2008 Nominations
Middle Grade Novels

10 Lucky Things That Have Happened to Me Since I Nearly Got Hit by Lightning
written by Mary Hershey
Wendy Lamb Books

42 Miles
written by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Clarion Books

A Thousand Never Evers
written by Shana Burg
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

Acadian Star
written by Helene Boudreau

Alexandria of Africa
written by Eric Walters
Doubleday Books for Young Readers

Alice’s Birthday Pig
written by Tim Kennemore
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Aloha Crossing
written by Pamela Bauer Mueller

Alvin Ho
written by Lenore Look
Schwartz and Wade Books

Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
written by Susan Marlow

Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink
written by MAC
Toasted Coconut Media

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different
written by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

Brand New School, Brave New Ruby
written by Derrick Barnes

Breathing Soccer
written by Debbie Spring

Bringing the Boy Home
written by N. A. Nelson

Brooklyn Bridge
written by Karen Hesse
Feiwel & Friends

Carlos is Gonna Get It
written by Kevin Emerson
Arthur A Levine

Case of the Bizarre Bouquets
written by Nancy Springer
Penguin USA

Cemetery Street
written by Brenda Seabrooke
Holiday House

Chancey of the Maury River
written by Gigi Amateau
Candlewick Press

Cicada Summer
written by Andrea Beaty

Clementine’s Letter
written by Sara Pennypacker

written by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Daisy Dawson is on Her Way
written by Steve Voake
Candlewick Press

Diamond of Drury Lane
written by Julia Golding
Roaring Brook

Diamond Willow
written by Helen Frost
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

Dodger and Me
written by Jordan Sonnenblick
Feiwel & Friends

Dog Lost
written by Ingrid Lee
Chicken House

Don’t Talk to Me About the War
written by David Adler

written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Wendy Lamb Books

Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School
written and illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw
Bloomsbury USA

Elvis and Olive
written by Stephanie Watson

Eve of the Emperor Penguin
written by Mary Pope Osborne
Random House Children’s Books

Every Soul a Star
written by Wendy Mass
Little, Brown

Fencing with Fear
Blake Education

Fiendish Deeds
written by P.J. Bracegirdle
Margaret K. McElderry

Finder’s Magic
written by C.M. Fleming
Onstage Publishing

First Daughter: White House Rules
written by Mitali Perkins
Penguin USA

Forever Rose
written by Hilary McKay
Margaret K. McElderry

Fouling Out
written by Gregory Walters
Orca Books

From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between
written by Elizabeth Atkinson
Carolrhoda Books

Greetings from Nowhere
written by Barbara O’Connor
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

written by Juanita Havill

Hate that Cat
written by Sharon Creech

Hockey Player for Life
written by Howard Shapiro

Hope Chest
written by Karen Schwabach
Random House Children’s Books

I’m So Not a Pop Star
written by Kimberly Greene

written by Roland Smith
Sleeping Bear Press

Iggy the Iguana
written by Melissa Marie Williams
Longtale Publishing

In the Company of Owls
written by Peter Huggins
New South Books

Island of Mad Scientists
written by Howard Whitehouse
Kids Can Press, Ltd

written by Michelle Kwasney
Henry Holt

Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights
written by David Elliott
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Jessie’s Mountain
written by Kerry Madden

Jimmy’s Stars
written by Mary Ann Rodman
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

Julia Gillian and the Art of Knowing
written by Alison McGhee

Just Grace Walks the Dog
written by Charise Mericle Harper
Houghton Mifflin

Keeping Score
written by Linda Sue Park
Clarion Books

Little Audrey
written by Ruth White
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing
written by Guo Yue
Barefoot Books

Lizard Love
written by Wendy Townsend
Front Street

Longhorns and Outlaws
written by Linda Aksomitis

Luck of the Draw
written by Diana Tuorto
Book Surge

Man in the Moon
written by Dotti Enderle
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

Mary and Jody in the Movies
written by JoAnn Dawson

written by Elise Broach
Henry Holt

Meeting Miss 405
written by Lois Peterson
Orca Books

Moxy Maxwell Does not Love Writing Thank You Notes
written by Peggy Gifford
Schwartz and Wade Books

Murder Sucks
written by June Whyte
Zumaya Thresholds

My Cousin the Alien
written by Pamela Stewart
Carolrhoda Books

My Dad’s a Birdman
written by David Almond
Candlewick Press

My New Best Friend
written by Julie Bowe

My One Hundred Adventures
written by Polly Horvath
Schwartz and Wade Books

My So-Called Family
written by Courtney Schienmel
Simon & Schuster

No Cream Puffs
written by Karen Day
Wendy Lamb Books

Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy
written by Kimberley Willis Holt
Henry Holt

Porcupine Year
written by Louise Erdrich

Praire Dog Cowboy
written by V. Gilbert Zabel
4RV Publishing

Radiant Girl
written by Andrea White
Bright Sky Press

Samantha Hansen has Rocks in her Head
written by Nancy Viau

Sarah Simpson’s Rules for Living
written by Rebecca Rupp
Candlewick Press

written by Ingrid Law

Searching for a Starry Night
written by Christine Verstraete
Echelon Press

Shooting the Moon
written by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Sisters of the Sword
written by Maya Snow

Six Innings
written by James Preller
Feiwel & Friends

State of Wilderness
written by Elysabeth Eldering
4RV Publishing

Steinbeck’s Ghost
written by Lewis Buzbee
Feiwel & Friends

Step Fourth Mallory!
written by Laurie Friedman
Carolrhoda Books

Taneesha Never Disparaging
written by M. LaVora Perry
Wisdom Publications

written by Lesley M.M. Blume
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Thank You Lucky Stars
written by Beverley Donofrio
Schwartz and Wade Books

The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie
written by James Beverly
Nightengale Press

The Attack of the Growling Eyeballs
written by Lin Oliver
Simon & Schuster

The Big Splash
written by Jack Ferraiolo

The Bone Magician
written by F.E. Higgins
Feiwel & Friends

The Book of Nonsense
written by David Michael Slater
Blooming Tree Press

The Boy Who Dared
written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

The Buddha’s Diamonds
written by Carolyn Marsden
Candlewick Press

The Calder Game
written by Blue Balliett

The Case of the Fiendish Flapjack Flop
written by Nate Evans

The Curse of Addy McMahon
written by Katie Davis
Greenwillow Books

The Dove Family Tale: A True Story
written by Jalma Barrett
Book Surge

The Floating Circus
written by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Bloomsbury USA

The Girl Who Could Fly
written by Victoria Forrester
Feiwel & Friends

The Gollywhopper Games
written by Jody Feldman
Greenwillow Books

The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower
written by Lisa Graff
Laura Geringer

The London Eye Mystery
written by Siobhan Dowd
David Fickling Books

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
written by Trenton Lee Stewart
Little, Brown

The Penderwicks on Gardham Street
written by Jeanne Birdsall
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Postcard
written by Tony Abbott
Little, Brown

The Secrets of the Cirque Medrano
written by Elaine Scott

The Tallest Tree
written by Sandra Belton

The Trouble with Rules
written by Leslie Bulion

The Truth About Truman School
written by Dori Hillestad Butler
Albert Whitman & Company

The Underneath
written by Kathi Appelt

The Walls of Cartagena
written by Julia Durango
Simon & Schuster

The Willoughbys
written by Lois Lowry
Houghton Mifflin

The Year of the Rat
written by Grace Lin
Little, Brown

The Youngest Templar
written by Michael Spradlin

Third Grade Baby
written by Jenny Meyerhoff
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

written by Lauren Myracle
Dutton Juvenile

Tracking Daddy Down
written by Marybeth Kelsey
Greenwillow Books

Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains
written by Laurel Snyder
Random House Children’s Books

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
written by Danette Haworth
Walker Books for Young Readers

Waiting for Normal
written by Leslie Connor
Katherine Tegen Books

Where the Steps Were
written by Andrea Cheng
Boyds Mills Press

White Sands, Red Menace
written by Ellen Klages

Window Boy
written by Andrea White
Bright Sky Press

Zibby Payne and the Red Carpet Revolt
written by Alison Bell
Lobster Press