Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury (Atheneum Books, 2017). Twelve-year old Ram survives on the streets of Chandigarh, India, winning games of gilli for money. After a game goes wrong, Ram darts deep into the forest, where he encounters a mysterious man, Nek, who creates art with scraps of metal and junk. Can Ram discover a way to keep Nek’s sculptures safe? (Grades 4-8)
Award Status: Winner, 2018
Award Category: Middle Grade Readers
Author: Jennifer Bradbury
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