Tennessee State Reading Lists

2017 - 2018 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee

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...

2016 - 2017 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee

The Map Trap

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: July 22, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

This map-tastic middle grade story from Andrew Clements gives the phrase “uncharted territory” a whole new meaning!Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved...

Space Case

(Part of Moon Base Alpha)
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School.Like his fellow...


This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 8, 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...

2015 - 2016 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee

King of the Mound

My Summer with Satchel Paige
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: February 21, 2012
Ages: 8 - 12

Baseball legend Satchel Paige changes a boy’s life in this coming-of-age tale from the author of Lucky.Nick was going to be a star baseball player, no...

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: July 23, 2013
Ages: 8 - 12

Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this National Book Award finalist from Newbery Honoree Kathi...

The Unwanteds

(Book #1 of The Unwanteds)
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2011
Ages: 8 - 12

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are...

The Thing About Luck

Illustrated by Julia Kuo
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: June 4, 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...

The Lord of Opium

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: September 3, 2013
Ages: 12 - 99

As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this riveting sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion,...