The Grand Canyon Reader Award is a reader award program for students in Arizona.
Students vote annually on their favorite book in the following categories: Picture Books, Non-Fiction, Intermediate, Tween and Teen.
A Handful of Stars
by Cynthia Lord
Published in 2015 by Scholastic Press
When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather -- but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.
2019 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
by Liesl Shurtliff
Published in 2017 by Scholastic Inc.
Followed by a wolf, a huntsman, and a porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red embarks on a quest to find a magical cure for her ailing grandmother.
2018 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurliff
Published in 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf
Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.
2017 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Gabenstein
Published in 2013 by Random House
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate
by R.J. Palacio
Published in 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid -- but his classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy,
2015 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate
by Sarah Weeks
Published in 2011 by Scholastic Press
After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.
2014 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate
Closed For The Season
by Mary Downing Hahn
Published in 2009 by Clarion Books
When thirteen-year-old Logan and his family move into a run-down old house in rural Virginia, he discovers that a woman was murdered there and becomes involved with his neighbor Arthur in a dangerous investigation to try to uncover the killer.
2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate
The Gollywhopper Games
by Jody Feldman
Published in 2008 by Greenwillow Books
Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from Golly Toy and Game Company.
2011 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate
by Gordon Korman
Published in 2008 by Scholastic Press
After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.
2010 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo
Published in 2006 by Candlewick Press
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
2008 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Intermediate