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List of Nominees for 2013
The 20 books listed below, published between 2010 and 2012, were nominated by the Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee based on their literary quality and their appeal to teens.
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Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Across the Universe*
by Beth Revis

When Amy awakes from being cryogenically frozen aboard a spaceship, she befriends Elder, who is next in line to be ruler, to solve the murders taking place on board.
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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick*
by Joe Schreiber

Perry is reluctant to take his family's exchange student to the prom, but when she turns into an assassin with a hit list and a need for revenge, the night takes a violent turn for the strange.
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The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
The Berlin Boxing Club
by Robert Sharenow

In 1936, Ben Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.
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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

Lina and her family are deported to a brutal Siberian labor camp in 1941 by invading Soviet troops –just for being educated Lithuanians.
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daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone*
by Laini Taylor

Karou's friends beg her to share stories of living with chimera and traveling the world on missions for her guardian, but no one, not even her best friend knows that her stories are true.
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Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent
by Veronica Roth

Beatrice lives in a future where she must choose between five factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she learns she doesn't belong in any one faction in a society that is far from perfect.
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The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
The False Princess
by Eilis O'Neal

For years, Nalia believed she was the princess, but when she learns that’s not the case, she’s forced to leave that life behind. As Sinda, she must figure out what to do with her life now.
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The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
The Grimm Legacy
by Polly Shulman

Elizabeth gets a job as a page at a special library. After gaining coveted access to the Grimm Collection, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures.
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I Am J by Cris Beam
I Am J*
by Cris Beam

J, a guy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who rejected him and the parents he thinks do not get him when he decides it is time to be who he really is .
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Legend by Marie Lu
Legend
by Marie Lu

In a futuristic LA, June has joined the elite military of the Republic. Her first priority is to capture Day, the enigmatic rebel accused of her brother’s senseless murder.
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Level Up by gene Luen Yang
Level Up
by Gene Luen Yang

Dennis loves gaming, but guilt over his dead father's ambitions for him force Dennis to deny video games and go to medical school. Can Dennis achieve his own ambitions?
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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Name of the Star
by Maureen Johnson

Rory arrives at her London boarding school just as a “new” Jack the Ripper starts terrorizing the city. After a near-death experience, she sees things others do not. Is she crazy or did she really see the killer?
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Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Okay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt

While Doug, a baseball fan, struggles to be more than the thug people think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil, a library fan, as they explore Audubon's art .
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The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen

When an accident leaves track star Jessica an amputee, she fights for a way to run again as well as find her identity outside of running.
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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Sky is Everywhere*
by Jandy Nelson

After her sister dies, Lennie, falls into a love triangle with her sister’s boyfriend and the new guy at school while discovering the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.
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Stay by Deb Caletti
Stay*
by Deb Caletti

Because Clara’s boyfriend has begun to display obsessive, possessive behavior toward her, she and her father move to a remote area of Washington, but how far away is far enough?
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Strinks Attached by Judy Blundell
Strings Attached*
by Judy Blundell

When she drops out of school in Providence for a Broadway career in 1950, Kit accepts help from an old family friend said to have mob ties, who then asks her to some favors for him.
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Take Me to the River by Will Hobbs
Take Me to the River
by Will Hobbs

Dylan is excited to join his cousin Rio in a white water rafting trip along the Mexican border, unaware of the danger that awaits them.
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Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Wither*
by Lauren DeStefano

After science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at 25 and women at 20, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick

Having lost his mother and his hearing, 12-year-old Ben leaves home to seek the father he never knew and meets Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life
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*Books recommneded for older readers
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