The Great Stone Face Book Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS) and is given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from fourth through sixth graders throughout the state. Each year a committee chooses 20 recently published titles, which children then use as a guide for voting. The vote takes place every April during National Library Week, and the winner is announced in May. The purpose of the award is to promote reading enjoyment, to increase awareness of contemporary writing, and to allow children to honor their favorite author.
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Big Dark
by Rodman Philbrick
When a strange weather event knocks out every source of power on New Year's Eve, the world is plunged into chaos. As his hometown of Harmony, N.H. struggles to maintain order and civilization, young Charlie Cobb sets out on a dangerous journey through the snow to find medicine for his diabetic mother.
Sci-fi/adventureGr. 5 and up
The Blackthorn Key
by Kevin Sands
In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.
Historical FictionGr. 5 and up
by Ursula Vernon
When little twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job. At first it seems she'll be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite a few secrets that could cause trouble.
FantasyGr. 4 and up
by Jackson Pearce
Overweight and non-athletic, twelve-year-old Hale may have been born and raised to be a spy for the Sub Rosa Society but it seems he is unlikely to become a Field Agent until his parents are captured by the evil League and Hale sets out on a solo mission to save them.
The Fog Diver
by Joel Ross
Many years in the future, humanity clings to cities on the highest mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tetherboy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E.
Sci-fi/adventureGr. 5 and up
A Night Divided
by Jennifer Nielsen
Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall, where they were living when it went up---while her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West. Four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.
by Alice Hoffman
Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig’s family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change --it’s time to break the spell.
Magical RealismGr. 5 and up
Nooks & Crannies
by Jessica Lawson
Eleven-year-old Tabitha Crum, whose parents were about to abandon her, is invited to the country estate of a wealthy countess along with five other children and told that one of them will become her heir. Then the children begin disappearing, one by one. So Tabitha takes a cue from her favorite detective novels and tries to solve the case and rescue the other children…who just might be her first real friends.
MysteryGr. 5 and up
Pack of Dorks
by Beth Vrabel
Overnight, Lucy has gone from being a popular kid to being a social outcast, and from being an only child to being the big sister to a Down’s Syndrome baby. While working on a school project about wolves with another “dork” classmate, Lucy connects what she learns about wolf pack behavior with the social life at school. Is it possible to create a pack of your own---even if it is a “pack of dorks”?
Realistic FictionGr. 4 and up
by Sara Pennypacker
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. Now far away, at his grandfather's house, Peter knows he never should have obeyed his father. He strikes out on his own to find his fox, despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own.
Realistic FictionGr. 5 and up
by Victoria Jamieson
Astrid does everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and just maybe make some new friends of her own.
Contemporary GraphicGr. 5 and up
Seven Dead Pirates
by Linda Bailey
Thanks to smothering parents and a bullying classmate, young Lewis is such a skittish wreck that he’s unable to speak at all in school. An isolated tower room in the ramshackle seaside mansion that his family has inherited, seems like the perfect place to hide from the world in safety. Then he discovers that he’s sharing the space with a boisterous, argumentative crew of pirate ghosts.
Fantasy Gr. 5 and up
Some Kind of Courage
by Dan Gemeinhart
Joseph Johnson has lost just about everyone he's ever loved. He lost his pa in an accident. He lost his ma and his little sister to sickness. And now, he's lost the pony that’s been his best friend since he was a child, taken away by a man who had no right to take her. But he hasn't lost hope. And he hasn't lost the fire in his belly that says he's getting his pony back---no matter what.
Historical FictionGr. 5 and up
Teddy Mars: Almost A World-Record Breaker
by Molly B. Burnham
Ten-year-old Teddy Mars seeks to stand apart from his six siblings, none of whom could be called "normal," by earn-ing a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Contemporary/Humor Gr. 4 and up
When Mischief Came to Town
by Katrina Nannestad
When Inge Maria arrives on a tiny island in Denmark to live with her grandmother, she's not sure what to expect. Her grandmother is stern, the people on the island are strange, and children are supposed to be seen and not heard. No matter how hard Inge tries to be good, mis-chief has a way of finding her. Could it be that a bit of mischief is exactly what Grandmother and the people of Bornholm need?
Historical FictionGrade 4 and up