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2017 winner: Counting by 7's Runner-up: The War that Saved My Life2018 winner: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Runner-up: Mighty Jack2020 winner: Ugly Runner-up: Ghost Boys




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All Challenger Reads

2018-2019

KENSUKE'S KINGDOM

Washed up on an island in the Pacific with his dog Stella, Michael struggles to survive on his own. He can't find food. He can't find water. But just when things are at their worst, Michael realizes that he and Stella are not alone.

His fellow castaway, Kensuke, has lived on the island since the bombing of his native Nagasaki. Kensuke keeps his distance at first, but slowly, he lets the boy into his world. The two teach and learn from each other until, inevitably, they must talk about escape.

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2017-2018

ZEBRA FOREST

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2016-2017

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND: YOUNG READERS EDITION

Challenger's first nonfiction ACR! When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land. Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world. Based on the adult novel of the same title.


While reading the ACR, students visted activity station at the CLIC where they got hands-on expereience with motors, radio waves, circuits, windmills, and Malawi food.

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2014-2015 
PAY IT FORWARD: YOUNG READERS EDITION

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2013-2014

SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES

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2012-2013

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

Students learned about the Holocaust, genocide, and prejudice in conjunction with their reading of this book.

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2011-2012

ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL

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2010-2011

DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE