Voting ResultAward YearTitleAuthor (hyperlinked to official author website through 2016, in digital rsources after))PublisherBook Summary (from Follett Titlewave)Digital Resource (hyperlinked)More digital resources
2003-2004Black MirrorWerlin, NancySpeakConvinced her brother's death was murder rather than suicide, sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious student activities at her boarding school.
2nd 2003-2004Breathing UnderwaterFlinn, AlexHarperTempestSent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.Reading Group Guide
3rd2003-2004I am Morgan le Fay: a tale from CamelotSpringer, NancyFirebirdIn a war-torn England where her half-brother Arthur will eventually become king, the young Morgan le Fay comes to realize that she has magic powers and links to the faerie world.
2003-2004Land, TheTaylor, MildredSpeakPaul-Edward, the son of a part-Indian, part-African slave mother and a White plantation owner father, finds himself caught between the two worlds of his parents as he pursues his dream of owning land in the aftermath of the Civil War.Discussion Guide
2003-2004Of Sound MindFerris, JeanFarrar Straus GirouxTired of interpreting for his deaf family and resentful of their reliance on him, high school senior Theo finds support and understanding from Ivy, a new student who also has a deaf parent.Teachers Guide: The Novels of Jean Ferris
2003-2004RazzleWittlinger, EllenSimon PulseWhen his retired parents buy a group of tourist cabins on Cape Cod, fifteen-year-old Kenyon Baker's days are filled with repair work until he becomes friends with an eccentric girl and makes her the subject of a series of photographs.
1st2003-2004Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, TheBrashares, AnnDelacorteDuring their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.
2003-2004Slap Your SidesKerr, M.E.Bud and Jubal Shoemaker's family are Quakers in the small town of Sweet Creek, Pennsylvania, during World War Two whose opposition to fighting creates division within the community when Bud declares himself a conscientious objector.
2003-2004Step From Heaven, ANa, AnSpeakA young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.
2003-2004True BelieverWolff, VirginiaAtheneumLiving in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it--an occasion to rise to.
2003-2004Whale TalkCrutcher, ChrisGreenwillowIntellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.Book Discussion Guide
2003-2004What My Mother Doesn't KnowSones, SonyaSimon & SchusterSophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.
2003-2004WitnessHesse, KarenScholasticA series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.Discussion Guide
2003-2004You Don't Know MeKlass, DavidSquare FishFourteen-year-old John creates alternative realities in his mind as he tries to deal with his mother's abusive boyfriend, his crush on a beautiful, but shallow classmate and other problems at school.Teacher's Booklet
2003-2004ZazooMosher, RichardHarcourtAmid old secrets revealed and rifts healed, a thirteen-year-old Vietnamese orphan raised in rural France by her aging "Grand-Pierre" learns about life, death, and love.
2004-2005All-American GirlCabot, MegHarperTeenSophomore Samantha Madison stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed teen ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.
2004-2005Ashes of RosesAuch, Mary JaneHenry Holt & Co.Sixteen-year-old Rose Nolan arrives on Ellis Island in 1911 in the hopes of starting a new life, but after most of her family is sent back to Ireland, she must find her own way in a new country and fend for herself and her younger sister.
2004-2005Big Mouth & Ugly GirlOates, Joyce CarolHarperTempestWhen sixteen-year-old Matt is falsely accused of threatening to blow up his high school and his friends turn against him, an unlikely classmate comes to his aid.A Guide to Teaching Joyce Carol Oates
2004-2005CatalystAnderson, Laurie HalseSpeakEighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death.Educator's Guide to Laurie Halse Anderson
2004-2005City of the BeastsAllende, IsabelHarperTrophyFifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, and experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.
3rd2004-2005Hanging on to MaxBechard, MargaretSimon PulseWhen his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, seventeen-year-old Sam is determined to keep him and raise him alone.
2004-2005Home of the BravesKlass, DavidHarperTeenEighteen-year-old Joe, captain of the soccer team, is dismayed when a hotshot player shows up from Brazil and threatens to take over both the team and the girl whom Joe hopes to date.
2004-2005House of the Scorpion, TheFarmer, NancyAtheneumIn a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the one hundred forty-two-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
1st2004-2005Lovely Bones, TheSebold, AliceLittle, BrownFourteen-year-old Susie Salmon, the victim of a sexual assault and murder, looks on from the afterlife as her family deals with their grief, and waits for her killer to be brought to some type of justice.
2004-2005Secret Life of Bees, TheKidd, Sue MonkPenguinFourteen-year-old Lily and her companion, Rosaleen, an African-American woman who has cared for Lily since her mother's death ten years earlier, flee their home after Rosaleen is victimized by racist police officers, and find a safe haven in Tiburon, South Carolina at the home of three beekeeping sisters, May, June, and August.Teacher's Guide
2004-2005Shattering GlassGiles, GailSquare FishRob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, provokes unexpected violence when he turns the school nerd into Prince Charming.Teacher's Guide
2004-2005Son of the MobKorman, GordonHyperionSeventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.
2nd 2004-2005This LullabyDessen, SarahVikingRemy, a master at getting rid of boyfriends before any emotional attachments form, finds herself strangely unwilling to free herself from Dexter, a messy, disorganized, impulsive musician who she suspects she has come to love.
2004-2005Three Clams and an OysterPowell, RandyFarrar Straus GirouxDuring their humorous search to find a fourth player for their flag football team, three high school juniors are forced to examine their long friendship, their individual flaws, and their inability to try new experiences.
2004-2005What Happened to Lani Garver?Plum-Ucci, CarolHarcourtSixteen-year-old Claire is unable to face her fears about a recurrence of her leukemia, her eating disorder, her need to fit in with the popular crowd on Hackett Island, and her mother's alcoholism until the enigmatic Lani Garver helps her get control of her life at the risk of his own.
2005-2006Alt EdAtkins, CatherineSpeakSusan, an overweight tenth grader, develops a better sense of herself through participation in a special after-school counseling class with other troubled students, and the friendship of a sensitive gay classmate.
2005-2006AmaryllisCrist-Evans, CraigCandlewickJimmy and his older brother Frank share a love of surfing and their problems with a drunken father, until Frank turns eighteen and goes to Vietnam.
3rd2005-2006Bottled UpMurray, JayeSpeakA high school boy comes to terms with his drug addiction, life with an alcoholic father, and a younger brother who looks up to him.
2005-2006ClawsWeaver, WillHarperTeenJed and Laura, two popular Minnesota high school students, find their seemingly perfect lives suddenly in chaos when they discover that each has a prent who is having an affair with the other.
1st (Adult Division) 2005-2006Da Vinci Code, TheBrown, DanDoubleDayInvestigating the murder of a Louvre curator, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu find clues painted into a Da Vinci work, inadvertently uncovering a plot involving the Holy Grail and the secret society known as the Priory of Sion.
2005-2006DeepVance, SusannaDell Laurel LeafSomewhere in the Caribbean, seventeen-year-old Morgan and thirteen-year-old Birdie, two girls whose lives are worlds apart, are brought together by the maniacal Nicholas.
1st (YA Division)2005-2006EragonPaolini, ChrisAlfred A. KnopfIn Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
2005-2006First Part Last, TheJohnson, AngelaSimon & SchusterBobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.
2005-2006Freaky Green EyesOates, Joyce CarolHarperTempestFourteen-year-old Frankie relates the events of the year leading up to her mother's mysterious disappearance and her own struggle to discover and accept the truth about her parents' relationship.A Guide to Teaching Joyce Carol Oates
2005-2006Getting Away With Murder: The true story of the Emmett Till caseCrowe, ChrisDialPresents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, in 1955.
2005-2006High HeatDeuker, CarlHoughton MifflinHigh school sophomore and star pitcher Shane Hunter's life of affluence and private school begins to fall apart when his father, owner of a Lexus dealership, is arrested for money laundering.
2005-2006Keesha's HouseFrost, HelenSquare FishSeven teens facing such problems as pregnancy, closeted homosexuality, and abuse each describe in poetic forms what caused them to leave home and where they found home again.
2005-2006Northern Light, ADonnelly, JenniferHarcourtSixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and boyfriend, takes a job at a hotel in 1906 where the death of a guest renews her determination to live her own life.Discussion Guide
2005-2006She, ThePlum-Ucci, CarolHarcourtAfter his parents are lost at sea, Evan Barrett and his older brother leave their seaside home in West Hook to escape bad memories, but years later even worse questions emerge when Evan is asked to help a fellow student deal with another sea-related tragedy.
2005-2006ZigzagWittlinger, EllenSimon & SchusterA high-school junior makes a trip with her aunt and two cousins, discovering places she did not know existed and strengths she did not know she had.
2006-2007Burn Journals, TheRunyon, BrentVintagePresents the true story of Brent Runyon who at fourteen set himself on fire and sustained burns over eighty percent of his body, and describes the months of physical and mental rehabilitation that followed as he attempted to pull his life together.
1st2006-2007CrankHopkins, EllenMargaret K. McElderryKristina Georgia Snow's life is turned upside-down when she visits her absentee father, gets turned on to the drug "crank", becomes addicted, and is led down a desperate path that threatens her mind, soul, and her life.Reading Group Guide
2006-2007Devil On My HeelsMcDonald, JoyceLaurel-Leaf In 1959 fifteen-year-old Dove, the daughter of a prosperous orange grower in Benevolence, Florida, feels increasingly uneasy after learning of acts of racism against the African American orange pickers by those close to her.
2006-2007Double HelixWerlin, NancyPuffinEighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering.Teacher's Guide
3rd2006-2007JudeMorgenroth, KateSimon PulseStill reeling from his drug-dealing father's murder, moving in with the wealthy mother he never knew, and transferring to a private school, fifteen-year-old Jude is tricked into pleading guilty to a crime he did not commit.
2006-2007Last Chance Texaco, TheHartinger, BrentHarperTeenTroubled teen Lucy Pitt struggles to fit in as a new tenant at a last-chance foster home.Discussion Guide
2006-2007Letting Go of Bobby James: or How I Found My Self of SteamHobbs, ValerieFarrar Straus GirouxAfter being left by her husband at a gas station in Florida, sixteen-year-old Sally Jo Walker, also known as Jody, makes some difficult decisions and a better life for herself.
2006-2007LunaPeters, Julie AnnLittle, BrownFifteen-year-old Regan's life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam's transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of "transitioning" by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy's body.Teacher's Guide
2006-2007Maid MarianWatson, ElsaCrownHeiress Marian Fitzwater, wed at the age of five and widowed at seventeen without having seen her husband in years, turns to Robin Hood for help in discovering who the queen has selected as her new bridegroom and when the choice is not to her liking, she runs off with the handsome prince of thieves and begins life as an outlaw.
2nd 2006-2007My Sister's KeeperPicoult, JodiAtriaThirteen-year-old Anna, conceived specifically to provide blood and bone marrow for her sister Kate who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at the age of two, decides to sue her parents for control of her body when her mother wants her to donate a kidney to Kate.
2006-2007Nothing to LoseFlinn, AlexHarperTempestA year after running away with a traveling carnival to escape his unbearable home life, sixteen-year-old Michael returns to Miami, Florida, to find that his mother is going on trial for the murder of his abusive stepfather.Reading Group Guide
2006-2007One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother DiesSones, SonyaSimon & SchusterFifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her mother's grave in Boston and reluctantly flies to Los Angeles to live with her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born.
2006-2007Rip in Heaven, A: a memoir of murder & its aftermathCummins, JeanineNew American LibraryThe author recounts the events surrounding the murders of her two cousins and brutal assault of her brother in 1991 just outside of St. Louis and the betrayal, harassment, and cover-up that ensued during the investigation and trial of the perpetrators.Reading Guide
2006-2007Tree GirlMikaelsen, BenHarperTempestWhen, protected by the branches of one of the trees she loves to climb, Gabriela witnesses the destruction of her Mayan village and the murder of nearly all its inhabitants, she vows never to climb again until, after she and her traumatized sister find safety in a Mexican refugee camp, she realizes that only by climbing and facing their fears can she and her sister hope to have a future.
2006-2007Truth About Forever, TheDessen, SarahVikingThe summer following her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.
2007-2008Amazing GraceShull, MeganHyperionTeen superstar Grace Kincaid telephones her mother that she wants out of the multi-million dollar endorsements and celebrity, and soon she finds herself in hiding with a new name and a new identity.
2007-2008Black and WhiteVolponi, PaulSpeakTwo star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.
2007-2008Certain Slant of Light, AWhitcomb, LauraGraphicaAfter benignly haunting a series of people for 130 years, Helen meets a teenage boy who can see her and together they unlock the mysteries of their pasts.
2007-2008Code OrangeCooney, CarolineLaurel-Leaf While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City.
2007-2008Dark AngelKlass, DavidFarrar Straus GirouxWhen his older brother is released from prison, seventeen-year-old Jeff's family secret is revealed, causing upheaval in his home, school and love life.
2007-2008Fade to BlackFlinn, AlexHarperTempestAn HIV-positive high school student hospitalized after being attacked, the bigot accused of the crime, and the only witness, a classmate with Down Syndrome, reveal how the assault has changed their lives as they tell of its aftermath.Teacher Guide
2007-2008Fake IDSorrells, WalterHarperCollinsAn African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.
2007-2008I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: a memoir of a Schindler's list survivorHillman, LauraAtheneumThe author tells of her experiences in eight concentrations camps as a young Jewish woman in World War II Germany, and shares the story of how she and her husband met and fell in love in spite of their situation, and how they were saved by being put on the list to work at Oskar Schindler's factory.
2007-2008If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?Kantor, MelissaHyperionHigh school sophomore Lucy Norton's life is turned upside down when her father remarries and moves Lucy to Long Island, where she finds herself trapped in a Cinderella story with a wicked stepmother, two evil stepsisters, and a dashing prince who could make all Lucy's dreams come true.
2007-2008InvisibleHautman, PeteSimon PulseEven though they are complete opposites, seventeen-year-old outcast Doug Hanson and football star Andy Morrow are best friends who share a secret that bonds them together.
2nd 2007-2008Maximum Ride: The Angel ExperimentPatterson, JamesLittle, BrownAfter the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.Educator's Guide
2007-2008Perfect Shot, TheAlphin, Elaine MarieCarolrhodaBrian uses basketball to block out memories of his girlfriend and her family who were murdered; however, the upcoming trial and a high school history assignment forces him to face the past.
2007-2008RunnerDeuker, CarlHarcourtLiving with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.
1st2007-2008TwilightMeyer, StephenieFarrar Straus GirouxSeventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, where she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.Classroom Connections
3rd2007-2008UgliesWesterfeld, ScottSimon PulseTally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn't like.
2008-2009Born to RockKorman, GordonHyperionHigh school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend.Discussion Guide
2008-2009Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, AReinhardt, DanaWendy LambSixteen-year-old atheist Simone Turner-Bloom's life changes in unexpected ways when her parents convince her to make contact with her biological mother, an agnostic from a Jewish family who is losing her battle with cancer.
2008-2009Christopher Killer, TheFerguson, AlaneSpeakOn the payroll as an assistant to her coroner father, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney uses her knowledge of forensic medicine to catch the killer of a friend while putting herself in terrible danger.
2008-2009Copper SunDraper, SharonAtheneumTwo fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.Study Guide
2008-2009Dead ConnectionPrice, CharlieSquare FishA loner who communes with the dead in the town cemetery hears the voice of a murdered cheerleader and tries to convince the adults that he knows what happened to her.
2008-2009DivaFlinn, AlexHarperTeenDespite her mother's objections, sixteen-year-old Caitlin is determined to pursue her dream of becoming an opera singer by attending a performing arts school in Miami.Reading Group Guide
2008-2009Hattie Big SkyLarson, KirbyDelacorteSixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks inherits her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana in 1917 and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war in Europe.BookNotes Readers Guide
1st2008-2009Just ListenDessen, SarahVikingIsolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.Reading Group Guide
2nd 2008-2009Life as We Knew ItPfieffer, Susan BethHarcourtThrough journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.Discussion Guide
2008-2009Notes from the Midnight DriverSonnenblick, JordanScholasticAfter being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness.
2008-2009RooftopVolponi, PaulVikingStill reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, seventeen-year-old Clay is dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.
2008-2009Rules of SurvivalWerlin, NancySpeakSeventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.Discussion Questions
2008-2009SoldMcCormick, PatriciaHyperionA novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.Discussion Guide
2008-2009Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper #1Pierce, TamoraRandom HouseWhen sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.
3rd2008-2009What Happened to Cass McBride?Giles, GailLittle, BrownAfter his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.Teacher's Guide
3rd2009-2010BeastlyFlinn, AlexHarperTeenA modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.Reading Group Guide
2009-2010Beauty Shop for Rent…fully equipped, inquire withinBowers, LauraHarcourtRaised by a great-grandmother and a bunch of beauty shop buddies, fourteen-year-old Abbey resolves to overcome her unhappy childhood and disillusionment with the mother who deserted her.
2009-2010Billie Standish Was HereCrocker, NancySimon & SchusterThe river jeopardizes the levee and most of the town leaves; but Miss Lydia, an elderly neighbor, and Billie form a friendship that withstands tragedy and time.
2009-2010Boot CampStrasser, ToddSimon & SchusterAfter ignoring several warnings to stop dating his teacher, Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp that uses unorthodox and brutal methods to train students to obey their parents.Connecting Boot Camp to the Common Core
2009-2010DeadlineCrutcher, ChrisGreenwillowGiven the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as "Hey-Soos."
2009-2010First Shot: what would you do if your dad was a murder?Sorrells, WalterSpeakDuring his sophomore year, high school senior David Crandall's mother was murdered; and now, after learning about a family embezzlement secret and witnessing his father burying a shot gun, he starts to suspect his dad was the murderer.
2009-2010Memoirs of a Teenage AmnesiacZevin, GabrielleSquare FishAfter a nasty fall, Naomi realizes that she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life.
2009-2010November BluesDraper, SharonAtheneumShortly after her boyfriend Josh is killed in a pledging accident, November Nelson learns she is pregnant and fears she has no one to turn to, until she finds solace in the arms of Josh's cousin Jericho.Study Guide