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Rhode Island Teen Book Award Voting!

What was your favorite Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee this yea? Was it Scat, Florida missing teacher mystery by Carl Hiaasen? Was it the online gossip and cyberbullying tale, The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler? Scott Westerfeld’s science fiction adventure of the Leviathan? Or maybe it was the religious cult thriller The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams?

Whatever your favorite was, now is it the time to tell us! Stop by the Peace Dale Library by March 11th to cast your vote!

Need reminding of what all the nominees are? Visit the Rhode Island Teen Book Award website for a full list!

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Vote Now!

What was your favorite book this year? Heist Society by Ally Carter? Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld? Maybe it was Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen? Or maybe it was something else?

Now through September 17th you can vote in the YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten of 2010!

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2010 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominees

What was your favorite? Perhaps it was the non-stop thrilling action of Hunger Games. Or maybe the adventures of feisty heroine Frankie as she takes over her prep school in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. What ever it was, we want to know!

Voting has begun for the 2010 Rhode Island Teen Book Award! Read three (or more!) of the nominated titles, then stop in at the Peace Dale Library before February Vacation and place your vote. The winner will be announced in March! For more information about the Rhode Island Teen Book Award, ot to see previous years’ nominees and winners, check out their website.

Recommended for Middle School Students
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?
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?
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.
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.
Recommended for All Students
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.
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!
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.
The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Celia 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.
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.
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.
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?
Recommended for High School Students
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Teens’ Top Ten!!

It’s time to voice your opinion! The Young Adult Library Services Association wants to know what you think are the best books for 2009!

From August 25-September 18 visit the Teen Read Week website and vote for your favorite. Nominations include:

  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Graveyard Book by Neal Gaiman
  • Identical by Ellen Hopkins
  • Wake by Lisa McMann
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
  • Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
  • ….and many more!

The winning titles will be announced in October during Teen Read Week.

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2009 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Winner


Young adults from across Rhode Island chose Michael Scott’s The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel as their favorite book for the past year in a statewide election. As a result, Scott’s book was awarded the 2009 Rhode Island Teen Book Award. The award is sponsored by the Rhode Island Educational Media Association and the Rhode Island Library Association. Runners up for the award include Devilish by Maureen Johnson and Just Listen by Sarah Dessen.

In the novel that kick’s off a series, which is scheduled to have six volumes filled with magic, mythology, and vampires; readers are introduced to Sophie and Josh Newman, the 15-year-old twin children of archeologists. They have taken summer jobs across the street from one another, Josh in a bookstore and Sophie in a coffee shop. When a sinister man in a sleek, dark car arrives to change their lives, he turns the bookstore to rubble using powerful magic. The bookstore owner turns out to be Nicholas Flamel, a 14th century alchemist, who, with his wife Perenelle, guards the secret to immortal life … and the sinister man is Dr. John Dee, a magician/astrologer from the court of Queen Elizabeth I, who has been chasing the Flamels across time and space, determined to steal the book that gives them their powers.

Josh and Sophie are immediately caught up in an epic battle between these powerful magicians and the ancient beings of myth and legend that they call upon. With Perenelle held captive and Flamel’s powers waning, the safety of the entire human race may depend on Josh and Sophie learning to use their own latent powers, but can they survive their “awakening?”

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And the winner is…

It’s awards season, and not just for movies. Many young adult books have been honored in the past few months….here are the winners:

Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn’t a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

2009 Michael L. Printz Honor Books

  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

National Book Award: Young People’s Literature
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

When Evie’s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes.

She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two. As she begins to realize that almost everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions and choose between her loyalty to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves.

2009 National Book Award Honor Books

  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

YALSA’s 2009 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

  • It’s Complicated: The American Teenager by Robin Bowman
  • Waiting for Normal by Leslie Conner
  • Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena
  • Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
  • Baby by Joseph Monninger
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees

These are just some of the winner and lists of what was tops last year. Check out more on the library’s website at!

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