On Tuesday, March 30, the 2010 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers were announced at Kennesaw State University Conference on Young Adult Literature.
The 2010 Winner
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The two Honor Books
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The 2010-2011 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers Nominees are listed below:
The Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers
2010-2011 Annotated Booklist
After by Amy Efaw
In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport leaves her baby in the trash to die: and after the baby is discovered, Devon is accused of attempted murder.
Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
A soul-stealing beast of the ice attacks Danny, who enlists three friends to face off against this demon linked to disappearing teens from a small Ontario town for centuries. Two will lose themselves to the creature if they can’t understand and defeat him in time.
Brutal by Michael Harmon
Forced to leave Los Angeles for life in a quiet California wine town with a father she has never known, rebellious sixteen-year-old Poe Holly rails against a high school system that allows elite students special privileges and tolerates bullying of those who are different.
Burn by Suzanne Phillips
Bullied constantly during his freshman year in high school, Cameron’s anger and isolation grow, leading to violent, destructive, and even deadly consequences.
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Carter
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff can be incredible.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks: A Novel by E. Lockhart
Smart, witty female Frankie attempts to take on or even take over a secret, all-male society at her exclusive prep school, and her antics may unsettle not just the smug boys from the group but even affect her own life forever.
Dream Factory by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler
Alternating chapters present the viewpoints of two teenagers who find summer employment as costumed cartoon characters at Disney World and try to resist falling in love.
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Ida Mae Jones is a Louisiana girl who longs to be a pilot when America enters World War II. She is pretty and smart, but she has two huge strikes against her. She is black AND a woman, but if she can pass as white, she can at least fly.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Caitlin wrestles with her feelings of devastation and helplessness after her friend Ingrid commits suicide, and she turns to her family and newfound friends for help while encountering love, broadening her horizons, and using Ingrid’s journal to heal.
If I Stay: A Novel by Gayle Forman
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief–or join her family in death, leaving her boyfriend and the world.
Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen
Plagued by Tourette’s syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Minnesota town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.
King of the Screwups by K.L. Going
Liam Geller is one of the most popular boys in school but can’t seem to do anything right in the eyes of his father; so he goes to live with his homosexual, rocker uncle who helps him to understand that there is much more to him than his father will ever see.
Muchacho: a Novel by LouAnne Johnson
Living in a neighborhood of drug dealers and gangs in New Mexico, high school junior Eddie Corazon, a juvenile delinquent-in-training, falls in love with a girl who inspires him to rethink his life and his choices.
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of a new Goth friend named Jacob.
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
Tamika, a 15-year-old hearing-impaired girl; Jimmi, an 18-year-old veteran who stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication; and 16-year-old Fatima, an illegal immigrant from Africa, meet and connect in their Bronx, New York neighborhood with sometimes inspiring but potentially devastating results.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
Skinned by Robin Wasserman
Lia Kahn’s family pays for the most advanced medical technology to save her when her body is devastated in a horrible accident, but when the operations are complete, Lia remains alive but her body does not.
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.
The Year We Disappered: a Father-Daughter Memoir by Cylin Busby
Father and daughter, Cylin and John Busby, share their memories of the challenges they faced after their family was forced to go into hiding in order to protect themselves from a killer who had already shot John, a police officer, once and was determined to finish the job.
I am very excited to have been named to the Georgia Peach Award for Teen Readers Committee. Please use the information found on the GLMA Website http://www.glma-inc.org/peachaward.htm to promote these young adult books. If you have books you or your students would like considered for the 2011-2012 nominee list, please feel free to share with a committee member. Selection criteria can also be found on the website.
Cawood Cornelius, Ed.D.
Sonoraville High School