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Kentucky Bluegrass Awards Book List

Kentucky Bluegrass Awards Book List


2017-2018 KBA Master List

Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade


The Forgetting / Sharon Cameron – Scholastic Press), 2016.

Canaan is a quiet city, but every 12 years the town breaks out in chaos. All the people undergo the Forgetting and are left without memories of themselves, their families, or their lives. Somehow 17-year-old Nadia has never forgotten and is determined to put a stop to The Forgetting forever.


Ghost / Jason Reynolds – Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential


The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever / Jeff Strand – Sourcebooks Fire, 2016.

After producing 3 horror films that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his buddies decide it's time to make something epic. Hemmed in by a deadline and a cast of uncooperative extras, Justin must face the sad, sad truth: he may be producing The Worst Zombie Movie Ever


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War / Steve Sheinkin – Roaring Brook Press, 2015

A tense, narrative nonfiction account that reads like a spy thriller, this is the story of how whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America" - -risking everything to expose years of government lies during the Nixon / Cold War era.


Ms. Bixby’s Last Day / John David Anderson – Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.

When Ms. Bixby – a one of a kind teacher -  unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won't be able to finish the school year, Topher, Brand and Steve come up with a plan (more of a quest, really) to tell her how much she means to them and to give her the kind of celebration that she deserves.


Orbiting Jupiter / Gary Schmidt – Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

Jack, 12, tells the story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice


Paper Things / Jennifer Richards Jacobson – Candlewick Press, 2015.

19-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with a bossy guardian, and runs off with his little sister Ari. They struggle to find a place to live and to get Ari into the middle school for gifted students they promised their mother she'd get into.


Soar / Joan Bauer – Viking, 2016.

Jeremiah is the world's biggest baseball fan. He really loves baseball and he knows just about everything there is to know about his favorite sport. So when he's told he can't play baseball following an operation on his heart, Jeremiah decides he'll do the next best thing and become a coach.


Stella by Starlight / Sharon Draper – Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015.

When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.


Terror at Bottle Creek / Watt Key – Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2016.

13-year-old Cort's father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who has been teaching his son everything he knows. But when a deadly Gulf Coast hurricane makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put his all skills--and bravery--to the test in order to save himself and his friends.


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