Lists of Nominees
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List of Nominees for 2010
The 22 books listed below, published between 2007 and 2009, were nominated by the Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee based on their literary quality and their appeal to teens.
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Recommended for Middle School Students
Darkside by Thomas Becker
Darkside
by Thomas Becker

Jonathan’s father is in an asylum. He finds secret messages from his father that lead him to the Darkside of London that is ruled by Jack the Ripper’s children. Can he survive?
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Keeping Corner by Kahmira Sheth

Keeping Corner
by Kashmira Sheth

When Leela is unexpectedly widowed at age 12, her carefree life ends. But with India changing, can Leela learn what she needs to change her circumstances, too?
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Schooled by Gordon Korman
Schooled
by Gordon Korman

When Capricorn’s hippie grandmother falls ill and she can no longer continue to homeschool him, he must attend public school and experience life with his peers for the first time.
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Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Waiting for Normal
by Leslie Connor

Addie lives in a small trailer with her neglectful mother, but she longs for a normal family and to live with her step-father and half-sisters.
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Recommended for All Teens
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
by Mary E. Pearson

Jenna is a 17 year old who awakens from a coma after a serious accident only to learn a startling truth about herself in this novel where technology knows no bounds.
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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockart
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks turns her boarding school's secret society traditions upside down in this fun, feminist, and highly disreputable romp!
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Welcome to the Hunger Games, a Capitol-endorsed reality TV show in which Katniss can only prevail by killing the other players … even Peeta, who once saved her from starvation. 
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The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Celia Galante
The Patron Saint of Butterflies
by Cecilia Galante

When her grandmother takes Agnes, her brother, and her friend Honey from a religious commune, Agnes clings to faith as Honey looks toward a future free of control and cruelty.
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Pemba's Song: A Ghost Story by Tonya C. Hegamin & Marilyn Nelson
Pemba's Song: A Ghost Story
by Tonya C. Hegamin & Marilyn Nelson

As Pemba adjusts to leaving Brooklyn for a small town, a black history specialist helps her research the ghostly images pulling her into the life of a slave who lived in her new house.
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Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

Shift
by Jennifer Bradbury

When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross-country bicycle trek the summer after graduating and only one of them returns, the FBI wants to know what happened.
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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Unwind
by
Neal Shusterman

An orphan, a rebel, and a Chosen One join forces while trying to escape being unwound, a process in which a person is harvested for parts. Will Risa, Conor, and Lev escape the insanity of their society?
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Recommended for High School Students
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Audrey, Wait!
by Robin Benway

Audrey's ex-boyfriend has written a hit song about their break-up, and now she has become an unwilling paparazzi magnet.
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Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
Bog Child
by Siobhan Dowd

At the height of Northern Ireland’s “troubles,” Fergus is distracted by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, being a courier for terrorists, and the body he discovered in a bog.
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Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanki
Child of Dandelions
by Shenaaz Nanki

In 1972, the Ugandan president gives 90 days for all Indians to exit the country. Sabine and her family try to preserve a normal life as soldiers terrorize them and people disappear.
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Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe
Freeze Frame
by Heidi Ayarbe

Kyle must re-examine his own memory through the eyes of famous movie directors to solve the mystery of whether he killed his best friend on purpose.
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My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park
by Steve Kluger

Follow T.C., Augie and Alejandra for a year as they find their places in the world while navigating through new friendships and first loves.
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Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

Newes from the Dead: Being a True Story of Anne Green, Hanged for Infanticide at Oxford Assizes in 1650, Restored to the World and Died Again in 1665
by Mary Hooper

After being convicted, Anne is executed, sealed in a coffin, and awaits autopsy and dissection, but she can't awaken from a coma to stop the doctors from cutting her up alive.
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Paper Towns by John Green
Paper Towns
by John Green

Quentin goes on an all-night romp with Margo, on whom he has a crush, before she disappears, leaving Q to spend his final of weeks of high school hunting down obscure clues to find her.
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Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci
Streams of Babel
by Carol Plum-Ucci

Six teens face a bioterrorist attack as four are infected with a mysterious disease and two computer techies assist the US Intelligence Coalition in tracking the perpetrators.
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Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
Ten Cents a Dance
by Christine Fletcher

When her family's rent needs to be paid, Ruby drops out of school to be a taxi hall dancer in 1940s Chicago, where the jazz is hot and the boys are bad.
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Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Three Little Words: A Memoir
by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Nine years of being tossed around in a terribly flawed foster care system could have ruined Ashley’s life forever, but three little words changed her fate.
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Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman
Two Parties, One Tux and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath
by Steven Goldman

Mitch, a shy and awkward junior, negotiates the difficult social situations he encounters, both with girls and with his best friend David, after David reveals to him that he is gay.
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