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2013-2014 Volunteer State Book Award Nominees. Intermediate Division Grades 3-5. The Danger Box by Blue Balliett.

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    1. 2013-2014 Volunteer State Book Award Nominees Intermediate Division Grades 3-5

    2. The Danger Box by Blue Balliett • Zoomy and his new friend Lorrol investigate the journal found inside a mysterious box and find family secrets and a more valuable treasure. Meanwhile, a dangerous stranger watches and waits.

    3. Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach • Simon, Henry, and Jack Barker decide to ignore their parents' warning to stay away from Superstition Mountain in order to search for their missing cat Josie, but they begin to see the wisdom of their mom and dad's advice when they find three human skulls.

    4. Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron • Called a troublemaker by his human family, a reflective dog defends himself and then relates the family's adoption of a snobbish but incompetent cat who gives him a new way of looking at his world.

    5. Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conkling • At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona, while Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia's family leases their California farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation

    6. The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright • A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

    7. R my name is Rachel by Patricia Reilly Giff • Three city siblings, now living on a farm during the Great Depression, must survive on their own when their father takes a construction job miles away.

    8. Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord • When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their island's one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, Tess and her family take in a trumpet-playing foster child to increase the school's population

    9. The Batboyby Mike Lupica • Even though his mother feels baseball ruined her marriage to his father, she allows fourteen-year-old Brian to become a bat boy for the Detroit Tigers, who have just signed his favorite player back onto the team.

    10. Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan • In the absence of their father, a brother and sister adopt four dogs and a cat in an attempt to save their family.

    11. The Sixty-eight Rooms by Marianne Malone • An adventure about the Thorne Rooms, sixty-eight miniature rooms made by Mrs. James Ward Thorne in the 1930s and a magic key that allows a person to shrink down small enough to explore the rooms' secrets.

    12. Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury • While working on a science fair project, a Philadelphia school boy discovers both a secret laboratory in his basement and Benjamin Franklin, who comes to life after receiving a jolt of electricity

    13. Eliza's Freedom Road by Jerdine Nolen. • A twelve-year-old slave girl begins writing in a journal where she documents her journey via the Underground Railroad from Alexandria, Virginia to freedom in St. Catharines, Canada.

    14. Hauntings and Heists by Dan Poblocki • Four kids gather at Moon Hollow to try and solve puzzles and mysteries about haunted houses and daring heists in six clues or less.

    15. Hooper Finds a Family by Jane Paley. • A lovable yellow Lab named Hooper is rescued from Hurricane Katrina and makes the long journey from New Orleans to his new family in New York City, where he ultimately finds belonging and a sense of home.

    16. Abby Carnelia's One & Only Magical Power by David Pogue. • Abby discovers that she has a completely useless magical power. She finds then herself at a magic camp where her hope of finding others like herself is realized, but when a select group is taken to a different camp, a sinister plot comes to light.

    17. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang. • Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit and Lucy will have to share a room with her for several months, shattering her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year.

    18. Mirror Mirrorby Marilyn Singer • A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.

    19. Pieby Sarah Weeks • Alice's Aunt Polly passes away and entrusts the recipe for her world-famous pie crust to her cat, which she leaves in Alice's care, and as everyone, including Alice, tries to discover the secret ingredients, Alice learns some important lessons about faith, love, and family.

    20. On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells • Oscar’s father must sell their home and vast model train set-up to look for work in California. Oscar is left with his dour aunt and is suddenly catapulted onto a train that takes him to a different time and place.

    21. President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston • To gain leadership skills needed to run a cupcake-baking empire when she grows up, Brianna runs for president of the fifth grade--expecting little competition--until a new girl enters the race.