Golden Sower Books

Golden Sowers Books for
for Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders

Third, fourth and fifth graders can read the nominees for 2017 through April of 2018. 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 for fourth and fifth graders 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 three through six 2017-2018 nominees and summaries from the Nebraska Golden Sower website. The Google Quizzes are on the Wheeler Website for students to complete to get credit for their reading.


Grades 3-6 Category

Applegate, Katherine. Crenshaw. 

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent and not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan—again. Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss. Book Scavenger. 

Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

Hitchcock, Shannon. Ruby Lee and Me. 

When a formerly segregated North Carolina town hires its first African-American teacher in 1969, two girls--one black, one white--confront the prejudice that challenges their friendship.

Jacobson, Jennifer Richard. Paper Things

When Ari’s mother died, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. When nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment. All of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. 

Lord, Cynthia. A Handful of Stars. 

When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather. But as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.

Messner, Kate. All the Answers. 

Twelve-year-old Ava finds an old pencil in her family's junk drawer and discovers, during a math test, that it will answer factual questions. She and her best friend Sophie have a great time--and Ava grows in self-confidence--until the pencil reveals a truth about her family that Ava would rather not know.

Pearsall, Shelley. The Seventh Most Important Thing. 

Arthur threw a brick at the trash picker and the judge is ready to send Arthur to juvie for the foreseeable future. Amazingly, it's the Junk Man himself who offers an alternative: 120 hours of community service . . . working for him.

Sachar, Louis. Fuzzy Mud

 Two middle-grade kids, fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwassi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh, take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.

Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Appleblossom the Possum. 

 A young possum strikes out on her own and winds up trapped in a human house before her brothers can rescue her.

Zahler, Diane. Baker’s Magic. 

 Bee steals a bun from a bakery, and to her surprise the baker offers her a place at his shop. As she learns to bake, Bee discovers that she has a magical power. When a new friend needs her help against an evil mage, Bee wonders what a small orphan girl with only a small bit of magic can do. 



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