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Grand Canyon Young Readers Award -- 2009 Teen Recommendations
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An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.  Teen Fiction

American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.  Teen Graphic

Breaking Up

Breaking Up: A Fashion High Graphic Novel by Aimee Friedman. Ever had a best friend who you spent every waking moment with - and then one day, you just stopped being friends? Well, Chloe has three BFFs-turned-enemies... what's a girl to do? Teen Graphic

Chew on This

Chew on This: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson. A behind-the-scenes look at the fast food industry. Teen Non Fiction 394.12 S345c

Clay

Clay by David Almond. The developing relationship between teenager Davie and a mysterious new boy in town morphs into something darker and more sinister when Davie learns firsthand of the boy's supernatural powers. Teen Fiction

Crackback

Crackback by John Coy.  Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.  Teen Fiction

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. Teen Fiction

Finding Lubchenko

Finding Lubchenko by Michael Simmons. When his father is framed for murder and bioterrorism, high-school junior Evan, using clues from a stolen laptop, travels from Seattle to Paris with two friends to find the real culprit.  Teen Fiction

Full Service

Full Service by Will Weaver. In the summer of 1965, sixteen-year-old Paul Sutton, a northern Minnesota farm boy, takes a job at a gas station in town, where his strict religious upbringing is challenged by new people and experiences. Teen Fiction

Impulse

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives. Teen Fiction

Inexcusable

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch. High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things go terribly wrong. Teen Fiction

Just Listen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life. Teen Fiction

Rash

Rash by Pete Hautman. In a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free," sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork. Teen Fiction

Runner

Runner by Carl Deuker. Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk. Teen Fiction

Saint Iggy

Saint Iggy by K.L. Going. Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friend to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.  Teen Fiction

Sold

Sold by Patricia McCormick. Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape. Teen Fiction

Wait for Me

Wait For Me: A Novel by An Na. As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out. Teen Fiction

What Happened to Cass McBride?

What Happened to Cass McBride? By Gail Giles. After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible. Teen Fiction

When I was a Soldier

When I was a Soldier by Valerie Zenatti. Like all young Israelis, Valérie Zenatti enlisted in the national defense service on her 18th birthday, where for the next two years she endured rigorous training and harsh living conditions, ultimately participating in top-secret missions with the secret service. Teen Non Fiction 92 ZENATTI, VALERIE

 

 
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