Golden Sower Books

Golden Sowers Books for
for Fourth and Fifth Graders

Fourth and fifth graders can read the nominees for 2016 through April of 2017. In order to be eligible to vote, students must have read or listened to four of the 10 nominees (by the end of March) and to be able to attend the Quiz Bowl, they must have read all 10 of the nominees and been part of our book club. 

Here are the grades four through six 2016-2017 nominees and summaries from the Nebraska Golden Sower website. The review forms will be  in the Wheeler library in the fall.


Grades 4-6 Category

Anders, Lou. Frostborn
Destined to take over his family farm in Norrongard, Karn would rather play the board game, Thrones and Bones, until half-human, half frost giantess Thianna appears and they set out on an adventure, chased by a dragon, undead warriors, an evil uncle, wyverns, trolls and giants.

Bell, Cece. El Deafo.
The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. The War that Saved My Life.
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

Brown, Jennifer. Life on Mars.
Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers' quest to find life on other planets seems at an end when his parents decide to move to Las Vegas, but while they look for a house he stays with his neighbor, an astronaut who soon becomes a friend.

Draper, Sharon M. Stella by Starlight.
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

Graff, Lisa. Absolutely Almost.
Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

Holm, Jennifer L. The Fourteenth Goldfish.
Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. Fish in a Tree.
Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read.

Larson, Kirby. Dash.
When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash. As her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.

Watson, Jude. Loot.
When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to "find jewels." This instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had-- and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.



Thanks to the Golden Sower committee and webmaster for providing the summaries on this page.