Bluegrass Award Books 2016

2016 KBA Master List, 9-12

2016 KBA Winner --Faking Nornal

Faking Normal / Courtney Stevens. Harper Teen, 2014. 
Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer by her backyard pool. Instead, she hides in her closet, counts the slats in the air vent, and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

Above : A Novel / Isla Morley. First Gallery Books, 2014.
Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an aban­doned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. She focuses frantically on finding a way out until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in.

Complicit / Stephanie Kuehn. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014.
Two years ago, fifteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor's fancy horse barn. The whole town did. But today Cate got out. And now she's coming back.

The Geography of You and Me / Jennifer Smith. Poppy, Little Brown and Company, 2014.
Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy and seventeen-year-old Owen meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout.  Soon after, the two teens leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally.

I’ll Meet You There / Heather Demetrios. Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. When nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell has his leg blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise--a quirky motel off California's dusty Highway 99.     

Inhuman /Kat Falls. Scholastic Press; 2013.                                                                                                                                                                In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into bloodthirsty savages, the entire area is off-limits. Lane McEvoy can't imagine why anyone would risk it. But when Lane learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone she has little choice but to follow.          

The Nazi Hunters : How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi / Neal Bascomb. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013.
In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials -- one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.

The Scar Boys / Len Vlahos. Egmont, USA, 2014.
In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay, Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life. The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm. The second defining moment: the day in 8th grade when Johnny rescued him from the bullies and suggested that they form a band.                                                                                                                          

The Walk On / John Feinstein. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
After moving to a new town his freshman year, Alex Myers is happy to win a spot on the varsity football team as a quarterback but must deal with the idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is the son of the corrupt head coach.

The Winner’s Curse / Marie Rutkoski. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
As a general's daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can't help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.