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Sunshine State Young Reader's (SSYRA) Award Program

The SSYRA program is a statewide reading motivation program in Florida for students in grades 3-5 and 6-8.  Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/ or multicultural representation.  Sunshine State books are also Accelerated Reader books.  Read from the 2015-2016 list and vote for your favorite book during February 29th-April 15th 2016.  


Sunshine State Young Readers Award Finalists Grades 3-5




Athlete vs. Mathlete
Mack, W.C.
AR Quiz No. 157576 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 3.9 - AR Pts: 5.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
When their two worlds collide in seventh grade, fraternal twins and opposites Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court, and at home. Book #1


Blast Off!
Ball, Nate
AR Quiz No. 170808 EN Fiction


 IL: LG - BL: 4.6 - AR Pts: 2.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
Fourth-grader Zack McGee's life is turned upside down when Amp, a tiny alien, crash-lands in his bedroom and then causes trouble at school while trying to get parts to repair his spaceship. Book #1


Eight Keys
LaFleur, Suzanne
AR Quiz No. 145481 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 6.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
When twelve-year-old Elise, orphaned since age nine, becomes disheartened by middle school and its bullies, changing relationships, and higher expectations, keys to long-locked rooms and messages from her late father help her cope.


Fortunately, the Milk
Gaiman, Neil
AR Quiz No. 160992 EN Fiction


 IL: LG - BL: 4.3 - AR Pts: 1.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
While picking up 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
Holm, Jennifer L.
AR Quiz No. 168161 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 4.1 - AR Pts: 4.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging and consequently has turned into a teenager, which makes for complicated relationships when her grandfather moves in with Ellie and her mother, Grandpa's daughter.


Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
Clifton, Lutricia
AR Quiz No. 150783 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 7.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
Twelve-year-old Frankie, forced to live with the father he 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.


The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Healy, Christopher
AR Quiz No. 151439 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 5.0 - AR Pts: 12.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav, all former princes who had been rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, encounter trolls, witches, and dragons during their quest to become heroes. Book #1


The Hypnotists
Korman, Gordon
AR Quiz No. 159787 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 5.5 - AR Pts: 8.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
Twelve-year-old Jackson Opus is descended from two powerful hypnotist bloodlines, but he has just begun to realize that he can control others' actions with sometimes frightening results. Book #1


Kizzy Ann Stamps
Watts, Jeri
AR Quiz No. 153430 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 5.2 - AR Pts: 6.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
Kizzie Ann Stamps is nervous about starting at a new school that was just integrated and wonders if she, because she is black, and her dog, Shag, will be allowed to compete in a herding competition.


Nerd Camp
Weissman, Elissa Brent
AR Quiz No. 145119 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 5.1 - AR Pts: 7.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
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
Gephart, Donna
AR Quiz No. 150381 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 4.0 - AR Pts: 7.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
After overcoming a number of obstacles, especially in the subject of geography, 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 before.


Weeks, Sarah
AR Quiz No. 146961 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 5.6 - AR Pts: 5.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
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. As everyone tries to discover the secret ingredients, Alice learns some important lessons about faith, love, and family.


A Snicker of Magic
Lloyd, Natalie
AR Quiz No. 164275 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 4.7 - AR Pts: 10.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
When a twelve-year-old girl moves to a Southern mountain town, she sets out to break a century-old curse and bring back a forgotten magic and finds a home for her wandering heart.


Three Times Lucky
Turnage, Sheila
AR Quiz No. 151057 EN Fiction


 IL: MG - BL: 3.9 - AR Pts: 9.0


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


White Fur Flying
MacLachlan, Patricia
AR Quiz No. 156579 EN Fiction


 IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 1.0


 AR Quiz Types: RP
A sad and silent nine-year-old boy finds his voice when he moves next to a family who rescues dogs.



Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Finalists Grades 6-8


Counting by 7s
Sloan, Holly Goldberg
AR Quiz No. 160220 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 5.6 - AR Pts: 10.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

The Eighth Day
Salerni, Dianne K.
AR Quiz No. 166290 EN Fiction

 IL: MG+ - BL: 5.2 - AR Pts: 10.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn't expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there's an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it's clear his life will never be the same. Book #1

Eye of the Storm
Messner, Kate
AR Quiz No. 150595 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 4.8 - AR Pts: 10.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
Jaden's summer visit with her meteorologist father fills her with apprehension and fear as she discovers that living at her father's planned community, Placid Meadows, is anything but placid.

Jack Strong Takes a Stand
Greenwald, Tommy
AR Quiz No. 162912 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 4.5 - AR Pts: 5.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
Tired of being forced to participate in sports and take extra lessons and tutoring in anticipation of college, middle-schooler Jack Strong stages a sit-in on his couch until his parents ease up.

Jungle of Bones
Mikaelsen, Ben
AR Quiz No. 164357 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 5.3 - AR Pts: 7.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
When teenager Dylan is caught joyriding in a stolen car, he is sent to his ex-Marine uncle for the summer. Soon they are on the way to Papua New Guinea in search of a World War II fighter plane, and Dylan discovers defiance is not a survival skill.

The Night Gardener
Auxier, Jonathan
AR Quiz No. 166191 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 4.9 - AR Pts: 12.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
Irish orphans Molly, age fourteen, and Kip, age ten, travel to England to work as servants in an old manor house, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Project Jackalope
Ecton, Emily
AR Quiz No. 151262 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 4.4 - AR Pts: 6.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
When Jeremy is entrusted with Professor Twitchett's creation, a jackalope, he must find a way to keep it safe from the government agents who want it for their own purposes.

The Secret of Rover
Wildavsky, Rachel
AR Quiz No. 143077 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 4.9 - AR Pts: 11.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
Twelve-year-old twins Katie and David evade foreign militants and make their way from Washington, D.C., to their uncle's Vermont home, hoping he can help rescue their parents, who were kidnapped because of Rover, their secret invention.

Seeing Red
Erskine, Kathryn
AR Quiz No. 161906 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 4.6 - AR Pts: 13.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
When 12-year-old Frederick's father dies, his mother wants to sell their automobile repair shop. But Red is desperate to stop the sale, even if it means unearthing some dark family secrets.

Skink: No Surrender
Hiaasen, Carl
AR Quiz No. 168926 EN Fiction

 IL: MG+ - BL: 5.2 - AR Pts: 9.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenage boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.

Wiggins, Bethany
AR Quiz No. 157786 EN Fiction

 IL: UG - BL: 4.8 - AR Pts: 11.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
When a vaccine to treat the bee flu causes people to turn into ferocious killer beasts, the uninfected build a wall to keep the beasts out, but Fiona wakes up on the wrong side of the wall. Book #1

Tesla's Attic
Shusterman, Neal
AR Quiz No. 164043 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 6.0 - AR Pts: 11.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
With a plot combining science and the supernatural, four kids are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla. The coauthor is Eric Elfman. Book #1

The Testing
Charbonneau, Joelle
AR Quiz No. 158911 EN Fiction

 IL: MG+ - BL: 5.6 - AR Pts: 15.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University, but she is fearful when she figures out that her friends who do not pass The Testing disappear. Book #1

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet
Cavanaugh, Nancy J.
AR Quiz No. 163450 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 5.3 - AR Pts: 6.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
Homeschooled by her mechanic-environmentalist father, eleven-year-old Rachel "Ratchet" Vance records her efforts to make friends, save a park, remember her mother, and find her own definition of "normal."

Goldblatt, Mark
AR Quiz No. 158602 EN Fiction

 IL: MG - BL: 4.5 - AR Pts: 9.0

 AR Quiz Types: RP
In Queens, New York, in 1969, twelve-year-old Julian writes a journal for his English teacher in which he explores his friendships and how they are affected by girls, a new student who may be as fast as Julian, and a violent incident of bullying