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Browsing: New Books by Young People's Past Winners 2011 - 2017

January, 2018

It is always fun to investigate what our past winners have been up to. Our Young People's Literature Winners have been busy writing new books. Here is a list of newer books from winners from 2011 - 2017, since their FAW award.


Kate Hoefler - Great Big Things (HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct 2017), 4 - 7 years

"Chronicling the quiet heroism of one small mouse on an arduous journey to bring another mouse the smallest of gifts, GREAT BIG THINGS serves as a sweet reminder that it's not our size, but what we're doing in this world that makes us small or big."


David Arnold - Kids of Appetite (Viking Books for Young Readers, Sep 2016), teen

"Another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss."

Aimee Bissonette - Miss Colfax's Light (Sleeping Bear Press, Mar 2016), 6 - 9 years

"A true story of Harriet Colfax, lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City lighthouse off Lake Michigan for 43 years, focuses on Harriet's commitment and determination to fulfilling her charge and living life on her own terms. Excerpts from her actual log are included."


Eleanor Glewwe - Wildings (Viking Books for Young Readers, Nov 2016), 10 - 13 years

"A captivating fantasy about the bond between twins, and the power of children to stand up for what's right."


Pat Zietlow Miller - Wherever You Go (Little, Brown for Young Readers, Apr 2015), 5-6 years

"Join an adventurous rabbit and his animal friends as they journey over steep mountain peaks, through bustling cityscapes, and down long, winding roads to discover the magical worlds that await them just outside their doors."

Pat Zietlow Miller - Sharing The Bread (Schwartz & Wade, Sep 2015) 4 - 8 years

"Celebrate food and family with this heartwarming Thanksgiving picture book."

Pat Zietlow Miller - Sophie's Squash Go To School (Schwartz & Wade, Jun 2016) 3 - 7 years

"This charming sequel to the beloved Sophie's Squash is the perfect antidote to the back-to-school jitters. Here's a gently humorous read-aloud that proves that making friends, just like growing squash, takes time."

Pat Zietlow Miller - The Quickest Kid in Clarksville (Chronicle Books, Feb 2016) 5 - 8 years

" The Quickest Kid in Clarksville is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship."

Pat Zietlow Miller - Wide-Awake Bear (HarperCollins, Jan 2, 2018) 4 - 8 years

"The adorable, relatable bedtime story of a baby bear who can't fall asleep."


W.H. Beck - Malcolm Under the Stars(HMH Books for Young Readers, Aug 2015), 7 - 10 years

"When a rare coin and a strange code are uncovered in the school, Malcolm and the Academy have another mystery on their paws. To find answers, Malcolm ventures into the dangerous outside world full of shady characters, new friends, and old enemies."

W.H. Beck - Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights (HMH Books for Young Readers, Dec 2015), 4 - 7 years, non-fiction

"In this fun and fascinating nonfiction picture book, join world-renowned photographers and biologists on their close encounters with the curious creatures that make their own light."

Lutricia Clifton - Immortal Max (Holiday House, Mar 2014), 8 - 12 years

"A boy's dream of owning a purebred dog brings unexpected rewards to his family, his friends, and his changing neighborhood."

Lutricia Clifton - Seeking Cassandra (Holiday House, Apr 2016), 9 - 12 years

"A family divorce sends twelve-year-old Cassie to live with her dad in his Winnebago in Palo Duro Canyon State Park for the summer. The kids she meets are different and don't fit her image of "cool". She discovers some important truths about herself and making judgements about other people."


Brynne Barnes - Books Do Not Have Wings (Sleeping Bear Press, Sep 2016), 5 - 8 years

"This whimsical, rhyming tale whirls readers through all the fantastic things that can be found between the pages of a book."

Delia Ray - Finding Fortune (Farrar, Straus and Girouz, Nov 2015) 10 - 12 years

"Twelve-year-old Ren, discontent, lonely for her dad away in the military, angry with her mom for getting on with her life, decides to run away and have her own adventure."


Rebecca Barnhouse - Peaceweaver (Random House Books for Young Readers, Mar 2012), grades 6 - 9

"This a wonderful historical fantasy about a young girl trying to find where she fits against insurrmoutable odds. Companion to The Coming of the Dragon."

Marianne Malone - Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012), 8 - 12 years

"Fans of magic, mystery, and adventure will love this rollicking sequel to Marianne Malone's The Sixty-Eight Rooms."

Kat Falls - Rip Tide (Scholastic Press, 2011), grade 6 - 10

"Return to the subsea frontier with Ty and Gemma! The mysteries of the deep are deadlier than ever. Treachery leads the two teenagers to the underwater underworld...and into an alliance with the outlaws of the Seablite Gang to solve subsea troubles. But one mystery soon leads to another."

Kat Falls - Inhuman (Scholastic Press, 2013), grade 7 - 9

"In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father's life is forfeit."