14-15 YABA Nominee Summaries
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TitleAuthor2014-2015 SCYABA Nominee Summaries
Alice in ZombielandShowalter, GenaAfter losing her family to the undead, Alive Bell steps up to rid the world of these monstrous beings. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
Beautiful Music for Ugly ChildrenCronn-Mills, KirstenGabe, whose name used to be Elizabeth, begins a radio show to talk about being a transgender boy in a girl's body.
Bomb: the Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous WeaponSheinkin, SteveIn December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.
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Boy 21Quick, Matthewhere
Breaking BeautifulWolf, Jennifer ShawAllie is overwhelmed when her boyfriend, Trip, dies in a car accident, leaving her scarred and unable to recall what happened that night, but she feels she must uncover the truth, even if it could hurt the people who tried to save her from Trip's abuse.
ButterLange, Erin JadeButter is a morbidly obese 16-year-old with a nickname -- some people don't even know his real name. His father barely notices him; his mother smothers him with her protectiveness. His classmates are apathetic to his existence, except at lunchtime when he becomes a spectacle. This year Butter is going to make a change. He announces on the Internet that on New Year's Eve he will eat himself to death and stream it live. Suddenly he is popular in his school-but only because the popular kids encourage him in his feat of daring.
CrewelAlbin, GenniferGifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever.
CroakDamico, GinaWhen 16-year-old Lex's parents become fed up with her violent, uncontrollable behavior, they send her to stay with her uncle, Mort, on his farm in the town of Croak for the summer. Lex is initially livid at the thought of wasting her summer on a farm until Mort reveals that they are both Grim Reapers and that he intends to teach her about ferrying souls to the afterlife. Lex discovers she is quite adept at being a Reaper and feels as though she finally fits in when she realizes Croak is populated entirely by other Reapers. Eventually, Lex and other townsfolk begin finding bodies of criminals who aren't supposed to be dead, prompting Lex to launch an investigation – even though her fellow Reapers believe she is somehow involved.
Don't Turn AroundGagnon, MichelleSixteen-year-old Noa Torson thought she did everything to ensure her anonymity after escaping Child Protective Services, but somehow she wound up in makeshift hospital, hooked up to an IV and unable to remember how she got there. Fortunately, Noa knows what it takes to survive and ultimately escapes. Boston teenager Peter Gregory, a computer hacker and leader of ALLIANCE, enlists Noa to help bring down a sinister corporation. While digging for the truth, the teens unearth a shocking secret -- one that could bring certain death to them both.
FractureMiranda, MeganWhen 17-year-old Delaney Maxwell falls beneath a frozen lake, she spends 11 minutes in the freezing water before being rescued by her best friend, Decker. After six days in a coma, Delaney awakens with the inexplicable urge to seek out people on the verge of death. While she fulfills this new calling, she tries her best to manage the unresolved feelings and guilt that threaten her relationship with Decker, a task made all the more difficult by the appearance of Troy, an older boy who shares Delaney's desire to find the dying. Things finally come to a head following a startling prediction of death that changes Delaney's life forever.
Grave MercyLaFevers, RobinIn 15th-century Brittany, 17-year-old Ismae flees an abusive father and an arranged marriage, making her way to the Convent of St. Mortain where the sisters serve the gods of old. Soon after arriving, Ismae is contacted directly by Mortain, the god of death, who reveals he has selected her to be his handmaiden. To fulfill this role – and remain within the Convent's walls – Ismae must become an assassin and instrument of Mortain's will. Ismae reluctantly accepts, andis sent on her first mission: to observe the Breton noble Duval and kill him if he proves to be a traitor. The task at first seems rather straightforward, but is made all the more difficult by the pair's sudden and growing attraction to each other.
I Hunt KillersLyga, BarrySeventeen-year-old Jasper “Jazz” Dent understands crime-scenes from a unique perspective – that of the murderer. Son of the 21st century's worst serial killer, Jazz was brought along by his father to many of his 123 official murders, so he knows the ins and outs of a killer's style and mind. Now that his father is in jail for life, Jazz tries his best to overcome the stigma of his father's legacy. When a new serial killer's work is found in his small town of Lobo's Nod, Jazz, along with his best friend Howie and girlfriend Connie, helps Sheriff G. William Tanner by offering his inside knowledge of a serial killer's mind.
If You Find MeMurdoch, Emily Their erratic mother leaves them 15-year-old Carey and her five-year-old sister Jennesa alone for days at a time. Their mother is mentally ill, and this time the absence is long indeed, and Carey begins to fear she will never come back. Someone does come to their camper in the woods, but not their mother—it is their long-lost father. Suddenly the girls are thrust into a new existence of high school, clothing fashion and first love, but the dark warnings of their mother against their father cloud her mind, making her wonder if she can really trust the man who rescued them from the woods.
I SwearDavis, LaneAfter years of abuse from her classmates, and thinking she had no other options, Leslie took her own life. Now her abusers are dealing with the fallout. In the eyes of the accused girls, they are not to blame: Leslie chose to take her life. She chose to be the coward they always knew she was. As criminal proceedings examine the systematic cyber bullying and harassment that occurred, the girls vow to keep their stories straight and make Leslie seem weak. But as the events leading up to her death unfold, it becomes clear that although Leslie took her own life, her bullies took everything else.
No Man's LandUnderdahl, S.T.16-year-old Dov Howard and his older brother Brian are different-- Dov is the stereotypical “emo” kid, with only a small circle of friends to call his own. Brian is the local war hero and the true object of their parents' affections. When Brian is sent home early after his entire unit is killed he quickly becomes known for more than his military career as he begins to show signs of PTSD. Dov has his own problems to deal with, but he realizes he may be the only one who can make the first move to find Brian help.
Out of the EasySepetys, RutaCaught between her dream of leaving Conti Street for an elite college and the clandestine underworld of New Orleans, 17-year-old Josie Maraine is tangled in a police investigation of a mysterious death in the French Quarter. Daughter of a brothel prostitute, all Josie wants is to escape the Big Easy. But with so many secrets and lies complicating their lives, can she trust her best friend, Patrick? Can she abandon her mother? And what about the brusque Madam Willie and the bad-boy motorcyclist, Jesse?
The Girls of No ReturnSaldin, ErinWhen her father and stepmother can no longer deal with her behavior, Lida is sent to the Alice Marshall School in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. There, she is paired to room with Elsa Boone, a tough native Idahoan, and is soon drawn to manipulative Gia Longchamps, whose beauty is mesmerizing. Though Lida gains Elsa's trust, the events that occur on an overnight camping trip set in motion a series of choices that culminate in an explosive confrontation.
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew ShepardLeslea Newman
The Opposite of HallelujahJarzab, AnnaThis probing story follows 16-year-old Caro as she is finally forced to take responsibility for her broken relationships, particularly her relationship with her older sister, Hannah. It was eight years ago that Hannah left home and joined the Sisters of Grace convent. Since then, Caro has told many lies to conceal her complex life. Things begin to unravel for Caro when Hannah abandons the faith and returns home very ill. Though Hannah remains distant and her parents continue to fight, Caro sets out to make things right.
The Paladin ProphecyFrost, MarkWill West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam. Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school and followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he's capable of--physical and mental feats that should be impossible--and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.