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The 2021-2022 Sunshine State Young Reader’s Book titles are out and ready for reading. All students third through fifth grade are invited to read the books from the Sunshine state list, Students who read three or more books may vote on their favorite book title in April 2022. Students who read six or more books will be allowed to vote and will be invited to the Media Center’s Sunshine Party in May. Student’s who read all 15 of the Sunshine list books will receive all of the above and a special award. Below are the list of books:
Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2021-2022 List for Grades 3-5
Amelia Six by Kristin L Gray
Eleven-year-old Amelia (Millie) doesn’t realize just how much adventure awaits her when she’s given the opportunity of a lifetime: to spend the night in Amelia Earhart’s childhood home with five other girls. Once at Amelia’s house in Atchison, Kansas, Millie stumbles upon a display of Amelia’s famous flight goggles. But her luck changes quickly when the goggles disappear, and Millie was the last to see them. It’s up to the Amelia Six to find the culprit and return the goggles to their rightful place.
Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, most of the students don’t look like Donte. They don’t like him either. When an incident leads to his arrest and suspension, he knows the only way to get even is to beat the king of the school at his own game: fencing. Donte embarks on a journey to carve out a spot on Middlefield Prep’s fencing team and maybe learn something about himself along the way.
Charlie & Frog by Karen Kane
Charlie heads into the village where an old woman gives him a desperate message in sign language, then suddenly disappears. All Francine (aka Frog) wants is to be the world’s greatest detective. Frog, who is Deaf, would jumps at the chance to tackle a real-life case. Together, Charlie and Frog set out to decipher a series of clues and uncover the truth behind the missing woman’s mysterious message.
The Disaster Days by Rebecca Behrens
Hannah loves living on a tiny island. It’s a little disconnected from the outside world, but she’s always felt completely safe there. Which is why when she’s asked one day to babysit after school, she thinks it’s no big deal. Then the shaking begins. The terrifying earthquake only lasts four minutes but it changes everything, damaging the house, knocking out the power, and making cell service nonexistent. Hannah and the youngsters are stranded and alone with Hannah in charge, as things go from bad to dangerous.
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough
Sutton is having robot problems. She must have gotten something wrong in the coding. Luis spends his days writing thrilling stories about brave kids, but there’s only so much inspiration you can find when you’re stuck inside all day—allergic and afraid. Sutton and Luis couldn’t be more different from each other. Except now that their parents are dating, these two have to find some common ground. Will they be able to navigate their way through life?
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
What does a girl say to the father she’s never met and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime? A crime he says he never committed. Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. With bakery confections on one part of her mind, and her father on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.
Following Baxter by Barbara Kerley
Jordie has been waiting forever for someone to move in next door, so she is thrilled when Professor Reece arrives: she has a laboratory in her basement and an extraordinary dog named Baxter—who seems to understand everything Jordie says. She begins walking Baxter and helping Professor Reese in the lab. But being lab assistant ends up being more than Jordie bargained for and leads her to an unexpected secret. When Professor Reece goes missing, it is up to Jordie to use her smarts and Baxter’s magical powers to find her. Will they be able to save Professor Reece before it’s too late?
The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton
Butterbean knew she wasn’t always a good dog. Then her owner, Mrs. Food, fell in the hallway. Now Butterbean and her fellow pets (Oscar the mynah bird, Walt the cat, and rats Marco and Polo),have to come up with a plan to support themselves. When they discover a mysterious man in their building who seems to have lots of loot, they plan a heist. Can these animal friends pull off the heist of the century?
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley
When JJ’s mom accepts an invitation to a weekend getaway at the Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. When he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary. Now he must track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.
How to Test a Friendship by Theanne Griffith
Violet and Pablo are best friends who love science! So when they discover a riddle that opens a magic portal in the Science Space at school, they can’t wait to check it out! Along with their new classmate, Deepak, the friends discover a magical makerspace called the Maker Maze. It’s a laboratory full of robots, 3D printers, an antigravity chamber, and more. Doors line the walls of the makerspace, with a new science adventure waiting behind each one.
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds
Rex Dexter is itching to have a dog but ends up with a pet chicken. One hour and fourteen minutes later, the chicken is dead, Rex is cursed, and wild animal ghosts are haunting Rex’s room. Rex’s uninvited ghostly guests are a chatty, messy bunch. And they need Rex to solve their mysterious deadly departures from the Middling Falls Zoo before it happens again. But how?
The Newspaper Club by Beth Vrabel
There are rumors of vandalism and attacks at the only park in town. Something is happening at the park, but what? All of the fake online news and rumors are clouding the truth. Nellie wants to break the story — and break free from the front yard — but she can’t do it alone. She needs a whole club if she’s going to start the Cub Report, the town’s first independent newspaper. Creating a newspaper from scratch is going to be tough; but for Nellie, making friends is even harder.
Roll With It by Jamie Sumner
Ellie’s a girl who tells it like it is. That surprises some people, who see a kid in a wheelchair and think she’s going to be all sunshine and cuddles. The thing is, Ellie has big dreams: one day she’s going to be a professional baker. But when Ellie and her mom move so they can help take care of her grandpa, Ellie has to start all over again in a new town at a new school. Except she’s not just the new kid—she’s the new kid in the wheelchair who lives in the trailer park on the wrong side of town.
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas
Nestor doesn’t want anyone find out his deepest secret: that he can talk to animals. But when the animals in his new town start disappearing, Nestor’s grandmother becomes the prime suspect. Nestor learns that they are being seized by a tule vieja—a witch who can absorb an animal’s powers by biting it during a solar eclipse. And the next eclipse is just around the corner…Now it’s up to Nestor’s extraordinary ability and his new friends to catch the tule vieja—and save a place he might just call home.
Wish Upon a Sleepover by Suzanne Selfors
Leilani is planning to host the best sleepover in the history of the world. But her grandmother accidentally sends the invitations to the “do NOT invite” list and now Leilani is stuck hosting a group of kids she can’t stand. This is sure to be the worst sleepover in the history of the world. Or…maybe the unexpected will happen.