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Maud Hart Lovelace Award
Best books chosen by Minnesota kids each year. Maud Hart Lovelace website
See 2011-2012 Nominees: Division I    Division II
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2013
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11 Birthdays by Mass, Wendy
[Division I] After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.
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2013
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Matched by Condie, Allyson Braithwaite
[Division II] All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?
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2012
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Please Write in this Book by Amato, Mary
[Division I] When Ms. Wurtz leaves a blank book in the Writer's Corner with a note encouraging those who find it to "talk to each other" in its pages, the student's entries spark a classroom-wide battle.
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2012
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Stolen Children by Kehret, Peg
[Division II] Amy's babysitting course taught first-aid, how to bathe a baby, and tips for a happy bedtime. It did not cover what to do if two thugs show up, intent on stealing the baby.
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2011
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Deep and Dark and Dangerous : a Ghost Story by Hahn, Mary Downing
[Division I & II] When thirteen-year-old Ali spends the summer with her aunt and cousin at the family's vacation home, she stumbles upon a secret that her mother and aunt have been hiding for over thirty years.
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2010
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Champ by Jones, Marcia Thornton
[Division I] Together Riley and Champ make a great team. But they stand to lose more at the Founders Day dog show than a blue ribbon. Could they be separated forever?
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2010
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I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Carter, Ally
[Division II] As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from normal teenage life until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.
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2009
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Flush by Hiaasen, Carl
[Division I] With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
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2009
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The Lightning Thief by Riordan, Rick
[Division II] Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
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2008
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Ruby Holler by Creech, Sharon
[Division I] Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.
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2008
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Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie by Sonnenblick, Jordan
[Division II] When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, thirteen-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.
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2007
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Escaping the Giant Wave by Kehret, Peg
[Division I] When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.
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2007
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Things Not Seen by Clements, Andrew
[Division II] When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.
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2006
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Runt by Bauer, Marion Dane
[Division I] Runt, the smallest wolf cub in the litter, seeks to prove himself to his father King and the rest of the pack and to earn a new name.
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2006
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Hoot by Hiaasen, Carl
[Division II] Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
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2005
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The Doll People by Martin, Ann M.
[Division I] A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow The Doll Code of Honor.
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2005
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Zach's Lie by Smith, Roland
[Division II] When Jack Osborne is befriended by his school's custodian and a Basque girl, he begins to adjust to his family's sudden move to Elko, Nevada, after entering the Witness Security Program, but the drug cartel against which his father will testify is determined to track them down.
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2004
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In the Stone Circle by Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody
[Division I] While spending the summer in an old stone house in Wales, fourteen-year-old Cristyn comes to terms with the death of her mother while satisfying the request of a thirteenth-century princess.
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2004
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Touching Spirit Bear by Mikaelsen, Ben
[Division II] After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
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2003
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The Ghost of Fossil Glen by DeFelice, Cynthia C.
[Division I] Allie Nichols' friend Karen doesn't want to hear the story of a ghost calling for Allie's help and then falling to her death. As Allie discovers that her role is to avenge a murder, she also learns something about friendship, false and true.
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2003
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Dovey Coe by Dowell, Frances O'Roark
[Division II] When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a stronged-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.
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2002
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Silverwing by Oppel, Kenneth
[Division I] When a newborn bat named Shade but sometimes called Runt becomes separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys.
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2002
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Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun by Whitmore, Arvella
[Division II] Twelve-year-old Jordan is becoming dangerously involved with a street gang when he is suddenly transported through time to become a slave on the plantation of his ancestors.
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2001
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The Million Dollar Shot by Gutman, Dan
[Division I] Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals.
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2001
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Among the Hidden by Haddix, Margaret Peterson
[Division II] A government decree allows each family only two children. For Luke, a third child, this has meant a lifetime of hiding. But could a stray glimpse of a child hiding in the house across the way lead to freedom?
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2000
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Danger in the Desert by Fields, Terri
[Division I]Two brothers attempt to survive in the desert outside Scottsdale, Arizona, after they are abandoned there following a carjacking.
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2000
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Tangerine by Bloor, Edward
[Division II] Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
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1999
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Crash by Spinelli, Jerry
[Division II] Seventh-grader John Crash Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.
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1999
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Frindle by Clements, Andrew
[Division I] When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
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1998
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Mick Harte Was Here by Park, Barbara
[Divisions I and II] Phoebe recalls her younger brother Mick and his death in a bicycle accident.
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1997
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The Summer I Shrank My Grandmother by Woodruff, Elvira
[Division I] Aspiring scientist Nelly Brown uses a magic chemistry set to make her grandmother young again but is unable to stop the alteration. The seventy-year-old woman becomes a baby and Nelly fears that she may shrink into nothing.
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1997
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The Devil's Arithmetic by Yolen, Jane
[Division II] Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
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1996
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Cages by Kehret, Peg
After losing an acting role and fighting with her alcoholic stepfather, Kit is arrested for shoplifting and ordered to work, as a part of her sentence, at an animal shelter.
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1995
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Nightmare Mountain by Kehret, Peg
Twelve-year-old Molly's visit to her aunt and uncle's llama ranch in the state of Washington leads her into unexpected danger and suspense.
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1994
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38 Weeks Till Summer Vacation by Kerby, Mona
Skinny Nora Jean Sampson and her friends at R.B. Nolen Elementary School are kept busy with a snake in the girls' bathroom, a scary Halloween fun house, and a pizza party in the library.
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1993
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The Dead Man in Indian Creek by Hahn, Mary Downing
When Matt and Parker learn that the body they found in Indian Creek is a drug-related death, they fear Parker's mother may be involved.
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