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Blue Hen Award Winners

2017

YOUNG READER WINNER

WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT: A VERY MESSY ADVENTURE

Author:  Refe & Susan Tuma

The dinosaurs wreck bathrooms, destroy vases, rock out, encounter terrifying hot irons, even do the dishes with hilarious, magical results. Each scene is photographed in meticulous detail, letting viewers joyfully suspend disbelief and think to themselves–just LOOK what the dinosaurs did last night!

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MIDDLE READER WINNER

A SNICKER OF MAGIC

Author:  Natalie Lloyd

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, town which legend says was once magic–but 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.

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TEEN READER WINNER

WE WERE LIARS

Author:  E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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2016

1YOUNG READER WINNER

I AM A WITCH’S CAT

Author:  Harriet Muncaster

A “special witch’s cat” is certain her mother is a witch because she keeps special potions in the bathroom, grows magical herbs in her garden, and whirls her broomstick around the room once a week.

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1MIDDLE READER WINNER

THE LAND OF STORIES

Author:  Chris Colfer

Through the powers of a book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

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1TEEN READER WINNER

THE SELECTION

Author:  Kiera Cass

America Singer is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.
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2015

1YOUNG READER WINNER

OPEN VERY CAREFULLY A BOOK WITH BITE

 

Author:  Nicola O’Bryne

A crocodile falls into a quiet storybook and wreaks havoc on the characters, in a tale that invites youngsters to slam the book shut or find the courage to take a peek inside.

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1MIDDLE READER WINNER

ESCAPE FROM MR. LENONCELLO’S LIBRARY

Author: Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker LuigiLemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

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1TEEN READER WINNER

ELEANOR & PARK

Author:  Rainbow Rowell

“Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try”– Provided by publisher.
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2014

1YOUNGER READER WINNER

Z IS FOR MOOSE

Author:  Kelly Bingham

Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him.

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1MIDDLE READER WINNER

GHOST NIGHT

Author: Cornelia Funke

Relocating to a new boarding school only to be confronted by a group of vengeful ghosts, Jon and his friend, Ella, team up to uncover a centuries-old murder and summon the ghost of a medieval knight who they are not sure can be trusted.

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1TEEN READER WINNER

THE FAULT IN OUT STARS

Author: John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

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2013  NO AWARDS GIVEN

 

 

 

 

2012

1YOUNG READER WINNER

WE ARE IN A BOOK!

Author:  Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

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1MIDDLE READER WINNER

MILLION-DOLLAR THROW

Author:  Mike Lupica

Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.

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1TEEN READER WINNER

FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK

Author: Melina Marchette

Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.
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2011

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

TIGER PUPS

Author:  Tom and Allie Harvey

Presents the story of how Isabella, a golden retriever owned by the couple who run the Safari Zoological Park in Caney, Kansas, adopted three white tiger cubs–Nasira, Anjika, and Sidani–as her own, creating an unusual, interspecies family.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

A SEASON OF GIFTS

Author: Richard Peck

Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel.

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1TEEN BOOK WINNER

IF I STAY

Author: Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

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2010

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PICTURE BOOK WINNER

A COUPLE OF BOYS HAVE THE BEST WEEK EVER

Author:  Marla Frazee

Friends James and Eamon enjoy a wonderful week athe home of Eamon’s grandparents during summer vacation.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

NIGHTMARE AT THE BOOK FAIR

Author:  Dan Gutman

When fifth-grader Trip Kindleman, who does not like to read very much, is hit on the head by a heavy box and becomes a character in a series of different books–from a sports story to a science fiction novel to an adventure tale–his view of reading is changed forever.

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1TEEN BOOK WINNER

HUNGER GAMES

Author:  Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

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2009

 

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PICTURE BOOK WINNER

IVAN THE TERRIER

Author: Peter Catalanotto

A terrier named Ivan keeps interrupting story hour.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

NO TALKING

Author:  Andrew Clements

The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a “no talking” contest.

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1TEEN BOOK WINNER

MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC

Author:  Gabrielle Zevin

After a nasty fall, Naomi realizes that she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life.
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2008

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

LIBRARY LION

Author:  Michelle Knudsen

A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

CLEMENTINE

Author:  Sara Pennypacker

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

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1TEEN BOOK WINNER

SAINT IGGY

Author:  K.L. Going

Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friend to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.

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2007

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

SPACE STATION MARS

Author:  Daniel San Souci

The Dangerous Snake and Reptile club, with the help of a boy visiting the neighborhood, sets up equipment in the clubhouse in hopes of tracking flying saucers and making contact with aliens.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

PROJECT MULBERRY

Author:  Linda Sue Park

While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and more. Between the chapters are short dialogues between the author and main character about the writing of the book.

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1TEEN BOOK WINNER

FLUSH

Author:  Carl Hiassen

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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2006

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

OVER IN THE OCEAN: IN A CORAL REEF

Author:  Marianne Berkes

Verse that may be sung to the included melody introduces different reef dwellers in scenes sculpted in polymer clay, with how many of each animal listed and increasing from one to ten.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

THE REPORT CARD

Author:  Andrew Clements

Fifth-grader Nora Rowley has always hidden the fact that she is a genius from everyone because all she wants is to be normal, but when she comes up with a plan to prove that grades are not important, things begin to get out of control.

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1TEEN BOOK WINNER

CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE

Author:  Lara Zeises

Lucy, a fourteen-year-old high school freshman, experiences the happiness and confusion of dating a popular older boy, changing relationships with life-long friends, and sharing a bedroom with her older brother’s pregnant girlfriend.

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2005

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

MISS SMITH’S INCREDIBLE STORYBOOK

Author:  Michael Garland

When the new teacher, Miss Smith, reads to her class, Zack and his classmates are amazed to find that the storybook characters come to life.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX

Author:  Kate DeCamillo

The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

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1TEEN BOOK WINNER

THE SECOND SUMMER OF THE SISTERHOOD

Author:  Ann Brashares

Can’t wait for the next installment of the Pants? Check out the SPECIAL EDITION of The Second Summer of the Sisterhood , in stores now! Inside you’ll find an exclusive “Who’s Your Soul Mate Quiz” and a sneak peak at the third book, Girls in Pants. With a bit of last summer’s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer. Bridget: Impulsively sets off for Alabama, wanting to both confront her demons about her family and avoid them all at once. Lena: Spends a blissful week with Kostos, making the unexplainable silence that follows his visit even more painful. Carmen: Is concerned that her mother is making a fool of herself over a man. When she discovers that her mother borrowed the Pants to wear on a date, she’s certain of it. Tibby: Not about to spend another summer working at Wallman’s, she takes a film course only to find it’s what happens off-camera that teaches her the most.

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2004

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

NEW YORK’S BRAVEST

Author:  Mary Pope Osborne

Tells of the heroic deeds of the legendary New York firefighter, Mose Humphreys.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

GIRL IN A CAGE

Author:  Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris

As English armies invade Scotland in 1306, eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie, daughter of the newly crowned Scottish king, Robert the Bruce, is captured by England’s King Edward Longshanks and held in a cage on public display.

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2003

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

GREAT GRACIE CHASE: STOP THAT DOG!

Author: Cynthia Rylant

A cumulative tale about a small dog named Gracie whose quiet life is disrupted by some noisy painters.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

ARTEMIS FOWL

Author:  Eoin Colfer

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

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2002

 

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PICTURE BOOK WINNER

DOG’S NIGHT

Author:  Meredith Hooper

On their annual Dogs’ Night, all the dogs depicted in an art gallery leave their paintings to play, but four of them create a sensation by going back into the wrong paintings. Includes information about the real paintings shown.

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CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE

Author:  Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog WinnDixie.

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2001

 

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

HOOWAY FOR WODNEY WAT

Author: Helen Lester

All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can’t pronounce his name, but it is Rodney‘s speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

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1CHAPTER BOOK WINNER

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

Author:  J. K. Rowling

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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2000

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

A BAD CASE OF STRIPES

Author:  David Shannon

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she”s about to break out in a bad case of stripes!

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11999

PICTURE BOOK WINNER

GRANDPA’S TEETH 

Author:  Rod Clement

Soon after Grandpas teeth disappear from a glass of water near his bed, Inspector Rate has the whole town under investigation.

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1998 NO AWARDS GIVEN

 

 

 

1997

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

MISS BINDERGARTEN GETS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN

Author: Joseph Slate

Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.
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1996

1PICTURE BOOK WINNER

HARVEY POTTER’S BALLOON FARM

Author:  Jerdine Nolen

A child ventures out in the middle of the night to see how Harvey Potter grows his wonderful balloons.

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