Honor roll: Young Reader’s Choice Award Senior Division

Each of these books has been nominated for a Young Reader’s Choice Award Senior Division. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:The Giver

The Giver

Lois Lowry

Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Book:The Midwife's Apprentice

The Midwife's Apprentice

Karen Cushman

From the author of Catherine, Called Birdy comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England. The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the sharp-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat-who renames herself Alyce-gains knowledge, confidence, and the courage to want something from life: “A full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.” Medieval village life makes a lively backdrop for the funny, poignant story of how Alyce gets what she wants. A concluding note discusses midwifery past and present.

Book:SOS Titanic

SOS Titanic

Eve Bunting

Barry O’Neill is journeying to New York on the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage. He’s homesick and worried about the Flynn boys traveling in steerage who have threatened to throw him overboard. Little does Barry know that a struggle with the Flynns is the least of the dangers that await him. This suspenseful young adult adventure story is based on the true and terrible events that occured as the Titanic sank. “A dread sense of the inevitable drives this taut disaster story-and makes it nearly impossible to put down.”—Publishers Weekly

Book:Driver's Ed

Driver's Ed

Caroline B. Cooney

Driver’s Ed means a license which means freedom. Remy and Morgan can’t wait. When they take a late-night joyride with someone who already has a license, they end up stealing a stop sign. Their innocent prank turns deadly, and Remy and Morgan share a painful secret. What do you do when you didn’t mean it, but you can’t change what’s happened?

Book:Who Killed My Daughter?

Who Killed My Daughter?

Lois Duncan

The author of such young adult novels as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Killing Mr. Griffin, and Stranger With My Face writes of her real-life struggle to discover who murdered her daughter, Kaitlyn. While attempting to track down her daughter’s killer, Duncan finds eerie parallels with some of the fiction she has written.

Book:Wolf by the Ears

Wolf by the Ears

Ann Rinaldi

Harriet Hemings has always been happy in the comfortable, protected world that is Monticello. She’s been well treated there; no one has ever called her a slave. But that is what she is, a slave of a man who wrote the Declaration of Independence. And there are rumors that she might be more than Thomas Jefferson’s slave -she might be his daughter.

Now Harriet has to make a choice—to run to freedom or to stay. If she stays, she’ll remain a slave. But how can she choose freedom, if it means leaving behind her family, her race, and the only home she ‘s ever known.

Book:The Face on the Milk Carton

The Face on the Milk Carton

Caroline B. Cooney

No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar—a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey—she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl—it was she. How could it possibly be true?

Janie can’t believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really Janie’s parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened?

Book:Eva

Eva

Peter Dickinson

The picnic on the beach is Eva’s last memory. As she lies in the hospital bed while her mother explains about the accident and the coma, Eva senses there is something they are not telling her—a price she must pay to be alive.

Book:Sex Education

Sex Education

Jenny Davis

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