ABE LINCOLN AWARD 2012 - 2013 Sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association.Read 4 books from the ABE list and cast your vote forIllinois High School Students favorite book!1. Students must read at least 4 books from the state title list, by February 21, 2013 in order be eligible to vote.2. Voting for your favorite book form this list will take place during the week of Feb. 11 through Feb. 15, 2013
ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARYREAD FOR A LIFETIME 2012 – 2013 Sponsored by the Secretary of State, Illinois State Library and Waldenbooks.1. Students who want to participate in “Read for a Lifetime” must sign-up by October 26, 2012 in the UT Library.2. Students must read at least four books fromthe RFL title list, by to April 1, 2013.3. Students who report the required reading willreceive a certificate of accomplishment signed bySecretary of State, Jesse White.
All UTHS students who read atleast one book from the eitherlists will be placed in a drawingfor prizes to be awarded duringNational Library Week in April.
Anna & the French Kiss Stephanie Perkins Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So shes less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
Bruiser Neal SchustermanTennyson, 16, is a hulking loner who seems to possess thepower to heal both physical and psychic hurts. When histwin sister, Brontë, befriends their shy and withdrawnclassmate Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins, he is concerned thather relationship with this boy from the wrong side of thetracks will prove somehow dangerous.The twins begin to notice Bruisers unusual talent: not onlycan he assume the physical pain and wounds of those hecares about, but he can also absorb their anger, hurt, andgrief.
The Chosen One Carol Lynch Williams Kyra lives with her Father, Mothers and many siblings in a polygamist cult under the dictatorship of Prophet Childs and his Apostles, and their henchmen – the God Squad. When she is chosen to be the seventh wife of her 60- year-old uncle, she resists and is punished. Knowing she will not marry her uncle but reluctant to leave her family, Kyra struggles to break free of the bonds - positive and negative - that have made up the whole of her life.
Clockwork Angel Cassandra Clare When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fells older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era Londons dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.
Dark Song Gail GilesAmes is not the person she was a few monthsago. Her father lost his job, and her family iscrumbling apart. Now, all she has is Marc.Marc, who loves her more than anything.Marc, who owns a gun collection. And hellstop at nothing--even using his guns--to getwhat he wants.Ames feels her parents have betrayed her withtheir lies and self-absorption, but is sheprepared to make the ultimate betrayal againstthem?
Finnikin of the Rock Melina Marchetta Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere
The Help Kathryn SockettLimited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including anAfrican-American maid, her sassy and chronicallyunemployed friend, and a recently graduated whitewoman, team up for a clandestine project.
Impossible Nancy WerlinWhen seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers herfamily is under an ancient curse by an evil ElfinKnight, she realizes to break the curse shemust perform three impossible tasks beforeher daughter is born in order to save themboth.This novel was inspired by the ballad"Scarborough Fair"
Impulse Ellen HopkinsThree teens who meet at Reno, NevadasAspen Springs mental hospital after each hasattempted suicide connect with each other in away they never have with their parents oranyone else in their lives.
Leviathan Scott WesterfeldIn an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-oldAustrian Prince Alek, on the run from theClanker Powers who are attempting to takeover the globe using mechanicalmachinery, forms an uneasy alliance withDeryn who, disguised as a boy to join theBritish Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
Little Brother Cory Doctorow After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
Lockdown:Escape from Furnace Alexander G. Smith When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.
Matched Ally CondieOn her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets herMatch. Society dictates he is her perfectpartner for life. Except hes not. In Cassiassociety, Officials decide who people love. Howmany children they have. Where they work.When they die. But, as Cassia finds herselffalling in love with another boy, she isdetermined to make some choices of her own.And thats when her whole world begins tounravel...
The Monstrumologist Rick Yancey In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.
North of Beautiful 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 her Goth classmate Jacob.
Paranormalcy Kiersten White When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend.
Rikers High Paul Volponi Arrested on a minor offense, a New York City teenager attends high school in the jail facility on Rikers Island, as he waits for his case to go to court.
Ship Breaker Paolo Bacigalupi In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
The Sky is Everywhere Jandy Nelson In the months after her sister dies, seventeen- year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.
Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush-- who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, hell find out how he made the list.
War Sebastian JungerThe fear, the honor, and the trust among men inan extreme situation whose survivaldepends on their absolute commitment to oneanother.This on-the-ground account follows a singleplatoon through a 15-month tour of duty in themost dangerous outpost in AfghanistansKorengal Valley.Through the experiences of these young men atwar, the author shows what it means to fight, toserve, and to face down mortal danger on adaily basis.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson John Green & David Levithan One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.
Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozenpassenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakesup to discover that someone may have tried tomurder her.
The author recounts his childhood inDepression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irishimmigrants who decide to return to worsepoverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: aphilosopher with a nearly human soul (and anobsession with opposable thumbs), he haseducated himself by watching television andby listening closely to the words of his master,Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.On the night before his death, Enzo takes stockof his life, recalling all that he and his familyhave been through, hoping, in his next life, toreturn as a human.
Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back againsthospital visits, endless tests, drugs withexcruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’sher To Do Before I Die list.Released from the constraints of ‘normal’life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feelalive while her failing body struggles to keep up.
Laurel is still reeling from the loss of her mother andgrandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed awaytheir home. She has moved on to a new life, in anew town, but inside shes haunted by voices andmemories from her past.Laurels new life is going well, with a new bestfriend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for aboyfriend. Yet Laurel isWhen T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, sheimmediately falls under its spell, loving the way iterases, even if only briefly, her past.
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, andbrother are pulled from their Lithuanian homeby Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where herfather is sentenced to death in a prison campwhile she fights for her life, vowing to honorher family and the thousands like hers byburying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.
Worried about the effects of alcohol on Americanfamilies, mothers and civic leaders started amovement to outlaw drinking in public places.Over time, their protests, petitions, and activismpaid off—when a Constitutional Amendmentbanning the sale and consumption of alcohol wasratified, it was hailed as the end of publicdrunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of othersocial ills related to booze.Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, whenchildren smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, themost upright citizens casually broke the law, anda host of notorious gangsters entered the publiceye.
Having experienced compulsive behavior allher life, Los symptoms are getting her intotrouble when she witnesses a murder whilewandering dangerous quarters of Cleveland,Ohio, collecting things that do not belong toher, obsessing about her brothers death.
When he returns to Illinois and the gangculture on the south side of Fairfield after sixyears in Colorado, high school senior LuisFuentes, who dreams of becoming anastronaut, falls for a girl and enters a darkworld after learning some disturbing newsabout his family.
Since her stepmothers recent death, 17-year-oldBriony Larkin knows that if she can keep two secrets--that she is a witch and that she is responsible forthe accident that left Rose, her identical twin,mentally compromised--and remember to hateherself always, no other harm will befall her family intheir Swampsea parsonage at the beginning of thetwentieth century. The arrival of Mr. Clayborne, a cityengineer, and his university-dropout son, Eldric,makes Brionys task difficult. Claybornes plan todrain the swamp has made the Old Ones unhappy,particularly the Boggy Mun, who has plagued thevillages children with swamp cough in retaliation.When Roses lingering illness turns into a cough,Briony knows that she must do whatever it takes,even revealing her secrets, to save her sister. Whilethwarting the advances of an arsenic-addicted suitor,Briony must also deny her feelings for Eldric, even ashe helps her solve the puzzle that has become herlife.
Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on afavorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guyto come along and accept its dares. But is Dash thatright guy?Or are Dash and Lily only destined to tradedares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they passback and forth at locations across New York?Could their in-person selves possibly connect as wellas their notebook versions? Or will they be a comicmismatch of disastrous proportions?
Despite the medical miracle that has boughther a few more years, Hazel has never beenanything but terminal, but when AugustusWaters suddenly appears at the Cancer KidSupport Group, Hazels story is about to berewritten.
The true story of the four-year old son of a smalltown Nebraska pastor who during emergencysurgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.He survives and begins talking about being able tolook down and see the doctor operating and his dadpraying in the waiting room.
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. Astrange collection of very curious photographs. It allwaits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home forPeculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixesfiction and photography in a thrilling readingexperience..
A fierce competition is underway, a contestbetween two young magicians, Celia andMarco, who have been trained since childhoodto compete in "a game," in which each mustuse their powers of illusion to best the other.Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel tothe death, and the circus is but the stage for aremarkable battle of imagination and will.
In 1982 Buncombe County, NorthCarolina, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writesof the aftermath of the accidental drowning ofa friend, as his English teacher reaches out tohim while he and a fellow boarding schoolstudent try to cover things up.
Everyone has something, someone, somewhere elsethat they’d rather be.Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, andAndre, tell in their own voices of their very differentpaths toward perfection and how their goals changewhen tragedy strikes.Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfectionloses its meaning, how far will you go? What wouldyou give up to be perfect?
A series of short stories, interspersedwith poems andphotographs, provides differentperspectives on a game of streetballplayed one steamy July day at theWest 4th Street court in New YorkCity known as The Cage.
Headed for baseball stardom with the BrooklynDodgers, Genes destiny was interrupted by PearlHarbor. After playing ball for the Navy in the Azoresand North Africa, Gene and his team were sent tothe States for a special-and top secret-mission:guarding German sailors captured from U-505.Unable to field a team, Gene convinced hiscommander to allow him to teach the enemy how toplay baseball while he and his teammates waited forthe war to end so they could be called up into theMajor Leagues. But Genes future changedirrevocably in Louisiana. Inspired by true events, Playing with the Enemy ,written by Gene’s son Gary Moore, is the rivetingstory of a depression-era youth and his brush withdestiny.
In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-oldboys—best friends—are playing in a LittleLeague baseball game in Gravesend, NewHampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ballthat kills the other boy’s mother.The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe inaccidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’sinstrument. What happens to Owen, afterthat 1953 foul ball, is extraordinary andterrifying.
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns toschool with a prosthetic limb and her trackteam finds a wonderful way to help rekindleher dream of running again.
It happens at the start of every November: theScorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of theirwater horses long enough to make it to the finishline. Some riders live, others die.Puck Connolly never meant to ride in the ScorpioRaces. But fate hasnt given her much of a choice. Soshe enters the competition - the first girl ever to doso. She is in no way prepared for what is going tohappen.
In a future world where those between theages of thirteen and eighteen can have theirlives "unwound" and their body partsharvested for use by others, three teens go toextreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and,perhaps, save their own lives.
Seventeen-year-old Cullens summer in Lily,Arkansas, is marked by his cousins death byoverdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpeckerthought to be extinct, failed romances, and hisyounger brothers sudden disappearance.
Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter toEd Slaterton in which she breaks up with him,documenting their relationship and how itemsin the accompanying box, from bottle caps to acookbook, foretell the end.