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Grand Canyon Young Reader Award Winners 1994-299
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2008 -- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Teen Fiction.


2007 -- Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman. Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent. Teen Fiction

Son of the Mob

2006 -- Eragon by Christopher Paolini. In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters. Teen Fiction


2005 -- The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. Teen Fiction

House of the Scorpion

2004 -- The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with--and protection from--Venice's "Thief Lord."  Teen Fiction

The Thief Lord

2003 -- Stargirl by Jerry Spinnelli. In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High forever.  Youth Fiction


2002 -- Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. Youth Fiction

Bud Not Buddy

2001 -- Holes by Louis Sachar. Stanley Yelnats is sentenced to dig holes at Camp Green Lake detention centre for stealing a pair of sneakers. Stanley's quest to discover what he is digging for leads to danger and adventure and to a confrontation with his family's past.  Youth Fiction.


2000 --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. What did Harry Potter know about magic? He was stuck with the decidedly un-magical Dursleys, who hated him. He slept in a closet and ate their leftovers. But an owl messenger changes all that, with an invitation to attend the Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches, where it turns out Harry is already famous.. . . Youth Fiction.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

1999 --  Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine. In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. Youth Fiction.


1998 -- Phoenix Rising by Karen Hesse. Nyle’s life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advances rhythmically through the seasons until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear power plant. Without warning, Nyle’s modest world fills with protective masks, evacuations, contaminated food, disruptions, and mistrust.  Youth Fiction.

Phoenix Rising

1997 -- The Name of the Game Was Murder by Joan Lowery Nixon. "If you don't take part, you'll soon regret it, " the invitation reads. Samantha's mean-spirited great-uncle, famous novelist Augustus Trevor, has invited--or blackmailed--a group of celebrities to his island mansion to participate in a "game." But when Augustus is found dead, Samantha must join the game. Teen Fiction.

The Name of the Game is Murder

1996 -- Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team. Youth Fiction.

Freak the Mighty

1995 -- The Giver by Lois Lowry. Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Youth Fiction.

The Giver

1994 -- Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel by Avi. A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story. Teen Fiction.

Nothing But the Truth
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