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Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program

The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8. The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program is the primary reading program at SPMS and guides many school related reading activities and contests. Teachers often require students to read current or former SSYRA books as part of their curriculum.

Students will receive prizes for reading the current SSYRA books, listed  below:

Read 1:     Start earning brag tags and raffle tickets

Read 3:     Invited to vote for your favorite SSYRA book in the spring. Also receive your choice of a bookmark or sticker

Read 5:    Goodie bag and a free book

Read 7     Pick an item from our treasure box

Read 10:      You are invited to be a member of the Battle of the Books Team Also invited to our Author visit

Read 15   You are invited to our ice cream sundae party


2021-2022 SSYRA BOOKS for Grades 6-8

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

Bouncing Back by Scott Ostler

Charlie Thorne & the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Cleo Porter & the Body Electric by Jake Burt

Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders

Jinxed by  Amy McCulloch

 Me and Banksy by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods

The Unteachables by Gordan Korman

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

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