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Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award
Honors titles with high literary quality as well as being relevant to and appreciated by teens. These titles also have a "positive approach to life." The AEWA is administered by the Adolescent Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN).
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  Cover Art: The Sweetheart of Prosper County Alexander, Jill
The Sweetheart of Prosper County
In a small East Texas town largely ruled by prejudices and bullies, fourteen-year-old Austin sets out to win a ride in the next parade and, in the process, grows in her understanding of friendship and helps her widowed mother through her mourning. 2010 Finalist
212 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Fire Cashore, Kristin
Fire
In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world. 2010 Winner
461 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Graceling Cashore, Kristin
Graceling
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. 2009 Finalist
471 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Wolves, Boys & other Things That Might Kill Me Chandler, Kristen
Wolves, Boys & other Things That Might Kill Me
Two teenagers become close as the citizens of their town fight over the packs of wolves that have been reintroduced into the nearby Yellowstone National Park. 2011 Finalist
371 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Graveyard Book Gaiman, Neil
The Graveyard Book
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. 2009 Finalist
312 p. 2008
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Fault in Our Stars Green, John
The Fault in Our Stars
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
318 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: North of Beautiful Headley, Justina Chen
North of Beautiful
Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob. 2010 Finalist
373 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Ask the Passengers King, A. S.
Ask the Passengers
Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it...But little does she know just how much sending her love--and asking the right questions--will affect the passengers' lives, and her own, for the better.
293 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: My Most Excellent Year : a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park Kluger, Steve
My Most Excellent Year : a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park
Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own. 2009 Winner
403 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Under the Mesquite McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
Under the Mesquite
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry.
224 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Shine Myracle, Lauren
Shine
When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.
359 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: I Will Save You Pena, Matt de la
I Will Save You
Seventeen-year-old Kidd Ellison runs away to work for the summer at a beach campsite in California where his hard work and good looks lead to friendship and love but painful past memories surface in menacing ways. 2011 Finalist
310 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Sorta Like a Rock Star : a Novel Quick, Matthew
Sorta Like a Rock Star : a Novel
Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression. 2011 Finalist
355 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Saenz, Benjamin Alire
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
259 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Endangered Schrefer, Eliot
Endangered
Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.
264 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Between Shades of Gray Sepetys, Ruta
Between Shades of Gray
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.
344 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Berlin Boxing Club Sharenow, Rob
The Berlin Boxing Club
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.
404 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: After Ever After Sonnenblick, Jordan
After Ever After
Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa. 2011 Finalist
260 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors Stork, Francisco X.
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions. 2011 Winner
344 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Marcelo in the Real World Stork, Francisco X.
Marcelo in the Real World
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm. 2010 Finalist
312 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
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