Previous LYRC Winners

Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Winners
2018-2019 Grades 3-5
Winner: The Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #1) by Aaron Blabey
Honor: Wish by Barbara O'Connor
2018-2019 Grades 6-8
Winner: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Honor: Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz
2018-2019 Grades 9-12
Winner: Aging Out by Alton Carter (tied)
Winner: Scythe by Neal Shusterman (tied)
Honor: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
2017-2018 Grades 3-5
Winner: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Honor: Elle's Story: A Dog's Purpose Novel by W. Bruce Cameron
2017-2018 Grades 6-8
Winner: Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Honor: Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
2017-2018 Grades 9-12
Winner: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Honor: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
2016-2017 Grades 3-5
Winner: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, illus. G. Brian Karas 
Honor: I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis 
2016-2017 Grades 6-8
Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 
Honor: Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana 
2016-2017 Grades 9-12
Winner: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 
Honor: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski 
2016 Grades 3-5 
Winner: The Mischievians  by William Joyce
Honor: Hoop Genius by John Coy and Joe Morse
2016: Grades 6-8
Winner: Athlete Vs Mathlete by W.C. Mack
Honor: Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner
2016: Grades 9-12
Winner: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 
Honor: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
2015 Grades 3-5
Winner: Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Honor: Bully by Patricia Polacco

2015 Grades 6-8
Winner: False Prince by Jennifer A.Nielsen
Honor: Buddy by M. H. Herlong

2015 Grades 9-12, Teen Readers’ Choice
Winner: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Honor: The Selection by Kiera Cass

2014 Grades 3-5
Winner: Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits
Honor: The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy
2014 Grades 6-8

Winner: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Honor: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
2014 Grades 9-12, Teen Readers' Choice

Winner: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Honor: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
2013 Grades 3-5
Winner: Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas
Honor: The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
2013 Grades 6-8
Winner: Smile by Raina Telgemeier  
Honor: The Limit by Kristen Landon
2013 Grades 9-12, Teen Readers' Choice
Winner: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Honor: Matched by Ally Condie

2012 Grades 3-5
Winner: The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by David Roberts
Honor: Little Sister Is Not My Name (Sassy Series Book 1) by Sharon Draper

2012 Grades 6-8
Winner: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Honor: Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn

2012 Grades 9-12 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice 
Winner: Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Honor: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

2011 Grades 3-5
Winner: The Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery. Illustrated by Jean Cassels
Honor: Molly the Pony: A True Story by Pam Kaster

2011 Grades 6-8
Winner: Found: The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Honor: Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolis

2010 Grades 3-5
Winner: Marley: A Dog Like No Other  by John Grogan, Study Guide
Honor: The Lemonade Club  by Patricia Polacco, Study Guide

2010 Grades 6-8
Winner: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Honor: “Deep and Dark and Dangerous” by Mary Downing Hahn

2009 Grades 3-5
Winner: The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine                          
Honor: Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare by Patricia Polacco

2009 Grades 6-8
Winner: Secrets of my Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita
Honor: Storm Thief by Chris Wooding

2008 Grades 3-5
Winner: Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley.
Honor: Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. McKissack. Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker.

2008 Grades 6-8
Winner: Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Honor: Click Here: to find out how I survived seventh grade by Denise Vega

2007 Grades 3-5
Winner: Gator Gumbo: A Spicy Hot Tale by Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Sally Ann Lambert.
Honor: The Champ: The Story of Muhammed Ali by Tonya Bolden. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

2007 Grades 6-8
Winner: So B. It by Sarah Weeks.
Honor: Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke.

2006 Grades 3-5
Winner: Alligator Sue by Sharon Arms Doucet. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
Honor: Up the Learning Tree by Marcia Vaughn. Illustrated by Derek Blanks.

2006 Grades 6-8
Winner: Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz.
Honor: The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter.
Study Guide

2005 Grades 3-5
Winner: Dear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague
Honor: The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt. Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

2005 Grades 6-8 (First year for grades 6-8)
Winner: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Honor: Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris

2004 Grades 3-5
Winner: Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell.
Honor: The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Earl Lewis.
Study Guide

2003 Grades 3-5
Winner: My Dog, My Hero by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers
Honor: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

2002 Grades 3-5
Winner: Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
Honor: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

2001 Grades 3-5
Winner: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Honor: Feliciana Meets d’Loup Garou: A Cajun Tall Tale by Tynia Thomassie

2000 Grades 3-5
Winner: Verdi by Janell Cannon
Honor: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler. Illustrated by Terry Widener.