Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

Deep Water

Desperate to save his business, Julie’s ailing father agrees to take a father/son team of rich,
arrogant clients to a deep-sea site, but he needs 12-year-old Julie, an experienced diver, to actually
take them on the dive. Julie quickly discovers that the clients aren’t interested in doing things the
right way, and their recklessness results in the trio being lost at sea. With no boat and little hope, it
is up to Julie to fend off tragedy and find a way to survive.




Josef’s family is fleeing Nazi Germany, Isabel’s family is trying to leave the riots and unrest of Cuba in 1994, and Mahmoud’s family is escaping the violence of modern – day Syria. Gratz weaves the harrowing journeys of these refugees into an exciting tale that describes the many struggles people face when fleeing their native countries for a better life elsewhere.


Last Day on Mars

A sci-fi thriller. Liam and Phoebe, who have grown up on Mars, are prepared to leave with 100 million passengers on board the Scorpius when their planet becomes uninhabitable–but are left behind when an explosion decimates their parents’ terraforming lab. Robots, extraterrestrials, and a universal struggle for survival. The first of a trilogy.

The One Safe Place

Devin lives on a farm with his grandfather.
When his grandfather dies, Devin travels to the mysterious city to look for help. He finds a run-down world of extreme poverty and extreme wealth. The rich people control the water in this hot, dry world. Devin befriends a girl named Kit who shows him how to survive on the streets.
There is rumored to be an orphanage at the edge of the city where children can be safe. Kit and Devin go in search of comfort but find a nightmare. Rich people pay to “borrow” their bodies and memories to relive their childhoods. And children like Kit, with unhappy childhoods, disappear mysteriously. How can they get out?

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