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Indiana State Reading Lists

2018 - 2019 Young Hoosier Book Award


(Book #1 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...

2020 - 2021 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee

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 dr...

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.”...

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 ho...

2021 - 2022 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee

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.”—Dashk...

Look Both Ways

A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Illustrated by Alexander Nabaum
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

A National Book Award Finalist Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Carnegie Medal winner An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Childr...


Illustrated by Mark Teague
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Ages: 0 - 8

“Teague proves that a picture can be worth a thousand words—and almost as many laughs.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Engaging illustrations...

2020 - 2021 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Nominee


This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: September 12, 2017
Ages: 14 - 99

“This book is epic.” —Cosmopolitan “A hopeful and moving love story.” —Publishers Weekly Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this “s...


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 harro...

2021 - 2022 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Nominee

Brave Face

A Memoir
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: May 21, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

“[P]rofound…a triumph—a full-throated howl to the moon to remind us why we choose to survive and thrive.” —Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestsellin...