Staff Picks

2012 to 2013 Rosie Nominees Part 2

A winner for 2011-12 hasn't yet been announced, but nominees for the 2012-13 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award have! In this booklist, we'll review the second set of nominees. You can check out the first set of nominees if you missed it.

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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour     Amy & Roger's Epic Detour    
Morgan Matson
    Y Matson

Amy's family hasn't been the same since her father died in a car accident. So Amy's mother decides they need a fresh start and buys a house across the country. Amy is given the task of driving the family car from California to Connecticut, but there's one problem: she hasn't been able to drive since her father's accident. Enter Roger, a 19-year-old friend of the family who agrees to be Amy's driver in a road trip that neither of them will ever forget.

Because I Am Furniture     Because I Am Furniture    
Thalia Chaltas
    Y Chaltas

Anke is jealous. Darren and Yachia get all of Dad's attention, granted it is abusive attention, but still... To him she is nothing more than a piece of furniture. Then when her dad begins to prey on their next door neighbor, Anke has to decide if she's finally strong enough to stop him. Check out the MCPL staff review!

Before I Fall     Before I Fall    
Lauren Oliver
    Y Oliver

What would you do if you could have the chance at a total "do-over?" Samantha wakes up Friday morning to realize that she is in the same Friday morning as yesterday. She's living this day over, and she needs it because the first time she tried this Friday, it was not only the worst day of her life, but it was also the last day of her life. She may have died in a car crash during yesterday's Friday, but when she wakes up and has the chance to live her last day over...and over... will the outcome be the same?

Blue Plate Special     Blue Plate Special    
Michelle D. Kwasney
    Y Kwasney

Madeline, Desiree, Ariel. Three lives separated by time, yet intertwined. Madeline feels fat, ugly, and neglected by her mom, until she meets Tad. Desiree becomes the prey of her mother's boyfriend. Ariel cannot understand why no-one else is as excited about her boyfriend as she is. Together they just might find healing, hope, and love.

Jane     Jane    
April Lindner
    Y Lindner

After her parents die, 19-year-old Jane Moore is forced to leave college and take a position as a nanny. As she begins to care for Maddy, the daughter of Nico Rathburn, an aging rock star attempting a comeback, her quiet personality is at odds with her new life. This quiet girl must live in a luxurious estate, deal with glamorous groupies, and endure the late-night screams and terrifying wanderings of the mysterious inhabitants on the spooky third floor. This retelling of Jane Eyre will appeal to classic and contemporary literature fans alike.

Pull     Pull    
B. A. Binns
    Y Binns

High school senior David is trying to balance a job and a position on the school basketball team, while also helping his aunt take care of his sisters. His life gets even more complicated when he falls for a teammate's girlfriend.

Revolution     Revolution    
Jennifer Donnelly
    Y Donnell

After the death of her brother Truman, Andi is consumed by guilt and sadness. When she stumbles across a diary of a girl written during the French Revolution she becomes engrossed in the story. In Alex's words Andi finds a story of love, betrayal, and misery as ghosts from the past become more and more real, and past and the present collide.

Ship Breaker     Ship Breaker    
Paolo Bacigalupi
    Y Bacigal
Ship Breaker

Struggling to survive in a post-petroleum world, Nailer works as a ship breaker, scavenging valuable parts from ships abandoned around the gulf. When he and his friends come upon a new wreck, he must choose whether to save the girl who is the only survivor or to kill her, so there are no witnesses to the plundering.

Split     Split    
Swati Avasthi
    Y Avasthi

When Jace and his brother, Christian, try to protect their mother from their father's physical, emotional, and psychological abuse, they too become victims. Christian leaves town and changes his last name in an effort to move on and put his past behind him. However, when Jace shows up at his doorstep badly beaten and with nothing, Christian has to confront his abusive past. Jace convinces Christian to drive across the country with him in an attempt to rescue their mother.

What Can't Wait     What Can't Wait    
Ashley Hope Perez
    Y Perez

In English or Spanglish, Marisa's story shows the same resolve: to beat her family's expectations of early marriage and motherhood and to be the first person in her family to graduate high school and attend college. She is conflicted between supporting her immigrant family and following her dreams.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson     Will Grayson, Will Grayson    
John Green and David Levithan
    Y Green

Through an odd turn of events, two teens named Will Grayson meet in Chicago. The first Will Grayson is simply trying to go unnoticed. His motto in life is #1 --Don't care, and #2 -- Shut up. However, that's hard to do when you are straight and are friends with Tiny Cooper...who is 6'6", very emotional and gay. The second will grayson suffers from depression and a general negative view of life. The only positive thing in his life is an online romance with Isaac, which turns out to be a joke-gone-bad. During the chance encounter in Chicago, will grayson's life takes a turn for the better when he meets Will Grayson's friend, Tiny. There is friendship, romance, heartbreak and the struggle to find a place in the world.

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty     Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty    
Greg Neri
    Graphic Novels 305.896 Ner

Robert "Yummy" Sandifer is dead and his classmate Roger is trying to understand what happened in Yummy's life to cause this early downfall. As he looks for these answers, he finds more and more that he doesn't understand. Why was Yummy involved in so much trouble? Did Yummy really kill someone? Was he in the same gang as Roger's brother? This graphic novel portrays events that occurred in 1994 Chicago.