Great Stone Face 2019-2020


The Great Stone Face Book Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS) and is given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from fourth through sixth graders throughout the state. Each year a committee chooses 20 recently published titles, which children then use as a guide for voting. The vote takes place every April during National Library Week, and the winner is announced in May. The purpose of the award is to promote reading enjoyment, to increase awareness of contemporary writing, and to allow children to honor their favorite author.

Below the list of previous winners, see this year’s list!!!

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 Great Stone Face Book Award : Past Winners

Year                 Title                                                            Author

2018-2019       The Trail                                                Meika Hashimoto

2017-2018        Ghosts                                                   Raina Telgemeier

2016-2017       Rocket Girl                                                                Victoria Jamieson

2015-2016       El Deafo                                                                      Cece Bell

2014-2015     Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library              Chris Grabenstein

2013-2014     Buddy                                                               M.H. Herlong

2012-2013    Wonder                                                               R.J. Palacio

2011-2012     Big Nate: In a Class by Himself                          Lincoln Peirce

2010-2011     Murder at Midnight                                               Avi

2009-2010    Swindle                                                               Gordon Korman

2008-2009    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal      Jeff Kinney

2007-2008    Rules                                                                   Cynthia Lord

2006-2007    The Ghost’s Grave                                                Peg Kehret

2005-2006    The Legend of Spud Murphy                                 Eoin Colfer

2004-2005    City of Ember                                                        Jeanne DuPrau

2003-2004    Loser                                                                     Jerry Spinelli

2002-2003    Love that Dog                                                        Sharon Creech

2001-2002     Because of Winn-Dixie                                          Kate DiCamillo

2000-2001     Among the Hidden                                                Margaret Peterson Haddix

1999-2000     Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone                   J. K. Rowling

1998-1999      101 Ways to Bug Your Parents                             Lee Wardlaw

1997-1998      Frindle                                                                  Andrew Clements

1996-1997      Math Curse                                                            Jon Scieszka

1995-1996      The Giver                                                               Lois Lowry

1994-1995      Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus            Barbara Park

1993-1994      Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher                          Bruce Coville

1992-1993      Shiloh                                                                    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

1991-1992       Number the Stars                                                  Lois Lowry

1990-1991      The Secret of the Indian                                          Lynne Reid Banks

1989-1990     Matilda                                                                     Roald Dahl

1988-1989     Where the Red Fern Grows                                      Wilson Rawls

1983-1988     Superfudge                                                              Judy Blume

1982-1983     The Mouse and the Motorcycle                                 Beverly Cleary

1981-1982      Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing                              Judy Blume

1980-1981      Superfudge                                                              Judy Blume

1979-1980      Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret                 Judy Blume

Nominees for the 2019-2020 School Year

24 Hours in Nowhere 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling     Grades: 5

Nowhere, Arizona: Friends who stick up for each other, and a hunt for the mine safe?

Amal UnboundAmal Unbound   by Aisha Saeed        grade 5

2018-2019 Global read-aloud:  Can Amal free herself?

The Ambrose Deception   Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton           grade 5+

A scholarship contest? It takes 3 too uncover the truth...

Hope in the Holler  Hope in the Holler  by Lisa Lewis Tyre         grade 5

When Wavie loses her mom, her aunt takes her back to Conley Holler.  With help, she finds the good life her mom wanted her to have.

Inkling  Inkling by Kenneth Oppel   grade 5

An author of graphic novels with nothing to write about....and the ink seems to have a mind of its own...

Just Like Jackie   Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard           Grade 5+

Jackie knows that grandpa is forgetting things, but he's the only family she has.

Lifeboat 12  Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood       grade 5+

A world war 2 story...and a high seas escape to Canada.  Will Ken and the boys survive on a lifeboat?

Lions & Liars  Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley   grade 5

The Florida wilderness, and a hurricane bring challenges to Frederick.  Can he lead the fight to survive?

The Mad Wolf's Daughter  The Mad Wolf's Daughter by Diana Magaras   grade 5+

Can a lone girl, Drest,  really invade a castle dungeon?  She meets friends and foes along the way.

New Kid New Kid by Jerry Craft         grade 5+

A graphic novel...Jordan loves to draw - will an opportunity at a new private school be good or bad for him?

The Night DiaryThe Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani   Grade 6

Set in India, in 1947, Nisha and her family must navigate changing times, and travel away from their homeland to find safety.

One-Third NerdOne-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko  Grade 4

Liam and his siblings are not alike...but they have to unite to avoid losing their beloved dog.

Power Forward (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream)Power Forward by Hena Khan  grade 4

Zayd prefers basketball, his parent prefer the violin.  A story about achieving your dreams.

Ra the Mighty: Cat DetectiveRa the Mighty: Cat Detective by A.B. Greenfield   grade 4

A royal cat and his sidekick investigate a crime....

Saving WinslowSaving Winslow by Sharon Creech   grade 4+

Tiny Winslow, the donkey, may not survive, but Louie is committed to saving him...

Short & SkinnyShort and Skinny by Mark Tatulli  grade 5

A graphic novel, set in the year 1977 about a boy named Mark.  when Star Wars come out, it rocks his world.

Small SpacesSmall Spaces by Katherine Arden    grade 5

A suspenseful story - can events in the book Ollie found, be real?

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her MonsterSweep: the story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier   grade 5+

Magic? or mystery?  How does Nan survive a fire, and how did Golem happen to join her?

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School: Book 1Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School by Julie Falatko     Grade 4

Can two dogs save their boy from a place called, "school"?

The UnteachablesThe Unteachables by Gordon Korman   Grade 5

The unteachable students, AND a teacher one year from retirement ...disaster or success?


Nominees for the 2018-2019 School Year:

The Adventurers Guild   The Adventurers Guild by Clark and Eliopulos                   Grades 5+

Can two best friends provide the last line of defense against the monsters outside their city’s gates??

  Amina's VoiceAmina’s Voice by Hena Khan                                                            Grades 5+

Middle school can be changes, but this girl must be true to herself.


 The Explorer The Explorer by Katherine Rundell                                                                   Grades 5+

A novel about survival….and discoveries made in a ruined city with a secret.

   Falcon Wild  Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson                                                        Grades 5+

The bond between Karma, and the Falcon, Stark, helps Karma navigate dangerous situations while finding help for her family


The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley  The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley by April Stevens         Grades 5+

A private “rock” world, and Frances’ discovery that there are “worlds’ outsider her own.

 In Darkling WoodIn Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll                                                       Grades 6+

The woods near her grandmother’s house hold secrets for Alice….but what will happen if the woods are cut down?

  Jake the Fake Keeps it Real  Jake the Fake Keeps it Real by Robinson and Mansbach              Grades 4+

How can a boy with little talent for art survive in a Music and Art Academy for gifted students??

  The Losers Club  The Losers Club by Andrew Clements                                                   Grades 5+

 Alec loves to read, but the only way he can spend time in his books is to start a reading club at school. Real life can be more dramatic than a story…


Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess  Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green          Grades 5+

When your living situation changes, and your family becomes much bigger….it helps to find a friend in an unexpected way.

 The Magic Misfits The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris                                         Grades 4+

Street magic and carnivals….and crooks.  Friendship and magic will save the town

 Podkin One-Ear (Longburrow Book 1) Podkin One-Ear (Longburrow book 1) by Kieran Larwood   Grade 5+

A rabbit’s life is not easy, especially when Podkin and his siblings must find a way to evade capture and keep a magical dagger safe…

 The Real McCoys  The Real McCoys by Swanson and Behr                                               Grades 4+

The McCoy siblings unite to rescue a kidnapped owl, mascot of their school.  How do you make new friends when they also might be suspects in the crime?

 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior 5 Worlds Book 1: the Sand Warrior by Mark and Alexis Siegel      Grades 5+

Five worlds on the edge of extinction, and to be saved, some unlikely heroes must light the ancient and mysterious beacons.

 Sidetracked  Side Tracked by Diana Harmon Asher                                                                           Grades 5+

New seventh grader, Joseph, isn’t sure where he fits in school, until he is forced to join the school track team, and befriend Heather, a strong, “bully-proof” runner.


Spirit Hunters  Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh                                                                                       Grades 5+

Harper’s house is haunted, and her brother, Michael, is acting strangely.  She must uncover her own blocked memories and strange sensations at the house in time to help her brother.

  Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming

Grades 4+  Based on a true story, a German police dog becomes an American movie star.

The Trail  The Trail by Meika Hashimoto                                                                     Grades 5+

What happens when your fellow risk-taking buddy is no longer around? Meet the next challenge, and hope you have the strength and skill to help yourself and others who desperately need your help.

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle  The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor                     Grades 6+

Mason lost a friend, under mysterious circumstances.  Bullies in the neighborhood won’t leave him alone.  When his new friend, Calvin, also goes missing, Mason’s troubles start all over again.

  The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street  The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser          Grades 5+

Five sibling have lived in the house all their lives.  When their lease is not renewed, the Vanderbeekers have only 11 days to figure out how to stay in their house.


 Wedgie & Gizmo  Wedgie and Gizmo by Selfor and Fisinger                                        Grades 4+

Gizmo, the guinea pig, is not happy about sharing his surroundings with Wedgie, the dog.  In fact, Gizmo considers him to be his arch enemy.  How will they share this new living situation?