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2018 Florida Book Award Bronze Medalist

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

Illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 18, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

A primer for peaceful protest, resistance, and activism from the author of Rodzilla and Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag....

2018 Florida Book Awards Gold Medal

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows

(Book #1 of Charlie Hernández)
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: October 23, 2018
Ages: 10 - 14

“This is a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan’s many series, particularly for those eager for mythologies beyond Greek and Roman stories.”...

2019 Florida Book Awards Gold Medal

Charlie Hernández & the Castle of Bones

(Book #2 of Charlie Hernández)
This edition: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publication date: November 12, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

“Well worth it for ravenous fans of quest stories.” —Kirkus Reviews “A highly recommended adventure series” —School Library Journal Inspired by...

Start Here

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: August 13, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

Two teens go on a life-changing sailing trip as they deal with the grief of losing their best friend in this heartwrenching, hopeful novel from the...

2019 - 2020 Florida Literacy Association's Children's Book Award

Americans

Illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 19, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

Learn what makes Americans great, from sea to shining sea, in this patriotic and diverse picture book for New York Times bestselling author Douglas...

Game Changers

The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
This edition: Fixed Layout eBook, 48 pages
Publication date: July 03, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

An ALA Notable Book “This lovingly crafted picture book biography centers on the incredible bond between Venus and Serena Williams…An important...

The Honeybee

Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: May 08, 2018

Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author...

2019 - 2020 Florida Literacy Association's Children's Book Award

Harriet Gets Carried Away

Illustrated by Jessie Sima
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 06, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

From the author and illustrator of the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal comes a sweet and funny story about remembering where you belong, no matter how...

2019 - 2020 Florida Teens Read Master List

The Nowhere Girls

This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: October 10, 2017
Ages: 14 - 99

“A call-to-action to everyone out there who wants to fight back.” —Bustle “Subversive anti-sexism—just try to put it down.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred...

This Mortal Coil

(Part of Mortal Coil)
This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: November 07, 2017
Ages: 14 - 99

In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a...

Dry

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: October 02, 2018
Ages: 12 - 99

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing...

2020 - 2021 Florida Teens Read Master List

Girls with Sharp Sticks

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

From New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young comes the start of a thrilling, subversive new series about a girls-only boarding school with a...

SLAY

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 24, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019! “Gripping and timely.” —People “The YA debut we’re most excited for this year.” —Entertainment Weekly “A book...

2019 - 2020 Sunshine State Young Reader Award List

EngiNerds

(Part of MAX)
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: September 12, 2017
Ages: 9 - 13

The battle between boys and bots is on in this funny, fast-paced novel.Ken is an EngiNerd: one of a super-smart group of friends—all nerds—who have...

Ethan Marcus Stands Up

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: September 19, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

“A thoughtful next step for readers of Andrew Clements.” —BCCB Multiple points of view lead to multiple theories about what really happened after one...

Rot, the Cutest in the World!

Illustrated by Ben Clanton
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: December 19, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

A mutant potato learns that he’s pear-fect just the way he is in this bright, fun, and silly picture book from the creator of It Came in the Mail that...

The Great Cheese Robbery

(Book #1 of Pocket Pirates)
Illustrated by Chris Mould
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: June 12, 2018
Ages: 6 - 9

A band of tiny squash-bucklers go on adventures of epic proportions in this start to a brand-new chapter book series about pocket-sized pirates!In the...

Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero!

(Book #1 of Mia Mayhem)
Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: December 18, 2018
Ages: 5 - 9

Meet Mia Macarooney, an ordinary eight-year-old who finds out she has an extraordinary super-secret in this first chapter book in the brand-new Mia...

2020 - 2021 Sunshine State Young Readers Award List

Power Forward

Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: May 08, 2018
Ages: 7 - 10

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes the first book in an exciting new middle grade series about a fourth-grader with big dreams...

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows

(Book #1 of Charlie Hernández)
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: October 23, 2018
Ages: 10 - 14

“This is a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan’s many series, particularly for those eager for mythologies beyond Greek and Roman stories.”...

Lifeboat 12

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 04, 2018
Ages: 8 - 13

“This page-turning true-life adventure is filled with rich and riveting details and a timeless understanding of the things that matter most.”—Dashka...

City Spies

(Book #1 of City Spies)
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: March 10, 2020
Ages: 8 - 12

A New York Times bestseller! A GMA3 Summer Reading Squad Selection! “Ingeniously plotted, and a grin-inducing delight.” —People “Will keep young...

2020 - 2021 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. List

Superbuns!

Kindness Is Her Superpower
Illustrated by Diane Kredensor
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: July 02, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

For fans of Fred Rogers in Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Be Kind, a little bunny, who dreams of being a superhero, proves to her know-it-all older...