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Okay for now Teen Book Okay for now
As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

2011 Finalist

Schmidt, Gary D.
TEEN SCHMIDT

My name is not easy Teen Book My name is not easy
Alaskans Luke, Chickie, Sonny, Donna, and Amiq relate their experiences in the early 1960s when they are forced to attend a Catholic boarding school where, despite different tribal affiliations, they come to find a sort of family and home.

2011 Finalist

Edwardson, Debby Dahl.
TEEN EDWARDS

Flesh & blood so cheap : the Triangle fire and its legacy Teen Book Flesh & blood so cheap : the Triangle fire and its legacy
On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames. The factory was crowded. The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside. One hundred forty-six people--mostly women--perished; it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.

2011 Finalist

Marrin, Albert.
TEEN 974.7104 MARRIN

Chime Teen Book Chime
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

2011 Finalist

Billingsley, Franny, 1954-
TEEN BILLING

Mockingbird Juvenile Book Mockingbird
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

2010 Winner

Erskine, Kathryn.
J ERSKINE

Dark water Teen Book Dark water
Living in a cottage on her uncle's southern California avocado ranch since her parent's messy divorce, fifteen-year-old Pearl Dewitt meets and falls in love with an illegal migrant worker, and is trapped with him when wildfires approach his makeshift forest home.

2010 Finalist

McNeal, Laura.
TEEN MCNEAL

Lockdown Teen Book Lockdown
Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

2010 Finalist

Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
TEEN MYERS

One crazy summer Juvenile Book One crazy summer
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

2010 Finalist

Williams-Garcia, Rita.
J WILLIAM

Ship breaker Teen Book Ship breaker
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.

2010 Finalist

Bacigalupi, Paolo.
TEEN BACIGAL

Homeless bird book Homeless bird
When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.

2009 Winner

Whelan, Gloria.
eBOOK OVERDRI

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