Bluegrass Award Books 9-12 2017


KBA Master List for Grades 9-12

All American Boys / Jason Reynolds.

A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015; ISBN: 9781481463331.

When sixteenyearold Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend.

All the Bright Places / Jennifer Niven.

Alfred A. Knopf, 2015; ISBN: 9780385755894.

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, both teetering on the edge, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

Jackaby / William Ritter.

Algonquin, 2014; ISBN: 9781616203535.

Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature .

Mosquitoland / David Arnold.

Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015; ISBN: 9780451470775.

When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousandmile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Need / Joelle Charbonneau.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015; ISBN: 9780544416697.

In this exploration of the dark side of social media, and government control and manipulation, the teenagers in a small town are drawn deeper and deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every needregardless of the consequences.

None of the Above / I.W. Gregorio.

Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015; ISBN: 9780062335319.

Homecoming queen Kristin Lattimer has a hard enough time dealing with her body, but her visit to the doctor reveals a difficult truth, Kristin is intersex, which means that though she looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts" and after her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, her identity is thrown into question.

Not After Everything / Michelle Levy.

Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015; ISBN: 9780803741584.

After his mom kills herself, Tyler shuts out the worlduntil falling in love with Jordyn helps him find his way toward a hopeful future.

Red Queen / Victoria Aveyard.

HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015; ISBN: 9780062310637.

In a world divided by bloodthose with common, Red blood serve the Silverblooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilitiesseventeenyearold

Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guarda growing Red rebellioneven as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

Rig (The) / Joe Ducie.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015; ISBN: 9780544503113.


Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from highsecurity prisons. His talents have landed him at the Rig, a specialist juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from the Rig. No one except for Drake.

Salt to the Sea / Ruta Sepetys.

Philomel Books, 2016; ISBN: 9780399160301.

Told in alternating points of view, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the reallife tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloffthe

greatest maritime disaster in history. As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.