Friday, March 2, 2012

S.C. Young Adult Book Award Nominees

Great Books for S.C. High Schoolers!!

The South Carolina YA Book Award Nominees are in for 2012-2013!

Our state's students, librarians, teachers, parents, and others chose these books as the very best for high schoolers. (Heads up: Teachers like to pick summer reading requirements from these get a head start!)

Click on any title to reserve a copy:

By Orson Scott Card

Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others' pasts. However, revelations after his father's death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.

By Jackie Morse Kessler

Lisabeth has anorexia, and even turning into Famine -- one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse -- cannot keep her from feeling fat and worthless. Yet, being Famine does force her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life,

By Kathy Reichs

This group of teen science lovers lives on a secluded island off the coast of, yes, Charleston! But when they rescue a dog caged for medical testing, they're exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus. Then, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their new animal-quick reflexes to solve a murder. Sequel: Seizure

Five Flavors of Dumb
By Antony John

Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig. The Deal: If she does, she will become the band's manager. The Catch: How can Piper manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And can she do it all even though she is deaf?

By Ally Condie

All of her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything, even who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?

Sequel: Crossed 

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
By A.S. King

When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could clear his name.

By Sophie Jordan

When Jacinda, who can change into a dragon, is forced to move away from her community of shapeshifters and start a more normal life, she falls in love with a boy who proves to be her most dangerous enemy.

The Ghost and the Goth
By Stacey Kade

After being hit by a bus and killed, a high school homecoming queen gets stuck in the land of the living, with only a loser classmate -- who happens to be able to see and hear ghosts -- to help her.

Sequel: Queen of the Dead

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
By Lish McBride

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer and is part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, and satyrs. But one particular necromancer sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Sorta Like a Rock Star
By Matthew Quick

Although Amber is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist. She visits the elderly, teaches English to Korean Catholic women, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog. But then she experiences one burden more than even she can bear.

Heist Society
By Ally Carter

A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and to save Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful mobster.

By Walter Dean Myer

Reese is sent to a juvenile detention center in New York where he is assigned to a work program at an assisted-living center for seniors. There, he meets racist Mr. Hooft, who survived a Japanese war camp and now lectures Reese on life's hardships.

Blue Plate Special
By Michelle Kwasney

In alternating chapters, the lives of three teenage girls from three generations are woven together as each girl learns about forgiveness, empathy, and self-respect.

In a kingdom dominated by religious intolerance, Digger has avoided attention despite being a street thief. But when she learns that her friends are plotting against the throne, she must decide whether to join them -- or turn them in.

Prisoners in the Palace
By Michaela MacColl

Recently orphaned and destitute, Liza Hastings earns a position as a lady's maid to Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace in 1836, the year before Victoria becomes Queen of England.

The Sky is Everywhere
By Jandy Nelson

Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies, Lennie is catapulted to center stage.

Claire de Lune
By Christine Johnson

At Claire's 16th birthday party, all anyone can talk about are the recent werewolf attacks that have ravaged her town. Claire, however, is more interested in the flirtations of soccer god Matthew Engle. His attentions are the highlight of her evening -- until she transforms into a werewolf!

Something Like Hope
By Shawn Goodman

Shavonne, a fierce 17-year-old in juvenile lockup, wants to turn her life around before her 18th birthday. But corrupt guards, out-of-control girls, and shadows from her past make her goal seem impossible.

By Priscilla Cummings

After years of failing eyesight, Natalie reluctantly enters a school for the blind, where she learns the skills that will help her survive in the sighted world.

In the summer of 1976, Eli Book's excitement over Bicentennial celebrations is tempered by his father's flashbacks to the Vietnam War and other family problems, as well as concern about his tough but troubled best friend, Edie.

Remember to click on any title to reserve a copy at your favorite CCPL branch!

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