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2009 Young Adult Book Award Nominees
Wake by Lisa Mann Not all dreams are sweet. For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....
Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande Your best friend hates you. The guy you liked hates you. Your entire group of friends hates you. All because you did the right thing. Welcome to life for Mena, whose year is starting off in the worst way possible. She's been kicked out of her church group and no one will talk to hernot even her own parents. No one except for Casey, her supersmart lab partner in science class, who's pretty funny for the most brilliant guy on earth. And when Ms. Shepherd begins the unit on evolution, school becomes more dramatic than Mena could ever imagine... and her own life is about to evolve in some amazing and unexpected ways.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters, and Clary, a mundie (mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher When Clay Jenson plays the cassette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he's surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He's one of 13 people who receive Hannah's story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah's voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates between Hannah's voice (italicized) and Clay's thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions. Hannah, herself, is not free from guilt. The message about how we treat one another, although sometimes heavy, makes for compelling reading.
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker Having grown up in the shadow of his father's failed NFL career, high-school football player Mick Johnson is determined not to make the same mistakes. But when he's tackled just short of the goal in a pivotal game, he decides that vitamin supplements aren't enough and begins purchasing "gym candy," or steroids, from the trainer at his local gym. His performance breaks records and his father couldn't be more proud, but along with gains in muscle, he suffers "'roid rage," depression, and unsightly acne. Even after therapy, Mick is wondering if he'll continue to be tempted by steroids. Deuker complements a message with plenty of action and drama, while depicting Mick's emotional struggles as sensitively as his physical ones.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers? This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.
The Silenced by James Devita In the aftermath of the Millenium War, the new Zero Tolerance government focuses on the safety inherent in homogeneity of political thinking, ethnic origin, and appearance. A wall has been constructed around the southern part of the country and suspected families relocated into a "re-dap" community in which the young people can be educated into right-thinking. But within her Youth Training Facility, Marina has found some kindred souls: an art teacher who encourages her, a boyfriend with whom she sneaks out at night, and a rebellious newcomer. As she gradually retrieves her memories of her mother's death, Marina determines to honor her, starting her own resistance movement, the White Rose.
Mad Kestrel by Misty Massey This rollicking debut combines swashbuckling sea adventure, fantasy, and romance with great success. Kestrel was born a Promise, a child with magical talents, and as such sought by the Danisoban mages who control all use of magic. After the Danisoban Brethren kill her parents, Kestrel survives as a street urchin and tavern maid before running away to sea. The sea cancels Danisoban magic, but Kestrel soon learns she retains her untrained ability to command the weather. She signs on with Capt. Artemus Binns, only to see him arrested for piracy and hauled away. Kestrel promptly sets sail in pursuit and finds herself in the middle of a civil war between the Ageless King of the Danisobans and his son, Prince Jeremie. There's enough spirit of adventure to carry Kestrel (and the reader) with plenty left over for sequels.
The Circle of Blood: A Forensic Mystery by Alane Ferguson Cameryn Mahoney works as the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado. But if thats not hard enough, her long-lost mother has made a surprise return to Cameryns life. When her mother picks up a mysterious young hitchhiker, Cameryn senses that the girl is running from something. But before she can find out more, the girl is found deadwith a gun in her hand. Is it suicide? Or something even more sinister?
Beanball by Gene Fehler It's the last inning of a high school baseball game between arch-rivals Oak Grove and Compton. Center fielder Luke "Wizard" Wallace steps up to the plate--and is hit by a beanball, a wild pitch that shatters his skull, destroys the vision in his left eye, and changes his life forever. In this riveting novel, the events surrounding this pivotal moment are recounted through free-verse monologues by 28 different voices, including those of Luke and his Oak Grove teammates; the pitcher, Kyle Dawkins, and other players; the two coaches; Luke's family members and teachers; and Sarah Edgerton, a new classmate who seems more affected by Luke's injury than his girlfriend is. With its unusual format, gripping subject matter, and economy of language, Beanball is a thought-provoking, fast-paced read.
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson Tyler Miller was a socially invisible nerd ("Your average piece of drywall who spent too much time playing computer games") before he sprayed some attention-getting graffiti and became a legend. Sentenced to a summer of physical labor, he enters his senior year with new muscles that attract popular Bethany Millbury, whose father is Tyler's dad's boss. On probation for his graffiti stunt, Tyler struggles to balance his consuming crush with pressure that comes from schoolwork and his explosive father, and after Tyler is implicated in a drunken crime, his balancing act falls apart. What works well here is the frank, on-target humor, the taut pacing, and the small moments, recounted in Tyler's first-person voice, that illuminate his emotional anguish
Yellow Flag by Robert Lipsyte Kyle Hildebrand comes from a family of legendary NASCAR drivers. His older brother, Kris, is the heir apparent to the family business and shows great promise. Kyle, meanwhile, is seemingly content to play trumpet in a brass quintet. After Kris is injured, Kyle takes his place behind the wheel and proves himself to be a skilled driver, and questions if he should pursue his interest in music or turn to racing. Lipsyte taps into the ever-growing popularity of NASCAR with this effort. As usual, he is at his best when conveying the sports details, filling readers in on what it is like to be in the middle of a race, as well as the other elements of the NASCAR life, from the sponsors that need to be schmoozed to the ever-available groupies. Fans of the sport will love this and hope for more installments of Kyle's story.
Silent Echoes by Carla Jablonski It's 1882, and the Spiritualist movement is at its height. Sixteen-year-old Lucy and her father are doing very well summoning spirits, even gaining entree into the highest levels of New York society. Then, to Lucy's shock, she calls up what seems to be a real spirit-- though as readers will know (since the story is told in alternating chapters), it's Lindsay, a present-day teen. While Lindsay, whose family situation is unsettled, worries that the voice she hears means that she is schizophrenic, Lucy is concerned with her romances and the direction she wants for her life. Readers will appreciate both the characters and the connections they make as Jablonski cleverly twines the girls' lives and makes plausible not only how they have come into contact but also why.
Game by Walter Dean Myers Drew Lawson knows basketball is taking him places. It has to, because his grades certainly aren't. But lately his plan has run squarely into a pick. Coach's new offense has made another player a star, and Drew won't let anyone disrespect his game. Just as his team makes the playoffs, Drew must come up with something big to save his fading college prospects. It's all up to Drew to find out just how deep his game really is.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin After high-school junior Naomi conks her head, she can't remember anything that happened since sixth grade. She turns mystified and startled by evidence of her present life, from the birth-control pills in her bedside table to her parents' astonishing, rancorous split. Eventually, the memories return, leaving Naomi questioning the basis of a new romance, and wondering which of her two lives, present or former, represents her most authentic self. Zevin writes revealingly about emotions and relationships. Especially vivid is the Hepburn-Tracy bond Naomi shares with yearbook co-chief Will, whom she wounds with her self-reinvention even as she discovers deeper feelings. Pulled by the heart-bruising love story, readers will pause to contemplate irresistible questions: If the past were a blank slate, what would you become?
In the Name of God by Paula Jolin They talked about doing things, of course, these macho cousins and uncles of mine. But nothing happens. God did not reward the Muslims for waiting in patience while the Unbelievers picked them off one by one, did He? God helps she who helps herself, she who helps the Muslims. Someone has to take control, right? Ive already decided that someone will be me. Nadia is an excellent student, daughter, and sister, living in Damascus, Syria. Above all, she strives to walk the straight path and follow the laws of Islam. But shes confused by the world around her and how she fits into it. Shes conflicted about her Westernized cousins, the internal struggles of her country, and the war raging in Iraq. When her cousin is arrested by Syrian authorities for speaking outbetrayed by someone in the familyNadia finds herself drawn into the dark world of Islamic fundamentalism. And shes about to face the biggest decision of her life.
Blood Brothers by S. A. Harazin Without his job at the hospital, Clay would be lost. The hard work, the struggles of the patients and gives focus to his dream of someday becoming a doctor. Clay can't afford to go away to college like the rest of his graduating senior class, but what other 17- year-old has delivered a baby or helped save a life? Still, Clay wishes his life could be more like his best friend Joey's. Joey has it alla great family, a good college waiting for him at the end of the summer, money, a car. Clay has to bike everywhere, and the miles are starting to wear him down. But Joey's future shatters one day when he overdoses at a party. Now he's clinging to life at the hospital where Clay works. Tension and emotion rise as those who love Joey gather and wait. Clay will do whatever he can to find out what happened at the party, and to help Joey recover. But to survive this ordeal Clay must draw on a strength he never knew he had.
Enter Three Witches: A Story of Macbeth by Caroline Cooney Lady Mary is a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth whose life is forever changed when her father, Lord Cawdor, betrays the Scottish king - - and is hanged as a traitor. In an instant, Mary has lost both her father and future. Now she's trapped in a castle with a power- hungry couple who will do anything to get what they want -- and are willing to crush anyone in their way. Including Mary. As the murderous events of Shakespeare's play unfold around her, Mary must struggle to survive -- and do what she can to prevent more deaths. But can a lone girl save lives when a legion of Scottish lords cannot?
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught Jamie is a senior in high school and, like so many kids in that year, doing too muchincluding trying to change the worldand fighting for her rights as a very fat girl. And not quietly: she's writing a column every week in the paper with her thoughts and fears and gripes. As her column raises all kinds of questions, so too, must she find her own private way in her world, with love popping up in an unexpected place, and satisfaction in her size losing ground to real frustration. Tapping into her own experience losing weight, her training as a psychotherapist, and the current fascination in the media for teens who are trying drastic weight- loss measures including surgery, Susan Vaught's searing and hilarious prose will grip readers of all sizes, leaving them eager to hear more.
Good Enough by Paula Yoo How to make your Korean parents happy: 1. Get a perfect score on the SATs. 2. Get into HarvardYalePrinceton. 3. Don't talk to boys.* Patti's parents expect nothing less than the best from their Korean-American daughter. Everything she does affects her chances of getting into an Ivy League school. So winning assistant concertmaster in her All- State violin competition and earning less than 2300 on her SATs is simply not good enough. But Patti's discovering that there's more to life than the Ivy League. To start with, there's Cute Trumpet Guy. He's funny, he's talented, and he looks exactly like the lead singer of Patti's favorite band. Then, of course, there's her love of the violin. Not to mention cool rock concerts. And anyway, what if Patti doesn't want to go to HarvardYalePrinceton after all?
RHHS Library Information Open mornings 7:45 – 8:30 and after school 3:40 – 4:30, Friday closes at 3:45 The media center is a quiet place for reading, browsing, and studying whether individually or with a class. It houses books for assigned and pleasure reading, reference materials, back issues of periodicals, current newspapers and magazines, and all audio-visual materials and equipment. It also offers access to the Internet, Online Periodical Indexes, and other software programs. Students have access to the media center for quiet study and reading without permits 45 minutes before and after school, and at lunch. Students must have a teacher pass to come to the media center from regular classes and from study hall. Permits are not required before school, during lunch, between classes and after school. If students leave the library before 8:30, they must go outside and stay in front of A, B, or C buildings. No one should be behind A Building nor in or near D and E building. Books may be checked out for two weeks and may be renewed. A fine of 10 cents for each day school is in session will be charged for overdue books, up to the price of the book. Overnight books will cost 15 cents for each day overdue. The fine stops when the book is returned, whether the fine is paid at that time or not. However, all overdue books must be returned or paid for and all fines paid by the end of the semester, or students will be placed on the delinquent list and lose privileges.
Sources Pictures taken from: Summaries taken from: Dwayne Chris Brown Jr., Creator