Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School
Book Award
2005 - 2006 School Year
 

Winner

Eragon - Christopher Paolini  YA PAO
When fifteen-year-old Eragon discovers a dragon egg, he realizes that his destiny is to
fight the evil powers that will bring chaos and destruction to the Empire. He is forced
to leave his quiet life as a farm boy to pursue his one true mission in life as he learns to
be a true Dragon Rider.

Nominees

Aimee Mary Beth Miller  YA MIL
After she is accused of playing a role in her best friend’s death, 16-year-old Zoe battles
depression, anger, guilt, and loneliness as her family moves to a new town and she is
forced to endure a court ordered exile from all of her old friends.

Alice, I Think Susan Juby  YA JUB
Since becoming the target of the class bully in first grade when she arrived dressed as a
hobbit, Alice has been schooled at home. Now, this fifteen year-old British Columbia girl
develops a list of life goals with returning to school on the top of her list.

The Atonement Child Francine Rivers  YA Christian RIV
While walking to her dorm one evening, Dynah Carey, a beautiful young student at a
Christian college, is raped by an unidentified man. When she finds she is pregnant,
everyone advises her to abort. Though Dynah is confused, and her faith is shaken, she
must ultimately make a decision she feels is morally right.

Battle of Jericho Sharon Draper  YA DRA
When Jericho is invited to pledge the Warriors of Distinction, the most elite club in
school, he thinks he will do anything to become a member. But as the initiation rituals
become more disturbing, Jericho is forced to decide if he is willing to compromise his
honor and future for his fellow pledges.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon YA HAD & HAD
Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone tells the story of how he finds his
neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork and becomes a suspect in the
killing. Though he is afraid to interact with people, this autistic savant who is obsessed
with Sherlock Holmes decides to solve the mystery and bring the killer to justice.

Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters - Gail Giles  YA GIL
14-year-old Sunny is shocked when she receives a letter from her older sister Jazz, who
died in an apartment fire in New York City months ago. When a total stranger shows up
at her house posing as her sister, Sunny doesn’t know if this stranger will prove to be
dangerous, or just the solution for the grieving family?

Double Helix Nancy Werlin  YA WER
Although his father forbids him from taking a job with renowned geneticist, Dr. Wyatt,
18-year-old Eli can’t pass up the opportunity. As he begins to uncover the connection
between his family, his employer, and the disease that is slowly taking his mother’s life, Eli
finds that some opportunities come with too high a price.

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things Carolyn Mackler  YA MAC
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, fifteen-year-old
Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her
disillusion. While developing her “fat girls code of conduct” Virginia discovers that
sometimes it is best to NOT follow all the rules.

Feed M.T. Anderson  YA AND
In a future where only the poor do not have the Feed (computer implants in their
brains that feed information and ads), teen narrator Titus meets an unusual girl who
suffers great danger because of the Feed.

The First Part Last Angela Johnson  YA JOH
Sixteen-year-old Bobby receives a shocking birthday present when his girlfriend Nia
announces that she is pregnant. As the pregnancy progresses, Bobby changes his life to
support his girlfriend and coming child. When tragedy strikes, Bobby must make
decisions that affect everyone around him.

Forgotten Fire Adam Bagdasarian  YA BAG
Based on a true account, this tale tells of twelve-year-old Vahan Kenderian, the son of
an influential Armenian family in Turkey, who struggles to survive alone after
witnessing the extermination of many of his family and friends during the early
twentieth century Armenian Holocaust.

Hole in my life Jack Gantos  YA 921 GAN
Jack Gantos (author of the Joey Pigza children’s books) writes an autobiographical
account of his teen years when he sought adventure after leaving high school. To earn
money for college, he agreed to help smuggle a shipment of hashish from Florida to
New York only to be caught and sent to federal prison.

The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer  YA FAR
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt is the young clone of “El Patron”, the
142-year-old leader of Opium, a corrupt drug empire nestled between what was once
Mexico and the United States. Matt believes he will succeed El Patron when he dies,
but Matt has been deceived.

Keesha’s House Helen Frost  YA FRO
In a series of poems, the trauma of seven teens is revealed as each character ends up at
“Keesha’s house,” a house where teens in need of a safe place can go with no worry of
being rejected or sent back home. Some characters simply pass through, while others
stay on to form a safe “family”.

Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis Pete Nelson  YA 940.54 NEL
On July 26, 1945, the USS Indianapolis delivered the Hiroshima bomb to a Pacific
island. Four days later, a Japanese submarine sank the ship. 880 men went into the
shark-infested water and were not rescued for 5 days. The ship’s captain was blamed
and court-martialed. 55 years later, Hunter Scott researched the Indy for a school
history project and joined with survivors in trying to clear the captain’s name.

A Northern Light Jennifer Donnelly YA Mystery DON
In 1906,16-year-old Mattie wants to earn her high school diploma and then go to
college to become a writer. But how can she when she must fulfill a promise to her
dying mother? Add a father who doesn’t believe in education, a local farmer who
becomes her fiancé and a dead body just waiting in the downstairs parlor of the hotel
where she works and Mattie may never leave her mountain life.

Of Sound Mind Jean Ferris  YA FER
High school senior Theo is fluent in two languages: spoken English and American Sign
Language. As interpreter for his all-deaf family, Theo is caught between the hearing and
deaf worlds. When he meets Ivy, who also has a deaf parent, Theo realizes that he must
assert himself in order to take control of his destiny.

The Pact - Jodi Picoult  YA PIC & PIC
The fledgling romance between two teenage lifelong friends and neighbors culminate
tragically in an abortive suicide pact, leading to a gripping courtroom drama.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi  YA Graphic Novel 741.5 SAT
Marjane Satrapi the great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor, describes growing up in
the 1970-80s, her country plagued by political upheaval. Told in the graphic novel
format, Persepolis shows the vast contradictions between Satrapi’s public and private
life.

Pirates! Celia Rees  YA REE
After the death of her father, Nancy Kington arrived at her family’s Jamaican plantation
in 1722. She is soon forced to run away to escape an arranged marriage and murder
charges. Along with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, Nancy joins a pirate crew. She
spends the next few years traveling the world in search of treasure, all the while hoping
to reunite with her one true love.

Seabiscuit: An American Legend - Laura Hillenbrand  YA 798.4 HIL
Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of how a “runty little horse” was turned into the
Cinderella of the racetrack during a time when all Americans needed to feel some hope
for the future. It took three dedicated men to get Seabiscuit into winning shape: the
owner who turned to horses after suffering a great family tragedy; a misfit trainer with
a special knack for understanding misfit horses; and the jockey who risked it all to
make this horse a winner.

Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelsen  YA MIK
After 15-year-old Cole, in a fit of uncontrolled anger, beats another student, he is
forced to choose between prison and an alternative sentence based on the Native
American Circle Justice. When he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island for a year in exile
he encounters a huge Spirit Bear that helps him change his life.