2014-2015 Volunteer State Book Award Intermediate Division Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood • Ten-year-old Prairie is happy being home-schooled and raising her flock of chickens, so transferring to regular school is a big change, but fortunately she meets a wonderful friend. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate • When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a run-down circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find a better life for his new friend. Little Dog, Lost by Marian Dane Bauer • Written in free verse, this novel tells the story of Mark who wants a dog and Buddy the dog who needs a boy. What happens when they find each other? The Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens • Kevin is the overweight and unathletic son of a famous football player. When he discovers that his equally fat and lazy dog is interested in competing in dog agility contests, the two begin training together. The Prince Who Fell From the Sky by Jean Claude Bemis • When a spacecraft crashes on an Earth where animals have regained control, a cubless mother bear adopts the only survivor, a young boy, and leads him on a journey toward safety from the ruling wolf clans. The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng • Anna navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom and then finds a true best friend. The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas • Ten-year-old Emmy Blue learns the true meaning of friendship-and how to quilt--while making a harrowing wagon journey from Illinois to Colorado with her family in the 1860s. The Case of the Rock N’ Roll Dog by Martha Freeman • Tessa and Cameron, daughters of the first female president, are the owners of a very rambunctious dog. When a valuable object goes missing from the White House, the two girls have to play detective. Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson • A relaxing retreat to Camp David turns deadly after a faraway earthquake sets off a chain of disastrous events that traps the president's twelve-year-old son, Luke, and his two friends within the compound. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George • Princess Celie loves Tuesdays at Castle Glower, because every Tuesday the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes a whole new wing, and Celie likes to map the changes to the castle, but when her parents, King and Queen Glower are taken captive, it falls to Celie and her knowledge of the castle to defend their home and save the kingdom. Leo the Snow Leopard by Juliana, Isabella, and Craig Hatkoff • Leo, a snow leopard, lost his mother in the snowy Himalayan mountains of Pakistan and was raised by a shepherd before he was transported to the Bronx Zoo. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Chris Healy • iam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav, all former princes who had been rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, encounter trolls, witches, and dragons during their quest to become heroes. Ungifted by Gordon Korman • After he pulls a prank at school, troublemaker Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, by mistake. Wonder by P.J. Palacio • Auggie Pullman was born with a severe facial deformity that has prevented him from going to school. When he starts middle school at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid. A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron • After a car accident strands them at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, eleven-yearold Abby and her beloved sheltie Tam overcome months filled with physical and emotional challenges to find their way back to each other. May B. by Caroline Starr Rose • When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, twelve-year-old May's father pulls her from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier. The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith • Twelve-year-olds Ruby and Simon have been growing apart since their parents moved them to a Wisconsin farm. Weird weather events tied to Simon's emotions brings them into the Makers of Storms Society and strengthens the bond between the twins. The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley • From the age of seven when she became scullery maid in a castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse. Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg • At the turn of the nineteenth century, a retired charm school instructor named Annie Edson Taylor decided to do something that no one in the world had ever done before--she would go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley • In late nineteenth-century Colorado, Louisa's father is erroneously arrested for thievery and, while under the charge of the awful Smirch family, Louisa and a magical friend must find a way to prove his innocence.