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The Thing About Luck

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2013

by Cynthia Kadohata & Julia Kuo

The winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck—which is exactly what Summer must do to...


The Silence of Murder

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 2012

by Dandi Daley Mackall

Seventeen-year-old Hope Long's life revolves around her brother Jeremy.  So when Jeremy is accused of killing the town's beloved baseball coach, Hope's world begins to unravel. Everyone is convinced Jeremy...


The Big Crunch

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature 2011

by Pete Hautman

A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman. Jen and Wes do not "meet cute." They do not fall in love at first sight. They do not swoon with scorching...


The Interrogation of Gabriel James

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 2011

by Charlie Price

Winner of the Mystery Writers of America's 2011 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Fiction

 

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Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List

 Eyewitness to two...


Mockingbird

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2010

by Kathryn Erskine

THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER and ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOVELS OF OUR TIME FOR YOUNG READERS

Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before,...


Bog Child

Carnegie Medal 2009

by Siobhan Dowd

DIGGING FOR PEAT in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she’s been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him—his brother on hunger-strike...


Hell Week

RITA Best Young Adult Romance 2009

by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Bloodred nails, flashing white teeth, gleaming scarlet lips--Maggie Quinn has battled an ancient demon, faced down psychotic cheerleaders, and saved her best friend from certain death, but nothing can match...


The Postcard

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Juvenile 2009

by Tony Abbott

She died today. One phone call changes Jason's summer vacation-and life!-forever.

When Jason's grandmother dies, he's sent down to her home in Florida to help his father clean out her things. At first he gripes...


Tyrell

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature 2006

by Coe Booth

An astonishing new voice in teen literature, writing what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of the year. Tyrell is a young African-American teen who can't get a break. He's living (for now) with...


A Northern Light

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature 2003

by Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly's astonishing, Printz Honor-winning debut--the story of a young woman's coming-of-age and the murder that rocked turn-of-the-century America.


Counterfeit Son

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 2001

by Elaine Marie Alphin

Cameron Miller is pretending to be someone he isn't. When he began presenting himself as Neil Lacey, it was the only way he could think of to distance himself from what Pop had done, to finally climb out of...


Homeless Bird

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2000

by Gloria Whelan

Leaving Home...forever. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly is getting married. When she discovers that the husband her parents have chosen for her is sickly boy with wicked parents, Koly...


Killer's Cousin

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 1999

by Nancy Werlin

After being accused and acquitted in the death of his girlfriend, seventeen-year-old David is sent to live with his aunt, uncle, and young cousin to avoid the media frenzy. But all is not well at his relatives?...


Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Juvenile 1999

by Wendelin Van Draanen

"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review

What Sammy should have done was put the binoculars down and call 911. What she does instead is...


Holes

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 1998

by Louis Sachar

This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has...


Junk

Carnegie Medal 1996

by Melvin Burgess

The love story of two runaway teenagers, Gemma and Tar, and their struggles with heroin addiction.

Melvin Burgess' most ambitious and complex novel is a multi-faceted and vivid depiction of a group of young...


Parrot in the Oven

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 1996

by Victor Martinez & Steve Scott

Perico, or parrot, was what Dad called me sometimes. It was from a Mexican saying about a parrot that complains how hot it is in the shade, while all along he's sitting inside an oven and doesn't know it.......


The Weirdo

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 1992

by Theodore Taylor

Chip Clewt, known simply as the weirdo, lives like a hermit in the Powhatan Swamp, a National Wildlife Refuge that is at the center of a heated controversy between local hunters and environmentalists. A hunting...