Tag Archives: Award Winner

Princess Academy (#1)

by Shannon Hale

Unconditional Recommendation: Through education and friendship a young girl learns where she belongs in her mountain community.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Princess Academy #1
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury (July 16, 2005)
Genre: Magical Realism/Fantasy

Award: 2006 Newbery Honor

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The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Conditional Recommendation: Orphan boy uses his cunning and wit to stay alive amidst the treacherous plot of a nobleman in this suspenseful adventure.

Age: Young Adult
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Scholastic (April 1, 2012)
Genre: Adventure

Awards: E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Honor Book (2013), Lamplighter Award winner (2014) Continue reading

The War That Saved My Life (#1)

The War That Saved My Lifeby Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Conditional Recommendation: From a cruel mother to a good home, this is a young girl’s journey to freedom, healing, and identity through the help and care of her guardian during WWII.

Age: Mature Middle Grade
Series: The War that Saved my Life #1
Hardcover: 316 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group (2015)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Awards: Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School (2016), Odyssey Award (2016)

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Danger in the Shadows (O’Malley Prequel)

Danger in the Shadowsby Dee Henderson

Unconditional Recommendation: Sharp detail and expertly written characters are woven together in this suspense story of a woman with real fears and a stalker, her brother who protects her, a man who wishes she would let him close enough to love her and a God who is just and does not want us to live our lives in fear.

Age: Mature Young Adult
Series: Prequel to O’Malley series
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Publishers, Inc. (1999)
Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance/Contemporary

Awards: RITA Award by Romance Writers of America for Best Inspirational Romance (2000), Booksellers’ Best Award, OKRWA National Readers Choice Award for Inspirational (1999) Continue reading