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Silver Birch Fiction Award 2020

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 8 to 100
  • Grade: 3 to 17
tagged: forest of reading, award nominees
The Silver Birch Award® is meant for readers aged 8 to 12, (Grades 3-6). The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers ten reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages.

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Inkling

by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: science fiction, environment

Get ready—a little ink blot is about to become your new best friend

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad’s got writer’s block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school—even though he can’t draw. Sarah’s still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom so much more than they can say.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylan …

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A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying

by Kelley Armstrong
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: fantasy & magic, monsters, self-esteem & self-reliance

Monster hunting isn't for the faint of heart -- the first in a brand-new middle-grade series by NYT bestselling author, Kelley Armstrong.

Twelve-year-old Rowan is destined to be Queen; her twin brother, Rhydd, to be Royal Monster Hunter. Rowan would give anything to switch places, but the oldest child is always next in line, even if she is only old …

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Wings of Olympus

by Kallie George, illustrated by Fiona Hsieh
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: greek & roman, mythical, fantasy & magic

Take flight with Pippa and her winged horse in this heartfelt two-book series about a young girl who must win the hardest race in ancient Greece in order to stay with her closest friend.

This new series from acclaimed author Kallie George is perfect for horse lovers and fans of Greek myths alike!

High on the slopes of mighty Mount Olympus, among the …

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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

by Julia Nobel
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

The first in an exciting new mystery series, this suspenseful debut brings readers on a journey filled with secrets, mystery, and unforgettable characters.

With a dad who disappeared years ago and a mother who's a bit too busy to parent, Emmy is shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she's sure she won't fit in.

Bu …

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Winnie's Great War

by Lindsay Mattick & Josh Greenhut, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: bears, military & wars

From the creative team behind the bestselling Finding Winnie, winner of the Caldecott Medal, comes an extraordinary wartime adventure seen through the eyes of the world’s most beloved bear

Here is a heartwarming reimagining of the real journey undertaken by the extraordinary bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Follow Winnie’s war adventure—from …

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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

by Jonathan Auxier
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, friendship, orphans & foster homes

A brand-new novel by one of today's most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heart-rending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope.

For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on "climbing boys"--orphans owned by chimney sweeps--to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless and brutally dangerous. Ele …

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My Life as a Diamond

by Jenny Manzer
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: friendship, lgbt, baseball & softball

Ten-year-old Caspar "Caz" Cadman loves baseball and has a great arm. He loves the sounds, the smells, the stats. When his family moves from Toronto to a suburb of Seattle, the first thing he does is try out for the local summer team, the Redburn Ravens. Even though Caz is thrilled when he makes the team, he worries because he has a big secret.
No …

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Anyone's Game (Cross Ups, Book 2)

by Sylv Chiang, illustrated by Connie Choi
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: games, computers

What’s up with Cali? Why does she keep changing her gamer tag?

 

It’s summertime, and even though his good friend Cali moved to another city, Jaden can connect with her online almost every day to play their favorite game, Cross Ups. His mom has loosened her rules on how often he can play, and he has an amazing new controller that will make him ev …