Sunshine State Young Readers Award

  • The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.

  • Hammett Bowen Readers' Resort

    Read all 15 books to be eligible to attend HBE's Readers' Resort in the Spring 2018. Spend the day enjoying activities and presentations related to the 15 Sunshine State books. In order to be eligible to attend this event, students must be a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student. Students must read all 15 SSYRA books and pass the comprehension test with an 80% or higher by April 2018. We hope to have an event full of HBE students!

  • A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

    by Laurence Yep and Joanna Ryder  Year Published:
    Feisty dragon Miss Drake's new pet human, precocious ten-year old Winnie, not only thinks MissDrake is her pet, she accidentally brings to life her "sketchlings" of mysterious and fantastic creatureshidden in San Francisco, causing mayhem among its residents.
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  • A Whole New Ballgame

    by Phil Bildner    Year Published:
    Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They have a crazynew tattooed teacher named Mr. Acevedo, who doesn't believe in tests or homework. They also find them-selves with a new basketball coach: Mr. Acevedo! Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfortzone. And for Red, who really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of astruggle. But together these two make a great duo who know how to help each other—and find ways to makea difference—in the classroom and on the court.
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  • Allie, First at Last

    by Angela Cervantes Year Published:
    Born into a family of over achievers, fifth-grader Allie Velasco has never finished first in anything, andlately things have been going badly: her science project is ruined by a well-meaning student, her for-mer best friend is hanging out with another girl--but now she is determined to win the Trailblazer con-test with a photographic presentation about her great grandfather, the first Congressional Medal ofHonor winner from their town.
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  • Castle Hangnail

    by Ursula Vernon Year Published:
    When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle’s min-ions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. Butthe castle desperately needs a master or else the Board of Magic will decommission it, leaving all the min-ions without the home they love. So when Molly assures them she is quite wicked indeed (So wicked! RE- ALLY wicked!) and begins completing the tasks required by the Board of Magic for approval, everyonefeels hopeful. Unfortunately, it turns out that Molly has quite a few secrets, including the biggest one of all:that she isn’t who she says she is.
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  • Framed!

    by James Ponti Year Published:
    Florian has just moved to Washington, D.C. He’s learning his way around using TOAST, which standsfor the Theory of All Small Things, a technique he invented to solve life’s little mysteries. But when heteaches it to his new friend, Margaret, they uncover a mystery that isn’t little. Not little at all, but part ofa much bigger picture!
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  • Maxi’s Secrets: Or What You Can Learn From A Dog

    by Lynn Plourde Year Published:
    Timminy knows that moving to a new town just in time to start middle school when you are perfect bully baitis less than ideal. But he gets a great consolation prize in Maxi--a gentle giant of a dog who the familyquickly discovers is deaf. Timminy is determined to do all he can to help Maxi--after all, his parents didn'treturn him because he was a runt. But when the going gets rough for Timminy, who spends a little toomuch time getting shoved into lockers at school, Maxi ends up being the one to help him--along with theirneighbor, Abby, who doesn't let her blindness define her and bristles at Timminy's "poor -me" attitude. Itturns out there's more to everyone than what's on the surface, whether it comes to Abby, Maxi, or evenTimminy himself.
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  • My Brother is a Superhero

    by David Solomons Year Published:
    Eleven-year old Luke is a huge comic-book fan, so when an ill-timed bathroom break results in his 14-year old brother, Zack, receiving superpowers from a visiting alien, Luke is really upset. But Zack-whosebrand of nerdiness only extends to math, not comics-needs help navigating his new identity as Star Guy.When Luke's classmate Lara decides to unmask Star Guy, Luke tries to stop her, but the real danger isthe villainous Nemesis, a threat to not one but two universes.
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  • Night of the Living Worms

    by Dave Coverly Year Published:
    What's a bird to do when his sibling is a big-time celebrity? It's a question Speed Bump has to deal with everysingle morning, because his brother happens to be the one and only Early Bird. Unfortunately, Speed Bumpis a sleepy little bird with a big head and tiny wings who's worried he'll never live up to his brother. But he hasa great buddy, the ever-hungry Slingshot, who knows how to lift his spirits. Together, they end up on an ad-venture deep in the nighttime forest, where they're forced to confront something more terrifying―and slimi-er―than they've ever imagined.
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  • Pugs of the Frozen North

    by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre Year Published:
    The ship “Lucky Star” becomes trapped in the frozen ocean on the first day of True Winter. Ordered to savethe cargo consisting of sixty-six pug dogs, Shen and the pugs travel over the frozen environment on theirown. He meets Sika, who tells him of the magical “once-in-a-lifetime” winter and of a race to the North Polewhere the Snowfather lives. Snowfather will grant a wish to the winner, and Sika would like to win in order towish. Shen volunteers himself and the (66) pug dogs so Sika may enter the race and possibly win the race.
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  • Save Me a Seat

    by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan Year Published:
    Two fifth grade boys discover friendship can come in unexpected ways. Ravi, an excellent student, movesfrom India to New Jersey, only to find out that his skills aren’t viewed in the same light at his new school, Al-bert Einstein Elementary School. Joe has always lived in New Jersey, and attended that sameschool. However, due to his Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and how he handles situations, he doesn’tfeel very good about school. Through several events, the boys find out that life isn’t always as it first appears.
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  • Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker

    by Molly Burnham Year Published:
    Teddy Mars wants to stand out... in a house full of siblings. With the help of his best friends, Lonnieand Viva, Teddy attempts building the biggest snow mound, stuffing the most grapes in his mouth,and lifting a chair with his teeth. He'll try anything, even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning uppigeon poop for the Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his little brother, The Destructor, always gets in theway of Teddy's record-breaking plans! His determination will have readers laughing out loud and try-ing to break records of their own!
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  • The Hero Two Doors Down

    by Sharon Robinson Year Published:
    Eight year-old Stephen Satlow lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves the Brooklyn Dodgers. Stephencan’t believe his luck when his favorite baseball player Jackie Robinson moves in to his neighbor-hood. Written by Jackie Robinson’s daughter, this fictionalized story based on a true story tells atale of an unlikely friendship between a boy and his hero.
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  • The Vanishing Coin

    by Kate Egan with Mike Lane Year Published:
    Fourth-grader Mike Weiss can’t get the hang of math, forgets his homework, and has trouble sitting still inschool. And as if getting sent to the principal’s office the first week of school wasn’t bad enough, classmateJackson (“Mike’s enemy since birth”) won’t lay off him, and he’s spending his after-school hours with Nora,the gifted new girl next door. One afternoon with Nora, Mike discovers the town magic shop, The White Rab-bit, and something that he might actually be good at. The confidence boost helps Mike work harder in school.
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  • The Wild Robot

    by Peter Brown Year Published:
    When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild is-land. With no idea as to how she arrived there or her purpose, she only knows she has to survive. Sherealized that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwel-coming animals inhabitants. As Roz slowly befriends the animals and begins to feel at home, the robot’smysterious past comes back to haunt her.
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  • Willy Maykit in Space

    by Greg Trine Year Published:
    Earth-dwelling fourth-grader Willy Maykit couldn’t be more excited about his school field trip to PlanetEd. Willy’s class will blast off for the afternoon, learn about outer space, and be home in time for dinner.But when he wanders off on his own, Willy ends up being left behind on Ed! Can Willy, along with hisclassmate Cindy and an alien boy named Norp, outsmart the big hungry monsters on Ed until someonerescues them? With a little help from an android who likes knock-knock jokes and a seagull with terrificaim, they just might!
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