Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2018-2019

  • Click'd

    by Tamara Ireland Stone Year Published:

    At her summer CodeGirls Camp, Allie Navarro invents Click’d, a friend pairing app. Click’d pairs its users with others who have common interests and then sends them a on scavenger hunt to find their matches. A glitch threatens to reveal private information, and Allie must work fast in the school computer lab to find a fix. Can Allie fix her app, win back her friends and get it ready for Games for Good?

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  • A Crack in the Sea

    by H.M. Bouwman Year Published:

    A portal between two worlds opens unexpectedly. Those who travel to the second world find solace, but the Raft King wants to change all of that. Relating the tales of three sets of siblings who endure hardships, experience magic, adventures on the sea, and an en-chanting second world, A Crack in the Sea is a unique tale where the door to the first world may never reopen.

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  • Curse of the Boggin

    by D.J. Machale Year Published:

    There’s a place beyond this world where spirits tell their tales, stories that ended too soon, or don’t end at all. It’s a place for unexplainable things: mysteries without solutions, ghosts and a boggin. They all have a story. Marcus and his friends have found the key to unlock the Library and they need to use it. A strange man in a bathrobe haunts them; fires rage out in an instant, a creepy old lady shows up at Marcus’s house. The terror is real.

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  • The Epic Fall of Arturo Zamora

    by Pablo Cartaya Year Published:

    Arturo lives in Miami playing basketball and working a few shifts at his Abuela’s restaurant. When he meets Carmen, a young girl who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex, his stomach is in knots. On top of the problems with his new crush, his town is being threatened by a land develop-er. With the help of Carmen and the book of poetry of Jose Marti left by his grandfather, Arturo discovers family bonds and community are stronger than ever.

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  • The Eureka Key

    by Sara Thomson Year Published:

    When middle school puzzle master Sam and history wiz Martina win a contest for a summer trip across the US, they discover they've been drafted into something vastly more extraordinary. Join-ing another kid on the trip, Theo, a descendant of George Washington himself, they must follow clues to find seven keys left behind by the Founding Fathers. Together the keys unlock Benjamin Franklin's greatest invention--a secret weapon intended to defend the country. Each key is hid-den in a unique location around the U.S., protected with puzzles, riddles, and traps.

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  • The Firefly Code

    by Megan Frazer Blakemore Year Published:

    Up until a new girl, Ilana, moves to Firefly Lane, Mori and her friends lived a normal life. They never questioned anything in Old Harmonie, their utopian community. Questions arise about the new girl. Where Ilana says she comes from doesn’t add up and her behavior is strange. Once they discover the truth they must make tough decisions about their seemingly perfect world.

     

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  • First Rule of Punk

    by Celia C. Perez Year Published:

    Punk rocker, Zine maker, Mariá Luisa is moving to Chicago with her Mexican -American mother and starting 7th grade in a new school. When she begins her first day with a rebellious start, she needs to figure out how she’ll fit in and still hold on to her unique character.

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  • Forest of Wonders (Wing Claw)

    by Linda Sue Park Year Published:

    Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothe-cary, every leaf has the potential to unleash a kind of magic. If only Raffa's father would allow him to experiment freely.

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  • Frogkisser!

    by Garth Nix Year Published:

    Poor Princess Anya! Forced to live with her evil stepmother’s new husband, her evil stepfather, has the unfortunate ability to break curses with magic kisses, AND now forced to go on the run when her stepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own. She is not alone, aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards.

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  • Ghost

    by Jason Reynolds Year Published:

    Running. That's all that Castle Cranshaw aka Ghost has ever known. But never for a track team. His game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race and wins -- the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: natural talent.

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  • The Girl Who Could Not Dream

    by Sarah Beth Durst Year Published:

    Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents' bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?

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  • How Lunchbox Jones Saved me from Robots, Traitors and Missy the Cruel

    by Jennifer Brown Year Published:

    Video game-loving Luke Abbott has no interest in joining his school robotics team. For one, he really doesn’t know much about robotics. Two, the team has a record of losing. And three, his arch nemesis Missy the Cruel and the scary Lunchbox Jones are both on the team! What is with his lunchbox anyways?

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  • Restart

    by Gordan Korman Year Published:

    Chase wakes up from a fall off the roof not knowing who he is. When he returns to school, the students know exactly who he is, or at least, who he was. Some of the students act like he is a hero, some seem scared of him, and one utterly despises him. Chase is faced with having to fig-ure out not only who he was, but who he wants to be.

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  • Short

    by Holly Goldberg Sloan Year Published:

    Julia might be short, but she refuses to let her height be her shortcoming. Encouraged by her mother to audition for the musical The Wizard of Oz, Julia quickly falls in love with the world of theater and all its characters. Over the course of the summer, Julia discovers talents she didn’t know she had, forms unlikely friendships, and finds a second home in the theater. It’s true what they say-- good things come in small packages.

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  • The Van Gogh Deception

    by Deron Hicks Year Published:

    When a young boy is discovered in Washington DC’s National Gallery without any memory of who he is, a high-stakes race begins to unravel the greatest mystery of all: his identity. As the stakes continue to rise, the boy must piece together the clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted.

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