Lists of Nominees
2012
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List of Nominees for 2009
The 20 books listed below, published between 2006 and 2008, were nominated by the Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee based on their lite

Recommended for Middle School Students
Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel
Darkwing
by Kenneth Oppel

Set during a dynamic era of earth’s history and changing species, Dusk, the world's first bat, must lead his colony to safety and a new home after a massacre from carnivores.
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The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

The Green Glass Sea
by Ellen Klages

In 1943, Dewey moves to Los Alamos to live with her father, a scientist working on "the gadget"- the first atomic bomb.
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Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Home of the Brave
by Katherine Applegate

Kek survives a war in the Sudan that claims the lives of both his father and brother but can he adapt to a new life in the US and still remain true to his own beliefs?
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Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen
Runaway
by Wendelin Van Draanen

This is a touching and uplifting portrait of a young girl's struggle for survival on the streets and within herself, told through the words in her diary ... a diary she never wanted to use.
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Recommended for All Teens
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
by Michael Scott

Twins Sophie and Josh are caught in a battle between two alchemists over an ancient book containing the secret of eternal life.
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The Arrival by Shaun Tan
The Arrival
by Shaun Tan

This wordless graphic novel blends historical imagery with science-fiction elements to depict the journey of an immigrant from his terror-beset homeland to a new, more peaceful home.
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Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell
Carpe Diem
by Autumn Cornwell

With the help of a big secret, overachiever Vassar finds herself traipsing through the wilds of Southeast Asia with her free-living grandmother. How will it change her view of the world?
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Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
Dairy Queen
by Catherine Murdock

Meet DJ, a genuine home-grown cow-girl who wants not only to escape the drudgery of her farm but also to play football.  Has she got what it takes to make it in the “real” world?
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Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Devilish
by Maureen Johnson

Jane Jarvis, a senior at a Catholic girls’ school in Providence, tries to save her best friend by making a pact with a demon in the form of a cupcake-eating, very friendly teenage girl.
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Epic by Conor Kostick

Epic
by Conor Kostick

On New Earth, a world based on a virtual role-playing game, Erik persuades his friends to help in order to save his father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.
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Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
Lemonade Mouth
by
Mark Peter Hughes

A group of unpopular students thrown together in detention form a band to play at a local school talent show and become a wildly popular local rock band.
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Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
Song of the Sparrow
by Lisa Ann Sandell

After her home on the island of Shalott is destroyed forcing her to live in Arthur's army encampments, can Elaine, and the world she has always known, survive the birth of a kingdom?
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Wildwood Dancing byJuliet Marillier

Wildwood Dancing
by Juliet Marillier

Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magical world, the Wildwood.
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Recommended for High School Students
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

After being bullied at his school on the reservation, Junior Spirit decides to attend an all-white school where he struggles with his identity and feelings about leaving the “rez.
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Beige by Cecil Castelucci
Beige
by Cecil Castelucci

Staying in Los Angeles for the summer with your punk rock legend father should be exciting. However, Katy and her estranged dad couldn't be more opposite.
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Boot Camp
Boot Camp
by Todd Strasser

How bad can a boot camp really be? For Garrett, it's his worst nightmare come to life. Will he escape the never-ending behavior modifications of Lake Harmony.
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Buried by Robin Merrow MacCready
Buried
by Robin Merrow MacCready

When her alcoholic mother is missing, Claudine begins to spin out of control despite her attempts to impose order on every aspect of her life.
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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Just Listen
by Sarah Dessen

Annabelle plays the girl who has everything in a local TV ad, but nothing could be further from the truth. Could her unlikely friendship with outsider Owen help her to mend her life?
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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
by Gabrielle Zevin

After a severe blow to the head, amnesiac Naomi faces startling and puzzling consequences while unraveling her past life.
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Trigger by Susan Vaught
Trigger
by Susan Vaught

Jersey is released from rehab after suffering a gunshot wound to the head only to learn the injury was self-inflicted. Now, he must overcome his extensive brain damage to find out why.
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