SSYRA Reading Contest
Read books from this year's Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (SSYRA) list and write book reviews to be eligible to vote for your favorite book and to attend the Ice Cream Sundae Party. The more books you read, the more scoops and toppings you earn. The book with the most votes from students all over Florida will be awarded the 2019 Sunshine State Young Reader's Award.
1) Read at least 3 of the 15 SSYRA books
2) Join the Media Center's Google Classroom page to access the form for the book review (Enter classroom code KVOYSLZ to join the class)
3) Write a book review for each SSYRA book that you read - if your book review is chosen by Mrs. Bradshaw to be featured on the Media Center website, you will win a prize
4) The more you read, the more ice cream and toppings you will get to enjoy
Students who have read and completed book reviews for at least 3 of the 15 SSYRA books will be invited to the Ice Cream Sundae Party, where they will cast their votes for their favorite book and enjoy ice cream and toppings of their choice.
Check out the titles below and start reading!
by Tamara Ireland Stone Year Published: 2017 Fiction
At her summer CodeGirls Camp, Allie Navarro invents Click’d, a friend pairing app. Click’d pairs its users with others who have common interests and then sends them a on scavenger hunt to find their matches. A glitch threatens to reveal private information, and Allie must work fast in the school computer lab to find a fix. Can Allie fix her app, win back her friends and get it ready for Games for Good?
What students are saying about Click'd:
"I would recommend this book because Nathan was funny in the story and Allie was very helpful to Abby and Eric. This story was full of excitement and suspense. I really love the book." - Iran R.
"A girl makes a game that goes completely wrong. There is a lot of coding involved and nice art designs. This not your normal every day book. I would love for other kids to read this book." - Nayeli D.
by H.M. Bouwman Year Published: 2017 Fiction
A portal between two worlds opens unexpectedly. Those who travel to the second world find solace, but the Raft King wants to change all of that. Relating the tales of three sets of siblings who endure hardships, experience magic, adventures on the sea, and an en- chanting second world, A Crack in the Sea is a unique tale where the door to the first world may never reopen.
What students are saying about A Crack in the Sea:
"The kids that love adventures are most likely to like the book and read it."
- Alize V.
by D.J. MacHale Year Published: 2016 Fiction
There’s a place beyond this world where spirits tell their tales—stories that ended too soon, or don’t end at all. It’s a place for unexplainable things: mysteries without solutions. Ghosts. Boogeymen. They all have a story.
Marcus and his friends have found the key to unlock the Library. And they need to use it, because, clearly, something is up. Some strange guy in a bathrobe haunts them; fires rage and flare out in an instant; a creepy old lady shows up at Marcus’s house. . . . At first Marcus thinks he’s going nuts, until the terror gets real. The Library may hold some answers, but if there’s an unfinished mystery, the three friends will have to complete the story . . . any way they possibly can.
What students are saying about The Curse of the Boggin:
"This is the kind of book that I started with. The first book I have ever read was the Charlie Bone series. This book reminds me of that. I love the books like this. This story of a kid can either, in my case, make you cry knowing his background, or get an adrenaline rush. Either way it's an awesome book."
- Nayeli D.
by Pablo Cartaya Year Published: 2018 Fiction
Arturo lives in Miami playing basketball and working a few shifts at his Abuela’s restaurant. When he meets Carmen, a young girl who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex, his stomach is in knots. On top of the problems with his new crush, his town is being threatened by a land develop- er. With the help of Carmen and the book of poetry of Jose Marti left by his grandfather, Arturo discovers family bonds and community are stronger than ever.
What students are saying about The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora:
"I would recommend this book to other readers because it is a great fun book. It is about a young boy named Arturo Zamora he likes to play basketball and works at his Abuela's restaurant..." - Christopher M.
by Sarah L. Thomson Year Published: 2017 Fiction
When middle school puzzle master Sam and history wiz Martina win a contest for a summer trip across the US, they discover they've been drafted into something vastly more extraordinary. Joining another kid on the trip, Theo, a descendant of George Washington himself, they must follow clues to find seven keys left behind by the Founding Fathers. Together the keys unlock Benjamin Franklin's greatest invention--a secret weapon intended to defend the country. Each key is hidden in a unique location around the U.S., protected with puzzles, riddles, and traps. This has kept the weapon safe . . . until now! Gideon Arnold, a dangerous descendant of the infamous Benedict Arnold, is on the chase.
In competition with Arnold and his thugs to reach the artifacts first, Sam, Martina, Theo, and readers must use their wits to solve ingenious puzzles, escape death-by-booby-trap, and, by the end of the series, save our nation by uncovering many of its greatest secrets.
What students are saying about The Eureka Key:
"This was a good book if you like history and lots of action. I loved the facts that were in the book. I also loved the puzzles and the way the characters act. This is a book that I will read over and over again."
- Nayeli D.
by Megan Frazer Blakemore Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Up until a new girl, Ilana, moves to Firefly Lane, Mori and her friends lived a normal life. They never questioned anything in Old Harmonie, their utopian community. Questions arise about the new girl. Where Ilana says she comes from doesn’t add up and her behavior is strange. Once they discover the truth they must make tough decisions about their seemingly perfect world.
by Celia C. Perez Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Punk rocker, Zine maker, Mar a Luisa is moving to Chicago with her Mexican-American mother and starting 7th grade in a new school. When she begins her first day with a rebellious start, she needs to figure out how she’ll fit in and still hold on to her unique character.
What students are saying about The First Rule of Punk:
"As a Hispanic child, I love these books. I like that it has Spanish language and that makes the book different." - Nayeli D.
by Linda Sue Park Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary, every leaf has the potential to unleash a kind of magic. If only Raffa's father would allow him to experiment freely.
What students are saying about Forest of Wonders:
"This book is something kids like me should read. This book has animals and nature mixed in with magic vines and leaves...Kids that like adventure mysteries and magic will love this book so much." - Nayeli D.
"When a bat crashes into Raffa Santana's life he saves this animal. But he didn't just save it, he transforms it into something much more..." - Alize V.
by Garth Nix Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Poor Princess Anya! Forced to live with her evil stepmother’s new husband, her evil stepfather, has the unfortunate ability to break curses with magic kisses, AND now forced to go on the run when her stepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own. She is not alone, aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards.
by Jason Reynolds Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Running. That's all that Castle Cranshaw aka Ghost has ever known. But never for a track team. His game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race -- and wins -- the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has some- thing: natural talent.
by Sarah Beth Durst Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents' bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?
What students are saying about The Girl Who Could Not Dream:
"I would recommend this book to the other readers. This book has magic and dreams ( if you couldn't tell) and has a great story to tell. A little girl talks about not being able to dream but can make them come to life out of a dream. It's a cool story. I loved it as a big time reader so will the other readers."
- Nayeli D.
by Jennifer Brown Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Video game-loving Luke Abbott has no interest in joining his school robotics team. For one, he really doesn’t know much about robotics. Two, the team has a record of losing. And three, his arch nemesis Missy the Cruel and the scary Lunchbox Jones are both on the team! What is with his lunchbox anyways?
by Gordon Korman Year Published: 2018 Fiction
Chase wakes up from a fall off the roof not knowing who he is. When he returns to school, the students know exactly who he is, or at least, who he was. Some of the students act like he is a hero, some seem scared of him, and one utterly despises him. Chase is faced with having to figure out not only who he was, but who he wants to be.
What students are saying about Restart:
"Yes, I recommend this book to other readers. I recommend it because Restart is a really good book. Chase is my favorite character in my opinion. I think other readers would really like reading this book." - Ricardo A.
"I would recommend this book. Mostly because I like the story line. I like how this kid forgets everything, only to have another chance...I like a lot of things about this book. I'm sure it's not only just a great story but it has a good message..." - Nayeli D.
by Holly Goldberg Sloan Year Published: 2018 Fiction
Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. As Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive—one of the adults with dwarfism who’ve joined the production’s motley crew of Munchkins—and with her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia’s own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn’t want to fade into the background—and it’s a good thing, because her director has more big plans for Julia!
by Deron Hicks Year Published: 2017 Fiction
When a young boy is discovered in Washington DC’s National Gallery without any memory of who he is, a high-stakes race begins to unravel the greatest mystery of all: his identity. As the stakes continue to rise, the boy must piece together the clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted.
What students are saying about The Van Gogh Deception:
"Anyone who likes mystery and chase and other things like that, then this is really your type of book. The characters ( well some of the characters ) were a little shady. I love this book." - Nayeli D.