The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award — Middle Reader Finalists


The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award is given annually by the American Booksellers Association.  Below are the Middle Reader finalists for 2017 which “reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books”.  Click here for the Picture Book finalists.  A winner based on votes from booksellers at ABA member stores will be announced on May 3, 2017.





As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds As Brave as You
By: Jason Reynolds

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires–literally.  Ages 10 and up

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Regan Barnhill The Girl Who Drank the Moon
By: Kelly Regan Barnhill

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences.  Ages 10-14

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin When the Sea Turned to Silver
By: Grace Lin

Pinmei, a storyteller’s granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor.  Ages 9-12

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
By: Leslie Connor

Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth–and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from .. but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?  Ages 8-12

The Best Man by Richard Peck The Best Man
By: Richard Peck

Archer has four important role models in his life–his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer’s sixth-grade year becomes one he’ll never forget.  Ages 9-12

The Inquisitor's Tale, or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz The Inquisitor’s Tale, or, the Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog
By: Adam Gidwitz

A peasant girl and her holy greyhound, an oblate on a mission from his monastery, and a young Jewish boy travel across medieval France to escape persecution and save holy texts from being burned.  Ages 10 and up


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