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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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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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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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