Truman Readers Award List
The 2011-2012 Truman Readers Award Winners
|1st Place: The Maze Runner by James Dashner|
|2nd Place: The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Kiavan|
|High school student Charlie West awakens bloody and bruised in a concrete bunker, only to discover that he has lost a year of his life and remembers nothing about escaping from prison after being convicted of murdering his former best friend, or why he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to bring down the government of the United States.|
|3rd Place: Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton|
|Devastated when her beautiful, older sister dies from anorexia, twelve-year-old Jane recovers slowly from the tragedy, with help from unexpected sources.|
by Mary Amato
Trevor moves into a tough, run-down housing project called Hedley Gardens (a.k.a. Deadly Gardens). His new school is in a rich neighborhood nearby, and it is hard for him to fit in. On his first day of school, Trevor discovers he has been mistakenly enrolled in a science class for gifted kids in something known as the Summit program. He also has to deal with the rich classmate, Xander, who makes Trevor’s life even more difficult.
by Sneed B Collard
Mike is forced to spend the summer with his father on an island off the coast of Alabama. However, the summer is turning into an adventure when Mike and his friend Kyle explore an old fort and discover a rare Confederate coin. The boys are just beginning to unravel the mystery surrounding their find when a hurricane threatens and they discover that thieves are after their treasure.
If the Witness Lied
by Caroline Cooney
Jack Fountain knows that what’s happened to his family sounds like the most horrible soap opera anyone could ever write. But it happened—to Jack; his parents; his sisters, Smithy and Madison. And to his baby brother, Tris. What made it worse was that the media wanted.
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up in the elevator, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. When the doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
by M.L. Forman
Wishing for a change in his life, Alex Taylor notices a sign in shop window advertising “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within”. Upon entering the bookshop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure as he becomes the eighth man in a band of adventurers, which includes heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard -working dwarves.
by Janice Hardy
Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. If discovered, she'd be used as a human weapon against her own people. However, after her sister disappears she is forced to make difficult choices
The Cupcake Queen
by Heather Hepler
While longing to return to life in New York City, thirteen-year-old Penny helps her mother and grandmother run a cupcake bakery in Hog's Hollow, tries to avoid the beastly popular girls, to be a good friend to quirky Tally, and to catch the eye of mysterious Marcus.
The Last Thing I Remember
by Andrew Klavan
High school student Charlie West awakens bloody and bruised in a concrete bunker, only to discover that he has lost a year of his life. He remembers nothing about escaping from prison after being convicted of murdering his former best friend, or why he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to bring down the government of the United States.
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by Korman, Gordon
Football player Marcus isn’t happy about moving to a new town, but at least the high school has an undefeated team. However, Marcus quickly learns the team might not be an option when he finds out the quarterback is out to get him. The highlight of his day is practicing in the park where he is befriended by an older guy named Charlie. Yet, Charlie has his own demons, which might haunt Marcus as well.
Jane in Bloom
by Lytton, Deborah
Jane’s twelfth birthday is memorable because that was the night her sister, Lizzie, collapsed. Lizzie is diagnosed with anorexia and must stay in a mental ward for two weeks before returning home to recuperate. Three months after her return from the hospital, the unthinkable happens— Lizzie dies of an overdose of laxatives and diuretics. And Jane is left with a broken family who doesn’t know how to function without Lizzie.
The Farwalker's Quest
by Sensel, Joni
Ariel and Zeke find a telling art, a mysterious remnant from the past. When two Finders come to their fishing village looking for the dart, Ariel reluctantly hands it over, but in the process marks herself as a potential Farwalker, a long-lost trade. The strangers kidnap Ariel, and, with Zeke following, her quest to find the source of the dart and her true purpose has begun.
by Williams, Suzanne Morgan
Cam O'Mara has never ridden a bull in his life and doesn't want to, despite coming from a family of prizewinning riders. But when his older brother comes back paralyzed from Iraq, he gives up skateboarding for bull riding. Partly, Cam is rebelling to get attention, but ultimately he is trying to help with the family's finances, needed to pay for travel to and from Ben's extensive rehabilitation in California.
|2010 - 2011 Truman Award Winners|
|1st Place: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins|
|In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.|
|2nd Place: Gone by Michael Grant|
|In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.|
|3rd Place: Jump the Cracks by Stacy DeKeyser|
|On the way to visit her father in New York City, fifteen-year-old Victoria finds an apparently abused child in the train's bathroom and soon finds herself branded a kidnapper and on the run while trying to fulfill her promise to protect the boy at all costs.|