Young Hoosier Book Awards2013-2014 Nominated Books RAH 5/12
Young Hoosier Book Awards • Each year Indiana teachers, librarians, and students select 20 books that they consider some of the best new reading for students in each age group. • These titles are promoted to young people throughout the state of Indiana.
Students are encouraged to read as many of the selected books as possible. • Students who read 5 or more YHBA titles can vote for their favorites. • Ballots are collected throughout the state each April to determine the winning title in each age group.
Yhba program • Each year our students participate in the YHBA program. • Lists of YHBA titles are posted in the media center, in your English classrooms, and on the media center website. • You can find the YHBA books at the media center, public library, classrooms, or bookstores.
The competition • At the media center, we keep track of who reads YHBA books by monitoring AR Tests. • When you pass the AR Test on a YHBA book, your name is added to the list.
But why should I read YHBA books? • They’re some of the best new books out there. Odds are that you’ll like most of them. • Many language arts teachers require their students to read a number of YHBA titles. • You’ll get a chance to vote on the book you liked best. • Students who read the most YHBA books are eligible for special rewards!
This year’s yhba titles 2013-2014
Amelia Lost by Candancefleming • In alternating chapters, readers move back and forth between Amelia Earhart's life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the exhaustive search for her and her missing plane. This book includes photos, maps, and handwritten notes from Amelia herself. RL 6.6 Pts. 5.0
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol • Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them, especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs. RL 2.3 Pts. 1.0
The berlin boxing Club by Robert Sharenow • Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew; but he is bullied at his school in Nazi-era Berlin anyway. Then Max Schmeling, a champion boxer and German hero, gives Karl boxing lessons. As Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new role: family protector. RL 5.7 Pts. 13
Between Shades of Gray by RutaSeprtys Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941 until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. RL 3.6 Pts. 9
Blizzard of Glass the Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally Walker • On December 6, 1917 two ships collided in Halifax Harbor. The resulting blast flattened two towns, Halifax and Dartmouth, killing nearly 2,000 people. The next day, a blizzard dumped more than a foot of snow on the area stranding the towns and paralyzing the relief efforts. RL 7.9 Pts. 4
Candy Bomber by Michael Tunnell • This is a true story of chocolate, bubble gum, and hope. After World War II, food and supplies were airlifted into Russian-blockaded West Berlin. US Air Force Lt. Halvorsen began dropping chocolate and gum by parachutefor the children. RL 7.2 Pts. 2
City of Orphans by Avi • The streets of 1893 New York are crowded and filthy. Maksis on the run and his sister Emma has been arrested and imprisoned for stealing. This riveting, quickly paced adventure is set against a backdrop alive with the sights and sounds of tenement New York. RL 3.5 Pts. 8
Close to famous by Joan Bauer • Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother leave Memphis in the middle of the night, fleeing the mother’s abusive boyfriend. • She and her singer mother relocate to a tiny, rural West Virginia townwhere they discover a friendly population of quirky characters . RL 3.6 Pts. 6
Dragon Castle by joseph Bruchac • Young Prince Rashko is frustrated with his family - no one does any thinking but him! When Rashko's parents mysteriously disappear and the evil Baron Temny parks his army outside the castle walls, it is up to the young prince to save the day. RL 5.6 Pts. 10
The emerald atlas by John stephens • Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—they can change the course of history. RL 4.9 Pts. 15
Hidden by helen Frost • When Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra's father steals a minivan. He doesn't know that Wren is hiding in the back. The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls. RL 3.9 Pts. 3
Legend By Marie Lu They are both teenagers, but they come from incompatible worlds. June is being groomed for military leadership; Day is a child of the slums and he is already his country's most wanted criminal. But when the paths of the two finally cross, they discover that they not only have things in common; they have a mission that must now share. RL 4.8 Pts. 11
Michael Vey:The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans • To everyone Michael Vey is nothing special. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael soon discovers that Taylor has the same powers. Their abilities soon bring them to the attention of a group who wants to control the teens—and through them, the world. RL 3.5 Pts. 11
okay for Now: a Novel by Gary D. Schmidt • Doug Swieteck is a 14 year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a lousy older brother. Doug finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer and he finds the strength to endure an abusive father, and the return of his oldest brother, forever scarred, from Vietnam. RL 4.9 Pts. 11
Outlaw by Stephen Davies • Jake and his sister, Kas are abducted, bundled into a van, and driven into the unknown. Jake learns that the kidnapper with the spider web tattoo is the remorseless outlaw YakuubaSor, who is connected to an international terrorist organization. RL 5.2 Pts. 8
Prisoners in the Palace: How Victoria Became queen by Michaela McCall The year is 1838 and the place is London. Penniless 16 year old Liza accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. RL 5.0 Pts. 12
The Running dream by Wendelin Van Draanen • Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a bus accident., As she struggles to cope with crutches and a cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly in the spotlight . Jessica has the support of family and friends, but will she be able to run again? RL 5.2 Pts. 8
Titanic Sinks!by Barry Deneberg • This one-of-a-kind, high-concept book, combines fiction and nonfiction to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Authentic period photographs and diagrams immerses you in the era of the Titanic. RL 8.2 Pts. 3
Trapped by Michael Northrup A nor’easter, which will ultimately be known as the worst blizzard in U.S. history, sweeps into a rural New England community, trapping seven kids inside their high school for days. What begins as a fun adventure, quickly turns into a battle for survival. RL 5.3 Pts. 9
Witches: The Absolutely True Story of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer • In the colonial town of Salem Village, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes. This is the riveting, true story of the witch hunts and mass hysteria that took over the Puritan community of Salem. RL 7.7 Pts. 4
Many YHBA titles are also available as eBooks from the PTS Digital Download Library.