Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School
Book Award

2001-2002 School Year

 

Winner

Imani All Mine by Connie Porter: YA AWARD Porter, C.
Tasha is fourteen years old and the unwed mother of a baby girl. The name she gives her daughter,Imani, is a sign of her determination and fundamental trust: Imani means faith. "Mania say I'm grown now because I got Imani. She say Imani all mine. I know she all mine, and I like it just like that, not having to share my baby with no one." Narrated in Tasha's street-smart and lyrical voice, Imani All Mine tracks Tasha's progress as she navigates her journey to adulthood in an increasingly violent world. Adult


Nominees

Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League  by Ron Suskind 921 JENNINGS, C.
 At Ballou Senior High, a crime-infested school in Washington, D.C., honor students have learned to keep their heads down. Cedric Jennings, with unwavering support from his mother, studies and strives as if his life depends on it - and it does. The summer after his junior year, at a program for minorities at MIT, he gets a fleeting glimpse of life outside, a glimpse that turns into a face-on challenge one year later: acceptance into Brown University, an Ivy League school. Having traveled too far to turn back, Cedric is left to rely on his faith, his intelligence, and his determination to keep alive his hope in the unseen - a future of acceptance and reward that he struggles, each day, to envision. 

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper j COO
Nat Field has been picked by a dazzling international director to perform at Shakespeare's Globe; London's amazing new copy of the theater for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays four hundred years ago. As the boys begin to rehearse strange, eerie echoes of the past begin creeping in. Nat goes to bed mysteriously sick and wakes up healthy. But he's no longer in the present; he's in 1599, acting at the original Globe. And his costar is Shakespeare himself, no longer a vague historical figure, but a quirky, warmhearted writer/actor whose friendship changes Nat forever. Young Adult

Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser YA HES
During her preschool years, Tara Sullivan lived in terror that something bad would happen to her mother while they were apart. At the age of 11, it happened. Tara heard the phrase that changed her life: Step on a crack, break your mother's back. Before Tara knew it, she was counting every crack in the sidewalk. Over time, Tards "quirks" grew and developed: arranging her meals on plates, nonstop prayer rituals, until she developed a new ritual kissing her fingers and touching doorknobs... Young Adult

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines GAI
The author sets his "novel" in backcountry Louisiana just after World War I I. A local teacher, Grant Wiggins, is conscripted by his aunt to offer lessons in manhood, and in dying, for his friend's godson, Jefferson. Jefferson, a witness, was the only person left standing after an armed robbery in which a white man was killed. Adult

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden GOL
Sayuri's story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Through her eyes, we see the marvelous teahouses and theaters, narrow back alleys, ornate temples, and artists' streets.And we witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha. But as World War I I erupts and the geisha houses are forced to close, Sayuri, with little money and even less food, must reinvent herself all over again to find a rare kind of freedom on her own terms. Adult

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde HYD
Trevor McMnney, a twelve-year old boy in a small California town, accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better and to put that plan into action. Trevor chooses three people for whom he will do a favor, and then when those people thank him and ask how they might pay him back, lie will tell them that instead of paying him back they should each Pay it Forward by choosing three people for whom they can do favors, and in turn telling those people to Pay it Forward. In the end, Pay it Forward is the story of seemingly ordinary people made extraordinary by the simple faith of a child. Adult

Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick 
This cartoonist's memoir of his friend Pedro Zamora portrays a man who transformed his disability into a banner for those who shared his affliction. On Real World San Francisco, Judd Winick befriended Zamora, an HIV positive AIDS activist, whose illness and transcendence were chronicled by that MTV show. Adult

Plague Year by Stephanie S. Tolan YA TOL
Bran's been hiding a horrible secret. Now that it's out, the town of Ridgewood wants him out. With Molly and David on his side, Bran might have had a chance against the teenage bullies. But fear spreads like a contagion - until the whole town is infected with prejudice, ignorance, and hysteria. Yet even as events spin out of control, friendship grows, and Molly, David and Bran are left alone to stand against the Plague. Young Adult

Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer YA Bauer, J.
Meet Jenna Boller, star employee at Gladstone's Shoe Store in Chicago. Standing a gawky 5'l1" at 16 years old, Jenna is the kind of girl most likely to stand out in the crowd for all the wrong reasons. But that doesn't stop Madeline Gladstone, the president of Gladstone's Shoes 176 outlets in 37 states, from hiring Jenna to drive her cross country in a last ditch effort to stop Elden Gladstone from taking over his mother's company and turning a quality business into a ship-and schlock empire. Now Jenna Boller, shoe salesperson, is about to become a shoe-store spy as she joins her crusty old employer for an eyeopening adventure that will teach them both the rules of the road and the rules of life. Young Adult

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King KIN  
In this brilliant collection of twenty-two stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine ... A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against unholy destruction ... a trip to the attic turns into a journey to hell ... a woman driver finds a very scary shortcut to paradise ... an idyllic lake that could be the home of bottomless evil ... and a desert island is the scene of the most terrifying struggle for survival ever waged. Adult

Smack by Melvin Burgess YA Burgess, M.
Why do these teens run away from home? To be users? Addicts? As their stories intertwine and build, Smack never lets up the pace. It is a book about people, families - real and those constructed by young people with no one to turn to but each other. Smack is a book about a drug and the hold it can have. This novel is written directly for its audience of young people and is unflinching in its honesty. Young Adult

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson 
Hiro Protagonist, delivery boy for Uncle Enzo's Cosa Nostra Pizza and freelance hacker in the virtual reality called the Metaverse, tangles with religious cultists, computer virus/drug dealers, and a human bomb known as the Raven in a freewheeling novel that picks up where cyberpunk left off. Rapid-fire action scenes interspersed with snippets of Sumerian mythology and vignettes of a franchise-dominated 21st century combine to produce a heady, surrealistic picture of the not-so-distant future. Adult

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson YA Anderson, L.
Melinda is a friendless outcast at Merryweather High. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, and now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. It is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and who is still a threat to her. It will take another violent encounter with him to make Melinda fight back. This time she refuses to be silent. Young Adult

Tenderness by Robert Cormier YA Cormier, R. 
Eighteen-year-old Eric has just been released from juvenile detention for murdering his mother and stepfather. Now he's looking for some tenderness, which he finds in caressing and killing beautifull girls. Speeding to its fateful conclusion with an irresistible force, Tenderness is a harrowing thriller with a final twist that will not be easily forgotten. Young Adult

Behind the Wheel: Poems About Driving by Janet S. Wong 
Thirty-six poems look at various aspects of driving, including passing the written driver's test, being pulled over by a cop, and having an accident, and treat them as metaphors for life. Young Adult 

Boys Life by Robert R. McCammon MCG
This tale of an I 1-year-old's struggle between innocence and evil begins with the discovery of a gruesome murder and ends with the revelation that, even in Zephyr, Alabama, life is not safe and simple - and most things and people are not what they seem to be. Adult

Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah YA 921 MAH, A., Mah & YA PLAYAWAY 921 MAH, A., Mah
Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for - the love and understanding of her family. Young Adult

A Door Near Here by Heather Quarles YA Quarles, H.
Four siblings struggle to maintain a seminormal home life when their single mother's alcoholism becomes debilitating. Fifteen-year-old Katherine has become the head of her household. Her single mother, an out-of-work alcoholic, has been in bed for weeks, leaving Katherine and her three younger siblings to band together and fend for themselves. There's no time for housework, food and money are running out, and the kids' teachers are starting to get suspicious. Worst of all, Katherine's youngest sister, Alisa, seems to be losing her grip on reality; she is obsessed with finding a door to the imaginary land of Narnia. And the longer they all struggle to maintain their pretense of normality, the more they have to fear - and to lose. Young Adult

Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger YA Wittlinger, E.
Years after his parents' divorce, John is still tied in knots. Trying to learn to communicate again, he enters the "zine" world, producing his own personal little literary magazine. He's drawn deeper into this world by meeting Marisol, a free spirit and self-professed lesbian teenager. When friendship develops into love on John's part, emotional chaos breaks loose. Young Adult

High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places by David Breashears and Jon Krakauer 921 BREASHEARS, D. Bre

Breashears, a legendary climber, is best known outside of mountaineering circles as an INIAX cinematographer. He was making an IMAX film on Everest in 1996 when the killer storm hit, and he fashions his engagingly written life story around that experience - which he regards as the defining moment of his life.  Adult

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams SCI FIC ADA (3)  
The novel chronicles the adventures of Arthur Dent, a hapless and continually bewildered Englishman, and his friend Ford Prefect, an alien who has been posing as an unemployed actor for 15 years. When Ford warns Arthur that Earth is minutes away from demolition to make room for an interstellar bypass, the two hitch a ride on a space vehicle, narrowly escaping the calamity. Traveling through the galaxy with the aid of a computer travel guide, Prefect and Dent encounter a motley array of characters. Adult