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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Green Mountain Book Award

This is the second year for the Green Mountain Book Award, a reader's choice award for students in grades 9-12. Students read the books during this school year and at the end of the year they can vote for their favorite book. If you remember reading DCF Books when you were in elementary school and middle school you can simply think of this as advanced DCF reading! Here is a list of the books for this year. Check the catalog for availability.

Busiek, Kurt and Alex Ross. Marvels.
An "every man" witnesses the first appearance of superheroes into his ordinary, everyday world. This trade paperback edition collects Marvels #1-4 and #0. Supplemental material includes an afterword by Scott McCloud, a guide to the original source material, and a photo essay about Alex Ross's artistic technique.

Chambers, Aidan. Postcards from No Man's Land.
Alternates between two stories - comtemporarily, seventeen-year-old Jacob visits a daunting Amsterdam at the request of his English grandmother - and historically, nineteen-year-old Geertrui relates her experience of British soldiers' attempts to liberate Holland from its German occupation.

Cox, Lynn and Martha Kaplan. Swimming to Antarctica.
The world's most extraordinary distance swimmer writes about her emotional and spiritual need to swim and about the almost mystical act of swimming itself.

Freymann-Weyr, Garret. My Heartbeat.
As she tries to understand the closeness between her older brother and his best friend, fourteen-year-old Ellen finds her relationship with each of them changing.

Gantos, Jack. Hole in My Life.
The author of the Joey Pigza books relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.

Halpin, Brendan. Donorboy.
Fourteen-year-old Rosalind finds herself adjusting to a new life that seems both hateful and surreal - she's an orphan with a new father, surrounded by friends she is beginning to despise and well-meaning adults who succeed only in annoying her.

Hautman, Pete. Godless.
When sixteen-year-old Jason Bock and his friends create their own religion to worship the town's water tower, what started out as a joke begins to take on a power of its own.

Maynard, Joyce. Usual Rules.
Through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Wendy, we gain entrance to the world rarely shown by those who documented the events of September 11: a family's slow and terrible realization that Wendy's mother has died, and their struggle to go on with their lives in the face of such a crushing loss.

Myers, Walter Dean. Shooter.
Written in the form of interviews, reports, and journal entries, the story of three troubled teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting.

Peters, Julie Anne. Luna.
For years, Liam has transformed himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be with help from his sister's clothes and makeup in the secrecy of their basement bedrooms, but now, everything is about to change - Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon.

Picoult, Jodi. My Sister's Keeper.
Conceived as a genetic match for her terminally ill sister, Anna is tired of being used as "spare parts," and sues her parents to take control of her own life.

Ralston, Aron. Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told - Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

Thompson, Craig. Blankets.
Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers.

Trudeau, G.B. The Long Road Home.
Deprived not only of his leg but also his ubiquitous trademark helmet, B.D. survives first-response Baghdad triage, evacuation to Landstuhl's surgeon-rich environment, and visits by innumerable morale-boosting celebs.

Werlin, Nancy. Double Helix.
Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about is life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering.