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Past CYRM Reading Contests

Every year, great books in the California Young Reader Medal contest are added to this list. How many of them have you read?

Remember that the nominees and winners from past years are just as great to read as the most recent nominees and winners!

2019-2020

Intermediate Category:

  • The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan
  • The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
  • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker-Bradley -- the winner!

Middle School Category:

  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz -- the winner!
  • When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin

For the nominated and winning books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

2018-2019

Intermediate Category:

  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley -- the winner!
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Middle School Category:

  • Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
  • Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan -- the winner!
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

For the nominated and winning books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

2017-2018

Intermediate Category:

  • Dash by Kirby Larson
  • Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Elise Primavera
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker -- the winner!

Middle School Category:

  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  • A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen -- the winner!
  • Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman

For the nominated and winning books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

2016-2017

Intermediate Category:

  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein -- the winner!
  • The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
  • Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

Middle School Category:

  • Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger -- the winner!
  • Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana

For the nominated and winning books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

2015-2016

Intermediate Category:

  • A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean -- the winner!
  • True (...Sort of) by Katherine Hannigan
  • Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Middle School Category:

  • Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge -- the winner!
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

For the nominated and winning books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

2014-2015

Intermediate Category:

  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  • Wild Wings by Gill Lewis and Yuta Onada
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio -- the winner!

Middle School Category:

  • Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
  • Chained by Lynne Kelly
  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen -- the winner!

For the nominated and winning books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

2013-2014

Intermediate Category:

  • A Next for Celest by Henry Cole
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
  • The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann... the winner!

Middle School Category:

  • Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Naylor Reynolds
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick... the winner!

For the nominated and winning books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

2012-2013

Intermediate Category:

  • Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • The Giant-Slayer by Iain Lawrence -- the winner!
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Middle School Category:

  • Invisible Lines by Mary Amato
  • Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper -- the winner!

For the nominated and winning books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

2011-2012

Intermediate Category:

  • Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth -- the winner!
  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
  • The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Conner

Middle School Category:

  • Revolution is Not a Dinner Party: A Novel by Ying Chang Compestine
  • Waiting for Normal by Leslie Conner
  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass -- the winner!

For the nominated and winning books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.