William Allen White 2020 Winner

  • Restart

    by Gordon Korman Year Published: 2017 Fiction

    2020 William Allen White Winner

    Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids-trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?

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2021 William Allen White Nominees

  • Amal Unbound

    by Aisha Saeed Year Published: 2018 Fiction

    Amal’s narration is straightforward and direct, and her despair at losing her dreams is palpable, as is her unflagging determination to get them back. . . . There’s clear commentary on the marginalized lives of girls and women in Pakistan . . . and the fight for her education is already fraught even before she is taken from her home. An author’s note discusses the issues of indentured servitude, particularly among girls.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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  • Sweep

    by Jonathan Auxier Year Published: 2018 Fantasy Fiction


    In 19th century London, six-year-old Nan is abandoned by her chimney sweep caretaker who leaves her his hat and a live coal.  She joins other child sweeps and, following a terrible fire, discovers her “char” has become a golem, whose purpose she learns with the help of an inspiring teacher.

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  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus

    by Ann Braden Year Published: 2018 Fiction

    Seventh- grader Zoe thinks the arms, unblinking vision, and camouflage of an octopus would help her navigate life, caring for younger siblings while worrying about her mom and her friend Fuchsia. When a teacher signs her up for the debate team, she develops skills to handle what life throws at her.

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  • Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

    by Pablo Cartaya Year Published: 2018 Fiction

    When eighth-grader Marcus gets suspended after fighting with a boy making fun of his brother, his mother takes the opportunity to have the boys visit their father’s family in Puerto Rico.  Marcus was born in Puerto Rico but he and his brother have been raised in Pennsylvania.  This trip reveals their rich heritage and provides new directions for Marcus.

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  • The Night Diary

    by Veera Hiranandani Year Published: 2018 Historical Fiction

    n 1947, 12-year-old Nisha is half Muslim and Half Hindu living in Pakistan when her father moves the family to the “new India” of The Partition.  Nisha records her thoughts and experiences in diary entries addressed to her mother.

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  • The Science of Breakable Things

    by Tae Keller Year Published: 2018 Fiction

    In first-person narration, seventh-grader Natalie shares her plans to help her scientist mother who is suffering from depression.  She and her friends enter an egg drop contest in hopes of winning the prize money to provide a trip for her mom. Can real life problems be approached through scientific principles?

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  • Nowhere Boy

    by Katherine Marsh Year Published: 2018 Fiction
    A boy from Washington, D.C., and a boy from Syria meet in a house in Brussels, Belgium. The 13-year-old American boy Max has been put in a sixth-grade classroom at school and hates it.  The 14-year-old Syrian boy Ahmed is hiding in the home’s basement.  Max discovers Ahmed and vows to help him, with the assistance of a couple new friends.
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  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    by Stacy McAnulty Year Published: 2018 Historical Fiction

    At age eight, now 12-year-old Lucy was struck by lightning and left with near-genius math skills.  Her grandmother has been home-schooling her, but now Lucy’s going to middle school with instructions from her grandmother to make a friend, try a new activity and read a non-math book.

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  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears

    by Meg Medina Year Published: 2018 Fiction

    Merci attends sixth grade in a private school in Florida as a scholarship student and deals daily with problem girls.  At home, her beloved grandfather begins forgetting things and becomes clumsy and angry.  When the other adults in her life aren’t really helping her, Merci changes gears to help herself.

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  • Ghost Boys

    by Jewell Parker Rhodes Year Published: 2018 Fiction

    When 12- year- old Jerome is killed by a policeman who thinks his toy gun is real, he is able to observe his family and the court proceedings following his death.  He also meets other ghosts like himself and makes a friend in the daughter of the policeman who shot him.

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  • Itch: Everything you didn't want to know about what makes you scratch

    by Anita Sanchez Year Published: 2018 Non-Fiction

    An overview of skin and anatomy presented in a colorful and interesting format with plenty of jokes and gross details.

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