Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2020 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

 

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Slider by Pete Hautman

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Restart by Gordon Korman

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

42 is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero by Doreen Rappaport

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2019 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

 

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Unbound by Ann Burg

Moo by Sharon Creech

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

One Half From the East by Nadia Hashimi

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana

March, Book 1 by John Lewis

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2018 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

House Arrest by K.A. Holt

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Beneath by Roland Smith

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2017 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Rain Reign by Ann. M. Martin

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2016 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh

Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Hidden by Helen Frost

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

See You at Harry’s by Johanna Knowles

Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steven Sheinkin

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

The President Has Been Shot by James L. Swanson

Three Times Lucky by Sheila  Turnage