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  Maud Hart Lovelace Award 2021  

Each year, the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards announce nominees for the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award. These books are read by students across the state who then vote on which book should be that year's winning title. Winners are announced each April.

Titles are grouped into two divisions: titles for grades 3-5 and titles for grades 6-8. There are several crossover books.

You can learn more about the Maud Hart Lovelace book award at the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards website: https://myrahome.org/Maud-Hart-Lovelace-Award

Division 1 Winner

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GORDON KORMAN · Scholastic Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Chase's memory just went out the window.



Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting...
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Division 1 Runners-Up

Front Desk

Kelly Yang · Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 304
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5)

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.

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New Kid

Jerry Craft · HarperCollins
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves...

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Division 2 Winner

Resistance

Jennifer A Nielsen · Scholastic Press
Pages: 400
Format: Book

DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8)

Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give...

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Division 2 Runners-Up

New Kid

Jerry Craft · HarperCollins
Pages: 256
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5) & DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8)

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning...

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GORDON KORMAN · Scholastic Press
Pages: 256
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5) & DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8) 

Chase's memory just went out the window.

Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything....

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Other Nominees

Because of the Rabbit

Cynthia Lord · Scholastic Press
Pages: 192
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5)

On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They're supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home...

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Bob

Wendy Mass · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 208
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5)

It's been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy's grandmother in Australia. Now that she's back, Livy has the feeling she's forgotten something really, really important about Gran's house.

It...

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The Bridge Home

Padma Venkatraman · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 208
Format: Book

DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8)

"Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma shares with us an unflinching peek into the reality millions of homeless children live every...

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Float

LAURA MARTIN · HarperCollins
Pages: 352
Format: Book

DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8)

From the critically acclaimed author of the Edge of Extinction series comes this fast-paced, action-packed, and heartfelt adventure about a group of kids with uncontrollable abilities, perfect for fans of Gordon Korman, Lisa McMann, and Dan Gutman!

Emerson...

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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

DUSTI BOWLING · Sterling Children's Books
Pages: 272
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5) & DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8)

"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." - School Library Journal (Starred review)

Chosen...

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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Shari Green · Pajama Press
Pages: 240
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5) & DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8)

Sixth grade is coming to an end, and so is life as Macy McMillan knows it. Already a "For Sale" sign mars the front lawn of her beloved house. Soon her mother will upend their perfect little family,...

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Mustaches for Maddie

Chad Morris · Shadow Mountain
Pages: 256
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5)

Based on a true story.

Maddie is a normal twelve-year-old girl. Well, except for the fake mustaches she carries in her pocket. She likes to make people laugh and slapping on a mustache, especially a fuzzy pink or neon...

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Posted

John David Anderson · Walden Pond Press
Pages: 369
Format: Book

DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8)

With multiple starred reviews, don't miss this humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, social media, and the failures of communication between kids. From John David Anderson, author...

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Sled Dog School

Terry Lynn Johnson · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 208
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5)

Eleven-year-old Matt is struggling in school and he has to set up his own business to save his failing math grade. But what is he even good at? The only thing he truly loves is his team of dogs, and so Matt's Sled Dog School is born....

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Spirit Hunters

ELLEN OH · HarperCollins
Pages: 276
Format: Book

DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8)

We Need Diverse Books founder Ellen Oh returns with Spirit Hunters, a high-stakes middle grade mystery series about Harper Raine, the new seventh grader in town who must face down the dangerous ghosts haunting her younger brother. A riveting...

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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Leslie Connor · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 336
Format: Book

DIVISION 2 (grades 6-8)

A 2018 National Book Award Finalist!

From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor, comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance,...

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Wishtree

KATHERINE APPLEGATE · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 224
Format: Book

DIVISION 1 (grades 3-5)

"Warm and thoughtful, this story is told from the perspective of an ancient oak tree who has seen it all. Bestselling author Katherine Applegate gets readers rooting for the old tree, along with the people and animals who come to depend...

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