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2017 Sequoyah Book Award Winners
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Sequoyah Book Award LogoAn alternate history where the Germans win World War II, a story of family and brotherhood told in verse, and the tale of a spooky house with a mysterious graveyard are the winners of the 2017 Sequoyah Book Awards.

The Sequoyah program, sponsored by the Oklahoma Library Association (OLA), is the third oldest youth-choice literary award in the nation and was developed to encourage young people to read books of literary quality. The award’s name honors the creator of the Cherokee syllabary that allows the tribe to write and read its language.

Students from across the state—who had read three or more titles on their Sequoyah list of age-appropriate books—were eligible to cast their votes. More than 14,000 young readers participated in the vote this year.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is the High School winner, selected by students in grades 9 to 12. In this chilling alternate history—where the Axis powers have won World War II—a young death camp-escapee sets her sights on winning a heralded motorcycle race in order to meet Adolph Hitler… and to kill him.

The Intermediate Winner, chosen by students in grades 6 to 8, is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. In this book, 12-year-old Josh uses creative verse to talk about a year of challenges and changes for himself and his family.

Students in grades 3 to 5 selected The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby to receive the Children’s Medal. Part of Ruby’s “Hauntings” series, the book relates the story of young Shelby, who discovers a doll graveyard in the backyard of her new home. Soon, she’s finding out all sorts of things about the dolls, their mysterious powers, and the girl who once owned them.

Graudin, Alexander, and Ruby will be invited to the 2018 Oklahoma Library Association Conference in 2018 to receive their medals.

OLA has sponsored the award since 1959, when the now-classic Old Yeller by Fred Gipson was selected by children. Intermediate and High School award categories were added in 2010.

Now that the 2017 winners have been announced, schools are turning their attention to another year of reading fun. The 2018 Sequoyah book lists are already available.

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