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Caudill Nominees

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander


Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

night gardener

Irish orphans Molly, age fourteen, and Kip, age ten, travel to England to work as servants in an old manor hosue, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

the war that saved my life

As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

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Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

stella by starlight

When the Ku Klux Klan's unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella's segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice.

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Nightbird by Alice Hoffman


Living in a town where fairy tales are real and a monster is rumored to be hiding, young Twig witnesses astounding changes in her efforts to break a witch's curse on her family.

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The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

secret hum of a daisy

After the sudden death of her mother, twelve-year-old Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. Then she discovers clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, one that will help her find her true home.

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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

the fourteenth goldfish

Ellie's scientist grandfather has discoverd a way to reverse aging and consequently has turned into a teenager, which makes for complicated relationships when her grandfather moves in with Ellie and her mother.

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Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

rhyme schemer

This novel in verse follows Kevin's journey from bully to being bullied as he learns about friendship, family, and his talent for poetry.

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The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

compass south

Eel, an orphan, and his best friend Florrie must help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water and not poisonous air when an epidemic sweeps across their London neighborhood in 1854.

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Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt

fish in a tree

Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is dyslexic and doesn't know how to read. Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the troublemaker, and with his help, Ally learns she has nothing to be ashamed of.

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The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

story of owen

In an alternate world in which industrialization has caused many species of carbon-eating dragons to thrive, Owen, a slyer being trained by his famous father and aunt, and Siobahn, his bard, face a dragon infestation near their small town in Canada.

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Masterminds by Gordon Korman


In the too-perfect setting of Serenity, New Mexico, Eli Frieden and twenty-nine other kids discover they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.

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The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine

paper cowboy

In a small town near chicago in 1953, 12-year-old Tommy faces escalating problems at home, but taking over his hospitalized sister's paper route introduces him to neighbors he comes to rely on for help.

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

turning 15 on the road to freedom

Lynda Blackmon Lowery, civil rights activist and the youngest person on the 1956 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, shares her story. The co-authors are Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley.

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Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rain Reign

Struggling with OCD and Asperger's syndrome, Rose shares an inseperable bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, she is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels.

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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan


Decades after a boy is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges while in possession of the same harmonica.

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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin


Decades after a boy is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges while in possession of the same harmonica.

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The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

screaming staircase

Three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

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How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle

How I became a ghost

A Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe's removal from the only land its people had ever known and how their journey to Oklahoma led him to become a ghost.

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A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

A  Time to Dance

This novel in verse tells the story of a girl in India, who excels at Bharatanatyam dance and refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.

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