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Volunteer State Book Award. 2002-03 Young Adult Nominees . Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson. In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook is separated from her Mother.

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Volunteer State Book Award

2002-03 Young Adult Nominees


Fever by laurie halse anderson l.jpg
Feverby Laurie Halse Anderson

  • In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook is separated from her Mother.

  • Matilda learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.


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Cosmos Coyote and William the Niceby Jim Heynen

  • When sent to live on a farm in Iowa as an alternative to juvenile detention, seventeen-year-old Cosmos falls in love with a religious girl and reconsiders his values and beliefs.


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When Zachary Beaver Came to Townby Kimberly Willis Holt

  • During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.


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Safe at Secondby Scott Johnson

  • Paulie Lockwood’s best friend Todd Bannister is destined for the major leagues until a line drive to the head causes him to lose an eye.

  • Now they both must find a new future for themselves.


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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordonby Stephen King

  • Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland becomes lost in the woods after she wanders off to escape the bickering between her Mom and her brother.

  • Trisha boosts her courage by imagining that her hero, Boston Red Sox, relief pitcher Tom Gordon, is with her, helping her survive an unknown enemy.


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Silent to the Boneby E. L. Konigsburg

  • When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech.

  • Only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what really happened.


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Hidden Talentsby David Lubar

  • When thirteen-year-old Martin arrives at an alternative school for misfits and problem students, he falls in with a group of boys with psychic powers and discovers something surprising about himself


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A Year Down Yonderby Richard Peck

  • During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of his fearsome woman.


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The Body of Christopher Creedby Carol Plum-Ucci

  • Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.


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Imani All Mineby Connie Porter

  • Tasha, a fifteen-year-old-mother, is proud of her baby girl and is determined to be a good parent to her child.

  • When tragedy strikes, she must draw on her new found faith in order to continue her life.


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Esperanza Risingby Pam Munoz Ryan

  • Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go to work in the labor camps of Southern California.

  • They must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.


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Stargirlby Jerry Spinelli

  • Stargirl, a teen who animates quiet Mica High with her colorful personality, suddenly finds herself shunned for her refusal to conform.


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Calling the Swanby Jean Thesman

  • When Skylar goes to summer school and tentatively begins to make some friends, she finally starts to get over the loss of her older sister and its terrible effects on the whole family.


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Stuck in Neutralby Terry Trueman

  • 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.


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It’s Not Easy Being BADby Cynthia Voigt

  • Two unpopular girls try to break into the seventh grade clique system, even though they’re not really sure they want to be popular at all.


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The Killer’s Cousinby Nancy Werlin

  • After being acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David goes to stay with relatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • He finds himself forced to face his past as he learns more about his strange young cousin Lily.


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Miracle’s Boysby Jacqueline Woodson

  • Twelve-year-old Lafayette’s close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.


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Beastby Donna Jo Napoli

  • Elaborates on the tale of “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • Told from the point of view of the beast and set in Persia.


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Blizzard: the Storm that Changed Americaby Jim Murphy

  • Presents a history, based on personal accounts and newspaper articles, of the massive snow storm that hit the Northeast in 1888, focusing on the events in New York City.


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Dreamlandby Sarah Dressen

  • After her older sister runs away, sixteen-year-old Caitlin decides that she needs to make a major change in her own life.

  • Caitlin begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.


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Keeping the Moonby Sarah Dressen

  • Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.


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Ender’s Shadowby Orson Card

  • Bean must overcome his past and prove to the recruiters at the Battle School that he can help save the planet from an alien invasion.


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The Princess Diariesby Meg Cabot

  • Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.


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Two Suns in the Skyby Miriam Bat-Ami

  • Against her father’s wishes, Chris befriends Adam Bornstein, a Jewish refugee, near the end of World War II.


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Kissing Tennesseeby Kathi Appelt

  • Graduating eighth graders relate their stories of love and heartbreak that have brought them to Dogwood Junior High’s magical Stardust Dance.