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Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2018—2019

The purpose of the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards is to promote reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to promote teacher and librarian involvement in children’s literature, and to honor authors whose work has been recognized by the children of Pennsylvania.

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      Far from the Tree

      by Robin Benway

      Mar 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      2018—2019 Young Adult Final Nominee
      In this National Book Award-winning novel about the meaning of family, adopted teen Grace seeks out her biological siblings after giving up her own baby.

      A Short History of the Girl Next Door

      by Jared Reck

      Feb 2018

      Sports High

      2018—2019 Young Adult Final Nominee
      From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

      How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild

      by Katherine Roy

      Dec 2017

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      2018—2019 Grades 3-6 Final Nominee
      This nonfiction picture book follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth. Author's note. Selected sources. Further reading and resources. Full-color map and illustrations.

      Princess Cora and the Crocodile

      by Laura Amy Schlitz

      Jul 2017

      Independent Readers

      2018—2019 Kindergarten-3rd Grade Final Nominee
      A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Medalist join forces to give an overscheduled princess a day off—and a deliciously wicked crocodile a day on. Full-color illustrations done in ink, watercolor, and gouache.

      Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom

      by Suzi Eszterhas

      Jul 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      2018—2019 Grades 3-6 Final Nominee
      Moto and Me tells the remarkable firsthand story of wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas's care for an orphaned baby serval—a small, spotted wildcat—in Kenya. Further information about servals. Full-color photographs and map.

      Orphan Train Girl: The Young Readers’ Edition

      by Christina Baker Kline

      Jul 2017

      Advanced Readers

      2018—2019 Grades 6-8 Final Nominee
      Follow the story of a young girl in foster care who forms an unlikely bond with a ninety-one-year old orphan-train rider. Historical note. Black-and-white period photographs and advertisement.

      When Dimple Met Rishi

      by Sandhya Menon

      Jul 2017

      Young Adults

      2018—2019 Young Adult Final Nominee
      This is a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
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