Bluegrass Award Books 6-8 2017

2016-2017 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List for 6-8

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans / Don Brown – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees

around lowlying New Orleans, Louisiana. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city

is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.

Echo / Pam Munoz Ryan; Dinara Mirtalipova, ill. Scholastic Press, 2015.

Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and

a harmonica and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find

themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep

their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

Goodbye Stranger / Rebecca Stead – Wendy Lamb Books, 2015.

Bridge, survivor of a childhood accident, wonders why she’s still alive. As she makes her way through seventh grade

on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvaceous Em, crusader Tab, and new friend, Sherm, she

finds the answers she has been seeking. Each character navigates the challenges of love and change in this captivating


The Honest Truth / Dan Gemeinhart – Scholastic Press, 2015.

A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from

home with his dog, Beaubut with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation

to drive him on, nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading.

Losers Take All : A Novel / David Klass – Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2015.

Jack Logan is the youngest brother in a family of talented football players, and he might actually enjoy sports if he

were not constantly pressured into taking one up. When the new principal decides that all seniors must play on a

team, Jack and a ragtag group decide to get even by starting a rebel JV soccer team whose mission is to avoid victory

at any cost.

Lost in the Sun / Lisa Graff – Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.

In 5 th grade, Trent mistakenly shot a hockey puck into a boy's chest. Jared, who had a heart defect, died. Now Trent is

filled with rage, convinced everyone hates him. It isn't until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon

Little, the girl with the mysterious scar across her face that things begin to change.

Masterminds / Gordon Korman – Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.

Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Honesty and integrity are valued above

all else. One day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes

everything. Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate and it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in


The Nest / Kenneth Oppel; Jon Klassen, ill. – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.

For Steve, summer is just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to

survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp's nest looming ominously

from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to "fix" the baby, Steve thinks his

prayers have been answered. But "yes" is a powerful word. And dangerous. Once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

Popular: A Memoir: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence / Maya Van Wagenen – Dutton, an

imprint of Penguin Group (USA), LLC, 2014.

Maya has never been popular, but before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment spend

the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell and record the

results. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and


Rhyme Schemer / K.A. Holt – Chronicle Books, 2014.

This novel in verse follows one seventh grader's journey from bullyer to bullyee, as he learns about friendship,

family, and the influence that words can have on people's lives.