Teen Book Awards
Spring 2015 Award
and Park / By
Bono met his wife in high
school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986,
this is the story of two star-crossed
misfits—smart enough to know that first love
almost never lasts, but brave and desperate
enough to try.
|Fall 2015 Award Nominees
|Beautiful Music for
By Kirstin Cronn-Mills
My birth name
is Elizabeth, but I’m a guy. Gabe. My parents
think I’ve gone crazy and the rest of the world is
happy to agree with them, but I know I’m right.
I’ve been a boy my whole life. When you
think about it, I’m like a record. Elizabeth is my
A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B
side-not heard as often, but just as good.
It’s time to let my B side play.
By Sarah Tregay
Peterson has a problem: Even though he tries to
keep his feelings to himself, everyone seems to
know how he feels about Mason, and the girls in
his art class are determined to help them get
together. Telling the truth could ruin Jamie and
Mason's friendship, but it could also mean a
chance at happiness. Falling in love is easy,
except when it's not, and Jamie must decide if
coming clean to Mason is worth facing his worst
By Tom McNeal
Jeremy Johnson Johnson hears
voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the ghost of
Jacob Grimm, one half of The Brothers Grimm. Jacob
watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an
unknown dark evil whispered about in the space
between this world and the next,
but Jacob can't protect Jeremy from everything.
When coltish, copper-haired Ginger Boultinghouse
takes a bite of a cake so delicious it’s rumored
to be bewitched, she falls in love with the first
person she sees: Jeremy. In any other place, this
would be a turn for the better for Jeremy, but not
in Never Better, where the Finder of
Occasions—whose identity and evil intentions
nobody knows—is watching and waiting, waiting and
watching. . . And as anyone familiar with the
Brothers Grimm knows, not all fairy tales have
Me, Leonard Peacock
By Matthew Quick
to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of
my friends. I want to say good-bye to them
properly. I want to give them each something to
remember me by. To let them know I really cared
about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I
was--that I couldn't stick around--and that what's
going to happen today isn't their fault.
is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day
he will kill his former best friend, and then
himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. Maybe
one day he'll believe that being different is
okay, important even. But not today.
Give You the Sun
By Jandy Nelson
Jude and her
twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At
thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is
falling in love with the charismatic boy next
door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears
red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of
them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are
barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck
the twins in different and dramatic ways . . .
until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy,
as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable
new force in her life. The early years are Noah's
story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What
the twins don't realize is that they each have
only half the story, and if they could just find
their way back to one another, they’d have a
chance to remake their world.
By Patrick Ness
drowns, desperate and alone. But then he wakes.
Naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. And where is
he? The street seems familiar, but everything is
abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust. He
remembers dying, his skull bashed against the
rocks. Has he woken up in his own personal hell?
Is there more to this life, or perhaps this
By Walter Jury and Sarah Fine
Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As
Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high
expectations for Tate to be the best—at
everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being
prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd
tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school,
killing his father in the process and sending Tate
on the run from aliens who look just like humans.
Even with all he knows - like
how to defend himself with useful tools made out
of bubblegum - Tate fears he’s still
inadequate. With the help of his girlfriend
and estranged mother, all Tate can really do is
keep moving and ensure his father’s invention
stays out of the hands of his pursuers and that
his father didn’t die in vain.
By Brandon Sanderson
would you go for revenge if someone killed your
father? If someone destroyed your
city? If everything you ever loved was taken
from you? David Charleston will go to any
lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge
in Steelheart’s world, David will need the
Reckoners—a shadowy group of rebels bent on
And it turns out that the Reckoners
might just need David too.
|To All the Boys
I've Loved Before
By Jenny Han
What if all
the crushes you ever had found out how you felt
about them…all at once?
Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her
mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that
anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s
written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five
in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart
and soul and says all the things she would never
say in real life, because her letters are for
her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters
are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life
goes from imaginary to out of control.
By E. Lockhart
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate,
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose
friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
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