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2019 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring
The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind...

Scythe
(Part of Arc of a Scythe)
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: November 22, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New...

The Last True Love Story
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From the critically acclaimed author of The Gospel of Winter and the coauthor of All American Boys comes a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer...

Randoms
(Part of Randoms)
This edition: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 10 - 99

A science fiction superfan finds himself on his very own space adventure when he’s randomly selected to join an alien confederacy in this hilarious...

Ghost
(Part of Track)
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Ghost...

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk
Illustrated by: Jess Golden
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 12, 2016
Ages: 0 - 5

From the mother-son duo behind the New York Times bestselling A Bucket of Blessings comes a zany picture book about a wild ride on a tuk tuk taxi in...

The Blackthorn Key
(Part of The Blackthorn Key)
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Ages: 10 - 14

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in...

2018 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

We Forgot Brock!
Illustrated by: Carter Goodrich
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for...

Mama Built a Little Nest
Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree.Mama built a little...

Stella by Starlight
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 9 - 13

When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era tour de...

White Fur Flying
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2013
Ages: 7 - 11

A young boy tries to find his voice with the help of some four-legged friends in this novel from the Newbery-winning author of Sarah, Plain and...

All American Boys
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. In this Coretta Scott...

2017 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

Flight School
(Part of Flight School)
Illustrated by: Lita Judge
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A persevering penguin is determined to fly in this adorably inspiring picture book from the creator of Red Hat and Red Sled.Although little Penguin has...

All the Light We Cannot See
A Novel
This edition: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York...

The Boy in the Black Suit
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book. Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl...

The Boy on the Wooden Box
How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Ages: 9 - 14

In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to...

2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

Dead City
(Part of Dead City)
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: October 2, 2012
Ages: 9 - 13

The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins says this paranormal action-adventure “breathes new life into the zombie genre” and has “a terrific twist of an...

A Little Book of Sloth
Photographs by: Lucy Cooke
This edition: Hardcover, 64 pages
Publication date: March 5, 2013
Ages: 5 - 99

Cozy up with adorable baby sloths in this irresistible photographic picture book.Hang around just like a sloth and get to know the delightful residents...

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