Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School
Book Award

2003 - 2004 School Year

Winner

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares   YA BRA
Over the summer, four friends share a second-hand pair of jeans through happiness, heart-break, and all the complications of growing up.

Nominees

Alchemist by Paulo Coelho YA COE
This is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who travels in search of a worldly treasure.

Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates    YA OAT.
When sixteen-year-old Matt is falsely accused of threatening to blow up his high school and his friends turn against him, an unlikely classmate comes to his aid.

Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932 by Kathryn Lasky   YA LAS
In her fictionalized journal, eleven-year-old Minnie Swift recounts how her family dealt with the difficult times during the Depression and how the arrival of an orphan from Texas changed their lives in Indianapolis just before Christmas 1932. Part of the Dear America series.

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy   BIN 
Heartbreak and betrayal follow three women as an explosive confrontation brings hidden lies to the surface and tests the meaning of love and the bonds of friendship.

Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin  YA ALP
When serial killer Hank Miller is killed in a shoot-out with police, his abused son Cameron adopts the identity of one of his father's victims in order to find a better life.

Cowboy and His Elephant: The Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Malcom MacPherson  599.67 MAC
A real American cowboy forges a relationship with a young, orphaned, African elephant.

Cure by Sonia Levitin   YA LEV
A young boy living in 2407 collides with the past when he finds himself in Strasbourg in 1348 confronting the anti-semitism that sweeps through Europe during the Black Plague.


Doing Time: Notes From the Undergrad by Rob Thomas YA THO
Each of these ten short stories focuses on a high school student's mandatory 200 hours of community service and the youth's response to the required project.

Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card   SCI-FI CAR
Tells the story of the precocious general at the Battle School, named Bean, who later became Ender's right hand, his strategist, and his friend. Prequel to the Ender Trilogy.

Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty     YA MOR
Through a series of letters, fifteen-year-old Elizabeth tries to deal with teenage life and a best friend who has run away from home.

Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian YA TAS
Seventeen-year-old Josh, a loner-philosopher who wants to make a difference in the world, tries to maintain his secret identity as the author of a web site that is receiving national attention.

Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr   j KAR
In 1860, a somewhat simple-minded fifteen-year-old boy attempts to herd one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, in hopes of selling them at a profit.

Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts  LET
The lives of the regular diner patrons are changed forever by the arrival of a Native American woman and a Vietnamese refugee.

It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins  921 ARM
Celebrates the triumphant career of Lance Armstrong.

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult  PIC
Seven-year-old Faith begins receiving mysterious visitations from a woman she refers to as her guard, and the religiously unschooled Faith also begins quoting passages from the Bible and healing the seriously ill.

Learning to Swim: A Memoir by Ann Turner YA 811 TUR
A series of poems convey the feelings of a young girl whose sense of joy and security at the family's summer house is shattered when an older boy who lives nearby sexually abuses her.

Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde YA VAN
A collection of variations on the familiar story of a boastful miller and the daughter he claims can spin straw into gold.

Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg YA KON
When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech and only his friend Conner is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what really happened.

Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix  YA HAD
After secretly receiving injections at the age of 100 that are meant to reverse the aging process, Melly and Anny Beth grow younger until, as teenagers, they try to find a guardian to take care of them as they return to infancy.

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher YA CRU
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.

When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester  YA LES
When Jenna and Jeremy's father shoots and kills their artist mother, they struggle to slowly rebuild a functioning family.