VSBA 2017-2018

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.

2017-2018 Volunteer State Book Award—Intermediate Division Grades 3-5

  • Applegate, Katherine. Crenshaw. Feiwel and Friends, 2015.

  • Beasley, Cassie. Circus Mirandus. Dial Books, 2015.

  • Beatty, Robert. Serafina and the Black Cloak. Disney Hyperion, 2015.

  • Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss. Book Scavenger. Henry Holt, 2015.

  • Black, Holly and Cassandra Clare. The Iron Trial. Scholastic, 2014.

  • Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. The War that Saved My Life. Dial, 2015.

  • Brown, Jennifer. Life on Mars. Bloomsbury, 2014.

  • Coville, Bruce. Diary of a Mad Brownie. Illustrated by Paul Kidby. Random House, 2015.

  • DeStefano, Lauren. The Curious Tale of the In-Between. Bloomsbury, 2015.

  • Hoena, B.A. Stubby the Dog Soldier. Illustrated by Oliver Hurst. Picture Window Books, 2015.

  • Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. Fish in a Tree. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015.

  • Jones, Kelly. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

  • Lloyd, Natalie. The Key to Extraordinary. Scholastic, 2016.

  • Lord, Cynthia. A Handful of Stars. Scholastic, 2015.

  • McCoola, Marika. Baba Yaga’s Assistant. Illustrated by Emily Carroll. Candlewick Press, 2015.

  • Messner, Kate. Ranger in Time: Long Road to Freedom. Illustrated by Kelley McMorris. Scholastic, 2016.

  • Pyron, Bobbie. Lucky Strike. Arthur A Levine, 2015.

  • Quinn, Spencer. Woof. Scholastic, 2015.

  • Scattergood, Augusta. The Way to Stay in Destiny. Scholastic, 2015.

  • Yep, Lawrence and Joanne Ryder. A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans. Illustrated by Mary GrandPre. Crown Books, 2015.


2017-2018 Volunteer State Book Award—Middle School Division Grades 6-8

  • Baptiste, Tracy. The Jumbies. Algonquin Young Readers, 2015.

  • Benjamin, Ali. The Thing About Jellyfish. Little Brown and Company, 2015.

  • Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. The War that Saved My Life. Dial Books, 2015.

  • Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation). Penguin, 2014.

  • Brown, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

  • Choldenko, Gennifer. Chasing Secrets. Wendy Lamb Books, 2015.

  • Graff, Lisa. Lost in the Sun. Philomel Books, 2015.

  • Hosler, Jay. The Last of the Sandwalkers. First Second, 2015.

  • Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. Dial Books, 2015.

  • Johnson, Jahleigh. The Mark of the Dragonfly. Delacorte, 2014.

  • Kamkwamba, William and Brian Mealer. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Dial Books, 2015.

  • Pennypacker, Sara. Pax. Balzer + Bray, 2016.

  • Pickney, Andrea Davis. Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip through the Motown Sound. Roaring Brook Press, 2015.

  • Priest, Cherie. I Am Princess X. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015.

  • Ryan, Pam Munoz. Echo. Scholastic, 2015.

  • Schmidt, Gary. Orbiting Jupiter. Clarion Books, 2015.

  • Smith, Ronald. Hoodoo. Clarion Books, 2015.

  • Stead, Rebecca. Goodbye Stranger. Wendy Lamb Books, 2015

  • Tyre, Lisa Lewis. Last in a Long Line of Rebels. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015

  • Van Wagenen, Maya. Popular: A Memoir. Dutton, 2014.

2017-2018 Volunteer State Book Award—High School Division Grades 9-12

  • Ahdieh, Renee. The Wrath and the Dawn. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015.

  • Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Balzer + Bray, 2015.

  • Anderson, M.T. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. Candlewick Press, 2015.

  • Aveyard, Victoria. The Red Queen, HarperTeen, 2015.

  • Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. Henry Holt and Company, 2015.

  • Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation). Penguin, 2014.

  • Brown, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

  • Buckley, Michael. Undertow. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

  • Dessen, Sarah. Saint Anything. Viking, 2015.

  • Lindstrom, Eric. Not If I See You First. Little, Brown and Company, 2015.

  • Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. Balzer + Bray, 2015.

  • Oakes, Stephanie. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Dial Books, 2015.

  • Quintero, Isabel. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. Cinco Puntos Press, 2014.

  • Reynolds, Jason and Brendan Kiely. All American Boys. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015.

  • Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap. Balzer + Bray, 2015.

  • Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel Books, 2016.

  • Sheinkin, Steve. Most Dangerous : Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. Roaring Brook Press, 2015.

  • Shusterman, Neal. Challenger Deep. HarperTeen, 2015.

  • Winters, Cat. The Cure for Dreaming. Amulet Books, 2014.

  • Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Delacorte Press, 2015.

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