Annal: 2001 Young Reader’s Choice Award Senior Division

Results of the Young Reader’s Choice Award in the year 2001.

Book:The Boxes

The Boxes

William Sleator

Uncle Marco’s frequent, mysterious trips have fascinated Annie for years—he never tells anyone, even his beloved niece, where he is going or when he’ll be back. But this time is special: He leaves Annie in charge of two sealed boxes, with strict instructions not to open either one while he’s away.

As time passes, curiosity gnaws at her until she can think of virtually nothing else, even though problems dog her at both home and school. She worries especially about the evil Crutchley Development, a company that’s trying to buy her family’s house out from under them! Would it hurt to just peek inside one of the tempting, exotic boxes? But as soon as Annie does just that, an incredibly grotesque, crab-like creature scuttles out and disappears into the basement shadows. Annie is filled with an overpowering sense of dread. And when the creature almost immediately begins to multiply, she verges on panic and wonders whether opening…[more]

Book:Armageddon Summer

Armageddon Summer

Jane Yolen, Bruce Coville

The world will end on Thursday, July 27, 2000.

At least, that’s what Reverend Bilson has told his congregation.

Marina’s morn believes him. So does Jed’s dad. That’s why Marina and Jed join one-hundred and forty-two of the reverend’s congregation at a mountain retreat. From the mountaintop they will watch the Righteous Conflagration that will end this world, and then they will descend and begin the world anew.

But this world has only just begun for Jed and Marina, two teenagers who are uneasy about about the End of the World—as well as about faith and their parents. It’s not fair: Why should the world end now, when their lives are just starting—when they’ve just discovered love for the first time in their life? …[more]

Book:Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road

Joan Bauer

Meet Jenna Boller, star employee at Gladstone’s Shoe Store in Chicago. Standing a gawky 5’11’’ at 16 years old, Jenna is the kind of girl most likely to stand out in the crowd—for all the wrong reasons. But that doesn’t stop Madeline Gladstone, the president of Gladstone’s Shoes 176 outlets in 37 states, from hiring Jenna to drive her cross country in a last ditch effort to stop Elden Gladstone from taking over his mother’s company and turning a quality business into a shop-and-schlock empire. Now Jenna Boller shoe salesperson is about to become a shoe-store spy as she joins her crusty old employer for an eye-opening adventure that will teach them both the rules of the road—and the rules of life.

Book:Whirligig

Whirligig

Paul Fleischman

Brent Bishop longs to have the popular Brianna strolling around school on his arm. But when she rejects him at a classmate’s party, Brent’s hopes for popularity are instantly shattered. Devastated, he tries to destroy himself in a car crash…but instead kills an innocent girl named Lea.

Instead of sending him to jail, Lea’s parents challenge Brent to create four whirligigs modeled on a picture of Lea and position them at the four corners of the United States. Lea’s mother hopes that the whirligig that used to delight Lea will be a fitting memorial for her precious daughter. She sends Brent off with an unlimited bus ticket, a few pieces of wood, and the tools to memorialize Lea. On his mission to preserve his victim’s memory, Brent ultimately rediscovers his own love of life.

Book:The Wreckers (Iain Lawrence)

The Wreckers

Iain Lawrence

There was once a village bred by evil. On the barren coast of Cornwall, England, lived a community who prayed for shipwrecks, a community who lured storm-tossed ships to crash upon the sharp rocks of their shore. They fed and clothed themselves with the loot salvaged from the wreckage; dead sailors’ tools and trinkets became decorations for their homes. Most never questioned their murderous way of life.

Then, upon that pirates’ shore crashed the ship The Isle of Skye. And the youngest of its crew members, 14-year-old John Spencer, survived the wreck. But would he escape the wreckers? This is his harrowing tale.

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