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The Illinois High School Students' Choice Award

The Illinois High School Students’ Choice Award Sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association

The Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award

The Abraham Lincoln Award is awarded annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by participating students in grades nine through twelve in Illinois. The award is named for Abraham Lincoln, one of Illinois' most famous residents and himself an avid reader and noted author. The award is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA).The Abraham Lincoln Award is designed to encourage high school students to read for personal satisfaction and become familiar with authors of young adult and adult books.


Students, librarians, and educators from schools or public libraries that are registered participants in the ALIHSBA program may nominate books for the award. To be eligible for the list, books must meet the following criteria:

1. Published within the past ten years

2. Currently in print in paperback

3. Author living at time of selection for the Master List

4. Fiction, non-fiction, or poetry

5. May not be a textbook, a translation, or an anthology by more than one author

6. May not be a previous Rebecca Caudill Award winner

7. May not have appeared on a previous ALIHSBA Master List

Nomination forms are available online on the ISLMA website.

Master List

Selection for the Master List titles is based on literary quality and appeal for high school students.


Any Illinois school serving students in grades nine through twelve may register and participate in the award program. If any local school chooses not to participate, public libraries may register to provide access for their students, as well as for home schooled students. Participating schools and libraries must:

1. Submit registration form by November 15

2. Provide a minimum of 12 of the 22 titles on the Master List

3. Provide student voting forms

4. Tally student voting forms and report the results by March 1


Voting is coordinated in the schools by the school library media specialist or teacher. If the school has no library media specialist or interested teacher, the library paraprofessional may coordinate the voting and submit results to ISLMA. In a public library, a librarian may collect votes for students who are not involved in the program at school or another library. To be eligible to vote, a student must have read or listened to at least five books on the Master List. Each student will vote for his or her favorite book from the nominees. The official Vote Reporting Form must be submitted electronically via the ISLMA website or postmarked via U.S. mail by March 1. Statewide results will be tallied and the winner will be announced by email, on ISLMANET-L, on the ISLMA website, and through the regional library systems.


2005 – A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer

2006 – My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

2nd place – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

3rd place – The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

2007 – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

2nd place – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

3rd place – A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Official ballot, rules and mailing information can be found at http://www.islma.org/lincoln.htm

2005 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak

An outcast in high school since she called the cops on an end-of-summer party, Melinda will only make it worse if she reveals the reason for what she did.

Bechared, Margaret. Hanging on to Max

A high school senior trades parties, football and college plans for diapers and bottles as he attempts to be a responsible father to his new baby.

Bennett, James. The Squared Circle

A college basketball prodigy finds his life becoming a nightmare as the result of a recruiting scandal.

Brooks, Geraldine. Year of Wonders

When an infected bolt of fabric carries the Black Death into a small village in northern England, the local minister persuades the residents to quarantine themselves in order to stop the spread of the deadly pestilence.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Shadow

As insect-like enemy aliens threaten Earth, Bean is one of the military geniuses chosen to stop them through special training at the Battle School.

Flinn, Alex. Breathing Underwater

Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.

Grimes, Nikki. Bronx Masquerade

A class assignment forces eighteen New York City teens to question who they really are and to reveal their inner selves to their peers as they read their poems on Open Mike Friday.

Hidier. Tanuja Desai. Born Confused

Dimple Lala has spent her whole seventeen years resisting her parents’ old fashioned Indian traditions, but now that she’s on the rebound from a broken romance, her parents’ chosen “suitable boy” is beginning to look pretty good.

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees

When young Lily and her black “stand-in mother” Rosaleen must flee the town racists, they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black sisters who keep bees.

King, Stephen. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Lost in dense wilderness during a family hike, Trisha keeps in touch with civilization and safety with her Walkman radio, while attempting to elude the maniac who is on her trail.

Korman, Gordon. Son of the Mob

Vince appears to be just a typical teenage boy. The only problem is that his father is the head of a powerful crime organization. When Vince tries to date a girl he really likes, the problem turns out to be her family. Her father is an F.B. I. agent that wants to put his father in jail.

2005 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees

Martel, Yann. Life of Pi

Sixteen-year-old Pi Patel, son of an Indian zookeeper, is stranded in a lifeboat with an adult Bengal tiger named Richard Parker after their ship sinks on his family’s journey to Canada.
McCormick, Patricia. Cut

Callie can’t talk about her problems, so she cuts herself instead, to release the pain inside, and that has landed her in a residential treatment center for problem girls.

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster

A sixteen-year-old records his experiences as he is tried as an accomplice to a murder.

Nix, Garth. Sabriel

A necromancer’s daughter must journey to the magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

Paulsen, Gary. Soldier’s Heart

Fifteen-year-old Charley Goddard joins the Union Army so as not to miss the great adventure of war, never dreaming he’ll fight through the entire four years of the conflict.

Pelzer, Dave. A Child Called “It” (WINNER)

Story of a young boy’s struggle to survive child abuse and his mother’s emotionally torturous games.

Porter, Connie. Imani All Mine

A fifteen-year-old mother struggles with schoolwork, raising her baby, and dealing with her mom’s new boyfriend.

Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass

Lyra and her daemon set out to save her kidnapped friends from becoming the subjects of a gruesome experiment.

Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs and Full-fontal Snogging

Georgia confides to her diary the trials and tribulations of her fourteen years, including parent and sister problems, her maniac cat, evil teachers, and her hopeless love for the sex god Robbie.

Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones

After she is murdered and her body hidden by a local loner, Susie watches from heaven as the trap slowly closes on her killer.

Trueman, Terry. Stuck In Neutral

Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy, believes his father is planning to kill him.

2006 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees
Chevalier, Tracy. Girl with the Pearl Earring

In 17th-century Holland, a peasant girl serving in the household of Jan Vermeer is drawn into the artist’s world when she becomes the model for one of his portraits, and the target of his wife’s jealousy and suspicion.

Corrigan, Eireann. You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir

Autobiographical poems recount events in a teenager’s life, including her battles with eating disorders, her time in treatment facilities, and the suicide of her boyfriend.

Crutcher, Chris. King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography

Crutcher, author of young adult short stories and novels such as Athletic Shorts and Whale Talk, tells of his youth in Cascade, Idaho, and how he became a writer.

Dessen, Sarah. The Truth about Forever

The summer following her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

Draper, Sharon. Battle of Jericho

A high school junior and his cousin are elated to be invited to join an elite school club, but as the initiation progresses, they begin to wonder how high a price they will have to pay for membership.

Fforde, Jasper. The Eyre Affair

In an alternate Great Britain, though it is 1985, the Crimean War is still in progress, and literature is the basis of “modern” culture. Thus the theft of a Dickens manuscript is a serious crime, and Literary Detective Thursday Next is called in to solve the case.

Golabeck, Mona. Children of Willesden Lane

The author’s mother escapes Nazi-occupied Vienna via the Kindertransport to England, and once there must try to pursue her musical studies despite her loneliness and her anxiety over her family’s fate.

Haddon, Mark. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Hautman, Pete. Sweetblood

After a lifetime of being a model student, sixteen-year-old Lucy Szabo is suddenly in trouble at school, at home, with the “proto-vampires” she has met online and in person, and most of all with her uncontrolled diabetes.

Hornschmeier, Paul. Mother, Come Home

A graphic novel dealing with the family tragedy of Thomas Tennant, who lost his mother to cancer when he was seven. After her death, as his professor father struggles with his grief, Thomas, occasionally donning a superhero cape and lion mask, fights to keep their lives on track.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner (2nd place)

Two Afghan boys, the sons of a wealthy Kabul businessman and his personal assistant, are inseparable, until a violent incident perpetrated by neighborhood bullies changes both their lives and destroys their friendship.

2006 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees
Johnson, Angela. First Part Last

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

Koontz, Dean. Odd Thomas

Odd (his real name) is a California short-order cook who has the unfortunate ability to see ghosts and foretell such future events as mass murders—which causes no end of trouble for Odd and his associates.

Mackler, Carolyn. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (3rd place)

Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

Maynard, Joyce. The Usual Rules

A Brooklyn teen lives a normal, happy life in her eccentric family’s busy household until the day in September, 2001, when her Mom heads off to work at the World Trade Center and never comes home.

Picoult, Jodi. My Sister’s Keeper (WINNER)

When her family asks 13-year-old Anna Fitzgerald to donate a kidney to her older sister, who suffers from leukemia, she refuses, and sues her parents for custody of her own body.

Reeve, Philip. Mortal Engines

In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

Roach, Mary. Stiff: The True Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

The author visited medical schools, research labs, and mortuary sciences classes in order to find out what really happens to the bodies donated for scientific research.

Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys

Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay, and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other.

Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl

A new student turns life at Mica H.S. upside down with her nonconformity, carrying her pet rat to class, singing to classmates with the accompaniment of her ukelele, and generally going about her days with a total disregard for teen conventions and the opinions of her peers.

Tashjian, Janet. The Gospel According to Larry

Seventeen-year-old Josh, a loner-philosopher who wants to make a difference in the world, tries to maintain his secret identity as the author of a web site that is receiving national attention.

Trueman, Terry. Inside Out

A sixteen-year-old with schizophrenia is caught up in the events surrounding an attempted robbery by two other teens who eventually hold him hostage.

2007 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees
Brashares, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (YA fiction) (2nd place)

Four best girlfriends, about to spend their first summer apart, keep in touch via a magical pair of thrift store jeans which each one wears, then sends on to another.

Bray, Libba. A Great and Terrible Beauty (YA fiction) (3rd place)

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

Cabot, Meg. All-American Girl (YA fiction)

A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.

Chibbaro, Julie. Redemption

Chronicles the arduous journey of a twelve-year-old English girl and her mother as they flee with other religious protesters to the New World in the early 1500’s, and the heartbreak and hope they find when they arrive.

Deuker, Carl. High Heat (YA fiction)

When sophomore Shane Hunter’s father is arrested for money laundering at his Lexus dealership, the star pitcher’s life of affluence and private school begins to fall apart.

Flake, Sharon G. Who Am I Without Him? (YA fiction)

10 stories with the universal theme of boy/girl relationships. Some are funny and uplifting, others are disturbing and sad. Two of the stories are told from a boy’s point of view.

Gantos, Jack. A Hole in My Life (YA non-fiction; B G158)

The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.

Giles, Gail. Shattering Glass (YA fiction)

When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.

Grant, K.M. Blood Red Horse

It takes three things to become a knight: a warhorse, a fair maiden and a just cause. Will has a blood red horse named Hosanna; Ellie is a fair maiden, and King Richard is calling for a Crusade to the Holy Land. Will and his brother Gavin will answer the King’s call.

Gregory, Julie. Sickened (non-fiction)

During Gregory’s childhood, her abusive mother used a combination of malnutrition, overwork, and prescription drugs to keep the girl in a perpetual state of ill health, resulting in an endless round of visits to doctors. Not until the young woman moved away from her isolated family home and attended college was she able to see what her mother had done to her.

Halpin, Bredon. Donorboy

Orphaned when her two moms die in a car accident, 14-year-old Ros suddenly finds herself living with her clueless biological father, whose only role in her life till now has been a sperm donor for her mother.

2007 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees
Hautman, Pete. Godless

When sixteen-year-old Jason Bock and his friends create their own religion to worship the town’s water tower, what started out as a joke begins to take on a power of its own.

Hearn, Lian. Across the Nightingale Floor (YA fiction)

16-year-old Takeo is the only survivor when his village is destroyed by an evil warlord. Rescued by Lord Otori, he begins the journey which will change him from an orphan boy into a warrior with extraordinary powers.

Lindsey, Jeff. Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Dexter, a blood-spatter expert who works for the police, tries to help his adopted sister, a police officer, catch a vicious serial killer. That should be useful, since Dexter himself is also a serial killer (but not the serial killer his sister is trying to catch.

McNamee, Graham. Acceleration (YA fiction)

Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan fins the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

Morgan, Nicola. Fleshmarket (YA fiction)

In 19th century Scotland, surgery is agonizing and gruesome. When Robbie’s mother dies during an operation at the hands of Dr. Robert Knox, the boy’s search for revenge leads him into illegal dealing with the men who provide Knox with dead bodies for his medical research.

Morgenroth, Kate. Jude

Still reeling from his drug-dealing father’s murder, moving in with the wealthy mother he never knew, and transferring to a private school, fifteen-year-old Jude is tricked into pleading guilty to a crime he did not commit.

Paulsen, Gary. Guts (juvenile non-fiction; J B P285g)

The author relates incidents in his life and how they inspired parts of his books about the character, Brian Robeson.

Pratchett, Terry. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by the evil rat king.

Ralston, Aron. Between a Rock and a Hard Place (adult non-fiction; 796.522 R139)

The extraordinary true story of a young hiker, trapped for 5 days by a rock fall in a Utah canyon, who amputated his own arm with his pocketknife to escape and then walked out to safety.

Runyon, Brent. The Burn Journals (YA non-fiction; YA 362.28 R876)

Brent Runyon was fourteen years old when he set himself on fire. In this book he describes that suicide attempt and his recovery over the following year.

Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies (YA fiction) (WINNER)

Tally lives in a futuristic society whose citizens believe that they are ugly until age 16 when an operation changes them into pleasure-seeking “pretties.” Tally can’t wait for her surgery, but then she meets Shay, who scorn’s their society’s shallowness and urges Tally to defect with her to a distant settlement of simple-living conscientious objectors.

2008 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees
Albom, Mitch. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (adult fiction; F A) (3rd place)

83-year-old Eddie is convinced his life has had little meaning, until his death brings him into the presence of five people who show him the unexpected impact he has had on others.

Black, Holly. Tithe (YA fiction)

With a freewheeling rock musician for a mother and a band of faeries for her childhood friends, Kaye’s life has always been weird, but it becomes weirder—and more perilous—when she discovers she herself is a pixie changling with a special destiny to fulfill.

Bradley, Alex. 24 Girls in 7 Days (YA fiction)

When the love of Jack’s life rejects his invitation to the prom, his friends jump in to “help” by posting an online ad for a date for Jack which results in 24 eager applicants.

Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate (adult fiction; F B)

Natasha, a bright, ambitious Harlem teen who intends to become a lawyer, maintains a years-long correspondence with her boyfriend Antonio, who is in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Cash, Steve. The Meq (YA fiction)

Having learned on his 12th birthday in 1881 that he is not human but an immortal creature known as a Meq, Zianno Zezen embarks on a dual quest to find his soulmate and to destroy the evil Meq called Fleur-du-Mal.

Coben, Harlan. Tell No One (adult fiction; F C)

Eight years after the police told him a serial killer had murdered his wife, a man receives a message which seems to indicate that she’s alive, but if he tries to uncover the truth it will endanger his own life.

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion (youth fiction; J F)

In a near-future world, Matt learns that he is the clone of El Patron, a powerful drug lord who controls a private empire on the U.S.-Mexico border. Though despised by humans, Matt is sure that El Patron loves him, until he learns the true—and horrifying—reason for his existence.

Grisham, John. Bleachers (adult fiction; F G)

As the controversial football coach of a small-town Texas high school lies dying, a group of his former players gather to share stories of their glory days under his demanding regime.

Johnson, Maureen. 13 Little Blue Envelopes (YA fiction)

Ginny’s adored Aunt Peg, a free-spirited artist, has died, and her legacy to her niece is a plane ticket to London, and a series of letters which will guide Ginny on the adventure of a lifetime.

Kubert, Joe. Yossel: April 14, 1943 (YA fiction)

This story, in graphic novel format, of a Jewish teen’s experiences of Nazi brutality in the Warsaw Ghetto which led to the desperate uprising of 1943.

Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy (YA fiction)

Paul, who is gay, had the good fortune to attend a high school where the members of the Gay-Straight Alliance outnumber the football team, the cheerleaders ride Harleys, the star quarterback is also the homecoming queen, and the new guy in school turns out to be the love Paul has been waiting for.

2008 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees
MacDonald, Andy. Dropping In with Andy Mac: The Life of a Pro Skateboarder

A pro skateboarding legend, known for his rejection of the drugs and alcohol so prevalent among his peers, recounts the story of his long, uphill road to success in his demanding and wildly popular sport.

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight (YA fiction) (WINNER)

A bored girl in a dreary small town finds her life suddenly much more interesting—not to mention dangerous—when she becomes attracted to an unusual boy who belongs to a family of vampires. Who don’t hunt humans. Usually.

Nelson, Blake. Rock Star, Superstar (YA fiction)

When a high school bass guitar player joins a rock group which is about to make it big, his new focus on his music career forces a crisis is his relationship with his girlfriend.

Nelson, Pete. Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the U.S.S. Indianapolis

(youth non-fiction; J 940.54)

The true story of a young boy who spent six years researching the sinking of a U.S. Navy ship in World War II and exposed the Navy cover-up of the rigged court-martial of the ship’s captain.
Patterson, James. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (YA fiction) (2nd place)

A group of genetically engineered children, part human and part bird, flee the lab where they were created and the pursuit of the brutal Erasers, wolf-like predators sent to eliminate them so their existence will never be discovered.

Rees, Celia. Pirates! (YA fiction)

In 1722, upon her father’s death, 16-year-old Nancy Kington is headed for marriage to a wealthy old man. In desperation, she flees with the slave girl Minerva to join a pirate band.

See, Lisa. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (adult fiction; F S)

A Chinese woman looks back on her youth and young womanhood, reflecting on her laotong (“old sames”) relationship with another girl, and on the ways in which they struggled for some degree of self-determination in a society which oppressed women through such practices as foot-binding and arranged marriage.

Tasjian, Janet. Fault Line (YA fiction)

When Becky meets fellow comedian Kip at the improve clubs where they both perform, he seems the perfect guy for her—until the relationship turns abusive.

Vande Velde, Vivian. Heir Apparent (youth fiction; J V)

A girl is trapped in a virtual reality game when protestors damage the gaming center’s equipment, and losing is no longer an option for her if she hopes to escape unharmed.

Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle (adult non-fiction; B W159)

Walls, now an MSNBC columnist, reveals the story of her chaotic youth, during which she and her siblings were mostly left to fend for themselves while their alcoholic father and artist mother moved about the country evading bill collectors and the law.

Whitcomb, Laura. A Certain Slant of Light (YA fiction)

The spirit of a woman long dead, unable to move on to the afterlife, clings to the physical world until she encounters James, a spirit similarly marooned, who shows her how to inhabit an “empty” body. Overjoyed at their discovery of each other, the two soon fall deeply in love.

2009 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees

(books in blue are currently owned by Dixon Public Library by as of 6/11/08)

Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Hawksong (YA fiction)

In a land that has been at war so long that no one remembers the reason for fighting, the

shapeshifters who rule the two factions agree to marry in the hope of bringing peace, despite

deep-seated fear and distrust of each other.

Barry, Max. Jennifer Government (adult fiction; F B)

In a corporate-governed future world where people take the last names of the companies they

work for, merchandising officer Hack Nike tries to get out of a contract that requires him to shoot

teenagers, a situation that results in his unwitting involvement with an agent who is out to get

Hack's employer. www.maxbarry.com
Bennett, Holly. The Bonemender (YA fiction)

Gabrielle DesChenes, gifted Healer and one of the royal family of Verdeau, finds herself falling in

love with Feolan, an Elf who arrives at her castle seeking help for his wounded friend and who

warns of imminent danger from invaders who threaten the freedom of all who live in the Krylian

Chima, Cinda Williams. The Warrior Heir (YA fiction)

After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack

embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards. www.cindachima.com
Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light (YA fiction)

Sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her

father and boyfriend, takes a job at a hotel in 1906 where the death of a guest renews her

determination to live her own life. www.jenniferdonnelly.com

Giles, Gail. What Happened to Cass McBride? (YA fiction)

After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he

holds responsible. www.gailgiles.com
Green, John. Looking for Alaska (YA fiction)

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good

friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal

car crash. www.sparksflyup.com

Hopkins, Ellen. Crank (YA fiction)

Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter, but she meets a boy who introduces her to drugs and

becomes a very different person, struggling to control her life and her mind.


Jordan, Chris. Taken (YA fiction)

In a terrible instant, Kate Bickford's young son vanishes. Racing home hoping to find her son, Kate comes face-to-face with his abductor, who wants all the money she has. If she doesn't follow

something he calls The Method, the consequences will be gruesome. www.rodmanphilbrick.com
Lansens, Lori. The Girls (adult fiction; F L)

“We’ve been called many things: freaks, horrors, monsters, devils, witches, retards, wonders,

marvels. To most, we’re a curiosity. In small-town Leaford, where we live and work, we’re just ‘The

Leitch, Will. Catch (YA fiction)

Teenager Tim Temples must decide if he wants to leave his comfortable life in a small town and go to college.

2009 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award nominees

(books in blue are currently owned by Dixon Public Library by as of 6/11/08)

Lipsyte, Robert. Raiders Night (YA fiction)

Matt Rydeck, co-captain of his high school football team, endures a traumatic season as he

witnesses the rape of a rookie player by teammates and grapples with his own use of

performance-enhancing drugs. www.robertlipsyte.com

McCormick, Patricia. Sold (YA fiction)

Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in

the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that

there is no hope of escape. www.pattymccormick.com

Mortenson, Greg. Three Cups of Tea (adult non-fiction; 371.822 M842)

Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram mountains, Pakistan in 1993, after a terrifying and

disastrous attempt to climb K2, a mountaineer called Greg Mortenson drifted, cold and dehydrated,

into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. This is the story of that promise

and its extraordinary outcome. www.ikat.org
Murdock, Catherine. Dairy Queen (YA fiction)

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's

rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the

reactions of those around her. www.catherinemurdock.com

Oates, Joyce Carol. After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings and Flew Away (YA fiction)

Blaming herself for the car accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge that killed her mother, fifteen-year-old Jenna undergoes a difficult physical and emotional recovery. www.jco.usfca.edu

Picoult, Jodi. The Tenth Circle (adult fiction; F P)

Trixie Stone is only a freshman in high school when Jason, the junior she thinks she loves, dumps

her. Then one night at a party, their paths cross again. A few hours later, a visibly shaken Trixie

comes home to tell her father that Jason assaulted her. Daniel Stone has always done everything

in his power to keep his daughter safe. But he never imagined anything so devastating could

happen to Trixie--and now he's not sure how to help her. www.jodipicoult.com

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief (YA fiction; 2 copies in youth fiction also)

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old

Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to

prevent a war between the gods. www.rickriordan.com

Vizzini, Ned. It's Kind of a Funny Story (YA fiction)

A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a

psychiatric hospital. www.nedvizzini.com
Westerfeld, Scott. Peeps (YA fiction)

Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the

girlfriends he has unknowingly infected. www.scottwesterfeld.com
Wiess, Laura. Such a Pretty Girl (YA fiction)

Haunted by flashbacks, fifteen-year-old Meredith learns that three years in prison has not changed

the abusive father who molested her. www.laurawiess.com
Zusak, Markus. I am the Messenger (YA fiction)

After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving

mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting

over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
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