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Sunshine State Young Readers Award. 2009-2010. About the SSYRA. Grades 3-5 15 fiction books Read at least 3 to vote Vote in April RC tests On special shelf Borrow one at a time for two weeks. The Puzzling World of Winston Breen. Eric Berlin. Winston Breen Pages- 209.

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about the ssyra
About the SSYRA
  • Grades 3-5
  • 15 fiction books
  • Read at least 3 to vote
  • Vote in April
  • RC tests
  • On special shelf
  • Borrow one at a time for two weeks
the puzzling world of winston breen
The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

Eric Berlin

  • Winston Breen
  • Pages- 209

Winston Breen loves to solve puzzles. But when his sister discovers some mysterious strips of wood with words and letters on them, even Winston himself is stumped. Soon everyone is involved in the mystery that just may lead to thousands of dollars! This book is full of puzzles and a great mystery to solve.

middle of somewhere
Middle of Somewhere

J. B. Cheaney

  • Veronica Sparks
  • Pages- 218

Enjoy the sometimes pleasant, sometimes chaotic, but always surprising adventures of Ronnie as she travels across Kansas with her grandfather and ADHD brother. Their investigation of wind power is sure to shake up Ronnie’s life.

the lemonade war
The Lemonade War

Jacqueline Davies

  • Evan
  • Jesse
  • Pages- 173

When brother and sister find out they will be in the same fourth grade class, come fall, they decide to spend the summer in a lemonade stand battle. Each tries to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Don’t miss the tips for running your own lemonade stand.

the fabled fourth graders of aesop elementary school
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

Candace Fleming

This book features fables about a group of fourth graders and their teacher--the globe-trotting, Mayan-ceremonial-robe-wearing Mr. Jupiter. It is full of fun, humor, and crazy kids.

  • Mr. Jupiter
  • pages-
brendan buckley s universe and everything in it
Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in it.

Sundee T.Frazier

  • Brendan Buckley
  • Pages-189

Brendan Buckley uses his scientific problem-solving skills to secretly find out why his mother and grandfather don’t get along. Along the way he develops a love of rocks and minerals and discovers that maybe some mysteries are best left unsolved.

Winner of the Coretta Scott King…John Steptoe new talent award


Igraine the Brave

Cornelia Funke

  • Igraine
  • Pages- 212

Living in a castle and having magician parents is not Igraine’s idea of a great life. She dreams of being a knight. When her parents are turned into pigs and the castle is under attack from a dark rival, it is up to Igraine to save the day.


Margaret Peterson Haddix

  • Jonah
  • Chip
  • Pages- 341

When Jonah and Chip learn they were found as infants on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, they try to solve the mystery of how they got here. They soon realize that this mystery involves time travel and two opposing forces. Where will the mystery lead them and can they survive?


Valerie Hobbs

  • Toby
  • Pages- 116

Toby, a cancer patient, takes a well earned vacation from his cancer treatment. While on vacation he befriends an elderly poet and her cow who teach him some important lessons about living and dying.

emmy and the incredible shrinking rat
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Lynne Jonell

  • Emmy
  • Pages-346

When Emmy’s evil nanny drugs Emmy’s parents with rodent potions, Emmy must save them with a little help from her friends. Anything can happy in this humorous story.

me and the pumpkin queen
Me and the Pumpkin Queen


  • Mildred
  • Pages-181

Aunt Arlene is frustrated because Mildred is not interested in things girls should be. Instead she wants to spend her time growing a pumpkin big enough to win the annual Circleville, Ohio, contest, as her mother dreamed of doing before she died.

year of the dog
Year of the Dog

Grace Lin

  • Pacy
  • Pages- 134

The story of young Pacy who doesn’t seem to have a talent for anything. However, as she prepares to celebrate the Chinese New Year with her family, she vows to follow this year’s suggestion of “finding herself”.

highway cats
Highway Cats

Janet Taylor Lisle

  • Cats
  • Pages- 118

The story of three kittens thrown off the back of a truck, who join a group of feral cats. When the town the cats love is threatened with destruction, it is up to these three orphaned kittens to save the town.


David Lubar

  • Logan
  • Benedict
  • Pages- 96

One day while playing tag in the library, Logan runs into the wrong man. The man, not liking Logan’s apology, punishes Logan by causing him to speak in puns. Can Logan do what he needs to do to get back to normal in time or will he be stuck like this forever?

night of the howling dogs
Night of the Howling Dogs

Graham Salisbury

  • Dylan
  • Louie
  • Pages- 191

When Dylan’s boy scout troop goes camping at Halape, Hawaii, they must put their survival skills to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami. Can Dylan and his enemy, Louie, put their feelings for one another aside and help the group survive?

crooked kind of perfect
Crooked Kind of Perfect

Linda Urban

  • Zoe Elias
  • Pages- 213

Even though Zoe Elias longs to play the piano she settles for learning the organ instead. Can it really be true that learning to play this organ has a positive effect on everything in her life?

you might be on tv
You Might Be on TV!

Kids Talk About the SSYRA Books



There will be one TV show each month for six months, beginning in November. Students from several schools in Leon County will discuss one of the SSYRA books while enjoying pizza or another snack. Those watching at home can call in to the show with their comments.

One student from Springwood School will be chosen each month. He or she must have read the book and written a summary . The summaries are due the week before the show. A different student will be chosen each month. Ms. Oskowis will post a list of the books that will be discussed.