Lists of Nominees
2012
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List of Nominees for 2008
The 22 books listed below, published between 2005 and 2007, were nominated by the Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee based on their literary quality and their appeal to teens.

Recommended for Middle School Students
Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle
Black Duck
by Janet Taylor Lisle

Ruben Hart tells of how, in 1929 Newport, he and his best friend's families were caught up in the violent competition among groups trying to control the local rum-smuggling trade.
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Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams

Down the Rabbit Hole
by Peter Abrahams

Because Ingrid is an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, she can't resist the urge to try to discover who killed an Echo Falls resident.
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Larklight by Phillip Reeve
Larklight:
A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space
by Philip Reeve

In an alternate Victorian England, Arthur and his sister Myrtle, residents of Larklight , a spaceworthy vessel, uncover a spidery plot to destroy the solar system.
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Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
Yellow Star
by Jennifer Roy

Syvia was 4 years old when the Nazis forced Jews from her area of Poland into the Lodz Ghetto. Six years later, she was one of only 12 child survivors to be liberated from the ghetto.
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Recommended for All Teens
Breathe: A Ghost Story by Cliff McNish
Breathe: A Ghost Story
by Cliff McNish

After Jack and his mother move into an old house, he believes that the spirits he encounters are harmless but he soon discovers that one of them is not as she seems.
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A Brief Chapter of My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life
by Dana Reinhardt

Simone's life changes unexpectedly when her parents convince her to contact her biological mother, an agnostic from a Jewish family who is losing her battle with cancer.
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Diva by Alex Flinn
Diva
by Alex Flinn

Caitlin pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer by attending a performing arts school even though she must leave her friends and familiar environment.
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Endymion Spring by matthew Skelton

Endymion Spring

by Matthew Skelton

Having accompanied his mother and pesky younger sister to Oxford, Blake stumbles across an ancient, magical book that was secreted to England in 1453 to save it from evil forces.
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Incantation by Alice Hoffman
Incantation
by Alice Hoffman

Estrella's family is hiding a huge secret. But will her best friend, Catalina, betray her trust because of a boy's love for Estrella and not her?
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Let Me Play by Karen Blumenthal
Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX
by Karen Blumenthal


A fascinating look at the history of Title IX, which bans sex discrimination in US education with highlights of the women's movement from the early twentieth century through today.
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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life As We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer

After a meteor hits the moon, Miranda and her family quickly realize the danger and prepare for the worst as the world faces all sorts of natural disasters.
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Lush by Natasha Friend
Lush
by Natasha Friend

Sam decides to get a new friend to help her cope with her alcoholic father and a mother in denial by leaving a biographical letter in a library book.
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Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer

Marie, Dancing
by Carolyn Meyer

Living in a part of Paris in the 1800's is dismal for Marie, but an invitation to model for Edgar Degas could bring new meaning to the life for this talented Paris Opera ballet dancer.
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The Night My Sister Went Missing by Carol Plum-Ucci


The Night My Sister Went Missing

by Carol Plum Ucci

When his sister goes missing mysteriously, Kurt spends a night at the police station overhearing statements from witnesses that reveal the prejudices and secrets of their town.
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Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick

Notes from the Midnight Driver

by Jordan Sonnenblick

After being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, Alex befriends a cranky old man with lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness.
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Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin

The Rules of Survival

by Nancy Werlin

Matt tells of trying desperately to save his younger sisters and himself from the very real dangers of life with a very disturbing and dangerous woman: their mother.
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Side Effects by Amy Goldman Koss

Side Effects

by Amy Goldman Koss

When Izzy goes to the doctor to check her swollen glands, she thinks he'll give her some medicine but it’s not that simple ... Izzy has cancer.
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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
by David Lubar

During his first year of high school, Scott tries to keep old friends who have changed while dealing with big changes at home: the approaching birth of his baby brother.
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Recommended for High School Students
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Death tells the story of Liesel, whose book-stealing and story-telling talents sustain her German family and the Jewish man they are hiding during the horrors of World War II.
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Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
Peeps
by Scott Westerfeld

Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must now hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.
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Sold by Patricia McCormick
Sold
by Patricia McCormick

Set in India and Pakistand, this free verse novel tells the story of 13-year-old Lakshimi, who is sold into prostitution and struggles to survive and escape the brutality she endures.
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Theories of Relativity by Barbara Haworth-Attard
Theories of Relativity
by Barbara Haworth-Attard

When his volatile mother throws him out of the house, Dylan is forced to live on the streets and beg for money. Yet through it all, he finds a way to survive.
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