First Second, 2014. 

VSBA 2016-2017