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    Try one of these past Maud Hart winners!

  • 2019 Winner The Terrible Two

    by Mac Barnett & Jory John Year Published: 2015

    When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.

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  • 2018 Winner Fort

    by Cynthia DeFelice Year Published: 2016

    Eleven-year-old Wyatt and his friend Augie aren't looking for a fight. They're having the best summer of their lives hanging out in the fort they built in the woods, fishing and hunting, cooking over a campfire, and sleeping out. But when two older boys mess with the fort―and with another kid who can't fight back―the friends are forced to launch Operation Doom, with unexpected results for all concerned, in this novel about two funny and very real young heroes.

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  • 2017 Winner El Deafo

    by CeCe Bell Year Published: 2014

    Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid.
    The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.

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  • 2016 Winner Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

    by Chris Grabenstein Year Published: 2013
    Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games—board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!
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  • 2015 Winner Belly Up

    by Stuart Gibbs Year Published: 2010

    Twelve-year-old Teddy is in heaven living with his gorilla-researcher mom and wildlife-photographer dad at the world's largest zoo. When the zoo's hippo mascot is murdered, Teddy not only wants to solve the mystery but also discover why no one else seems to care. Gibbs writes with absurdist humor and seemingly an insider's knowledge of how zoos operate.

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  • 2014 Winner Because of Mr. Terupt

    by Rob Buyea Year Published: 2010
    An unconventional, hands-on fifth-grade teacher frustrates authority figures but inspires seven students, from the class clown to the new girl in school. Short chapters narrated in turn by each student recount classroom projects and tell the characters' personal stories. Each student's personality and backstory is distinctive; the narrative voices, however, aren't always distinguishable.
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  • 2013 Winner 11 birthdays

    by Wendy Mass Year Published: 2009
    Amanda and Leo have the same birthday and always celebrate it together. After a fight the previous year, they throw separate eleventh-birthday parties--then find themselves forced to repeat the day over and over until they can reconcile. It's Groundhog Day for kids, and lots of fun due to deft pacing and sharp characterizations.
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  • 2012 Winner Please Write in this Book

    by Mary Amato Year Published: 2006
    Challenged to collectively fill a notebook with anything they choose, Ms. Wurtz's students happily enter poems, drawings, and stories both factual and made-up, until they begin arguing about the notebook's rules. Presented as rotating entries with varied handwriting and funky black-and-white illustrations, the notebook highlights each student's personality as the classmates debate the rules and finally learn to work together
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  • 2011 Winner Deep and Dark and Dangerous

    by Mary Downing Hahn Year Published: 2007
    Thirteen-year-old Ali, vacationing with her aunt and cousin at a secluded family cottage, is drawn by family tension and a bratty visitor to investigate the events of a long-ago summer that ended in a girl's death. Despite a slightly redundant plot, the ghost's appearance and need for resolution rings true, as do the effects of the tragedy on Ali's family
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  • 2010 Winner Champ

    by Marcia Thornton Jones Year Published: 2007
    Together Riley and Champ make a great team. But they stand to lose more at the Founders Day dog show than a blue ribbon. Could they be separated forever?
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  • 2009 Winner Flush

    by Carl Hiaasen Year Published: 2005
    With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
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  • 2008 Winner Ruby Holler

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: 2002
    Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler                     
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  • 2007 Winner Escaping the Giant Wave

    by Peg Kehret Year Published: 2003
    When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.
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  • 2006 Winner Runt

    by Marion Dane Bauer Year Published: 2002
    Runt, the diminutive last-born of a litter of pups, hopes to prove his worth to his father and acquire a nobler name in what PW called a "tightly plotted, swiftly paced tale of a wolf pack                                                                                                                    
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  • 2005 Winner The Doll People

    by Ann M Martin Year Published: 2000
    Bothered that she hasn't seen her aunt Sarah for forty-five years, Annabelle Doll embarks on a search that takes her out of her protective dollhouse. She braves dangerous territory beyond the nursery to discover not only the answers to family secrets but also a whole new family of dolls
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