Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School
Book Award

2002 - 2003 School Year



Dreamland by Sarah Dessen: YA AWARD Dessen, S. 
After her older sister runs away, 16-year-old Caitlin decides she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant and dangerous. Young Adult


The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won by Stephen Ambrose: YA 940.53 AMB
One of today's most preeminent historians presents the story of World War II for young readers. Each spread highlights a specific conflict with spectacular color and black-and-white photos, and Ambrose's narrative is further highlighted with factual sidebars, maps, glossary, and more. Young Adult

When Jeff Comes Home by Catherine Atkins YA ATK
Sixteen-year-old Jeff, returning home after having been kidnapped and held prisoner for three years, must face his family, friends and school and the widespread assumption that he engaged in sexual activity with his kidnapper. Powerful text and subject material addresses an experience that changed a young man's life forever. Young Adult

Zack by William Bell: YA Bell, W.
Zack has always known more about his father's Jewish side of his family than his mother's black side. While researching a project for history class, Zack becomes curious about why his mother broke all ties with her family. He travels surreptitiously to Mississippi to find his maternal grandfather, and his trip shakes the foundations of all he has believed in. Young Adult

Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian: BOH
Vermont is drying up. The normally lush, green countryside is in the grip of the worst drought in years: stunted cornstalks rasp in the hot July breeze, parched vegetable gardens wither and die, the Chittenden River shrinks to a trickle, and the drilling trucks are booked solid as one by one the wells give out. Patience Avery, known nationwide as a gifted "water witch", is having a busy summer, too. Using the tools of the dowser's trade - divining sticks, metal rods, bobbers, and pendulums - she can locate, among other things, aquifers deep within the earth. In the midst of this crisis, Scottie Winston lobbies for permits to expand Powder Peak, a local ski area that's his law firm's principal client. As part of the expansion, the resort seeks to draw water for snowmaking from the beleaguered Chittenden, despite opposition from environmentalists who fear that the already weakened river will be damaged beyond repair. Adult

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot: YA Cabot, M. 
"This is how NOT a princess I am. I am so NOT a princess that when my dad started telling me I was one, I totally started crying." Raised in a Greenwich Village loft in New York City by her flaky-but-loving artist mother, ninth grader Mia Thermopolis is shocked to learn from her father that she is now the heir apparent to Genovia, the tiny European kingdom he rules. Her paternal grandmother further disrupts Mia's life when she comes to town to mold the girl into a proper royal. Cabot's debut children's novel is essentially a classic makeover tale souped up on imperial steroids: a better haircut and an improved wardrobe garner Mia the attention of a hitherto unattainable boy. (Of course this boy isn't all he appears to be, and another boy, D, the true friend Mia mostly takes for granted, D turns out to be Mr. Right.) A running gag involving sexual harassment (including a foot fetishist obsessed with Mia's best friend Lilly Moscovitz and a sidewalk groper dubbed the "Blind Guy") is more creepy than funny, and the portrayal of the self-conscious pseudo-zaniness of downtown life is over the top (Lilly's parents, both psychoanalysts, get Rolfed, practice t'ai chi and attend benefits for "the homosexual children of survivors of the Holocaust"). Though Mia's loopy narration has its charms and princess stories can be irresistible, a slapstick cartoonishness prevails here. Young Adult 

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier: CHE

With the precision and focus of an Old Master's painting, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" paints a vivid portrait of colorful 17th-century Delft, as well as the hauntingly poignant story of one young girl's rite of passage. Adult

Heroes by Robert Cormier: YA Cormier, R.
Francis Joseph Cassavant is 18. He has just returned from WWII, and he has no face, due to a grenade in France. He does have a gun and a mission: to murder his childhood hero. In this lean and powerful novel, Cormier quietly, remorselessly, probes the nature of heroism as it is reflected through the remains of a young life forever shattered by a terrible act--and an equally terrible omissions. Young Adult

Timeline by Michael Crichton: CRI 

Michael Crichton's new novel opens on the threshold of the 21st century. It is a world of exploding advances on the frontiers of technology. Information moves instantly between two points, without wires or networks. Computers are built from single molecules. Any moment of the past can be actualized -- and a group of historians can enter, literally, life in 14th century feudal France.  Imagine the risks of such a journey. 
Not since Jurassic Park has Michael Crichton given us such a magnificent adventure. Here, he combines a science of the future -- the emerging field of quantum technology -- with the complex realities of the medieval past. In a heart-stopping narrative, Timeline carries us into a realm of unexpected suspense and danger, overturning our most basic ideas of what is possible. Adult

Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper YA Draper, S.
Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harrassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating. Young Adult

Trapped: Cages of Mind and Body by Lois Duncan, ed.
A collection of stories by different writers and in various genres in each of which a young protagonist is trapped in some way, whether emotionally, physically, or mentally. Young Adult

Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb: 616.852 GOT
From the diaries she kept as an 11-year-old, the author's wry, perceptive account of her near-fatal struggle with anorexia nervosa is told with an unguarded openness not seen since Susanna Kaysen's "Girl Interrupted. Adult

Name Dropping by Jane Heller: HEL
Two women with the same name living in the same Manhattan apartment building? Heller's latest novel, a breezy summer read as clever as it is comic, tells the story of Nancy Stern, a preschool teacher in a personal and professional rut, and . . . Nancy Stern, who lives in the penthouse and is chummy with Kevin Costner. How their lives intersect and collide makes for a raucous tale of mix-ups, murder, and mistaken identity. Adult

You Don't Know Me by David Klass: YA Klass, D.
John wrestles with the uncertainty that no one really knows him. Although his hidden thoughts are hilarious, with razor-sharp observations about lust, love, algebra, and everything, John's home life involves an absent father, a mother who works long hours, and her boyfriend, who is abusive to John. Young Adult

Sabriel by Garth Nix: YA Nix, G
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. Young Adult

A Face in Every Window by Han Nolan YA Nolan, H.
After the death of his grandmother, who held the family together, teenage JP is left with a mentally challenged father and a mother who seems ineffectual and constantly sick, and he feels everything sliding out of control. Young Adult

The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer by Gary Paulsen: YA Paulsen, G. 
The author recalls his experiences as a migrant laborer and carnival worker after he ran away from home at age sixteen. Young Adult

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: YA Spinelli, J.
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever. Young Adult

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman: YA Trueman, T.
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him. Young Adult

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung 959.604 UNG

From a childhood survivor of Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot regime comes an unforgettable narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit. Book jacket. Adult