Voice of Youth Award Books 2001-2002
5th and 6th grades

Natalie Babbitt.  Tuck Everlasting.
In the woods near her home, Winnie Foster stumbles upon a magic spring and the Tuck family that drank from it. The water from the spring gives eternal life. Winnie and a stranger who follows her think this is a blessing, but is it really?
Jane Leslie Conly.  Crazy Lady.
Vernon and his friends agitate and make fun of the neighborhood alcoholic and her retarded son, to pass their time on bored afternoons. Then Vernon starts to get to know them. He doesn't know exactly what he is getting into when he befriends the "Crazy Lady."
Susan Cooper.  The Boggart.
A boggart is an invisible and mischievous spirit with a fondness for practical jokes. Emily brings one back to her home in Canada after visiting the family castle in Scotland. The "Boggart" is not happy to find himself on the other side of the ocean.
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Christopher Paul Curtis.  The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963.
Meet the weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan: Kenny, Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron. Join them and all of their follies on an adventurous car trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
Louise Fitzhugh.  Harriet the Spy.
Harriet is the world's most famous sixth-grade spy who is determined to grow up to be a famous author. Harriet has a spy route where she innocently piles up notes of her friends and neighbors. When Harriet's friends find her spy notebook and read it out loud, her life is turned upside down. 
Paul Fleischman.  Joyful Noise.
Flickering, flitting, flashing fireflies and lying, dying mayflies are just two of the buggy voices in this book. Others include a lovelorn moth yearning for a light bulb and a book lice who has to overcome taste. Come enter into this wonderful world of insects.
Dan Gutman.  The Kid Who Ran for President.
Judson Moon is running for President of the United States. Is this just another of his usual pranks, or is he for real? With his friend as campaign manager and his former babysitter as running mate, he is sure that he will win.
Peg Kehret.  Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio.
Peg could talk, open and close her eyes, turn her head from side to side on a pillow, but otherwise could not move at all. Each time the doctor asked her to move a part of her body and she couldn't do it, her terror increased.
E.L. Konigsburg.  From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Claudia wants to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation, so she is running away. She plans to live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just long enough to get her parents' attention. But when she discovers a beautiful statue, she cannot go home until she finds out who sculpted the figure.
Roland Smith.  Sasquatch.
Dylan's weird father is going on a Sasquatch expedition and Dylan decides to secretly trail him. They are on the slopes of Mount St. Helens, which is on the brink of an eruption. Life gets a bit dangerous for both Dylan and his father in this great adventure story.