What is Troybery?
Launched during the 2000-2001 school year, the Troybery Award Program began as a way for the Troy middle school media specialists to encourage students to read and vote on what they thought was the best book of the previous publishing year, instead of adults choosing the best books for awards like the Newbery or Caldicott. The book with the most votes will receive the prestigious Troybery Award, and the three runners-up will be named Troybery Honor Books.
In the past, the middle school media specialists nominated 10 titles for Troybery that they thought represented the best middle grade books published that year across a variety of genres.
However, change came come to Troybery in 2017! With suggestions and input from students and teachers, the media specialists now curate a rolling list of potential Troybery titles starting in October and ending before January. Books must have a current publication year and be a stand-alone title or be the first book in a new series. Most importantly, the books must be awesome, engaging reads!
Students will read potential Troyberys from the beginning of the school year until March, when the media specialists will unveil a March Madness style tournament to narrow down the titles to the students' top choices. Then, the media specialists will hold a final voting day to determine the Troybery winner out of the students' favorite titles.
Award winners are announced at the annual Troybery ceremony in April. Thirty lucky students who participated in Troybery from each middle school are chosen to attend, and student emcees run the ceremony.
2020 Troybery Results
Past Troybery Winners
2020 THE HUNGER GAMES (voted best Troybery of the past 20 years)
2016 THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE
2015 THE IRON TRIAL
2014 THE RITHMATIST
2012 PRISONER OF CELL 25
2011 OUT OF MY MIND
2009 HUNGER GAMES
2008 THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY
2007 LOOKING GLASS WARS
2006 MAXIMUM RIDE
2005 MISS SWEET HONEYWELL'S REVENGE
2004 CITY OF EMBER
2003 PENDRAGON: MERCHANT OF DEATH
For a list of all former nominees and winners, check here.