2015-16 Golden Sower Award Nominees


Hold Fast by Blue Ballet

On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early’s father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless. It’s up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father. (Reading Level 5.2; 9 pts.)

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Twelve-year-old Hope lives in a post World War III town called White Rock where everyone must participate in Inventions Day, though Hope’s inventions always fail. Her unique skills come in handy when a group of bandits invades the town. (Reading Level 5.4; 9 pts.)

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library (designed by his hero, the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello) with other students. When morning arrives they must work to solve puzzles in order to escape. (Reading Level 4,5; 7 pts.)

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley

Charlie Bumpers is sure that he does not stand a chance of getting along with his fourth grade teacher. Despite his best efforts to be neat and well-behaved, he always seems to be in trouble until he discovers her secret. (Reading Level 3.5; 3 pts.)

Darling: Mercy Dog of World War I by Alison Hart

In Cosham, England, in 1917, Darling, a mischievous collie, must leave the children who love her when she is chosen for training as a mercy dog, seeking out injured soldiers on the battlefield and leading medics to them. (Reading Level 4.9; 3 pts.)

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd 

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic. Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back. (Reading Level 4.7; 10 pts.)

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Lucy, with her mother and photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire. With her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see. (Reading Level 4.5; 6 pts.)

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstitskin by Jennifer A. Nielsen

This is the story of Rumpelstiltskin’s childhood, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller’s daughter-turned-queen. (Reading Level 4.4; 9 pts.)

The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson

When Abbey’s father falls into a coma and is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Abbey sets out to prove his innocence and also repay a century-old debt. (Reading Level 5.7; 12 pts.)

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family. (Reading Level 4.3; 6 pts.)

Young Adult

Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard

Thirteen-year-old Trav feels like a fish out of water in rural Minnesota in this mystery about a boy who discovers his dad may have been a bank robber. (Reading Level 5.6; 9 pts.)

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University. However, she is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing. (Reading Level 5.6; 15 pts.)

The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle

The story of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. (Reading Level 6.7; 2 pts.)

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

She doesn’t know who she is, or where she is or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill herand that she must run. (Reading Level 4.7; 8 pts.)

QB1 by Mike Lupica

Fourteen-year-old Jake Cullen lives in the shadows of his father and older brother until he becomes the starting quarterback for the high school football team and finally has his chance to shine. (Reading Level 5.4; 10 pts.)

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown. (Reading Level 5.3; 14 pts.)

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi

In 1885, ten-year-old Jake is sent to prison for killing a man who threatened his father, and struggles to survive the harsh realities of prison life in the Idaho Territory. (Reading Level 3.9; 4 pts.)

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident. (Reading Level 5.6; 10 pts.)

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

A Tanzanian albino boy finds himself the ultimate outsider, hunted because of the color of his skin. (Reading Level 5.1; 14 pts.)

Stung by Bethany Wiggins

When a vaccine to save endangered bees causes their sting to turn children into ferocious killer beasts, the uninfected build a wall to keep the beasts out, but Fiona wakes up on the wrong side of the wall.  (Reading Level 4.8; 11 pts.)