Books

Take a look. It’s in a book.

Each year, Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl participants read books from the well-respected Georgia Children’s Book Award and the Georgia Peach Book for Teens nominee lists.

Reading roles are a voluntary, team effort. No single student is required to read every book on each list.

2022-2023 Book Lists

Elementary (from the 2023 Georgia Children’s Book Award Top 20 List)

  • Hope Springs by J. Berry
  • How to Disappear Completely by A. Standish
  • Isaiah Dunn is my Hero by K. J. Baptist
  • The Lion of Mars by J.L. Holm
  • Measuring Up by L. LaMotte
  • Millionaires for a Month by S. McAnulty
  • Muffled by Jennifer Gennari
  • Power Up by S. Nisson
  • Root Magic by E. Royce
  • Starfish by L. Fipps

Middle (from the 2023 Georgia Children’s Book Award Top 20 List)

  • 96 Miles by J. L. Esplin
  • Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
  • Born Behind Bars by P. Venkatraman
  • Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America by S. Sheinkin
  • Coop Knows the Scoop by T. Sounders
  • Finding Junie Kim by E. Oh
  • Maybe He Just Likes You by B. Dee
  • Ophie’s Ghosts by J. Ireland
  • Shape of Thunder by J. Warga
  • Unsettled by R. Faruqi

High (from the 2023 Georgia Peach Books Award Nominee List)

  • Ace of Spades by F. Àbíké-Íyímídé
  • Angel of Greenwood by R. Pink
  • The Assignment byL. Wiemer
  • The Cost of Knowing by B. Morris
  • Eat Your Heart Out by K. Devos
  • The Fire Keeper’s Daughter by A. Boulley
  • The Girls I’ve Been by T. Sharpe
  • Happily Ever Afters byE. Bryant
  • Hold Back the Tide by M. Salisbury
  • Into the Wild Light by J. Zentner
  • Legendborn by T. Deonn
  • The Magic Fish by T. L. Nguyen
  • The Nature of Witches by R. Griffin
  • The Passing Playbook by I. Fitzsimmons
  • Perfectly Parvin by O. Abtahi
  • The Prison Healer by L. Noni
  • Hail Mary by A. Weir
  • The Sky Blues by R. Couch
  • Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by L. Z. Kemp
  • This Will be Funny Someday by K. Henry
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