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The Isinglass Teen Read Awards

2015 Award Winner

Prisoner B-3087
by Alan Gratz and Jack & Ruth Gruener

Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.
2016 Award Nominees

The Rule of Three
By Eric Walters

Survival/Dystopian, 405 pages

What would happen if all the computers stopped working?
16 - year - old Adam finds himself at the center of his neighborhood’s survival efforts after a technological disaster cripples the country.  With normal society rapidly crumbling, Adam is faced with sacrifices, hard choices, and potentially deadly consequences.

By Jude Watson

Mystery/Adventure, 266 pages

March has lived an unusual life in his nearly 13 years: no school, traveling the globe, and helping commit heists and cons with his father. But when a jewelry theft goes wrong, March is left with nothing but street smarts &his father’s dying words: “Find Jewels.” He soon discovers “Jules” is actually his twin sister, kept apart because of a curse. They join forces with two fellow “inmates” of a group home, hoping to solve the mystery, and save their own lives.

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood up for Education and Changed the World
By Malala Yousafzai & Patricia McCormick

Biography/Memoir, 230 pages

Malala was named for a famous poet & warrior woman in Pakistan, but none could predict how well she would live up to her name. Her refusal to stop speaking out for girls’ rights to learn made her a target of religious extremists, who attacked Malala on her school bus. After months of recovery, she began an international speaking tour advocating for equal rights and education for girls. At 17, she became the world’s youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and continues to speak out for education around the globe

The Iron Trial
By Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Fantasy, 304 pages

Callum knows magic is bad news. His father has warned him to stay away from it if he ever hopes to reach his 18thbirthday. When he is called to take the Iron Trial for admittance into The Magisterium, a magical school with a dark reputation, he promises to fail.  Unfortunately for Call, his destiny seems already set, and he soon finds himself not only admitted, but a student of the most powerful mage of all. As Call learns about his own aptitude for magic, he begins to uncover mysteries about his past, and surprises about his future...

The War That Saved My Life
By Kimberly Bradley

Historical, 320 pages

Ada has never been outside. Her only link to the world is a dingy window and her younger brother, who is free to roam. Her mother says Ada’s deformed foot isn’t fit to be seen by anyone, not even when London children are being evacuated for fears of German bombing raids against the city. When she learns Jamie is to be sent away, Ada makes her own escape to join him, knowing it’s her only chance at freedom. When nobody offers to house the siblings, the children find themselves forced into the care of Susan Smith, a young single woman with no experience with children and troubles of her own. Still, Ada is free, and the children are warmer and better fed than they can remember ever being, and they soon come to love Susan. But can this new life really be theirs, or will their cruel mother come to take them away?

Devil’s Pass
By Sigmund Brouwer

Survival, 256 pages

17 -year-old Webb prefers life on the streets of Toronto to being at home with his abusive stepfather. He gets by with a dishwashing job & busking with his guitar. When Webb’s grandfather dies, his will calls for Webb to complete a task, leading him into the Canadian wilderness. On his journey, Webb collects unusual companions, discovers secrets about himself and his grandfather, and faces dangers far greater than the wildlife and weather

By Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

Fantasy, 384 pages

Elizabeth would love to be able to disappear, to go unnoticed, to be invisible Stephen actually IS invisible. Since birth, nobody, including his own mother, has ever seen him. Until Elizabeth. When her family moves into Stephen’s building, where he’s lived alone since his mother died, she sees him. At first, Stephen doesn’t know what to do, and Elizabeth has never wanted to let anyone in. But they grow closer, and begin to uncover the reason for Stephen’s invisibility, and search for a way to undo it. As the reality they thought they knew reveals itself to be so much more, they realize it’s not just Stephen’s place in the world at stake...it’s potentially both their lives.

Eye of Minds
By James Dashner

Science Fiction, 336 pages

Michael is a gamer, and spends almost all his time in the VertNet, where full-body virtual reality offers everything one could want.  Hanging out online with friends, earning experience points, and breaking the rules are Michael’s specialties. But when a hacker begins messing with the VirtNet, leading to actual deaths, the government steps in. Now, Michael is tasked with exploring parts of the cyber world that have never been seen, and tracking down a killer who’s playing for keeps.

By Tim Green

Realistic, 368 pages

Harrison has had a rough time in his 13 years. Passed from one foster home to another, he’s always angry, and sees no future for himself, especially not his secret dream of playing for the NFL. After being removed from abusive foster parents, Harrison is not expecting much from his fifth foster home. But the odds seem to be finally stacking up in his favor. The Kellys are actually good people. Mrs. Kelly, who Harrison soon starts calling “mom,” is a lawyer, and Mr. Kelly is even better-he’s a football coach at Harrison’s new school. With Harrison’s large build and natural drive and talent, he soon becomes an unstoppable force on the football team. Finally, Harrison has a true home, good friends, and a real shot at reaching his dream. But when a knee injury just won’t go away, doctors discover something devastating. Harrison has bone cancer, advanced enough that the only way to save his life is to amputate part of his leg. With his dream life feeling snatched out from under him, Harrison is filled with rage and despair.  But Harrison’s new family and friends show him he’s done yet, and that he can still be truly unstoppable.

The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days
By Michele Weber Hurwitz

Realistic, 272 pages

It’s the summer before high school, and Nina is feeling adrift. It’s been a year since her grandmother died, her parents are consumed with work, her brother’s never home, and her best friend has suddenly become a boy-crazy shopaholic. Nina decides to conduct a summer-long experiment: she’ll do one anonymous good deed a day for her neighbors, to see if simple things really can make the world a better place. As Nina begins observing what those around her truly need, she starts to realize people are a more complicated and wonderful than she anticipated.

Mark of the Dragonfly
By Jaleigh Johnson

Fantasy, 400 pages

Piper is an orphan who makes her living as a scrapper-scavenging whatever’s left by the fierce meteor storms that rage over her village.  She’s particularly skilled at fixing things, especially mechanical objects. During a particularly fierce storm, Piper witnesses the destruction of a caravan, and finds one lone survivor-a terrified, mute girl with an elaborate dragonfly tattoo.  Recognizing the tattoo as a mark of protection from a distant king, Piper sees saving this girl’s life could also change her own.  But nothing is ever simple in Piper’s world, and more adventure, danger and wonder than she could have imagined is coming along with her too.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
By Jennifer E. Smith

Realistic, 272 pages

Hadley is having a rough day. Four minutes. A host of tiny obstacles has led to Hadley being four minutes too late for her flight to London, for a wedding she never wanted to go to, to see her father marry the woman he left Hadley’s mom for. Hadley is not happy.  She’s also unsure of the handsome British boy who insists on helping her with her luggage as they wait for the next flight.  Seatmates between NYC and London, Hadley and Oliver talk the whole way, easing her anxiety, and possibly beginning something more. Separated at customs, Hadley reluctantly sets out to face her own family drama alone. But she’s about to find out that destiny (and timing) work in mysterious ways.
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