Annal: 2002 Young Reader’s Choice Award Intermediate Division

Results of the Young Reader’s Choice Award in the year 2002.

Book:Mary, Bloody Mary

Mary, Bloody Mary: A Young Royals Book

Carolyn Meyer

The story of Mary Tudor’s childhood is a classic fairy tale: A princess who is to inherit the throne of England is separated from her mother; abused by an evil stepmother who has enchanted her father; stripped of her title; and forced to care for her baby stepsister, who inherits Mary’s rights to the throne. Believe it or not, it’s all true. Told in the voice of the young Mary, this novel explores the history and intrigue of the dramatic rule of Henry VIII, his outrageous affair with and marriage to the bewitching Anne Boleyn, and the consequences of that relationship for his firstborn daughter. Carolyn Meyer has written a compassionate historical novel about love and loss, jealousy and fear—and a girl’s struggle with forces far beyond her control.

Book:Alone at Ninety Foot

Alone at Ninety Foot

Katherine Holubitsky

A realistic portrait of a young girl’s struggle to come to terms with her mother’s death. Somewhat shy, fourteen-year-old Pamela Collins is thoughtful, full of passion, often funny and sometimes tearful as she learns to cope with the emotional overload the tragedy has brought to her life.

In Alone at Ninety Foot Katherine Holubitsky has created a realistic portrait of a young woman’s fight to gain the strength and courage to face up to the obstacles that life has thrown her way.

Book:Backwater

Backwater

Joan Bauer

Stuck in a family overflowing with lawyers, Ivy Breedlove longs to be understood, to break free of unfair expectations, and to find the truth about the mysterious hermit aunt who broke the family mold-the relative no one will talk about. With an outrageous mountain guide leading the way, Ivy sets out on the journey of a lifetime to find the missing link in the Breedlove family. But is she too late?

Book:Can of Worms

Can of Worms

Kathy MacKel

Fellow citizens of the galaxy: I do not belong on this planet. I am being held against my will, trapped by ignorance and cruelty. You must save me. Take me away from this. I am desperately in need of your assistance. Please help me. Mike Pillsbury.

When a frustrated plea to the universe attracts a motley crew of aliens determined to rescue him, Mike Pillsbury decides he isn’t quite ready to relinquish life on Earth. Will his visitors, who all have something at stake, let him stay?

Book:Jason's Gold

Jason's Gold

Will Hobbs

“Gold!” Jason shouted at the top of his lungs. “Read all about it! Gold discovered in Alaska!”

Within hours of hearing the thrilling news, fifteen-year-old Jason Hawthorn jumps a train for Seattle, stow away on a ship bound for the goldfields, and joins thousands of fellow prospectors attempting the difficult journey to the Klondike. The Dead Horse Trail, the infamous Chilkott Pass, and a five-hundred-mile trip by canoe down the Yukon River lie ahead. With help from a young writer named Jack London, Jason and his dog face moose, bears, and the terrors of a subartic winter in this bone-chilling survival story.

Book:Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

Avi

Mangus the Magician must free a princess from a terrifying ghost. But Mangus doesn’t believe in ghosts. Actually, he doesn’t even believe in magic. His servant boy, Fabrizio, is the princess’s secret friend and determined to prove that the ghost is real.

Book:The Mirror of Merlin

The Mirror of Merlin: Book 4 of The Lost Years of Merlin

T.A. Barron

The fourth book in T. A. Barron’s award-winning Merlin epic.

What is the nature of fate? Is young Merlin destined to be a powerful wizard, or does he have a choice?

These are the questions Merlin must answer as he travels with the deer woman Hallia to the Haunted Marsh, where the marsh ghouls have begun a campaign of destruction. Or are the ghouls being manipulated by an even greater source of evil? An evil that seeks to destroy not the marsh, but Merlin himself.

Here, in the fourth installment of the Lost Years of Merlin epic, master storyteller T. A. Barron weaves a tale of humor, adventure, and surprise. Merlin unravels the mystery of the Haunted Marsh, meets a boy named Arthur, and travels through a mirror of mist that brings him face-to-face with his destiny.

Book:Skellig

Skellig

David Almond

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital. But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes for ever ...

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