The GERTRUDE WARNER 2016 Awards for Middle Grade Chapter Books – Official Finalist List

Congratulations to these Finalists who will compete for The Gertrude Warner Awards FIRST IN CATEGORY sub-genres. The subgenres are: Contemporary Middle Grade, Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, Mysteries, Historical, and Adventure.

I, Mary: Book 3 of the Crofter Family Saga by Mike Hartner, an historical fiction middle grade book

An inspiring read that pulls at your heartstrings that sets the dreams of a young girl to the time of the English Civil War. If your middle grade reader loves "The Little House on the Prairie" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, then she will love reading "I, Mary."

LILA AND THE DANDELION by Sheryl Hershey, a children’s book about self-worth and valuing others

Filled with warm, sweet characters and an optimistic outlook, Sheryl Hershey’s children’s book Lila and the Dandelion helps children explore the important message of self-acceptance along with acceptance of others--even if they are different.

LIFE ON BASE: QUANTICO CAVE by Tom and Nancy Wise,

A riveting portrayal of the lives of children whose parents serve in the armed forces. Being a teenager is hard enough, but adding the constant uprooting and moving from base to base adds its own unique challenges as well as rewards.

LITTLE GUY by Heather Gardam, Book 2 in a delightful children’s series about farm life

Continuing from "Life on the Farm,"Gardam's book carries on to instill values of friendship, perseverance, and believing in one's self against the odds.