MCBA Book Awards

Massachusetts Children's Book Award program began in 1975 and is designed for Massachusetts school children in grades 4-6. Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 are eligible to vote for their favorite book if they have read, or have heard read aloud, at least five of the books from the 2012-2013 Master List


Master List for 2012-2013

Bauer, Marion Dane, The Golden Ghost
On a bike outing to the abandoned houses by the old cement mill, Delsie and her friend Todd discover one of the houses is not empty--and a ghost dog haunts the area.




Buyea, Rob, Because of Mr. Terupt
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.




Dowell, Frances O'Roark, Falling In
Middle-schooler Isabelle Bean follows a mouse's squeak into a closet and falls into a parallel universe where the children believe she is the witch they have feared for years, finally come to devour them.




Erskine, Kathryn, Mockingbird: (Mok'ing-burd)
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.





French, Vivian, The Robe of Skulls: The First Tale from the Five Kingdoms
The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a very expensive new robe, and she will stop at nothing--including kidnapping and black magic--to get the money to pay for it.





Gifford, Peggy, Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano
On the day of her recital, ten-year-old Moxy prepares in her usual flamboyant way, which creates chaos at home.






Grimes, Nikki, Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel
Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.





Gutman, Dan, Roberto & Me
Stosh travels back to 1969 to try to prevent the untimely death of Roberto Clemente, a legendary baseball player and humanitarian, but upon his return to the present, he meets his own great-grandson who takes him into the future, and what he finds there is more shocking than anything he has encountered in his travels to the past.



Holm, Jennifer L., Turtle in Paradise
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.





Jennings, Patrick, Guinea Dog
When his mother brings home a guinea pig instead of the dog he has always wanted, fifth-grader Rufus is not happy--until the rodent starts acting exactly like a dog.





Law, Ingrid, Scumble
Mibs's cousin Ledge is disappointed to discover that his "savvy"--the magical power unique to each member of their family--is to make things fall apart, which endangers his uncle Autry's ranch and reveals the family secret to future reporter Sarah.






Lord, Cynthia, Touch Blue
When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their island's one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, eleven-year-old Tess, a strong believer in luck, and her family take in a trumpet-playing foster child, to increase the school's population.




Lupica, Mike, Shoot-Out
Twelve-year-old Jake must leave his championship soccer team to play on a team with a losing record when his family moves to a neighboring town.







Malone, Marianne, The Sixty-Eight Rooms
An adventure about the Thorne Rooms, sixty-eight miniature rooms made by Mrs. James Ward Thorne in the 1930s, and a magic key that allows a person to shrink down small enough to explore the rooms' secrets.





Martin, Ann M., Everything for a Dog
In parallel stories, Bone, an orphaned dog, finds and loses a series of homes, Molly, a family pet, helps Charlie through the grief and other after-effects of his brother's death, and lonely Henry pleads for a dog of his own.





Mass, Wendy, The Candymakers
Four gifted twelve-year-olds, including Logan, the candymaker's son, are set to be contestants in the Confectionary Association's national competition to determine the nation's tastiest sweet, but nobody anticipates that a friendship will form between them.





Preus, Margi, Heart of a Samurai
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.






Prineas, Sarah, The Magic Thief
Conn's life is forever changed when he tries to pick the pocket of the wizard Nevery and instead gets a strong jolt of magic, but, instead of punishing the boy, Nevery takes Conn under his wing, teaches him magic, and enlists his help in finding the person responsible for stealing the city's dwindling magic supply.




Scaletta, Kurtis, Mamba Point
After moving with his family to Liberia, twelve-year-old Linus discovers that he has a mystical connection with the black mamba, one of the deadliest snakes in Africa, which he is told will give him some of the snake's characteristics.






Schlitz, Laura Amy, The Night Fairy
When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.







Senzai, N.H., Shooting Kabul
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.





Stephens, John, The Emerald Atlas
Kate,Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers--and a fearsome enemy--and embark on a prophesied quest to find a magical book.





Tashjian, Janet, My Life as a Book
Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.







Vanderpool, Care, Moon Over Manifest
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.







Williams-Garcia, Rita, One Crazy Summer

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California tospend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.




MCBA Information:

The 2013 online deadline to vote is March 15, 2013.

The 2013 MCBA winners will be announced on the website on April 1, 2013.

2012-2013 Master List 2012-2013 Requirements and Participation