This year's Bluestem Award winner is The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths. Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-story treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you're hungry. Life would be perfect for Andy and Terry if it wasn't for the fact that they have to write their next book, which is almost impossible because there are just so many distractions, including thirteen flying cats, giant bananas, mermaids, a sea monster pretending to be a mermaid, enormous gorillas, and dangerous burp gas-bubblegum bubbles!
The Bluestem Award, sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association, highlights books for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than those found in the Monarch Award list, but aren't yet ready for the themes or length of Caudill Award books. For the full list of this year's books, check out the official Bluestem Award page.