Sunshine State Young Reader's Award


The Sunshine State Young Reader's Award is a reading program that promotes literacy in elementary and middle schools. Nominees are chosen by the SSYRA committee based on their wide appeal, literacy value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Parents are encourage dto become familiar with the nominees, and summaries of each book are available below. Please contact Mrs. Hudson at Webster if you have any questions or concerns about the SSYRA books. Each of the titles will be available in the library, and students who have read three or more of the SSYRA books will be eligible to vote on their favorite book in the spring. These titles are also used in the SJCSD Battle of the Books competition. Click the poster below to view the titles, or click here to watch the SSYRA video preview.

Athlete vs. Mathlete

by W. C. Mack

When their two worlds collide in seventh grade, faternal twins and opposites Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court, and at home.

Blast Off!

by Nate Ball

Fourth-grader Zack McGee's life is turned upside-down when Amp, a tiny alien, crash-lands in his bedroom, then causes trouble at school while trying to get parts to repair his spaceship.

Eight Keys

by Suzanne LaFleur

When twelve-year-old Elise, orphaned since age three, becomes disheartened by middle school, with its bullies, changing relationships, and higher expectations, keys to long-locked rooms and messages from her late father help her cope.

Fortunately, the Milk

by Neil Gaiman

While pickin gup milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer L. Holm

Ellie's scientist gradfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe

by Lutricia Clifton

Twelve-year-old Frankie Joe Huckaby, forced to live with the fathe rhe never knew, a stepmother, and four half-brothers in Illinois, starts a delivery service to finance his escape back to his mother in Texas, not realizing he is making a better life for himself than he ever had with her.

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

by Christopher Healy

Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav, all former princes who had been rejected by their princesses and cast out of the their castles, encounter trolls, witches, and dragons during their quest to become heroes.

The Hypnotists

by Gordon Korman

Twelve-year-old Jackson Opus is descended from two powerful hypnotist bloodlines, but he has just begun to realize that he can control other peoples' actions with sometimes frightening results--especially when the head of the Sentia Institute plans to use Jackson for his own benefit.

Kizzy Ann Stamps

by Jeri Watts

Kizzy Ann Stamps is nervous about starting at a new school that was just integrated, and wonders if she and her dog Shag will be allowed to compete ina herding competition because she is African-American.

Nerd Camp

by Elissa Brent Weissman

For ten-year-old Gabe, the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment is all that he dreamed it would be, but he must work hard to write about the fun in letters to Zach, his cool future stepbrother, without revealing that it is a camp for "nerds."

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen

by Donna Gephart

After overcoming a number of obstacles, especially in the subject of eography, Olivia is on her way to Hollywood to appear on Jeopardy! and, she hopes, to reunite with her father who left the family two years ago.


by Sarah Weeks

Alice's Aunt Polly passes away and entrusts the recipe for her world-famous pie crust to her cat, which she leaves in Alice's care, and as everyone, including Alice, tries to discover the secret ingredients, Alice learns some important lessons about faith, love, and family.

A Snicker of Magic

by Natalie Lloyd

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend, Johnah the Beedle, she hopes to bring the magic back.

Three Times Lucky

by Sheila Turnage

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

White Fur Flying

by Patricia MacLachlan

A sad and silent nine-year-old boy finds his voice when he moves next to a family that rescues dogs.

Summaries provided by Follett.