Friday, May 28, 2010

SSYRA Novels Announced for 2010/2011!

I've been reading the middle grade novels on the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award list for the past two years, and I have yet to read a bad book. The librarians who work to select these novels do a fantastic job!

I will be reading and blogging about the following novels beginning late summer:

1. The Seer of Shadows by Avi
2. The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
3. Taken by Edward Bloor
4. Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney
5. Football Hero by Tim Green
6. The Great Wide Sea by M. L. Herlong
7. Do Not Pass Go by Kirkpatrick Hill
8. Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
9. Billy Creekmore by Tracey Porter
10. Lost Time by Susan Mauphin Schmid
11. The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer
12. Changeling by Delia Sherman
13. I. Q. Independence Hall by Roland Smith
14. Mercy on These Teenage Chimps by Gary Soto
15. Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

Have you read any of the books on the list already? If so I'd love to hear your opinion.


  1. I also love how the Sunshine State Awards are not always what you expect. I never fail to find books I've not yet read, not even heard of. And I agree, never a bad book! Good work, Florida librarians and their readers!

  2. What I like most is that the list is so varied. Another good feature is that lots of the books have sequels or are part of a series.

  3. This week I stumbled upon THE MAILBOX at our public library. I'd never heard much buzz about it, but it was on the Sunshine shelf. Wow is about all I can say. At first I kept wondering if it really was a kids' book! The writing is so accomplished, the descriptions so beautiful--I can see it reaching a very large audience. Have you read it?

    Hmmm. Now I think I'll just post this on my own blog, come to think of it. ;)