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.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Published in 2017 by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, A.C. Thomas's searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name
2019 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
Published in 2017 by Puffin Books
Racing to freedom with thousands of other refugees as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia, Joana, Emilia, and Florian meet aboard the doomed Wilhelm Gustloff and are forced to trust each other in order to survive.
2018 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
by Victoria Aveyard
Published in 2015 by Orion
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood -- those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court.
2017 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
by Tom Leveen
Published in 2013 by Amulet Books
Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They're the misfits, the troublemakers--the ones who jump their high school's electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they're the only ones with a chance of surviving.
2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
by Marissa Meyer
Published in 2013 by Feiwel and Friends
Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.
2015 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
by Stephenie Meyer
Published in 2005 by Little, Brown and Company
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.
2008 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
Son of the Mob
by Gordon Korman
Published in 2004 by Hyperion
Eighteen-year-old Vince Luca, son of mob boss Anthony Luca, goes away to college in southern California hoping to escape his past, but soon his brother and a series of "uncles" appear at his dorm, and before long he is caught up in criminal activity once again.
2007 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
by Christopher Paolini
Published in 2003 by Alfred A. Knopf
In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
2006 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer
Published in 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
2005 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
The Thief Lord
by Cornelia Funke
Published in 2002 by Chicken House/Scholastic
Escaping the aunt who wants to adopt only one of them, two orphaned brothers run away from Hamburg to Venice, finding shelter with a gang of street children and their leader, the thirteen-year-old "Thief Lord," while also eluding the detective hired to return them to Germany.
2004 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Published in 1999 by Delacorte Press
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
2002 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
by Louis Sacher
Published in 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
2001 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling
Published in 1998 by A.A. Levine Books
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
2000 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
by Karen Hesse
Published in 1994 by H. Holt
Nyle's life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advances rhythmically through the seasons until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear power plant. Without warning, Nyle's modest world fills with protective masks, evacuations, contaminated food, disruptions, and mistrust. Nyle adjusts to the changes. As long as the fallout continues blowing to the East, Nyle, Gran, and the farm can go on.
1998 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
The Name of the Game Was Murder
by Joan Lowery Nixon
Published in 1993 by Delacorte Press
When she visits her great-uncle, a successful and self-centered author, at his fortress-like home on Catalina Island, fifteen-year-old Samantha becomes involved in his manipulative game that leads to murder.
1997 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick
Published in 1993 by Blue Sky Press
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.
1996 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen
by Lois Lowry
Published in 1993 by Houghton Mifflin
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
1995 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Teen