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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 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...

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

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2011
Ages: 8 - 12

A riveting middlegrade dystopian novel from New York Times bestselling Wake author Lisa McMann that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry...

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...

The Lord of Opium

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: September 03, 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,...