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1994 Nominees

Windcatcher by Avi
While learning to sail during a visit to his grandmother's at the Connecticut shore (Guilford), eleven-year-old Tony becomes excited about the rumors of a sunken treasure in the area and starts following a couple who seem to be making a mysterious search for something.

Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn
In 1944, while her brother is overseas fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Margaret gets a new view of the school bully Gordy when she finds him hiding his own brother, an army deserter, and decides to help him.

Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume
Pete describes the family vacation in Maine with the Tubmans, highlighted by the antics of his younger brother, Fudge.

Shoebag by Mary James
Shoebag, a happy young cockroach who finds him suddenly changed into a little boy, changes the lives of those around him before returning to his former life as an insect.

Everywhere by Bruce Brooks
Afraid that his beloved grandfather will die after suffering a heart attack, a nine-year-old boy agrees to join ten-year-old Dooley in performing a mysterious ritual called soul switching.

Shiloh ** by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

Aunt Morbelia and the Screaming Skulls by Joan Carris
The peaceful life of a boy with dyslexia is interrupted when his great-aunt, who has a morbid fascination with ghosts and death omens, moves in.

The Cookcamp by Gary Paulsen
During World War II, a little boy is sent to live with his grandma, a cook in a camp for workers building a road through the wilderness.

Stonewords: A Ghost Story by Pam Conrad
Zoe discovers that her house is occupied by the ghost of an eleven-year-old girl, who carries her back to the day of her death in 1870 to try to alter that tragic event.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.