Voice of Youth Award Books 2003-2004
5th and 6th grades

Andrew Clements. The School Story. 2001.
Zoe decides to act as literary agent for her friend, Natalie, after she reads her great novel. Natalie's mother is an editor for a children's book publisher and the two girls want her to edit it, but to do so without knowing it's her daughter's book. They give Natalie a pen name and get a couple of grown-ups to help with the masquerade.
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Deborah Ellis. The Breadwinner. 2001.
Parvana lives in Afghanistan during the time the Taliban has taken over. Women are confined to the home and girls can't go to school. When Parvana's father is imprisoned, she becomes the breadwinner for the family, doing whatever is necessary to survive.
Michael Hoeye. Time Stops for No Mouse: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure. 2002.
Hermux Tantamoq, the mouse, works in a watch shop. When Linka Perflinger drops off her watch to be repaired, he finds himself caught up in a dangerous search for eternal youth.
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Gordon Korman. The 6th Grade Nickname Game. 1998.
Best friends Jeff and Wiley are a legend in their class for assigning nicknames to their classmates. The class itself has been dubbed “The Dim Bulbs”. When new girl Cassandra joins their class and they must choose a nickname for her, some of their other names start to backfire on them.
Jean Merrill. The Pushcart War. 1964.
Traffic in New York City has stopped completely. Most people blame the large and arrogant trucks that park anywhere and block traffic. The truck companies are trying to shift the blame to the pushcarts. The pushcarts declare war, and their secret weapon is a peashooter armed with a pin.
Edward Myers. Climb or Die. 1994.
While driving through the Colorado mountains in a blizzard, Jake and Danielle's parents are injured when their car crashes. It's up to this brother and sister to find help and rescue their parents. With Danielle's athletic ability and Jake's ingenuity, the two head up the mountain to look for help.
Harriette Gillem Robinet. Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule. 1998.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Pascal and his family have been given freedom and promised forty acres and maybe a mule, but have to fight night riders to keep the freedom they have claimed.
Jerry Spinelli. Knots in My Yo-Yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid. 1998.
Spinelli writes about events in his childhood that include catching a handful of salamanders, hitting a home run, racing against a stopwatch, searching for the Devil, kissing a girl, and bleeding from an attack of leeches.
Ann Turner. Grasshopper Summer. 1989.
The grasshopper plague of 1874 is not what Sam White and his family expects to find when moving from Kentucky to the Dakota Territory. They are on a journey to start a new life, build a new home, and prepare the land for planting. Their very survival is challenged.
Elizabeth Winthrop. The Castle in the Attic. 1985.
In the attic of William's home is an old toy castle with tall towers, a working draw bridge and a silver knight that comes to life when he picks it up. After William discovers the magic in this castle he shrinks Mrs. Phillips, his nanny, so that she can't leave. Because of his selfishness, he then has to miniaturize himself to rectify the situation.