Bluegrass Award Books 2015

 

2015 KBA Master List
9-12

The Winner of 2015 --The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave / Rick Yancy. Putnam Juvenile, 2013; ISBN: 978-0399162411.  
          Aliens sent waves of destructive forces to eradicate the humans. Cassie Sullivan, a survivor of the
          invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

The Beginning of Everything / Robyn Schneider. Katherine Tegan Books, 2013; ISBN:  978-0062217134.
          The way Ezra Faulkner sees it, everyone gets one great tragedy, after which life should roll on
          predictably.  Star athlete and prom king, his life is irreparably transformed by a tragic
          accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea / April Genevieve Tucholke. Dial, 2013; ISBN: 978-0803738898.
          Violet is in love with River, a mysterious seventeen-year-old stranger renting the guest house behind the  
          rotting seaside mansion where Violet lives.  When eerie, grim events begin to happen, Violet recalls
          her grandmother's frequent warnings about the devil and wonders if River is evil.

I am the Weapon previously titled Boy Nobody / Allen Zadoff.  Little Brown, 2013; ISBN: 978-0316199681.
            Boy Nobody is a coldly dispassionate teenage assassin working for a mysterious organization called the
            Program. When it assigns him his next mission—to assassinate the mayor of New York—it seems at
            first like business as usual. But then he meets Sam, the mayor’s beautiful daughter.

If You Find Me / Emily Murdoch.  St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013; ISBN: 978-1250021526.
           Carey’s little sister, Jenessa, has not spoken since the white starry night and now depends on Carey for
           her very survival. All they have is each other as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater
           frequency until that one fateful day she disappears for good.  Two strangers arrive and suddenly the
           girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world where they must face
           the truth of why their mother abducted them and kept them hidden for ten years.

The Impossible Knife of Memory / Laurie Halse Anderson.  Viking Juvenile, 2014; ISBN: 978-0670012091.
          For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long
          in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. 
          Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend high school.

How to Love / Katie Cotugno.  Balzer & Bray, 2013; ISBN: 978-0062216359.
          Sawyer LaGrande's unexplained disappearance rocked Serena Montero's world; it had been love at first
          sight, and then he ran away and left her pregnant. Now he's back in town and ready to pick up where
          they left off. Serena, however, has a steady boyfriend and is now the mother of a two-year-old. Will she
          make the same mistake twice?

The Rithmatist / Brandon Sanderson.   Tor Teen, 2013; ISBN: 978-0765320322.
          Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense. Joel longs to be
          a Rithmatist with the magical power to bring the two-dimensional Chalklings to life. But he is 16, and
          Rithmatists are chosen at age 8. Surely he has missed his chance, or has he?

Thousand Words / Jennifer Brown.  Little Brown, 2013; ISBN:  978-0316209724.
          Ashleigh feels madly in love with her boyfriend, Kaleb, even though he has barely paid attention to her
          all summer. To make sure Kaleb remembers her when he leaves for college, Ashleigh snaps a photo of
          herself posing naked and sends it to him. That gets his attention. However, they soon break up and Kaleb
          sends the photo to a friend, who shares it with the world. Ashleigh is arrested for distributing child
          pornography and Kaleb, at 18, may go to prison. 

The Tragedy Paper / Elizabeth Laban.  Knopf Books, 2013; ISBN: 978-0375870408.
          While preparing for the most dreaded assignment at the prestigious Irving School, the Tragedy Paper,
          Duncan gets wrapped up in the tragic tale of Tim Macbeth, a former student who had a clandestine
          relationship with the wrong girl, and his own ill-fated romance with Daisy.