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List of Nominees for 2012
The 20 books listed below, published between 2009 and 2011, were nominated by the Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee based on their literary quality and their appeal to teens.
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Recommended for Middle School Students
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
After Ever After
by Jordan Sonnenblick

Now that Jeffrey is in remission from cancer, he must face his next big challenge -- navigating eighth grade without the help of his older brother.
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Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

Ghostopolis
by Doug TenNapel

A boy who is accidentally whisked into the spirit world discovers he has special powers there. But will they help him get back home?
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Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan
Sources of LIght
by Margaret McMullan

In 1962, Samantha and her mother move from Pennsylvania to Jackson, Mississippi, a city on the edge of violence as the civil rights movements begin to shake up the racist status quo. 
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Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
Touch Blue
by Cynthia Lord

To save their school from closing, the families in Tess's island community take in foster children.  She hopes Aaron will like her town and family, but what if he doesn't want to stay?
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Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
Woods Runner
by Gary Paulsen

In 1776, Samuel sets out from Pennsylvania to New York to rescue his parents from the British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.
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Recommended for All Teens
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
Birthmarked
by Caragh M. O'Brien

In a world split between those who rule and those who serve, Gaia must smuggle herself into the guarded Enclave to rescue her imprisoned parents who face execution.
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Borderline by Allan Stratton

Borderline
by Allan Stratton

When Sami's Iranian dad is accused of involvement in a terrorist plot, Sami risks his own life to uncover the truth despite the fact that they don’t get along.
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Heist Society by Ally Carter
Heist Society
by Ally Carter

A group of teens use their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save Kat’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.
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Matched by Ally Condie
Matched
by Ally Condie

Cassia always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, but she begins to question just how perfect her world really is when she notices things are not what they seem.
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Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi
Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi

In the near-future, salvager Nailer has the chance of a lifetime when a yacht washes up after a storm. When he finds a survivor on board, he must decide whether to save her life or enrich his own.
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Shutout by Brendan Halpin

Shutout
by Brendan Halpin

When Amanda’s best friend Lena makes the varsity soccer team and she only makes junior varsity, their longtime friendship suffers dramatically.
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Trash by Andy Mulligan
Trash
by
Andy Mulligan

Three boys in a Third World country find something at the dump and set out to unravel the mystery behind it while lying, stealing, and narrowly escaping death at every turn.
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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri & Illustrated by Randy DuBurke
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
by
G. Neri & Illustrated by Randy DuBurke

In this graphic novel based on a true story, Roger tries to understand why his classmate joined a gang and shot a girl in their neighborhood before being killed himself.
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Recommended for High School Students
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson

After Amy and Roger stray from a planned cross country road trip, Amy learns to live again as she comes to terms with her guilt over the accidental death of her father.
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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

After Samantha is swept away in a car crash, she finds herself reliving Friday, February 12, over and over until she gets the day “right."
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I Will Save You by Matt de la Pena
I Will Save You
by Matt de la Peña

After living in a group home, Kidd finally has his life on track, until a dangerous friend from his past appears and threatens not only his new life but also the girl he loves.
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Numbers by Rachel Ward
Numbers
by Rachel Ward

When looking in someone's eyes, Jem sees the date he will die, a skill that puts Jem and her friend Spider on the run after narrowly escaping an explosion at a London tourist attraction.
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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Revolution
by Jennifer Donnelly

Angry and grieving the murder of her little brother, musician Andi joins her father in Paris to work on a school project that uncovers a mystery from the French Revolution.
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Split by Swati Avasthi

Split
by Swati Avasthi

A teenage boy thrown out of his house by an abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.
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Teenaged Love Affair by Ni-Ni Simot

Teenage Love Affair
by Ni-Ni Simone

Zsa-Zsa has a car, great clothes, and a boyfriend who hurts her when he is angry. When an old boyfriend moves back to the hood, Zsa-Zsa must decide who is the real love of her life.
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