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New Jersey State Reading Lists

2016 Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee

Hello, Nebulon!

(Book #1 of Galaxy Zack)
Illustrated by Colin Jack
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 02, 2013
Ages: 5 - 7

Get to know Galaxy Zack—and his new home planet!—in this start to an out-of-this-world illustrated chapter book series.In Hello, Nebulon!, Zack makes...


The Daring Life of Betty Skelton
Illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2013
Ages: 4 - 8

A riveting picture book biography of Betty Skelton, aviation and auto racing pioneer, from award-winning author/illustrator Megan McCarthy.In the 1930s...

22nd Annual Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee

Half a World Away

This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: September 02, 2014
Ages: 10 - 14

A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata,...

The Boundless

Illustrated by Jim Tierney
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: April 22, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

All aboard for an action-packed escapade from the internationally bestselling author of Airborne and the Silverwing trilogy.The Boundless, the greatest...


This edition: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel that you won’t be able to put...


This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 08, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTTravis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age...

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Ages: 12 - 99

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is now a major motion picture streaming on Netflix! Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times...

Through the Woods

Illustrated by Emily Carroll
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: July 15, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation...

21st Annual Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee

Better Nate Than Ever

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: February 05, 2013
Ages: 9 - 13

“The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it’s like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and...

Doll Bones

Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: May 07, 2013
Ages: 10 - 14

Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School...

The Thing About Luck

Illustrated by Julia Kuo
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2013
Ages: 10 - 14

The winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. There is bad luck, good luck, and making...


This edition: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publication date: September 10, 2013
Ages: 14 - 99

Pattyn’s father is dead. Now she’s on the run in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Burned.Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead,...


Illustrated by Sam Bosma
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Ages: 12 - 99

A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel.Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a...