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).
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.
Fire by Kristin Cashore
In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.
Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
As Zoey’s fate hangs in the balance, her friends must figure out how to bring her back from the Otherworld while coping with serious problems of their own.
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Still pursuing a cure for her mother’s enchantment, Clary uses all her powers and ingenuity to get into Idris, the forbidden country of the secretive Shadowhunters, and to its capital, the City of Glass, where with the help of a newfound friend, Sebastian, she uncovers important truths about her family’s past that will not only help save her mother but all those that she holds most dear.
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
Artemis’s mother has contracted a deadly disease — and the only cure lies in the brain fluid of African lemurs. Unfortunately, Artemis himself was responsible for making the lemurs extinct five years ago. Now he must enlist the aid of his fairy friends to travel back in time and save them. Not only that, but he must face his deadliest foe yet…his younger self.
Chosen by Ted Dekker
As the land of the Forest Dwellers is increasingly decimated by the Horde, Thomas Hunter, supreme commander of the Forest Guard, chooses four sixteen-year-old recruits for a special mission–to find the seven lost Books of History that have power over the past, present, and future.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
My Father’s Son by Terri Fields
After the arrest of a suspected serial killer, Kevin must face the worst possibility imaginable: that his father may be the man responsible for the vicious killings. How much does he really know about his father?
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.
Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
This gripping new work of verse by a “New York Times”-bestselling author tells five moving accounts that remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story–a tale about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up.
Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz
A charity broker/con artist raises millions of dollars in donations and invests them in a form of genetically modified corn that has the power to release an airborne strain of a virus so powerful it can knock out an entire country on one windy day. The antidote? Alex Rider.
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
The 2005 Newbery Medal-winning author of “Kira-Kira” returns with this action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War, as seen through the eyes of a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy, and her handler, a young soldier who thinks he’s not tough enough for war.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Middle-schooler Greg Heffley nimbly sidesteps his father’s attempts to change Greg’s wimpy ways until his father threatens to send him to military school.
Evermore by Alyson Noël
Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras and hear people’s thoughts, and she goes out of her way to hide from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries.
Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
When Max and the Flock discover an unscrupulous scientist who is experimenting on humans in an effort to “improve” the human race, they decide that they must try to stop him, in spite of Angel’s prediction about Fang dying.
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
A teenager with Asperger’s syndrome–smart, quirky, with a passion for crime scene analysis–winds up on trial for murder.
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
When one of their tightly-knit group mysteriously disappears, four high school girls find their friendship difficult to maintain when they begin receiving taunting messages from someone who seems to know everything about their past and present secrets.
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
As Grace hides the vast depth of her love for Sam from her parents and Sam struggles to release his werewolf past and claim a human future, a new wolf named Cole wins Isabel’s heart but his own past threatens to destroy the whole pack.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
Fakie by Tony Varrato
At first glance, Alex Miller seems like a typical kid, typical hair, typical clothes, typical hobbies. But Alex’s life is anything but typical… and fitting in has become a matter of life and death. The unfortunate witness to a crime, Alex can’t forget the things he has seen, and neither can the man he helped put in jail. The Witness Relocation Program has changed the identities of Alex and his mother repeatedly, but they still need to keep running to stay one step ahead of his enemies. His latest identity as a skateboarder in Virginia Beach is no easy ride. Nosegrabs, ollies, and kickflips are all new to him. Alex has to catch on quickly to blend in, but the biggest trick he’ll have to master is staying alive.