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Iowa Teen Award
Transcript of Iowa Teen Award
by April Henry
Mark of the Dragonfly
by Jaleigh Johnson
by Kwame Alexander
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
Lost in the Sun
by Lisa Graff
Iowa Teen Award
World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.
The Distance Between Lost and Found
by Kathryn Holmes
Sophomore Hallie Calhoun, her former friend Jonah, and new friend Rachel leave a church youth group hike in the Great Smoky Mountains and become lost for five days, struggling to survive as Hallie finally speaks about the incident that made her a social pariah and Jonah admits why it hurt him so much.
by Victoria Jamieson
Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship
by Carl Deuker
High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.
"Take her out back and finish her off."
She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.
And that she must run.
Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.
I Will Always Write Back
by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda
It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of -- so she chose it. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
by Gary D. Schmidt
Twelve-year-old Jack narrates the story of Joseph, a fouteen-year-old foster child. Joseph, who became a father at thirteen, has been released from Stone Mountain and is determined to find his daughter.
This novel is verse tells the stry of twins-Josh and Jordan-who are both junior high basketball stars. However, en Jordan starts dating Miss Sweet Tea and the twins' father (retired pro-basketball player) has a health scare, their bond is tested.
Trent has had a horrible fifth grade year. While playing hockey, he accidentally hit Jared Richards in the chest. Jared's heart condition made this event a deadly one for him and changed Trent's life. While trying to make a fresh start, Trent befriends Fallon Little who has a sad story of her own.
One Safe Place
by Tania Unsworth
In a near future world of heat, greed, and hunger, Devin earns a coveted spot in a home for abandoned children that promises unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family, but Devin discovers the home's horrific true mission when he investigates its intimidating Administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children.
The Secret Language of Sisters
by Luanne Rice
In a split second your life can change forever. That's what sister Tilly and Roo discover when Roo looks down to read a text from Tilly in route to pick her up. Roo wrecks her car and winds up in the hospital in what appears to be a coma. Tily may be the only one who can bring her back.
by D.J. MacHale
When everyone is quarantined on a once-peaceful island off the coast of Maine, Tucker questions a secret branch of the military claiming that residents have been infected by a deadly virus.
If You're Reading This
by Trent Reedy
Mike Wilson starts receiving letters in the mail from his deceased father who was killed in Afghanistan. Who is sending the letters and what life lessons does he learn?