Tuesday, September 12, 2006

How to Use the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Blog

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47 By Walter Mosley

Fourteen-year-old 47, has been a slave on the cruel Corinthian Plantation his whole life. He’s resigned to his fate until a mysterious man by the name of Tall John enters his life. Tall John is part myth, part human, and part alien. He convinces 47 to fight back and take his place among the great men of history. The story is mystery, science and historical fiction wrapped into one amazing journey.

Acceleration by Graham McNamee

Stuck working in the lost and found department of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Nathaniel, a young apprentice, summons the djinni Bartimaeus to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from a dangerous and powerful magician.

The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon

The true story of a fourteen year old who set himself on fire and sustained burns over eighty percent of his body. Runyon describes that devastating suicide attempt and his recovery over the following year.

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence

Sixteen-year-old Alaric discovers how to travel to an alternate reality, where his mother is alive and his place in the family is held by a girl named Naia.

Day of Tears by Julius Lester

Follow Emma, the slave of Pierce Butler, through a series of events in her life as her master hosts the largest slave auction in American history in Savannah, Georgia in 1859 in order to pay off his mounting gambling debts.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

This unusual, wryly humorous novel begins after 15-year-old Liz comes to Elsewhere, the island where people go after they die and begin to regress to babyhood and rebirth.

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

Thaniel, a skilled wych-hunter, is devoted to purging London of its night creatures. In his work, he comes across the possessed but intriguing Alaizabel Cray. Along with his mentor, Cathaline, Thaniel takes it upon himself to save Alaizabel.

Home of the Braves by David Klass

Eighteen-year-old Joe, captain of the soccer team, is discouraged when a hotshot player shows up from Brazil and threatens to take over both the team and the girl whom Joe hopes to date.

Jude by Kate Morgenroth

Still reeling from his drug-dealing father's murder, moving in with the wealthy mother he never knew, and transferring to a private school, fifteen-year-old Jude is tricked into pleading guilty to a crime he did not commit.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Miles leaves his safe life at home and transfers to Culver Creek Boarding School where he discovers friendship, freedom, and an utterly fascinating Alaska Young.

Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls by Bennett Madison

Lulu Dark is not the typical detective. She is a reluctant teen detective with style in a mystery which has pop culture, the latest in fashion trends, a musician and a case of mistaken identity which makes her life quite interesting as she figures out who took her purse and who is pretending to be Lulu Dark.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Over the course of two days, Odd Thomas, his soul mate Stormy Llewellyn, and an assortment of allies make their way through a dark, terrifying world in which past and present, and life and death collide as they try to avert a cataclysm.

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach.

Spellbound by Janet McDonald

Raven, a teenage mother and high school dropout living in a housing project, decides, with the help and sometime interference of her best friend Aisha, to study for a spelling bee which could lead to a college preparatory program and four-year scholarship.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Discover the fascinating science and experimentation that occurs when a person checks the “donate my body to science” box on their will.

Tending to Grace by Kimberly Newton Fusco

When Cornelia's mother runs off with a boyfriend, leaving her with an eccentric aunt, Cornelia must finally confront the truth about herself and her mother.

Under the Persimmon Tree By Suzanne Fisher Staples

Najmah, a young Afghan girl, is determined to find her family after they are taken by the Taliban and return to her home in the mountains.

Who Am I Without Him? by Sharon Flake

Hilarious and anguished, these short stories about growing up black today speak with rare truth about family, friends, school, and especially about finding a boyfriend.