Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School
Book Award

2000-2001 School Year

 

Winner

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: YA AWARD Rowling, J. (2) + j ROW (9)
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches. Young Adult


Nominees

All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg 921 BRAGG, R. Bra
Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent for the New York Times, relates a rags-to-riches tale that begins in George Wallace's Alabama. Abandoned by her husband, Bragg's mother was left to raise three sons on her own. They were dirt poor, but Bragg remembers childhood as being "sweet and warm," thanks largely to his mother, a woman whose courage never failed. After just six months of college, Bragg started his career as a sportswriter for small-town papers in Alabama, eventually making his way to reporting news for the St. Petersburg Times. An application for a Nieman Fellowship took him to Harvard, where the interview panel wanted to know if his country boy image was "just a gimmick." But it was that distinctive southern voice that led eventually to the New York Times job. Bragg never forgets what he owes to his mother, and the book's climax is the Pulitzer Prize award ceremony, which his mother attended, having taken her first ride on an airplane and her first ride on an elevator to get there. Adult

Bull Run by Paul Fleischman YA Fleischman, P.
Gr 5 Up--Through the alternating viewpoints of 16 characters from various walks of life, readers gain insight into the first battle of the Civil War and into the nature of war in general. Poignant, dramatic cameos seamlessly woven together make for compelling historical fiction. Young Adult

The Chosen by Chaim Potok POT
The story of the friendship that develops between two Jewish boys in New York City. Adult

The Color of Water by James McBride  921 MCBRIDE, J., McB
James McBride grew up one of twelve siblings in the all-black housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn, the son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white. The object of McBride's constant embarrassment and continuous fear for her safety, his mother was an inspiring figure, who through sheer force of will saw her dozen children through college, and many through graduate school. McBride was an adult before he discovered the truth about his mother: The daughter of a failed itinerant Orthodox rabbi in rural Virginia, she had run away to Harlem, married a black man, and founded an all-black Baptist church in her living room in Red Hook. In her son's remarkable memoir, she tells in her own words the story of her past. Around her narrative, James McBride has written a powerful portrait of growing up, a meditation on race and identity, and a poignant, beautifully crafted hymn from a son to his mother. Adult

Crazy in Alabama by Mark Childress CHI

A "New York Times" Notable Book! From the acclaimed author of "Tender" and "Gone for Good" comes a hilarious and wise novel about a growing boy, his starstruck aunt, and the changing South of the 1960s. Now a major motion picture from Tristar, starring Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, who also directed. Adult

Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan  YA NOL
National Book Award finalist tells a poignant story of a young girl teetering on the edge of insanity. Miracle McCloy has always known that there is something different about her. Having been raised according to a set of mystical rules and beliefs, she is unable to cope in the real world. After accidentally setting herself on fire, Miracle meets a kind psychiatrist who helps her through the painful struggle to take charge of her life. 
Young Adult 

The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman YA Shusterman, N. (2)
Fourteen-year-old Jason faces an identity crisis after discovering that he is the son of aliens who stayed on earth following a botched invasion mission. Young Adult

The Green Mile by Stephen King KIN (2)

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers as depraved as the psychopathic "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentenced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being? Adult

The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin YA MYSTERY WER
Recently acquitted of murder, 17-year-old David goes to live with his aunt and uncle. In his attic apartment, he sees ghostly shadows at night and the hostile behavior of his 11-year-old cousin, Lily, becomes more threatening. Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. Young Adult

Monster by Walter Dean Myers YA Myers, W. 
Another hit from the New York Times bestselling author of Bury Me Deep. Mary Carlson had wanted to kill more than the two people she blew away with a shotgun at the party. And when her best friend Angela asks her why, Mary responds, "Because they're no longer human". At first Angela thinks she's crazy. But soon she discovers a horror so unimaginable, she wonders if she should have let Mary go on killing. Young Adult

Rocket Boys (also known as October Sky) by Homer Hickam 921 HICKMAN, H. HIC
Originally published as "Rocket Boys", this bestseller--based on a true story--follows a group of boys in a small West Virginia town in 1957 as they light up the skies with their flaming rockets and dreams of glory. Adult

One Child by Torey L. Hayden
Six-year-old Sheila never spoke, she never cried, and her eyes were filled with hate. Abandoned on a highway by her mother, abused by her alcoholic father, Sheila was placed in a class for the hopelessly retarded after she committed an atrocious act of violence against another child.
Everyone said Sheila was lost forever -- everyone except teacher Torey Hayden.
Torey fought to reach Sheila, to bring the abused child back from her secret nightmare, because beneath the autistic rage, Torey saw in Sheila the spark of genius. And together they embarked on a wondrous journey -- a journey gleaming with a child's joy at discovering a world filled with love and a journey sustained by a young teacher's inspiring bravery and devotion. Adult

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey KES
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An inmate of a mental institution tries to find the freedom and independence denied him in the outside world.  Adult

Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl
A fourteen-year-old girl, who can transform herself into an owl at will, discovers interesting new relationships with both humans and owls when she develops a crush on her science teacher. Young Adult

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky YA Chbosky, S. 
Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt. Young Adult

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean P. Sasson 921 SULTANA, Sas
In this consistently gripping work, the American-born Sasson ( The Rape of Kuwait ) recounts the life story of a Saudi princess she met while living in Saudi Arabia. The pseudonymous Sultana is a niece of King Faisal. Her father had four wives and a palace for each of them. Her older sister was circumcised before a ``modern'' doctor intervened on behalf of Sultana and her eight other sisters; their father treated all 10 as breeding animals, useless until old enough to be married off and to produce sons for their husbands. One sister, wed to a 62-year-old sexual sadist, attempted suicide. Sultana, the family's rebel, had the luck to marry a man who valued her spirit and intelligence. Yet when, after bearing five children, she could bear no more, he prepared to take another wife; Sultana fought this, as she had fought every other injustice and indignity her culture inflicted on her. In Sasson's telling, Sultana's story is a fast-paced, enthralling drama, rich in detail about the daily lives of the Saudi royals and packed with vivid personal sketches of the ruling clan and sharp opinions about the sexual mores, politics, religion and culture of this still-feudal nation. An appalling glimpse of the conditions endured by even such privileged women as the attractive, well-born Sultana. Adult

The Starlite Drive-In by Marjorie Reynolds REY

When land developers uncover human bones at the site of the old drive-in, Callie Anne Benton realizes that she alone knows the identity of the victim who mysteriously disappeared thirty-six years ago. In The Starlite Drive-in Callie Anne recalls the tumultuous summer of 1956. Nearly thirteen, she's stuck at home with her parents during a long, hot summer in rural Indiana. Her father, an angry, bitter man, runs the drive-in, and the only time she ever feels close to him is when they're in the projection booth watching movies. Her mother is an agoraphobe who hasn't left the house in five years, effectively trapping her husband in a job he's grown to hate. When a drifter named Charlie Memphis comes to work at the drive-in, the sweltering summer becomes more bearable. Both mother and daughter fall for Memphis's charms, but Callie Anne's father remains suspicious of his secretive past. A disastrous turn of events changes all of their lives forever, and it's up to the grown-up Callie Anne to unlock the secret of the decades-old mystery. Adult

Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones YA 811 SON
In the blink of an eye it happens: a teenage girl has a mental breakdown and is whisked away to the hospital. For her sister, left behind, nothing will ever be the same. Fearful of her own sanity, her fragile friendships, and her unraveling world, she embarks on a powerful emotional journey. Young Adult

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks YA SCI FIC Brooks, T+ SCI FIC BRO

Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara--Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested. Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him.... Adult

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 921 SCWARTZ M. Alb (2) + LP

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson 917.404 BRY  + LP

A laugh-out-loud account of an outrageously rugged hike--by the beloved comic author of "Lost Continent" and "Notes from a Small Island". Published in the 75th anniversary year of the Appalachian Trail. Father's Day merchandising. Adult