Each year the William Allen White Children’s Book Awards Committee creates a Master List of titles, chosen from books published during the previous year. Since 2000, there have been two Master Lists, one for 3rd to 5th Grade and one for 6th to 8th Grade.

2009-2010 Master List: Grades 3-5 3rd - 5th Grade Bookmark
2009-2010 Master List: Grades 6-8 6th - 8th Grade Bookmark

Past Master Lists

 

 


Master List: Grades 3-5

Applegate, Katherine. Home of the brave . New York, Feiwel and Friends, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780312367657 (hardcover) 0312367651 (hardcover)

Paperback: No

Other formats:

  • CD: Random House/Listening Library: ISBN: 9780739362167 073936216X
  • Electronic Audio Book: Listening Library: ISBN: 9780739362174 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book) 0739362178 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book)
  • Electronic Audio Book: Listening Library ; [Boulder, Colo. : Made available electronically by] NetLibrary: ISBN: 9780739362174 (electronic audio bk.) 0739362178 (electronic audio bk.)

Subject areas: Immigrants – Juvenile fiction; African-Americans – Juvenile fiction; Schools – Juvenile fiction; Cows – Juvenile fiction; Hope – Juvenile fiction; Minneapolis (Minn) – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in this fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

 

Blume, Lesley M. M. The rising star of Rusty Nail. New York , Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780375835247 (trade bdg.) 0375835245 (trade bdg.) 9780375935244 (lib. bdg.) 037593524X (lib. bdg.)

Paperback: Yes

Other formats:

  • No

Subject areas: Piano – Juvenile fiction; Musicians – Juvenile fiction; Russian Americans – Juvenile fiction; Country life – Minnesota – Juvenile fiction; Minnesota – History – 20 th Century – Juvenile fiction; Communism – U. S. – History – 20 th Century – Juvenile fiction; Communism – Minnesota – History – 20 th Century – Juvenile fiction; Cold War – Social aspects – U. S. – Juvenile fiction; Cold War – Social aspects – Minnesota – Juvenile fiction; Cold War – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: In the small town of Rusty Nail, Minnesota, in the early 1950s, musically talented ten-year-old Franny wants to take advanced piano lessons from newcomer Olga Malenkov, a famous Russian musician suspected of being a communist spy by gossipy members of the community.

   

Duble, Kathleen Benner. Bravo Zulu, Samantha. Atlanta, Peachtree, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: ISBN: 9781561454013 (hc.) 156145401X (hc.)

Paperback: No

Other formats:

  • No

Subject areas: Grandfathers – Juvenile fiction; Airplanes, Home-built – Juvenile fiction; Contests – Juvenile fiction; Flight – Juvenile fiction; Family – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: Decidedly unenthusiastic about spending part of her summer vacation with her grandparents, twelve-year-old Samantha is particularly upset by her prickly grandfather's secretive behavior and decides to find out what he is hiding.

 

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Dexter the tough. New York, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 1416911596 9781416911593

Paperback ISBN: 9781416911708 (pbk.) 1416911707 (pbk.) Aladdin Paperbacks

Other formats:

  • No

Subject areas: Friendship – Juvenile fiction; Authorship – Juvenile fiction; Schools – Juvenile fiction; Bullying in schools – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: A sympathetic teacher and her writing assignment help fourth-grader Dexter deal with being the new kid in school after he punches a kid on the first day.

 

Judge, Lita. One thousand tracings; healing the wounds of World War II. New York , Hyperion Books for Children, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9781423100089 1423100085

Paperback:

  • No

Other formats:

  • No

Subject areas: World War, 1939-1945 – Civilian relief; World War, 1939-1945 – Refugees; Generosity; Refugees

Synopsis: The author describes her family's efforts to help their friends and others who were left homeless and hungry in the aftermath of World War II.

   

McKissack, Patricia C. A friendship for today. New York, Scholastic Press, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780439660983 043966098X

Paperback ISBN: 0545065631 9780545065634

Other formats:

  • CD: Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

Subject areas: School integration – Juvenile fiction; Racism – Juvenile fiction; Race relations – Juvenile fiction; Divorce – Juvenile fiction; African-Americans – Juvenile fiction; Friendship – Juvenile fiction; Missouri – History – 20 th Century – Juvenile fiction; Poliomyelitis – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: In 1954, when desegregation comes to Kirkland, Missouri, ten-year-old Rosemary faces many changes and challenges at school and at home as her parents separate.

 

O'Connor, Barbara. How to steal a dog. New York, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780374334970 0374334978

Paperback: No

Other formats:

  • CD: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Subject areas: Homeless persons – Juvenile fiction; Family problems – Juvenile fiction; Conduct of life – Juvenile fiction; Interpersonal relations – Juvenile fiction ; Brothers and sisters – Juvenile fiction; Dogs – Juvenile fiction; North Carolina – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.

Ransom, Candice. Seeing sky-blue pink. Minneapolis, MN, Carolrhoda Books, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780822571421 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper) 0822571420 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper) 9781428763838 (BWI bdg.) 142876383X (BWI bdg.)

Paperback:

  • No

Other formats:

  • Electronic Audio Book: Carolrhoda Books: ISBN: 9781580136266 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader) 1580136265 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)

Subject areas: Stepfathers – Juvenile fiction; Remarriage – Juvenile fiction; Moving, Household – Juvenile fiction; Fear – Juvenile fiction; Country life – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: Although fearful at first, eight-year-old Maddie soon begins to enjoy living in the country and getting to know her new stepfather.

 

White, Ruth. Way down deep. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780374382513 0374382514 9781428739284 (BWI bdg.) 1428739289 (BWI bdg.)

Paperback:

  • No

Other formats:

  • Braille
  • CD: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
  • Large Print: Thorndike Press: ISBN: 9780786298679 (large print : hbk. : alk. paper) 0786298677 (large print : hbk. : alk. paper)

Subject areas: Foundlings – Juvenile fiction; Community life – Juvenile fiction; Identity – Juvenile fiction; Orphans – Juvenile fiction; West Virginia – History – 1951- -- Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: In the West Virginia town of Way Down Deep in the 1950s, a foundling called Ruby June is happily living with Miss Arbutus at the local boarding house when suddenly, after the arrival of a family of outsiders, the mystery of Ruby's past begins to unravel.

Master List: Grades 6-8

Avi. Iron thunder; the battle between the Monitor & the Merrimac: a Civil War Novel. New York, Hyperion Books for Children, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9781423104469 1423104463

Paperback:

  • No

Other formats:

  • CD: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Subject areas: Hampton Roads, Battle of, VA., 1862 – Juvenile fiction; Armored vessels – Juvenile fiction; Monitor (Ironclad) – Juvenile fiction; Merrimack (Frigate) – Juvenile fiction; United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: Tom's job as an assistant to Captain John Ericsson, the inventor of the Monitor, makes him a target of Confederate spies.

 

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. Leap of faith. New York, Dial Books for Young Readers, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780803731271 (trade bdg.) 0803731272 (trade bdg.) 9781428747807 (BWI bdg.) 142874780X (BWI bdg.)

Paperback:

  • No

Other formats:

  • No

Subject areas: Catholic schools – Juvenile fiction; Schools – Juvenile fiction; Behavior – Juvenile fiction; Bullying – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: Forced to attend a Catholic middle school because of her conduct, Abigail discovers a talent for theater and develops a true religious faith.

 

Buller, Beverley Olson. From Emporia; the story of William Allen White. Kansas City, MO, Kansas City Star Books, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: ISBN: 9781933466460 1933466464

Paperback:

  • Yes

Other formats:

Subject areas: White, William Allen, 1868-1944; Journalists – United States – 20 th Century; Emporia (Kan) – History; Emporia gazette (Emporia, Kan)

Synopsis: Biography of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner William Allen White.

 

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. New York, Scholastic Press, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780439023443 (trade bdg.) 0439023440 (trade bdg.) 0439023459 (alk. paper) 9780439023450 (alk. paper)

Paperback ISBN: 9780439023450 0439023459

Other formats:

  • CD: Random House/Listening Library: ISBN: 9780739367193 0739367196 9780739364154 0739364154
  • CD: Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
  • Electronic Audio Book: Listening Library ; [Boulder, Colo. : Made available electronically by] NetLibrary, ; ISBN: 9780739364161 (electronic audio bk.) 0739364162 (electronic audio bk.)
  • Electronic Audio Book: Listening Library: ISBN: 9780739364161 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book) 0739364162 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book)
  • Electronic Audio Book: Playaway Digital Audio : [Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, LLC, ; ISBN: 9780739370957 0739370952
  • Large Print: Thorndike Press, ; ISBN: 9781410405807 (hardcover : alk. paper) 141040580X (hardcover : alk. paper)

Subject areas: Freedom – Juvenile fiction; Slavery – Juvenile fiction; Blacks – Canada – Juvenile fiction; North Buxton (Ont) – Juvenile fiction; Canada – Juvenile fiction; Underground railroad – Juvenile fiction; Fugitive slaves – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who stole money to be used to buy a family's freedom.

 

Kadohata, Cynthia. Cracker! The best dog in Viet Nam. New York, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 1416906371 (hardcover) 9781416906377 (hardcover)

Paperback ISBN: Aladdin Paperbacks 9781416906384 141690638X

Other formats:

  • CD: Listening Library: ISBN: 9780739338889 0739338889
  • CD: Random House/Listening Library: ISBN: 9780739348567 0739348566
  • CD: Recording for Blind and Dyslexic
  • Electronic Audio Book: Listening Library ; [Boulder, Colo] : Made available electronically by] NetLibrary, ; ISBN: 0739354957 (electronic audio bk.) 9780739354957
  • Electronic Audio Book: Listening Library: ISBN: 9780739354957 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book) 0739354957 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book)

Subject areas: German shepherd dog – War use – Juvenile fiction; Dogs – War use – Juvenile fiction; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 – Juvenile fiction; Human-animal relationships – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.

 

Korman, Gordon. Schooled. New York, Hyperion Books for Children, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: Scholastic Canada, ; ISBN: 9780545999908 (bound) 0545999901 (bound) 9780545994583 (paper over board) 0545994586 (paper over board)

Paperback ISBN:

  • Scholastic Canada: ISBN: 9780545993210 (pbk.) 0545993210 (pbk.)
  • Scholastic, ; ISBN: 9780545102346 (pbk.) 0545102340 (pbk.)

Other formats:

  • CD: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781428171916 1428171916
  • Cassette: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781428171862 142817186X
  • Class set: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781428171930 (class set) 1428171932 (class set) 10 books and 4 CDs
  • Class set: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781428171893 (class set) 1428171894 (class set) 10 books and 4 cassettes
  • Electronic Audio Book: Playaway Digital Audio ; Prince Frederick, MD : [distributed exclusively by] Recorded Books, LLC : [manufactured by] Findaway World, LLC, ; ISBN: 9781436115506 1436115507
  • Kit: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781428171923 (kit) 1428171924 (kit) book and 4 CDs
  • Kit: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781428171886 (kit) 1428171886 (kit) book and 4 cassettes

Subject areas: Middle school students – Juvenile fiction; Home schooling – Juvenile fiction; Hippies – Juvenile fiction; Zen Buddhism – Juvenile fiction; Leadership in children – Juvenile fiction; United States – History, 1961-1969 – Juvenile fiction; Student government – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.

 

Miller, Sarah. Miss Spitfire; reaching Helen Keller. New York, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9781416925422 (hc.) 1416925422 (hc.) 9781428747586 (BWI bdg.) 1428747583 (BWI bdg.)

Paperback:

  • No

Other formats:

  • Braille
  • CD: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436113205 1436113202
  • Cassettes: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436113182 1436113180
  • Class Set: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436114554 (class set) 1436114551 (class set) 10 books and 6 CDs
  • Class Set: Recorded Books: ; ISBN: 9781436114523 (class set) 1436114527 (class set) 10 books and 6 cassettes
  • Electronic Audio Book: Playaway Digital Audio ; Prince Frederick, MD : [distributed exclusively by] Recorded Books, LLC : [manufactured by] Findaway World, LLC, ; ISBN: 9781436135276 1436135273
  • Kit: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436114547 (kit) 1436114543 (kit) book and 6 CDs
  • Kit: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436114516 (kit) 1436114519 (kit) book and 6 cassettes

 

Subject areas: Sullivan, Annie, 1866-1936 – Juvenile fiction; Keller, Helen, 1880-1968 – Juvenile fiction; Blind – Juvenile fiction; Deaf – Juvenile fiction; Teachers – Juvenile fiction; People with disabilities – Juvenile fiction; Alabama – History – 1819-1950 – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: At age twenty-one, partially-blind, lonely but spirited Annie Sullivan travels from Massachusetts to Alabama to try and teach six-year-old Helen Keller, deaf and blind since age two, self-discipline and communication skills. Includes historical notes and timeline.

 

Porter, Tracey. Billy Creekmore. New York, Joanna Cotler Books, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780060775711 (lib. bdg.) 0060775718 (lib. bdg.) 9780060775704 (trade bdg.) 006077570X (trade bdg.)

Paperback ISBN: Harper Trophy: 9780060775728 0060775726

Other formats:

  • CD: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115964 1436115965
  • Cassette: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115919 1436115914
  • Class Set: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115988 (class set) 1436115981 (class set) 10 books and 6 CDs
  • Class Set: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115940 (class set) 1436115949 (class set) 10 books and 6 cassettes
  • Kit: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115971 (kit) 1436115973 (kit) book and 6 CDs
  • Kit: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115933 (kit) 1436115930 (kit) book and 6 cassettes

Subject areas: Self-reliance – Juvenile fiction; Orphanages – Juvenile fiction; Coal mines and mining – Juvenile fiction; Circus – Juvenile fiction; West Virginia – History – to 1950 – Juvenile fiction; Child labor – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: In 1905, ten-year-old Billy is taken from an orphanage to live with an aunt and an uncle of whose existence he was previously unaware. He enjoys his first taste of family life until his work in a coal mine and his involvement with a union bring trouble. He then joins a circus in hopes of finding his father.

 

Salisbury, Graham. Night of the howling dogs. New York, Wendy Lamb Books, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780385731225 0385731221 9780385901468 0385901461

Paperback:

  • No

Other formats:

  • CD: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115865 1436115868
  • Cassette: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115810 1436115817
  • Class Set: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115889 (class set) 1436115884 (class set) 10 books and 5 CDs
  • Class Set: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115841 (class set) 1436115841 (class set) 10 books and 5 cassettes
  • Electronic Audio Book: Playaway Digital Audio ; Prince Frederick, MD : [distributed exclusively by] Recorded Books, LLC : [manufactured by] Findaway World, LLC, ; ISBN: 9781436148870 1436148871
  • Electronic Audio Book: Recorded Books ; [Boulder, Colo. : Made available electronically by] NetLibrary, ; ISBN: 9781435645899 (electronic audio bk.) 1435645898 (electronic audio bk.)
  • Electronic Audio Book: Wendy Lamb Books: ISBN: 9780375890871 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader) 0375890874 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
  • Electronic Audio Book: Wendy Lamb Books: ISBN: 9780375890871 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader) 0375890874 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)
  • Kit: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115872 (kit) 1436115876 (kit) book and 5 CDs
  • Kit: Recorded Books: ISBN: 9781436115834 (kit) 1436115833 (kit) book and 5 cassettes

 

Subject areas: Earthquakes – Hawaii – Juvenile fiction; Tsunamis – Juvenile fiction; Survival – Juvenile fiction; Boy Scouts of America – Juvenile fiction; Camping – Juvenile fiction; Interpersonal relations – Juvenile fiction; Hawaii – History – 20 th Century – Juvenile fiction; Hawaiian mythology – Juvenile fiction; Hawaii – Religion – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: In 1975, eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends camping at Halape, Hawaii, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami.

 

Smith, Roland. Elephant run. New York, Hyperion Books for Children, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 1423104021 (reinforced) : 9781423104025 (reinforced)

Paperback:

  • No

Other formats:

  • No

Subject areas: World War, 1939-1945 – Burma – Juvenile fiction; Elephants – Burma – Juvenile fiction; Working elephants – Juvenile fiction; Burma – Animals in logging – Juvenile fiction; Burma – History, 1824-1948 – Juvenile fiction; Burma – History – Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945 – Juvenile fiction; World War, 1939-1945 – Prisoners and prisons, Japanese – Juvenile fiction; Prisoners of war – Burma – History – 20 th Century – Juvenile fiction; Prisoners of war – Japan – History – 20 th Century – Juvenile fiction

Synopsis: Nick endures servitude, beatings, and more after his British father's plantation in Burma is invaded by the Japanese in 1941, and when his father and others are taken prisoner and Nick is stranded with his friend Mya, they plan a daring escape on elephants, risking their lives to save Nick's father and Mya's brother from a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

 

Wilson, Nathan D. Leepike Ridge. New York, Random House, 2007.

Hardback ISBN: 9780375838736 (trade) 0375838732 (trade) 9780375938733 (lib. bdg.) 0375938737 (lib. bdg.)

Paperback ISBN: 9780375838743 (pbk.) 0375838740 (pbk.)

Other formats:

  • Electronic Audio Book: Yearling: ISBN: 9780375892165 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader) 0375892168 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
  • Electronic Audio Book: Yearling: ISBN: 9780375892165 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader) 0375892168 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)

Subject areas: Missing persons – Juvenile fiction; Caves – Juvenile fiction; Adventure and adventurers – Juvenile fiction; Mothers and sons – Juvenile fiction; Buried treasure – Juvenile fiction

ynopsis: While his widowed mother continues to search for him, eleven-year-old Tom, presumed dead after drifting away down a river, finds himself trapped in a series of underground caves with another survivor and a dog, and pursued by murderous treasure-hunters.