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2015-2016 Great Stone Face Award Book List

The Great Stone Face Book Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS) and is given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from fourth through sixth graders throughout the state. Each year a committee chooses recently published titles, which children then use as a guide for voting. The vote takes place every April during National Library Week, and the winner is announced in May. The purpose of the award is to promote reading enjoyment, to increase awareness of contemporary writing, and to allow children to honor their favorite author.

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Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea
by Lisa and Valerie Martin

Anton and Cecil are as different as port and starboard. Cecil thirsts for seafaring adventure. Anton prefers listening to the sailors’ shanties at the town saloon. When Anton is kidnapped by sailors on a ship bound for the high seas, Cecil boards another ship in hopes of finding him. What begins as a rescue mission turns into a pair of high-seas adventures. On an ocean as vast as the one Anton and Cecil have discovered, will they ever see home--or each other--again?

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in this free-verse story about growing up in the North and South.


by Kirby Larson

When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her class-mates, and her beloved dog Dash. As her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.


El Deafo
by Cece Bell

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That re-quires superpowers! Cece’s hearing aid gives her the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. Will she be able to find her place in the world, and the friends she’s longing for? 

Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help. However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. Will Ally discover there’s more to her than just a label?

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle
by George Hagen
Eleven-year-old Gabriel, with the help of the young raven Paladin, which whom he has a magical bond, travels to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face challenges and unanswerable riddles to rescue his long-missing father.




Half a Chance
by Cynthia Lord
Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people want to see…does Nate want to see the changes that are occurring as his grandmother gets older?



The Honest Truth
by Dan Gemeinhart

Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day. But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from. So Mark runs away—with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier--even if it's the last thing he ever does. 

by Sarah Weeks

When she suspects that her widowed father finally has a girl-friend, Melody and her best friend are determined to figure out who it is and why it is a secret.

Loot: How to Steal a Fortune
by Jude Watson

When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to "find jewels." This instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had--and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.



The Luck Uglies
by Paul Durham

When "bog noblins", horrifying creatures thought long extinct, begin appearing outside the town walls, Rye and her two friends delve into the secret lore of their village, leading them to the notorious secret society, the Luck Uglies. Maybe the Luck Uglies shouldn’t have been exiled...might they offer just the help the village needs? 


The Mark of the Dragonfly
by Jaleigh Johnson

Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous train journey to distant lands.


by Gordon Korman

With no unemployment, no homelessness and no crime, Serenity, New Mexico, is the perfect town. Or is it? When a group of middle school students discover that the local traffic-cone factory, is just a front for something more sinister, they decide to investigate. What they find is so shocking that it puts into question everything they know, even their identities. Must they escape from Serenity?

A Million Ways Home
by Diana Dorisi-Winget

When her grandmother and guardian suffers a stroke, Poppy Parker's life turns upside down--but when she witnesses a murder and has to go into witness protection, it becomes hard to believe she will ever find a way home, let alone save Gunner, a beautiful German shepherd with an uncertain future.

Murphy, Gold Rush Dog
by Alison Hart

"In 1900, a dog named Murphy wants to help Sally and Mama build a new life in Nome, Alaska. But life in the mining town is not easy. Can the three of them find a home--and maybe a fortune?"



Running Out of Night
by Sharon Lovejoy

Every day is a misery for a nameless, motherless Southern girl who is treated cruelly by her pa and brothers. When a runaway slave named Zenobia turns to her for help, the girl decides to run away, and she and Zenobia set off on a har-rowing journey. Running by night, hiding by day, the girls are pursued by family members and slave catchers. Will they reach a safe haven? 

The Terrible Two
by Mac Barnett

When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks, but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen. 


The Vanishing Coin
by Kate Egon
Mike reluctantly bonds with good-girl neighbor Nora while learning fun skills at The White Rabbit magic shop, the owner of which believes Mike could become a great magician.  

The War that Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Ada has never left her one-room apartment—her mother considers Ada’s clubfoot to be so disgusting that she won’t allow it. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through war-time? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?  

Where I Belong
by Mary Downing Hahn
Brendan Doyle doesn't get along with his foster mother, he's failing fifth grade, and he's bullied mercilessly by a band of boys in his class. Then Brendan meets two potential friends--an eccentric old man and a girl from summer school--and he sees that there may be hope for him after all. 

Past Winners

2014-15 - Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

2013-14 - Buddy by M.H. Herlong
2012-13 - Wonder by Lincoln Peirce
2011-12 - Big Nate: in a class by himself by Lincoln Peirce
2010-11 - Murder at Midnight by Avi
2009-10 - Swindle by Gordon Korman
2008-09 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney
2007-08 - Rules by Cynthia Lord
2006-07 - The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret
2005-06 - The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer
2004-05 - The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
2003-04 -  Loser by Jerry Spinelli
2002-03 - Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
2001-02 - Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo
2000-01 - Among the Hidden by Margaret Haddix
1999-2000 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
1998-99 - 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents by Lee Wardlaw
1997-98 - Frindle by Andrew Clements
1996-97 - Math Curse by Jon Sciezka
1995-96 - The Giver by Lois Lowry
1994-95 - Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
1993-94 - Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
1992-93 - Shiloh by Phyllis Naylor
1991-92 - Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
1990-91 - Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
1989-90 - Matilda by Roald Dahl
1988-89 - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
1987-88 - Superfudge by Judy Blume
1986-87 - Superfudge by Judy Blume
1985-86 - Superfudge by Judy Blume
1984-85 - Superfudge by Judy Blume
1983-84 - Superfudge by Judy Blume
1982-83 - Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
1981-82 - Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
1980-81 - Superfudge by Judy Blume
1979-80 - Are you there God, It's me Margaret by Judy Blume















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