Abraham Lincoln Book Award 9th-12th
2014 ABE AWARD ANNOTATED MASTER LIST
Across the universe – Beth Revis (AR 4.9 ; 720L) http://www.bethrevis.com/books/
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet 300 years in the future, but 50 years before the ship's scheduled landing, Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.
Ashes – Ilsa Bick (AR 5.0) http://www.ilsajbick.com/
Alex has run away and is hiking through the wilderness with her dead parents' ashes, about to say goodbye to the life she no longer wants to live. But then the world suddenly changes. An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky zapping every electronic device and killing the vast majority of adults. For those spared, it's a question of who can be trusted and who has changed.
Cinder – Marissa Meyer (AR 5.8 ; 790L) http://www.marissameyer.com/books/
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world from the lunar people who are waiting to make their move.
Daughter of smoke & bone – Laini Taylor (AR 5.8 ; 850L) http://www.lainitaylor.com/p/books.html
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
Divergent – Veronica Roth (AR 4.8 ; 700L) http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/p/books.html
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
Everybody sees the ants – A S King (AR 4.2 ; 710L) http://www.as-king.com/html/ants.php
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.
Every day – David Levithan (AR 4.3 ; 650L) http://www.davidlevithan.com/every-day/
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
The fault in our stars – John Green (AR 5.5 ; 850L) http://johngreenbooks.com/the-fault-in-our-stars/
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
Five flavors of dumb – Antony John (AR 5.8 ; 890L) http://antonyjohn.net/books/dumb.php
Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates' popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.
Hate list – Jennifer Brown (AR 4.9 ; 760L) http://www.jenniferbrownya.com/
Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.
How to save a life – Sara Zarr (AR 4.4 ; 710L) http://www.sarazarr.com/how-to-save-a-life
Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.
I hunt killers – Barry Lyga (AR 5.2) http://barrylyga.com/novels/i-hunt-killers/
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."
Legend – Marie Lu (AR 4.8 ; 710L) http://marielu.org/books.html
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-old Day--a famous criminal, and prodigy June--the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
Marcelo in the real world – Francisco X. Stork (AR 4.6 ; 700L) http://www.franciscostork.com/index_marcelo.php
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
The night circus – Erin Morgenstern (AR 6.5) http://erinmorgenstern.com/the-night-circus/
Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
The pregnancy project – Gaby Rodriguez (AR 6.5 ; 970L)
Gaby Rodriguez shares her experience growing up in the shadow of low expectations, reveals how she was able to fake her own pregnancy, and reveals all that she learned from the experience. But more than that, Gaby's story is about fighting stereotypes, and how one girl found the strength to forge a bright future for herself.
Purple Heart – Patricia McCormick (AR 5.1 ; 760L) http://patriciamccormick.com/purple-heart/
While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.
Ready player one – Ernest Cline (AR 6.7) http://www.readyplayerone.com/
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines - puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
Room – Emma Donoghue (AR 4.1 ; 730L) http://emmadonoghue.com/books/novels/room-the-novel.html
It's Jack's birthday and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside.
Shadow and bone – Leigh Bardugo (AR 5.3 ; 800L) http://www.leighbardugo.com/books/
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protégé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Stupid fast – Geoff Herbach (AR 3.9 ; 670L) http://geoffherbach.com/books/books.html
Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems.
Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson (AR 4.1 ; 730L) http://madwomanintheforest.com/youngadult-Wintergirls/
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.