Lists of Nominees
2012
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List of Nominees for 2011
The 20 books listed below, published between 2008 and 2010, 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
The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman
The Juvie Three
by Gordon Korman

Crime landed them in jail, but their luck changes when Mr. Healy selects them to serve their sentences in his halfway house. Then he is injured, everything changes.
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The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil

The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour
by Michael D. Beil

Three 7th grade detectives in New York help a neighbor solve puzzles hidden in the church next to their school while looking to find a legendary ruby ring.
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Scat by Carl Hiaasen
Scat
by Carl Hiaasen

While on a field trip in a Florida wildlife preserve, Nick and Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts and their unpopular teacher disappears.
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The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hilstad Butler
The Truth About Truman School
by Dori Hillestad Butler

Zebby and Amr just want to have an uncensored, online school magazine, but someone uses their website to bully a popular girl … should they censor their classmates?
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Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund
Word Nerd
by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund

Ambrose is a magnet for bullies, making his mother decide to homeschool him.  He then befriends the neighborhood ex-con and joins a scrabble club … all behind his mother's back!
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Recommended for All Teens
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
All the Broken Pieces
by Ann E. Burg

In a free-verse story, adoptee Matt Pin struggles with the conflict between loving his new family and remembering his birth mother and the little brother he left behind in Vietnam.
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Chains: Seeds of America by Laurie Halse Anderson
Chains: Seeds of America
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Isabel, a young slave in New York, searches for a way to escape her cruel masters during the American Revolution.
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The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
The Chosen One
by Carol Lynch Williams

Kyra must decide whether to become her uncle’s wife and stay in the strict, polygamous compound where she grew up or risk it all and escape to a world she was taught to fear.
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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Graceling
by Kristin Cashore

Born with the Grace of strength and speed, Katsa is an assassin. Her uncle, King Randa, exploits her for his own purposes, but she wants to use her skills for nobler pursuits.
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Leviathan
by Scott Westerfeld

Clankers and Darwinists prep for war while orphaned Austro-Hungarian Prince Alek flees danger and Deryn, disguised as a boy, trains as an airman on a British flying whaleship.
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Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger

Project Sweet Life
by Brent Hartinger

Three high school junior boys devise money-making schemes to avoid taking jobs so they can enjoy the “sweet life” one last summer before accepting the responsibilities of the real world.
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September Sisters by Jillian Cantor
The September Sisters
by
Jillian Cantor

What happens to a family when a sister vanishes from her bedroom one summer night? Abby and her parents are trying to deal with Becky’s disappearance. Will she ever be found?
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Recommended for High School Students
Ash by Melinda Lo
Ash
by Melinda Lo

In a Cinderella variation, Ash grew up with a forbidden belief in fairies. Now she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and her love for the King's Huntress.
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The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland
The Bite of the Mango
by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland

Mariatu Kamara tells how she, a twelve-year-old, survived rape, torture and maiming during the civil war in Sierra Leone.
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Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Flash Burnout
by L.K. Madigan

After taking a photograph of a woman living on the streets and discovering she is his friend’s meth-addicted mother, Blake is torn between being there for his friend or maintaining his relationship with his girlfriend.
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Ghosts of War: The Story of a 19-Year-Old GI by Ryan Smithson
Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI
by Ryan Smithson

He was 16 when the Twin Towers fell, 17 when he joined the army, and 19 when he was deployed to Iraq. Join him on a journey from student to soldier, innocence to experience
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Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Hold Still
by Nina LaCour

Caitlin and Ingrid did everything together, but when Ingrid inexplicably takes her own life, Caitlin is left to wonder why.  With Ingrid’s journal, she sees a different side of her friend. 
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King of the Screwups by K.L. Going

King of the Screwups
by K.L. Going

Liam Geller can't help being Mr. Popularity, even when he tries not to be. No matter what he does, he manages to screw up in the eyes of his father.
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No Choirboy: Murder Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row
by Susan Kuklin

In their own words, four men who committed murder as teenagers share their stories and reflect on the grim future of life with no parole.
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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wintergirls
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Most people think Lia is too thin, but she wants to be thinner. Despite the fact that she knows better, she lets her eating disorder consume her until she reaches the breaking point.
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