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Green Mountain Book Award Master List 2008-2009
 

This is the fourth year of the Green Mountain Book Award, a reader's choice award for students in grades 9-12. Co-sponsored by the Vermont School Library Association, Vermont Library Association and the Vermont Department of Libraries, this program is designed to introduce to high school students some excellent books for their pleasure reading.

These books, to be read during the 2008-2009 school year, comprise the master list for the award to be made in 2009. Voting forms will be made available to all Vermont schools and public libraries in the spring so that young adults can vote for their favorite book.  The master list titles have been selected to satisfy the reading interests of young adults in grades 9-12, and include both adult and young adult books.  All books on the list were first published in 2003-2007 and are available in paperback

 

Anderson

Anderson, M.T.  The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party. Candlewick, 2008. $10.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-3679-1 (pap.); Candlewick, 2006. $17.99.
ISBN 978-0-7636-2402-6.

    Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the fictional experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War

  Bechdel

Bechdel, Alison.  Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Mariner Books, 2007. $13.95.
ISBN 978-0-6188-7171-1 (pap.); Houghton Mifflin, 2006. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-6184-7794-4.

    In this memoir in graphic novel format, Bechdel tells startling stories of her childhood growing up in a restored funeral home. The story focuses on her father, an angry and disturbed man, and how she came to terms with his secrets.

 

 Castellucci

Castellucci, Cecil.  The Plain Janes. Illustrated by Jim Rugg. Minx, 2007. $9.99.
ISBN 978-1-4012-1115-8 (pap.).

    When Jane moves to the suburbs she thinks her life is over, but she meets three friends who form a club P.L.A.I.N., but can art really save a group of misfits from high school?

 Curtis

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  Bucking the Sarge. Laurel Leaf, 2006. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-4404-1331-8 (pap.); Wendy Lamb, 2004. $15.95. ISBN 0-385-32307-7 (Tr.); $17.99. ISBN 0-385-90159-3 (PLB).

    Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother’s shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home for Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.

 Hopkins

Hopkins, Ellen.  Crank. SimonPulse, 2004. $9.99. ISBN 0-6898-6519-8 (pap.).

    Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, she is introduced to the monster: crank, and what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul and her life.

 Johnson

Johnson, Maureen.  13 Little Blue Envelopes. HarperTeen, 2006. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-0605-4143-9 (pap.); HarperCollins, 2005. $15.99. ISBN 0-06-054141-5 (Tr.); $16.89. ISBN 0-06-054142-3 (PLB).

    When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

 Lyga

Lyga, Barry.  The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. Graphia, 2007. $8.99.
ISBN 978-0-6189-1652-8 (pap.); Houghton Mifflin, 2006. $16.95.   ISBN 978-0-6187-2392-8.

    A fifteen-year-old “geek” who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him, and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself.

 Lynch

Lynch, Chris.  Inexcusable. SimonPulse, 2007. $6.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-3972-6 (pap.); Atheneum, 2005. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-689-84789-9.

    High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things go terribly wrong.

 Murdock

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy Queen. Graphia, 2007. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-6188-6335-8 (pap.);
Houghton Mifflin, 2006. $16.00. ISBN 978-0-6186-8307-9.

    After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

 

 Novik

Novik, Naomi.  His Majesty’s Dragon. Del Rey, 2006. $7.99. ISBN 978-0-3454-8128-3 (pap.).

    Plenty of Napoleonic swash is buckled in this alternative history (think Master and Commander or Jane Austen with dragons). After bonding with the dragon Tremaire, an elegant, intelligent creature once destined for Napoleon himself, Captain Will Laurence leaves the Royal Navy for the Aerial Corps and a new life as battle-filled as his old one.

 

Parrado

Parrado, Nando & Vince Rause.  Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home. Three Rivers Press, 2007. $13.95. ISBN 978-1-4000-9769-2 (pap.); Crown, 2006. $25.00. ISBN 978-1-4000-9767-8. 

    In 1972 a plane full of young Uruguayan rugby players crashed in the Andes Mountains. Thirty-four years later, after much reflection and soul-searching, crash survivor Nando Parrado shares his side of the story.

 

Vizzini

Vizzini, Ned.  It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Miramax, 2007. $8.99. ISBN 0-7868-5197-X (pap.); Miramax, 2006. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7868-5196-6.

    A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

 

Volponi

Volponi, Paul.  Black and White. Puffin, 2006. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-1424-0692-2 (pap.); Viking, 2005. $15.99. ISBN 978-0-6700-6006-1.

    Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.

 

Vowell

Vowell, Sarah.  Assassination Vacation. S&S, 2006. $14.00. ISBN 978-0-7432-6004-6 (pap.).

    Sarah Vowell travels across the United States, bringing into sharp focus the figures involved in the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, as well as the social and political circumstances that led to each. She exposes some glorious conundrums of American history in a witty, sometimes irreverent manner.

 

Zusak

Zusak, Marcus.  The Book Thief. Knopf, 2007. $11.99. ISBN 978-0-3758-4220-7 (pap.); Knopf, 2006. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-3758-3100-3.

    Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

  

Green Mountain Book Award Committee Chair:
Marsha Middleton
Library/Media Center Director
North Country Union High School 
PO Box 725
Newport, VT 05855

mmiddleton@ncuhs.org  

Department of Libraries Contact:
Grace W. Greene
Children's Services Consultant
VT Dept. of Libraries
109 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05609

grace.greene@mail.dol.state.vt.us

 

    This program is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency,
    through the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries.