Inspired by the Scholastic Book Fair's medieval theme of "Sir Readalot's Castle," this list of former Troybery nominees and winners will take your child on adventures filled with knights, castles, kings and queens, wizards, spells, and fairy-tale creatures! Check out the display at the front of the media center.
For grades 6 and up
The Prophecy by Hillari Bell - Prince Perryndon is not your average prince, more interested in books than fighting. When he discovers that his life is in danger, he embarks on a journey to fulfill a prophecy in hopes of saving the land from a dragon....and proving himself to his father.
The Book of Tormod: A Templar's Apprentice by Kat Black - Tormod's life is turned upside down when he is asked by a Templar knight to carry a message to the Abbott. Soon, Tormod must abandon his family and fishing village to journey across the world to save a holy relic: will his power to see the future help to save him and the Templars?
Iron-Hearted Violet by Iacopo Bruno - Princess Violet is known for her smarts, not her looks. Her curiosity, however, leads her down a dark path as she listens to the whisperings of an ancient book.
The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson - Sent to live with their odd aunt and uncle at the ancient Clawstone Castle, Madlyn and Rollo expect their summer to be boring...until they decide to save the Castle and the special animals that live on its land. Their scheme? Find ghosts to haunt the Castle to entice tourists....
Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (2003 Troybery winner) - Bobby Pendragon is your average fourteen year old...until he discovers that he has the ability to travel to different dimensions. Denduron, a medieval-type world, needs him to save them from an evil tyrant and from civil war.
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull - A simple trip to the zoo ends with Jason Walker being magically transported to Lyrian, a world ruled by the wizard Maldor.
For grade 8 and up
Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur by Jane Yolen - King Arthur has taken the throne, but there are many that still question his power, including Morgeuse, the Queen of the North with a talent for dark magic. Merlinnus concocts a plan to convince the people that Arthur is the rightful king, but will it succeed with assassins hiding in their midst?
Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr by Garth Nix (2002 Troybery winner) - Unlike the rest of her clan, Lirael has not received the gift of Sight yet, but after taking a position in the Clayr's ancient library, she stumbles across her true purpose: to save the kingdom from a powerful necromancer.
The Troybery Challenge continues until April 1! Encourage your child to continue reading former Troyberys as we celebrate our 15th Annual Troybery Awards in the spring.
Mrs. Christina Chatel, MLIS
A teacher librarian at Boulan Park and Smith Middle Schools in Troy, Michigan.