Blue Spruce Award 2012 Nominees

Check out these nominees for the 2012 Blue Spruce awards, one of the only state awards chosen by teens. All you have to do to vote for the winner is read at least three of these books (you can always read more!), then find me at the library and tell me you want to vote. I will give you a ballot you can fill out right there. You have until January 13, 2012, so there’s still plenty of time (and I bet you’ve read a lot of these titles already).

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August 2011 New Books

Trial by Fire (a Raised by Wolves novel), by Jennifer Barnes. Y Barnes.
Bryn, the new alpha of her werewolf pack, must deal with an opposing pack led by her friend when a runaway begs her for help and protection from abuse.

Fins are Forever (sequel to Forgive My Fins), by Tera Lynn Childs. Y Childs.
Mermaid princess Lily is about to renounce her place in the royal succession of the undersea kingdom of Thalassina and spend her life on land with the boy she loves, until her annoying cousin appears and throws her decision into doubt.

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms Book Three), by Cinda Williams Chima. Y Chima.
Thief-turned-wizard Han Alister joins forces with Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells, to defend her right to the Gray Wolf Throne.

Texas Gothic, by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Y Clement-Moore.
Seventeen-year-old Amy Goodnight has long been the one who makes her family of witches seem somewhat normal to others, but while spending a summer with her sister caring for their aunt’s farm, Amy becomes the center of weirdness when she becomes tied to a powerful ghost.

Spoiled, by Heather Cocks. Y Cocks.
When her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Molly moves from Indiana to California, to live with her newly discovered father, a Hollywood megastar, and his pampered teenaged daughter.

The Margrave (Relic Master Book Four), by Catherine Fisher. Y Fisher.
Their quest to find a secret relic with great power leads Master Galen and his sixteen-year-old apprentice Raffi into the Pit of Maar and the deep evil world at the heart of the Watch.

Don’t Stop Now, by Julie Halpern. Y Halpern.
Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

Bad Taste in Boys, by Carrie Harris. Y Harris.
Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school’s football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends.

Haunting Violet, by Alyxandra Harvey. Y Harvey.
Sixteen-year-old Violet Willoughby has been part of her mother’s Spiritualist scam since she was nine, but during an 1872 house party in Hampshire, England, she is horrified to learn that she can actually see ghosts, one of whom wants Violet to solve her murder.

Kiss of Death (Kiss Me Kill Me series), by Lauren Henderson. Y Henderson.
Scarlett has finally put Dan McAndrew’s murder behind her and started a new life at a new school, but when she encounters her old friends, including Dan’s twin Callum, while on a field trip, Scarlett realizes someone is still trying to punish her for past mistakes.

Hereafter, by Tara Hudson. Y Hudson.
Amelia, long a ghost, forms a strong bond with eighteen-year-old Joshua, who nearly drowned where she did and who awakens in her long-forgotten senses and memories even as Eli, a spirit, tries to draw her away.

Five 4ths of July, by Pat Hughes. Y Hughes.
On July 4th, 1777, fourteen-year-old Jake Mallory and his friends are celebrating their new nation’s independence, but over the next four years Jake finds himself in increasingly adventurous circumstances as he battles British forces, barely survives captivity on a prison ship, and finally returns home to Connecticut, war-torn and weary, but hopeful for America’s future.

The Anti-Prom, by Abby McDonald, Y McDonald.
On prom night, Bliss, Jolene, and Meg, students from the same high school who barely know one another, band together to get revenge against Bliss’s boyfriend and her best friend, whom she caught together in the limousine they rented.

Luminous, by Dawn Metcalf. Y Metcalf.
Sixteen-year-old Consuela suddenly and inexplicably finds herself in the parallel universe of the Flow, where she and other teens with extraordinary abilities safeguard a world where they no longer belong.

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have), by Sarah Mlynowski. Y Mlynowski.
Sixteen-year-old April, a high school junior, and her friend Vi, a senior, get a crash course in reality as the list of things they should not do becomes a list of things they did while living parent-free in Westport, Connecticut, for the semester.

Forgotten, by Cat Patrick. Y Patrick.
Sixteen-year-old London Lane forgets everything each night and must use notes to struggle through the day, even to recall her wonderful boyfriend, but she “remembers” future events and as her “flashforwards” become more disturbing she realizes she must learn more about the past lest it destroy her future.

My Misadventures of a Teenage Rock Star, by Joyce Raskin. Y Raskin.
Fourteen-year-old Alex, a short, pasty, shy, greasy-haired girl with acne, gains self-confidence when her brother convinces her to play bass in a rock band, but she finds that being “cool” has its drawbacks.

Withering Tights, by Louise Rennison. Y Rennison.
Self-conscious about her knobby knees but confident in her acting ability, fourteen-year-old Tallulah spends the summer at a Yorkshire performing arts camp that, she is surprised to learn, is for girls only.

Dead Rules, by Randy Russell. Y Russell.
When high school junior Jana Webster dies suddenly, she finds herself in Dead School, where she faces choices that will determine when she, a Riser, will move on, but she strives to become a Slider instead, for the chance to be with the love of her life–even if it means killing him.

The Near Witch, by Victoria Schwab. Y Schwab.
Sixteen-year-old Lexi, who lives on an enchanted moor at the edge of the village of Near, must solve the mystery when, the day after a mysterious boy appears in town, children start disappearing.

White Crow, by Marcus Sedgwick. Y Sedgwick.
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca moves with her father from London to a small, seaside village, where she befriends another motherless girl and they spend the summer together exploring the village’s sinister history.

Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game, Book Two), by Sara Shepard. Y Shepard.
When Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, she finds new suspects at every turn, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.

Imaginary Girls, by Nova Ren Suma. Y Suma.
Two years after sixteen-year-old Chloe discovered classmate London’s dead body floating in a Hudson Valley reservoir, she returns home to be with her devoted older sister Ruby, a town favorite, and finds that London is alive and well, and that Ruby may somehow have brought her back to life and persuaded everyone that nothing is amiss.

Ashes, Ashes, by Jo Treggiari. Y Treggiari.
In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old Lucy survives alone until vicious hounds target her and force her to join Aidan and his band, but soon they learn that she is the target of Sweepers, who kidnap and infect people with plague.

The Vampire Stalker, by Allison Van Diepen. Y Van Diepen.
Amy is in love with Alexander Banks, the main character in her favorite series of vampire books, but when she meets Alexander in real life after he escapes from the pages of his story, she agrees to help him track down a wicked vampire named Vigo and return to his fictional world.