Kentucky Bluegrass Awards

2016 KBA Winner: Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens (a native Kentuckian!).

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The following is a list of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominees for 2016-17.  Students may read and vote on their favorite.  Votes are due by April 1, 2017 to Mrs. Sparrow.  When you vote, you will be entered into a contest in the library media center as well.  Below each of the titles is a YouTube video (some are better quality than others) about each of the books.  Click here for more information about KBA. 

2016-17 Nominees:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

“When sixteen-year-old 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.”
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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“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.”
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Jackaby by William Ritter

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.

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion—and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

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Mosquitoland by David Arnold

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

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 Need by Joelle Charbonneau
“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 need–regardless of the consequences.”
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None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
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.
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Not After Everything by Michelle Levy

 

“After his mom kills herself, Tyler shuts out the world–until falling in love with Jordyn helps him find his way toward a hopeful future.”
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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
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 The Rig by Joe Ducie
“Fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security 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.”
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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

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