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2022-2023 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books, Grades 3-5


Mystery on Magnolia Circle by Kate Klise
Best friends Ivy and Teddy are having the WORST summer. Ivy broke her leg and Teddy’s dog died. But when Ivy witnessed what might be a burglary, things get a lot more interesting. Who are the criminals? Could a classmate be involved? More mysteries await as Ivy and Teddy’s summer becomes the best one yet.

Stella by McCall Hoyle
Stella had a great job as a bomb-sniffing dog. But when she made a mistake and there was an explosion, Stella’s anxiety forced her to retire. When a girl named Chloe adopts Stella, it is an opportunity for the dog to prove her worth. Stella discovers she can smell when Chloe is about to have a seizure. Can Stella become a new kind of service dog and save Chloe’s life? 

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
Amari Peters has never stopped believing that her missing brother is still alive, no matter what others say. That’s why, when she finds an invitation for a tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she goes, even though now she has to deal with magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures. It would be easy to give up, especially with everyone thinking she’s the enemy and there’s an evil magician on the loose, but Amari will do anything to find her missing brother.

Carry Me Home by Janet Fox
Twelve-year-old Lulu and her little sister Serena have a secret. They are homeless. And their dad has disappeared. Lulu will try her best to be responsible for her family—and try to keep their situation a secret. One mistake and Lulu and Serena will be separated. One mistake and Lulu’s life that she has been creating in her town and in her school will be over. Who can Lulu trust? Can anyone be trusted to save her and Serena? Can anyone be trusted to find their father?

Distress Signal by Mary E. Lambert
Lavender’s class trip to a national park is not going well. First, she is stuck in a group with her ex-best friend, a mean girl, and an odd boy. Then, disaster strikes. There is a flash flood. The four students are separated from their school and lost in the desert. They will need to put aside their differences if they want to survive.

Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendariz
Julieta is so excited to finally visit Paris. She arrives with her art-handler dad and immediately takes in the sights, but when they get to the Louvre, they walk in on a thief stealing a priceless cursed diamond. The thief gets away and—worse yet—Julieta’s dad is the main suspect! Can Julieta catch the real diamond thief before it’s too late?

J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard
J.D. learns that he has a natural talent for cutting hair after his mom gives him the worst haircut of his life. Soon he is making money running a barbershop from his bedroom. But when Henry Jr. (the owner of the only official barbershop in town) tries to shut him down, there is only one thing left to do. How do you solve who is the best barber in town? With the Great Barber Battle!

The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Ebenezer Tweezer is beautiful– and 511 years old. His secret is the monster in his house. He feeds the monster rare items and in exchange gets magical potions. But now the monster wants to eat a child. The child, Bethany, is very rude and obnoxious, but Ebenezer is starting to have second thoughts about feeding her to the monster. What if Ebenezer wants to be her friend instead?

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom by Matthew Swanson
Live each day as if it were your last. Ben’s fortune cookie changes his life. He creates a bucket list of what he wants to do with his life. But with his new tasks and dreams come new fears, risks, and plenty of trouble—all which may interfere with things like building a 1000 piece model and eating an entire cake. Ben’s new way of living life may just lead to new friendships and new apple pies to be baked.

Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable
Everyone is off at summer camp, except for Katie. She and her mom don’t have enough money to send her. Unless she earns the money herself! Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious neighbor Madeline. Madeline’s 217 cats are not what you would call normal. And why is Madeline out the exact time the city’s famous supervillain is committing crimes? Can Katie save her friendships, solve a mystery, AND take care of 217 cats???

Leonard (My Life as a Cat) by Carlie Sorosiak
When Olive rescues a cat from a flood, she learns that Leonard the cat is really Leonard the alien. Leonard was attempting to come to Earth as a human and learn human things (bowling, hosting
a dinner party, how to hold an umbrella). But now, not only will he not get those experiences, if he doesn’t make it from South Carolina to Yellowstone National Park soon, he will miss his ride home.

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L Holm
Bell has spent all 11 years of his life on Mars. He often wonders why he is not allowed to contact any of the other colonies on the planet. Then, when all of the adults on his colony are sick with a virus, it is up to Bell to save his colony, and maybe even unite the entire planet of Mars.

The Million Dollar Race by Matthew Ross Smith
Grant is fast. Real fast. So he is very excited when a sneaker company announces a world-wide competition to find the fastest kid. But it won’t be easy. His strange parents never got him a birth certificate, so he may not be allowed to compete. Grant wants to win, but at what cost? He may have to invent his own country. He may have to knock his best friend out of the competition. What is Grant willing to sacrifice to be the fastest kid in the world?