WYOMING LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Soaring Eagle Book Award (Grades 7-12)

The Soaring Eagle Book Award provides the opportunity for Wyoming youth in grades 7-12 to select a favorite book and honor its author. Its purpose is to help Wyoming students in grades 7-12:

  • Become acquainted with the best contemporary authors.
  • Become aware of the qualities that make a good book.
  • Choose the best rather than the mediocre.
  • Set a goal to read at least three good books.
  • To honor an author whose books Wyoming students have enjoyed.
The Soaring Eagle Book Award is sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association. 

Resources

2022-2023 award

2021-2022 award

Winner poster

     Committee

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    Committee and Resources

    Winners & Nominees (1989-2023)

    Soaring Eagle books by author
    Soaring Eagle books by date 

    2022-2023


     
    Winner
    To be announced

    First runner-up
    To be announced
     
    Second runner-up
    To be announced

    Nominees

    You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

    Gone to the Woods by Gary Paulsen

    I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

    The Blade of Secrets
    by Tricia Levenseller

    Paul, Big, and Small by David Glen Robb

    Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury

    You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

    Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

    Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

    The Similars by Rebecca Hanover


    2021-2022


     
    Winner
    Dear Martin 
    by Nic Stone


    First runner-up
    A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder 
    by Holly Jackson

     
    Second runner-up
    Dragon Hoops 
    by Gene Luen Yang


    Other Nominees

    Charming as a Verb
     by Ben Philippe
    Desert Dust by Paul W. Papa
    Fable by Adrienne Young
    Pretend She's Here by Luanne Rice
    Skyhunter 
    by Marie Lu
    A Tale of Magic … 
    by Chris Colfer
    We Are Not Free
     by Traci Chee

    2020-2021


     
    Winner
    They Both Die at the End
    by Adam Silvera

    First runner-up
    Grenade
    by Alan Gratz

     
    Second runner-up
    Game Changer
    by Tommy Greenwald


    Other Nominees

    Ash Princess
    by Laura Sebastian

    The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
    Shout
    by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Solo
    by Kwame Alexander

    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
    Verify
    by Joelle Charbonneau

    Wizard for Hire
    by Obert Skye


    2019-2020


     
    Winner
    The Hate U Give
    by Angie Thomas

    First runner-up
    One of Us Is Lying
    by Karen M. McManus

     
    Second runner-up
    An Ember in the Ashes
    by Sabaa Tahir

    Other Nominees
    Defy the Stars
    by Claudia Gray
    Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
    A Land of Permanent Goodbyes
    by Atia Abawi
    Little White Lies
    by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett
    Renegades
    by Marissa Meyer
    What If It's Us
    by Becky Albertalli

    2018-2019


     
    Winner
    Long Way Down
    by Jason Reynolds

    First runner-up
    Projeckt 1065
    by Alan Gratz
     
    Second runner-up
    Three Dark Crowns
    by Kendare Blake

    Other Nominees
    Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
    Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
    I Will Always Write Back by Liz Welch et al.
    Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
    Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
    Thornhill by Pam Smy
    Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

    2017-2018

     
    Winner
    Scythe
    by Neal Shusterman

    First runner-up
    Girl in the Blue Coat
    by Monica Hesse

    Second runner-up
    Orbiting Jupiter
    by Gary D. Schmidt

    Other Nominees
    All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
    The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    The Novice by Taran Matharu
    The Reader by Traci Chee
    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

    2016-2017


    Winner
    Everything, Everything
    by Nicola Yoon


    First runner-up
    Six of Crows
    by Leigh Bardugo


    Second runner-up

    Code of Honor
    by Alan Gratz

    Other Nominees
    The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M. G. Buehrlen
    All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
    Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
    Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling
    Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
    Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner
    Violent Ends by Shaun Hutchinson et al.

    2015-2016


    Winner
    Unbroken
    by Laura Hillenbrand

    First runner-up
    Throne of Glass
    by Sarah Maas
     
    Second runner-up
    Ashfall
    by Mike Mullin

    Other Nominees
    Asylum by Madeleine Roux
    The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
    The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    Convergence by Stan Lee
    Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    I Was Here by Gayle Forman
    Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
    Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
    A World without Heroes by Brandon Mull

    2014-2015

     
    Winner
    The Fault in Our Stars
    by John Green

    First runner-up
    Selection
    by Kiera Cass
     
    Second runner-up
    This Is What Happy Looks Like
    by Jennifer Smith

    Other Nominees
    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
    Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
    The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch
    Forgotten by Cat Patrick
    I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
    The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan
    The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
    Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman
    UnWholly by Neal Shusterman
    Zom-B by Darren Shan

    2013-2014


    Winner
    Tiger’s Curse
    by Colleen Houck

    First runner-up
    Legend
    by Marie Lu
     
    Second runner-up
    Rise of the Elgen
    by Richard Paul Evans

    Other Nominees
    BZRK by Michael Grant
    Everlost by Neal Shusterman
    Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
    Framed by Gordon Korman
    If I Stay by Gayle Forman
    Kitty Hawk by Roland Smith
    A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
    The Outcasts by John Flanagan
    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
    Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

    2012-2013


    Winner
    Divergent
    by Veronica Roth

    First runner-up
    Lost Hero
    by Rick Riordan
     
    Second runner-up
    Matched
    by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

    Other Nominees
    The Abduction by John Grisham
    Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    Gone by Michael Grant
    Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
    The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
    Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
    The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
    Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
    What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
    Wither by Lauren DeStefano


    2011-2012


    Winner
    Catching Fire
    by Suzanne Collins

    First runner-up
    Glass
    by Ellen Hopkins
     
    Second runner-up
    The Maze Runner
    by James Dashner

    Other Nominees
    Blood on My Hands by Todd Strasser
    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
    Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen
    Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
    Fire by Kristin Cashore
    Football Hero by Tim Green
    Halt's Peril
    by John Flanagan
    The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
    The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
    Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
    Unwind by Neal Shusterman

    2010-2011


    Winner
    The Last Olympian
    by Rick Riordan

    First runner-up
    The Host
    by Stephenie Meyer

    Second runner-up (tie)
    Hush, Hush
    by Becca Fitzpatrick

    Second runner-up (tie)
    Ghost of Spirit Bear
    by Ben Mikaelsen

    Other Nominees
    After
    by Amy Efaw
    Cracker!
    by Cynthia Kadohata
    Do the Math
    by Wendy Lichtman
    Erak's Ransom
    by John Flanagan
    Football Genius
    by Tim Green
    Graceling
    by Kristin Cashore
    Impulse
    by Ellen Hopkins
    Marked
    by P. C. and Kristin Cast
    The Roar by Emma Clayton
    Tentacles by Roland Smith
    Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

    2009-2010


    Winner
    Hunger Games
    by Suzanne Collins

    First runner-up
    Thirteen Reasons Why
    by Jay Asher
     
    Second runner-up
    Breaking Dawn
    by Stephenie Meyer

    Other
    Nominees

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
    by Sherman Alexie
    Bounce by Natasha Friend
    Brisingr
    by Christopher Paolini
    Demon Apocalypse
    by Darren Shan
    Fablehaven
    by Brandon Mull
    Go Big or Go Home
    by Will Hobbs
    The Icebound Land
    by John Flanagan
    Schooled
    by Gordon Korman
    The Secret Journal of Brett Colton
    by Kay Lynn Mangum
    Sunrise over Fallujah
    by Walter Dean Myers
    The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
    Travel Team by Mike Lupica

    2008-2009


    Winner
    Crank
    by Ellen Hopkins

    First runner-up
    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
    by J. K. Rowling
     
    Second runner-up
    The Titan's Curse
    by Rick Riordan

    Other
    Nominees

    The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan
    Deadline
    by Chris Crutcher
    Demon Thief
    by Darren Shan
    Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie
    by Jordan Sonnenblick
    Epic
    by Conor Kostick
    The Field Guide
    by Holly Black
    The House of Power by Patrick Carman
    Peak by Roland Smith
    Perfect
    by Natasha Friend
    School’s Out – Forever
    by James Patterson
    Snakehead
    by Anthony Horowitz
    Specials
    by Scott Westerfeld

    2007-2008


    Winner
    New Moon
    by Stephenie Meyer
     

    First runner-up
    Pretties
    by Scott Westerfeld

    Second runner-up
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    by J. K. Rowling
    Other Nominees
    The Angel Experiment
    by James Patterson
    Ark Angel
    by Anthony Horowitz
    Crash Course
    by Matthew Reilly
    Do You Know the Monkey Man?
    by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Elsewhere
    by Gabrielle Zevin
    Endymion Spring
    by Matthew Skelton
    The Lightning Thief
    by Rick Riordan
    Lord Loss
    by Darren Shan
    Milkweed
    by Jerry Spinelli
    Pirates! The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates
    by Celia Rees
    The Riddles of Epsilon
    by Christine Morton-Shaw
    The Ruins of Gorlan
    by John Flanagan

    2006-2007


    Winner
    Eldest
    by Christopher Paolini

    First runner-up
    Twilight
    by Stephenie Meyer
     
    Second runner-up
    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
    by J. K. Rowling

    Other
    Nominees

    24 Girls in 7 Days
    by Alex Bradley
    Brian’s Hunt
    by Gary Paulsen
    Double Dutch
    by Sharon M. Draper
    Double Identity
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    Hollywood Hustle by Gordon Korman
    The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
    Inkspell
    by Cornelia Caroline Funke
    Jack's Run
    by Roland Smith
    Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz
    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    by Ann Brashares
    Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale
    Uglies
    by Scott Westerfeld

    2005-2006


    Winner
    Touching Spirit Bear
    by Ben Mikaelsen

    First runner-up
    Tunnels of Blood
    by Darren Shan

      Second runner-up
    The Five People You Meet in Heaven
    by Mitch Albom

    Other
    Nominees

    Away Laughing on a Fast Camel by Louise Rennison
    The Boy Who Couldn’t Die
    by William Sleator
    Escape from Memory
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    Esperanza Rising
    by Pam Muñoz Ryan
    Gingerbread
    by Rachel Cohn
    Girls in Pants
    by Ann Brashares
    Nightmare Academy
    by Frank E. Peretti
    Olive’s Ocean
    by Kevin Henkes
    Skeleton Key
    by Anthony Horowitz
    The Slippery Slope
    by Lemony Snicket
    Son of the Mob
    by Gordon Korman
    The Supernaturalist
    by Eoin Colfer

    2005


    Winner
    Eragon
    by Christopher Paolini

    First runner-up
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    by J. K. Rowling
     
    Second runner-up
    The Vampire’s Assistant
    by Darren Shan

    Other
    Nominees

    Among the Barons
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
    Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants
    by Louise Rennison
    The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
    Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
    Hangman’s Curse
    by Frank E. Peretti
    The House of the Scorpion
    by Nancy Farmer
    Inkheart
    by Cornelia Caroline Funke
    Point Blank
    by Anthony Horowitz
    The Reptile Room
    by Lemony Snicket
    Shattered Mirror
    by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
    Surviving Hitler
    by Andrea Warren

    2004


    Winner
    A Living Nightmare
    by Darren Shan

    First runner-up
    Cut
    by Patricia McCormick
     
    Second runner-up
    What My Mother Doesn't Know
    by Sonya Sones

    2003


    Winner
    Holes
    by Louis Sachar

    First runner-up
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    by J. K. Rowling

    Second runner-up
    A Walk to Remember
    by Nicholas Sparks

    2002


    Winner
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    by J. K. Rowling

    First runner-up
    The Lost Boy
    by Dave Pelzer

    Second runner-up
    Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
    by Louise Rennison


    2001


    Winner
    She Said Yes
    by Misty Bernall

    First runner-up
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    by J. K. Rowling

      Second runner-up
    Raptor
    by Paul Zindel


    2000


    Winner
    A Child Called "It"
    by Dave Pelzer

    First runner-up
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    by J. K. Rowling

    Second runner-up
    Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II
    by Jack Canfield


    1999


    Winner
    Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
    by Jack Canfield

    First runner-up
    Angels Watching Over Me
    by Lurlene McDaniel

      Second runner-up
    Out of the Dust
    by Karen Hesse


    1998


    Winner
    Freak the Mighty
    by Rodman Philbrick

    First runner-up
    The Doom Stone
    by Paul Zindel

    Second runner-up
    Brian's Winter
    by Gary Paulsen


    1997


    Winner
    Hatchet
    by Gary Paulsen

    First runner-up
    Lost World
    by Michael Crichton

    Second runner-up
    Wait Till Helen Comes
    by Mary Downing Hahn


    1996


    Winner
    Whispers from the Dead
    by Joan Lowery Nixon

    First runner-up
    The Giver
    by Lois Lowry
     
    Second runner-up
    It Happened to Nancy
    by Anonymous


    1995


    Winner
    Jurassic Park
    by Michael Crichton

    First runner-up
    The Client
    by John Grisham

    Second runner-up
    Baby Alicia is Dying
    by Lurlene McDaniel


    1994


    Winner
    Desperate Pursuit
    by Gloria Miklowitz

    First runner-up
    Locked in Time
    by Lois Duncan
     
    Second runner-up
    Phone Calls
    by R. L. Stine


    1993

     
    Winner
    Hugh Glass, Mountain Man
    by Robert McClung
     
    First runner-up
    Fudge-a-Mania
    by Judy Blume

    Second runner-up (tie)
    Missing Since Monday
    by Ann M. Martin 
     
    Second runner-up (tie)
    Lonesome Dove
    by Larry McMurtry

    1992

     
    Winner
    Dances with Wolves
    by Michael Blake

    First runner-up
    Hatchet
    by Gary Paulsen

      Second runner-up
    ?
    by Joan Lowery Nixon


    1991 (Grades 10-12)


    Winner
    Princess Ashley
    by Richard Peck

    First runner-up
    Ender's Game
    by Orson Scott Card
     
    Second runner-up
    On a Pale Horse
    by Piers Anthony

    1991 (Grades 7-9)

     
    Winner
    Trapped in Death Cave
    by Bill Wallace

    First runner-up
    Chain Letter
    by Christopher Pike

    Second runner-up
    The Castle in the Attic
    by Elizabeth Winthrop

    1990 (Grades 10-12)

     
    Winner
    Of Love and Shadows
    by Isabel Allende
     
    First runner-up
    Watchers
    by Dean Koontz
     
    Second runner-up (tie)
    The Clan of the Cave Bear
    by Jean Auel
     
    Second runner-up (tie)
    Pet Sematary
    by Stephen King

    1990 (Grades 7-9)

     
    Winner
    Someone is Hiding on Alcatraz Island
    by Eve Bunting
     
    First runner-up
    Tiger Eyes
    by Judy Blume
     
    Second runner-up (tie)
    When the Phone Rang
    by Harry Mazer
     
    Second runner-up (tie)
    Red Dog
    by Bill Wallace

    1989 (Grades 7-9)

     
    Winner
    Superfudge
    by Judy Blume

    First runner-up
    Ghost of Departure Point
    by Eve Bunting
     
    Second runner-up
    Soun Tetoken
    by Kenneth Thomasma

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    Members

    Co-Chair Jeannine Collins (2020)
    Laramie Middle School
    (307) 721-4430

    Co-Chair Leanne Woodfill (2022)

    Angie Spann (2020)
    Rock Springs High School Academic Learning Center
    (307) 352-3440

    Jennifer Beckstead (2021)
    Natrona County Library
    (307) 237-4935

    Teresa Clark-Massey (2021)

    Brenna Franklin (2022)
    Rock Springs Jr. High
    (307) 352-3474

    Milli Moore (2023)
    Livingston Elementary School

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    Guidelines

    The Soaring Eagle Book Award will consist of one list for grades 7-12. Librarians, reading and English teachers solicit nominations from Wyoming students in grades 7-12. The nominations are sent to the committee by March 1st. If any nomination summary forms are returned with incomplete information, the committee may disregard them. The award committee meets to finalize a list of titles for grades 7-12. This list becomes the ballot for the next school year.

    Nominations

    • The book may be fiction or non-fiction.
    • The book must currently be in print and have a copyright date within the last five years.
    • Adult books may be nominated.
    • The book must not have appeared first as a movie or TV show.

    Voting

    • Each Wyoming student in grades 7-12 who has read at least three books on the list may vote for his or her favorite book.
    • Voting takes place during the month of March. The sponsoring librarian or teacher tabulates the ballots and the ballot tally sheet is returned to the committee by March 15.

    Considerations

    • Use published guidelines for nominations.
    • Consider the number of student nominations.
    • There must be at least two positive recommendations in professional book reviewing publications or by committee members.
    • Each book for the final ballot will have been read by at least one committee member.
    • Only one title by each author will be included on the list. Consider the number of student nominations as the deciding factor.
    • Books that are past winners of the Soaring Eagle or Indian Paintbrush Awards can't be on the list.
    • No books by the winning author can appear on the following year’s list.
    • No title can be on the list two consecutive years.
    • When two or more books, in a series by the same author, have reviews which are equally good and have an equal number of nominations, the earlier one in the series is added to the list.
    • For books by Wyoming authors with no reviews, committee members decide on quality of the book after it is read by at least two committee members.
    • Consider grade level appropriateness of nominations.
    • Consider including some high interest/low vocabulary books.
    • Young adult books may contain some adult language and situations.
    • The list shouldn't exceed ten titles.

    Committee Composition & Responsibilities

    • Eight (8) members: four (4) from each sponsoring organization, appointed by governing members of the organizations or designees.
    • Three-year terms with four terms expiring annually, provided not more than half the committee is new.
    • Two (2) consecutive terms allowed.
    • Terms begin before the spring meeting.
    • Any member serving a partial term is eligible to serve three additional terms.
    • Two members, acting as co-chairs, one from each organization, will be responsible to the parent organizations.
    • Members must be on the committee for at least one year before becoming a co-chair.
    • Co-chairs terms of office should expire on alternate years.
    • Expenses (cost of the award, postage, display board, treats for the meeting, packet expenses) will be submitted to the WLA secretary.
    • Letters sent to the publishers will be coordinated between the committees.

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