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Isinglass Teen Read Award Winner Announced!

DivergentThe Isinglass Teen Read Award was begun in 2001 by the Barrington Public Library and the Barrington Middle School in order to promote teen reading, the participation of teens in the creation of their own reading list, and to honor those authors whose works speak to youth. The award is now open to all New Hampshire students in grades 7-8.

Voting is done annually in April.  So join us in reading from the current, and past lists, and send us your suggestions for new titles to add!

The 2013 Winner is:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

What's it about?

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

 During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

2014 Nominees:

Auracle by Gina Rosati
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis
Losing It by Erin Fry
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Throne of Glass by Sarah Mass
The Warrior's Heart by Eric Greitens
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

The Flume: NH Teen Readers' Choice Book Award Winner Announced!

DivergentWhat Is It?

The Flume: NH Teen Reader’s Choice Award was created in 2005 in response to a New Hampshire teen’s request to have a book award geared towards high school students. This award is a state-wide venture led by a collaborative effort from school and public librarians. Each year teens nominate titles, published within the last two years, they think deserve to be recognized. Librarians narrow the group of titles to a shorter list. Teens then vote for the winning title from that list.

What’s The Nomination Criteria?

Titles must be nominated by teens in grades 9-12, can be fiction or nonfiction books, with appeal to this age group. They must have a publication date within the last two years. If the book is part of a series, it must be able to stand alone, meaning a reader doesn’t have to read the other books in the series to understand what’s going on.

The 2013 Winner is:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

What's it about?

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

2014 Nominees:

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Death Cloud by Andy Lane
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Announced!

Bomb by Steve SheinkinThe YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year. The award winner will be announced annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December.

The 2013 winner is:
Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin and published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

What's it about?
In this suspenseful combination of science and history, Sheinkin masterfully exposes the international race to develop an atomic weapon and bring an end to World War II.  This true-life spy thriller features an international cast of characters and will keep readers on the edge of their seats.  Period photographs of key players and an abundance of primary sources bring this well-researched story to life.  Sheinkin gives readers insight into what happened with all of the major players after the end of the war.  A thought-provoking epilogue on the long term implications of atomic weaponry reminds readers that the results of scientific inquiry have long term implications for everyone.

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Odyssey Award Winner Announced!

The Fault in Our StarsThe Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is given annually to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. 

The 2013 winner is:

The Fault in Our Stars, produced by Brilliance Audio, written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd.

What's it about?
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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Alex Award Winners Announced!

ALEX AwardThe Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

The 2013 Winners are:

Caring is Creepy, by David Zimmerman, published by Soho Press, Inc.

Girlchild, by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Juvenile in Justice, by Richard Ross, published by Richard Ross

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams

One Shot at Forever, by Chris Ballard, published by Hyperion

Pure, by Julianna Baggott, published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt, published by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.


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Printz Award Title Announced!

In DarknessThe Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. 

The 2013 winner is:
In Darkness, written by Nick Lake, published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers. 

What's it about?
This is the story of "Shorty"-a 15-year-old boy trapped in a collapsed hospital during the earthquake in Haiti. Surrounded by the bodies of the dead, increasingly weak from lack of food and water, Shorty begins to hallucinate. As he waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, a mystical bridge seems to emerge between him and Haitian leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, uniting the two in their darkest suffering-and their hope. A modern teen and a black slave, separated by hundreds of years. Yet in some strange way, the boy in the ruins of Port au Prince and the man who led the struggle for Haiti's independence might well be one and the same . . .

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