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Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award

Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award. Grades 6-8. Airborn.

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Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award

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  1. Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Grades 6-8

  2. Airborn In this imaginative Victorian-era fantasy, Matt, a fifteen-year-old cabin boy, and Kate, a wealthy young girl, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface. ByKenneth Oppel

  3. Al Capone Does My Shirts In 1935 twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family move to Alcatraz Island where his father is a prison guard. Moose must help take care of his severely autistic older sister and must deal with the warden’s spoiled, demanding daughter, who likes to get him into trouble. ByGennifer Choldenko

  4. Becoming Naomi Leόn Half-Mexican Naomi is happy living with her younger disabled brother Owen and their tough, loving great-grandmother until her alcoholic mother reappears after seven years absence. Naomi tells how she is compelled to go to Mexico to search for her father and come to an understanding of her cultural roots. ByPam Muñoz Ryan

  5. Bird Thirteen-year-old Bird follows her stepfather to Alabama in hopes of convincing him to come home to Cleveland. While hiding near his sister’s farmhouse she becomes entwined in the lives of two boys, Ethan and Jay. This story is told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Bird, Ethan, and Jay. ByAngela Johnson

  6. Dragon Rider This charming fantasy is about Firedrake, a young silver dragon who has lived peacefully in an isolated Scottish valley, until he learns that humans are planning to take over the valley. Firedrake and Sorrel, a brownie, set out to find the Rim of Heaven, the home of silver dragons. ByCornelia Funke

  7. Escape from SaigonHow a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy This unforgettable true account tells the story of Long, an Amerasian boy who survives war-torn Vietnam and escapes to America to become the member of a loving Ohio family. ByAndrea Warren

  8. Journey to the Bottomless PitThe Story of Stephen Bishop & Mammoth Cave This fictional story is based on accounts of a seventeen-year-old Kentucky slave who was a tour guide in Mammoth Cave. Bishop’s accomplishments were extraordinary: he learned to read and write, studied geology, discovered an underground river and walked across the Bottomless Pit. ByElizabeth Mitchell

  9. never mind!A Twin Novel Seventh-grade twins Edward and Meg, who are as different as day from night, tell this funny story in alternating chapters. Meg wants to fit in with the popular girls at her elite school, so she says that her puny underachieving brother is in a rock band. The result is an absurd comedy of errors. ByAvi & Rachel Vail

  10. The Sea of Trolls In this fantasy set early medieval England, young Jack and his little sister are kidnapped by rampaging Northmen. Magic, history, mythology and non-stop adventure combine to make this an exciting book. By Nancy Farmer

  11. So B. It After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi tells how she embarks on a risky cross-country quest from Reno to New York to find answers about her mother’s past. BySarah Weeks

  12. The Tarantula Scientist This non-fiction book follows Sam Marshall, spider scientist extraordinaire as he explores the dense rainforest of French Guiana to get a closer look at tarantulas. Spectacular photographs illustrate this fascinating account. BySy Montgomery

  13. The Teacher’s FuneralA Comedy in Three Parts In this comedy set in 1904 rural Indiana, fifteen-year-old Russell’s dreams of quitting school and joining a threshing crew are disrupted when the mean old teacher dies and Russell’s older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse. ByRichard Peck

  14. technically, IT’S NOT MY FAULT This is a unique, memorable collection of hilarious concrete poems written in the voice of Robert, a middle-school boy who muses over pizza, homework and his annoying sister among other things. ByJohn Grandits

  15. THE TRUTH ABOUTSparrows Twelve-year-old Sadie promises that she will always be Wilma’s best friend when their families leave drought-stricken Missouri in 1933. But when she arrives in Texas, she realizes that she must try to make a new home and new friends. ByMarian Hale

  16. The Young Man and the Sea After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a huge bluefin tuna. ByRodman Philbrick

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