2012 2013 Book Battle Books/ Sunshine State Young Reader Award Books
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Amato, Mary Edgar Allan’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook ( AR 4.7) 140p.
When someone takes a pet goldfish, then other items from Ms. Herschel's classroom, each time leaving a clue in the form of a poem, student Edgar Allan competes with a classmate to be first to solve the mystery.

Beaty, Andrea Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies (AR 5.7) 184p.
At Camp Whatsitooya, twins Joules and Kevin and new friend Nelson face off against large, rabbit-like creatures from the Mallow Galaxy who thrive on sugar, but are not above hypnotizing and eating human campers.

Behrens, Andy The Fast and the Furriest (AR 5.0 ) 247p.
The overweight and unathletic son of a famous former football star discovers that his equally fat and lazy dog is unexpectedly–and obsessively–interested in competing in dog agility contests.

Cronin, Doreen The Trouble with Chickens (AR 3.8) 119p.
A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.

Epstein, Adam & Jacobson, Andrew The Familiars ( AR 5.0 ) 360p.
Three young wizards-in-training are kidnapped by an evil queen and their familiars--Aldwyn the alley cat, Skylar, a know-it-all blue jay, and Gilbert a tree frog who can see the future--set out on a dangerous journey to rescue the boys.

George, Jessica Day Tuesdays at the Castle (AR 6.4 ) 228p.
Princess Celie loves Tuesdays at Castle Glower, because every Tuesday the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes a whole new wing, and Celie likes to map the changes to the castle, but when her parents, King and Queen Glower are taken captive, it falls to Celie and her knowledge of the castle to defend their home and save the kingdom.

Graff, Lisa Sophie Simon Solves Them All (AR 3.4 ) 103p.
Third-grader Sophie Simon ignores her parents' concerns over her lack of friends and continues to focus on getting a graphing calculator so that she can study calculus on the bus to school.

Holm, Jennifer Turtle in Paradise (AR 3.7) 191p.
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

Jennings, Patrick Guinea Dog ( AR 3.7 ) 200p.
When his mother brings home a guinea pig instead of the dog he has always wanted, fifth-grader Rufus is not happy--until the rodent starts acting exactly like a dog.

Marino, Nan Neil Armstrong is my Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me (AR 4.3) 154p.
Ten-year-old Tamara Ann Simpson thinks she has finally found a chance to prove Muscle Man McGinty is a liar when he brags he can beat anyone in the neighborhood at kickball, but as she awaits McGinty’s downfall, she begins to understand his motives for lying.

O’Connor, Barbara The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester ( AR 4.7 ) 168p.
After Owen captures an enormous bullfrog, names it Tooley Graham, then has to release it, he and two friends try to use a small submarine that fell from a passing train to search for Tooley in the Carter, Georgia, pond it came from, while avoiding nosy neighbor Viola.

Selfors, Suzanne Fortune’s Magic Farm ( AR 6.2 ) 264p.
Rescued from a rainy, boggy town where she works in a dismal factory, ten-year-old orphan Isabelle learns that she is the last surviving member of a family that tends the world's only remaining magic-producing farm.

Smith, Clete Barrett Aliens on Vacation (AR 5.5 ) 251p.
Scrub arrives at his grandmother’s Washington bed-and-breakfast only to discover she has opened the doors to aliens that arrive through off-Earth portals, and he must decide what to do when the local sheriff, already suspicious of Granny, notices some of the kids Scrub is chaperoning at a campout glow in the dark.

West, Jacqueline The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows ( AR 5.1 ) 241p.
When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.

Winston, Sherri President of the Whole Fifth Grade(AR 5.8) 276p.
To gain leadership skills needed to run a cupcake-baking empire when she grows up, Brianna runs for president of the fifth grade--expecting little competition--until a new girl enters the race.