The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award organization is focused on promoting critical reading throughout the state of Ohio. Established in 1981 through a collaboration of reading associations, it has grown with great fervor over the years. The council that oversees the selection process tabulates and announces the results each year after the nominations come into their possession.
This year Tim Green of Syracuse New York has won the grade 6-8 Buckeye Children and Teen Book award for 2014! The winning book is his 2013 novel titled Perfect Season (A Football Genius Novel) from HarperCollins (2013). Tim Green is extremely humbled to win this award, nominated from young readers who enjoyed the story about Troy who moves to New Jersey and finds himself at a winless football school, forced to dig deep to persevere.
There are 4 categories of winners for the BCTBA, grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Among the nominees in the 6-8 bracket with Tim Green were Nancy Farmer for The Lord of Opium, Kathryn Lasky for The Extra, Holly Goldberg Sloan for Counting By 7’s, and Sarah Mlynowski for Whatever After #3: Sink or Swim.
Other winners for their category include: Aaron Reynolds for Carnivores-K-2, Chris Grabenstein for Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library– 3-5, and John Green for The Fault In Our Stars– Teen (9-12), recently made into a motion picture.