Vote for the 2016 Dragon Award

Vote for the Orion Library’s Annual Dragon Award!

  • Read these books and talk about them with your friends.
  • Write a comment below about why you think your favorite should win the Dragon Award.
  • Vote online for your pick between Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
  • The 2016 Dragon Award Winner will be announced right here on Wednesday, November 9.

Vote Now!

And this year’s nominees are…

Gregor the Overlander - Cover ImgGregor the Overlander: The Underland Chronicles; Book 1

By Suzanne Collins

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where bats, spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future!

The Maze of Bones - Cover ImgThe Maze of Bones: The 39 Clues; Book 1

By Rick Riordan

At the reading of their grandmother’s will, Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering 39 clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family’s power. In choosing the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family members!

Fortunately, The Milk - Cover ImgFortunately, The Milk

By Neil Gaiman

While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life - Cover ImgTales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life: Dork Diaries; Book 1

By Rachel Renee Russell

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school–and her very first diary is packed with hilarious stories and art.

Big Nate From the Top - Cover ImgBig Nate From the Top

By Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate is in a class by himself. This spunky 11-year-old holds the school record in detentions, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming big! Big Nate is taking it from the top–the top of the troublemaker’s list!

Read These Past Dragon Award Winners!

Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

2013 – Amulet: The Stonekeeper

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

2014 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I Survivided the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis

2015 – I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

77 Responses to Vote for the 2016 Dragon Award

  1. Wyatt November 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    Gregor the Overlander is a fascinating book about adventures. Gregor falls through a hole in his laundry room and he ends up in a very strange place where he believes that his dad has disappearedIt is an intense chapter book. I hope that you vote for Gregor the Overlander!.

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 11:07 am #

      I’m glad you enjoyed this mysterious adventure with Gregor. Intense chapter books keep you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out the mystery. I hope you keep following this series. There are many more fantastic paths Gregor takes in the other novels.

  2. Naveyah November 4, 2016 at 11:44 am #

    I read some of fortanatly the milk and I absolutly loved it it is wacky wonderlany and strange if you like these kinds of books you should read fortunatly the milk. You have my vote for sure! 🙂

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 11:03 am #

      That’s fantastic you enjoyed this wacky adventure by Neil Gaiman. He writes with such imagination and takes us to fantastic worlds in his books. I’m glad he got your vote.

  3. Aubrey November 4, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    Wow! Dork Diaries is great because it is funny, sweet, and kind. A feature I really liked was the pictures because they helped tell the story. This is a great book that you should read and vote for! <3 !

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 11:01 am #

      That’s fabulous that you enjoyed the Dork Diaries. You’re very astute in paying attention to the kindness in the book. Even though it is so humorous and makes us laugh, the kindness the character portrays is awesome. There are many more in the series you might enjoy reading.

  4. Nate November 4, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    Do you love weird, wacky, comics? Then you will love: Big Nate – Over the Top! It has scenes from getting into trouble to just talking with his friends. This book makes your head spin! You should read it! You should vote for it!

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 10:58 am #

      That’s fantastic that you enjoyed this fun graphic novel. I agree. Big Nate keeps you on your toes as a reader. You are definitely spinning with all of Big Nate’s crazy adventures. There are many more in the series you might want to read.

  5. Draven November 4, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    Fortunately, the Milk is a hilarious book! It has a lot of funny parts like when the aliens abduct the dad and when the dad gets captured by pirates. I think this book should be chosen for the Dragon Award!

    • gABE November 4, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      the milk one is weird

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 10:56 am #

      That’s fabulous that you enjoyed this book. Neil Gaiman, the author is known for his very imaginative fantastical adventures. Another author that writes like this is Roald Dahl. You might enjoy some of his books also.

  6. Justin November 4, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    I think you should vote for: Big nate – Over the Top because it is full of good humor and colorful illustrations. It is so friendly and PERFECT for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. This book deserves the Dragon Award!

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      You’re so right! Big Nate always has the best laughs for the reader. It’s always good to sit down and really enjoy a hilarious book. There are so many in the series now. I hope you explore more.

  7. Chloe November 4, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    Do you like funny books? If you do, you should read: Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life. One reason I say this is because the book has amazing pictures that help you understand the story. Also, the handwriting in the Diary is easy to read. I am voting for this book and so should you!

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the Dork Diaries book. You’re right. Using the tool of adding pictures in novels expands the story so much more. There are many others in this series for you to explore.

  8. Chris November 4, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    I think that you should vote for: Fortunately, the Milk for the Dragon Award because it is a crazy, weird, hilarious story!

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 10:45 am #

      It’s great you enjoyed this very fun, crazy book by Neil Gaiman. His books always take the reader to strange wonderful places.

  9. Annalise November 4, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    Do you like interesting books with a great amount of action? If you answered yes, then: The 39 Clues is the book for you! The story contains two siblings: a brother & sister. I think this book is a great read for boys and girls. I also think it is a good fit for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade readers.

  10. KateisGreat November 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    Big Nate is such a good book! I totally recommend it to you guys who like graphic novels, or that naughty humor! If you look in the margin of each comic, you can see his signature!

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      Wow! You are such a great book detective. Many authors add something fun for the astute reader to find. Graphic novels and humor make for a hilarious combination. I agree.

  11. liam Skelton November 1, 2016 at 3:34 pm #


    • gabe November 4, 2016 at 10:59 am #

      no i do not like it it is weird boring!

    • Lisa B November 5, 2016 at 10:06 am #

      I’m glad you are so excited about this series. The really cool thing is there are many more for you to read and follow the clues in the series.

  12. Ryann November 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Big Nate is such a good book I love how Big Nate can get out of problems and he excepts himself for Who he is !!! 🙂

    • Zac November 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

      I think otherwise :[

    • Halli November 1, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the book Big Nate, and that you like the character as well! Keep reading! 🙂

    • liam Skelton November 1, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

      I like 39 clues its the best book EVER!!!!!

    • KateisGreat November 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

      I totally agree!

  13. Anonymous November 1, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    Big Nate from the top was great

    • Halli November 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed Big Nate from the Top! Hopefully you’ll read some more books in the Big Nate series!

  14. Zac November 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    When I was in 2nd grade I read it,it creeped me out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • beast mode potato November 1, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

      I love big Nate soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo muccch.

  15. Zac November 1, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    I read the 39 Clues book a year ago and I still remember how good it was! :]

    • brayden November 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

      i read 39 cluse and it was horribail

      • Will November 4, 2016 at 11:00 am #

        You should only leave a comment if it is nice.

      • gabe November 4, 2016 at 11:01 am #

        yea i know right

    • Halli November 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

      It’s nice when you like a book so much that it sticks with you for so long after you’ve read it! Maybe you’ll read it again one day, or read other books in the series.

    • bob November 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

      not as good as Big Nate

    • brayden November 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

      i read all of these books and all of them were great #vote for greg overlander

  16. Anonymous November 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    Even though i didn’t vote for it.Big Nate on the Top is full of humor!

    • Halli November 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

      It’s great that you enjoyed more than one of the books chosen for The Dragon Award this year!

  17. Johnathan October 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

    Fortunately, The Milk is an awesome book! It made me laugh so much! I recommend it to anyone who likes funny and crazy books.

    • Halli October 31, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

      Fortunately, the Milk made me laugh too! I’m glad you enjoyed the book!

  18. Ryan October 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

    READ BIG NAT its an amazing humors all at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ms. Linda October 27, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

      This is an amazingly funny book. I am glad you really enjoyed the book and added your comments to our webpage. Remember voting starts on Monday.

  19. Gillian October 27, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    The book I recommend is: Fortunately, the Milk. This book is very humorous and also includes funny and crazy pictures. If you read this book, you will laugh out loud! The book may not look good on the outside, but it is good!!

    • Ms. Linda October 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

      The old expression “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is definitely true in this case. I’m glad you checked it out and discovered how funny this book is!

  20. Jordan October 26, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    I recommend that you vote for: Big Nate – Over the Top! It is a laugh out loud, funny, exciting and amazing book! It has lots of jokes and wonderful moments. You should read it!!!

    • Ms. Linda October 26, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

      Books that can make you laugh are fun to read. Your enthusiasm for this book is contagious, I am sure lots of other kids will want to read Big Nate now!

    • Anonymous November 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

      i have not read this book YET im shure it will be amasing!!!

  21. Ainsley October 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    Dork Diaries: Tales form a Not-So-Fabulous Life

    I love this book with all the drama and the little sister gives a great laugh! I think the characters are so crazy and lovable! I hope this book wins the Dragon Award this year!

    • Ms. Linda October 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

      What a great combination – lovable characters and a story that makes you laugh. It sounds like you really enjoyed this book.

  22. Max October 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    Gregor the Overlander is a great book and it will make your imagination explode! Once Gregor discovered the hole where his dad disappeared, he doesn’t know what’s coming. If you like to be in a wonderland of weirdness and want to be in for a treat – you should read this book!

    • Ms. Linda October 26, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

      Suzanne Collins does do an amazing job of creating the underworld and keeping you in suspense about what will happen. Sounds like you will have to finish the series!

  23. Aubree October 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    I will vote for: Dork Diaries – Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life! I love this book because she is in a whole new school and she has no friends. I know how that feels to move in to new school, with no friends.

    • Ms. Linda October 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

      Finding a character you can relate to does make a story more real. I’m glad you liked this book and hope you have made some new friends that you can share with how great the Dork Diaries are!

  24. Johnnyb October 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    I liked Gregor the Overlander too- it’s the best series since Harry Potter and a great way to escape the chaos around you. I also liked the figurative language.

    • Ms. Linda October 26, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

      Gregor the Overlander is one of my favorite series to recommend to fans of fantasy. I never had the chance to finish the series, so stop by and tell me if the rest of the series is good.

  25. Samantha October 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Fortunately, the Milk is a great book full of fantasy places, dinosaurs and shiny-store-red-thingies. It is sucha cliff hanger and I just wanted to keep reading to the end! I’m telling you, you’ll love it!

    • Halli October 26, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

      Fortunately, the Milk is a great book! I’m glad it kept you reading!

  26. Joseph October 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

    WOW! Have you ever read Big Nate – Over the Top? It is such a great book! I have read it once and now I am reading it again! Everybody needs to vote for this book because it’s funny and has a lot of action!

    • Halli October 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

      What an excellent recommendation! It’s great that you enjoyed the book so much that you want to read it again!

  27. Daniel October 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    When I first started reading: The 39 Clues, I did not think it was going to be good. However, as I read a little further it turned out to be very funny. I especially liked the when Dan wrote on a grave, “I’m dead. Let’s party!”

    • Halli October 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

      It’s always good to give a book a chance, even if it starts out a little slowly. I’m glad you’re enjoying it and finding funny parts mixed in with the adventure and mystery!

  28. Olivia October 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    I love how the author, Rachel Renee Russell, brings the main character Nikki to life in the book: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life! For example, when Nikki goes to write in her diary, the author includes her inner thoughts and I feel like I am in the story!

    • Halli October 25, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

      I love when an author is able to pull me right into the story-it makes reading the book and getting to know the characters so much more exciting!

  29. Connor October 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    When you read: Fortunately, the Milk, you will laugh out loud! Neil Gaiman takes you on a funny and weird journey when a dad needs milk for his kids. This book is a page-turner! You just can’t put it down. Let’s hope mum doesn’t find out!

    • Halli October 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

      Fortunately, the Milk is definitely a super-funny read! I’m so glad you enjoyed this book!

  30. Dennis October 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    I think Gregor the Overlander should win because it is a very action packed and humorous read! I also think this book should win because the author does a good job of hooking the reader.

    • Halli October 25, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

      It’s great to be hooked by a good book! I’m glad you enjoyed the action and humor in Gregor the Overlander!

  31. ethan October 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

    big Nate his a hilarious book. if you like comedy books, you will love this book.

    • Halli October 11, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      It’s always fun to relax with a funny book! I’m happy that you enjoyed Big Nate!

  32. Alex D. October 10, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    39 clues are the best book series I have read in a long time I recommend to read the book.

    • Halli October 11, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      It’s great you found a series that you really like! 39 Clues is a big series, so you’ll have lots of books to keep you reading!

  33. Andy October 6, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    Gregor the Overlander – I liked it because it was one of the best mysteries I have read. It has a good mix of dialogue and narration, and had lots of cliffhangers. If you like action and mystery, read this book!

    • Halli October 11, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

      Exciting books are great! I’m so glad you liked Gregor the Overlander!

      • Madyson (Lisa's granddaughter) November 1, 2016 at 10:48 am #

        I am reading Gregor the Overlander right now!! I didn’t think i would like it at first but I LOVE it!!!!

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