Monday, December 15, 2008

Remaining Nominees


A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valerie Zenatti*
Amor and Summer Secrets by Diana Rodriguez Wallach*
The Apprentice's Masterpiece by Melanie Little (DON'T HAVE THIS)


Box Out by John Coy*
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti*


Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji*
Crossing the Line by Dianne Bates (DON'T HAVE THIS)
Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel (DON'T HAVE THIS)


Daughter of War by Marsha Forchuk Skyrpuch (DON'T HAVE THIS)
Dooley Takes the Fall by Norah McClintock (DON'T HAVE THIS)
Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole (DON'T HAVE THIS)


The Empty Kingdom by Elizabeth E. Wein (DON'T HAVE THIS)
Everything You Want by Barbara Shoup*


Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling (DON'T HAVE THIS)
Forever Changes by Brendan Halpin*
Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe (DON'T HAVE THIS)


Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley*
Give Me Truth by Bill Condon (DON'T HAVE THIS)


Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet by Sherri L. Smith*
The House of Djinn by Suzanne Fisher Staples (DON'T HAVE THIS)


In Ecstasy by Kate McCaffrey*


Jump the Cracks by Stacy DeKeyser*


Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith (DON'T HAVE THIS)


Libertad by Alma Fullerton (DON'T HAVE THIS)
Locker Shock by Pamela Ripling (DON'T HAVE THIS)
Lucky by Rachel Vail (DON'T HAVE THIS)
The Lucky Place by Zu Vincent*


Me, The Missing and the Dead by Jenny Valentine (DON'T HAVE THIS)
Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena*
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger (DON'T HAVE THIS)


Nokosee by Micco Mann (DON'T HAVE THIS)


O.Y. L. by Scott Heydt*
Ordinary Me by June Sproat*
Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg (DON'T HAVE THIS)



Quest by Kathleen Benner Duble*


Ringside, 1925 by Jen Bryant*
Run Like Jager by Karen Bass (DON'T HAVE THIS)


Seaborn by Craig Moodie*
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury*
Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall*
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers*


That's What's Up by Paula Chase*
The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff*
Twisted Sisters by Stephanie Hale (DON'T HAVE THIS)



Violet in Private by Melissa Walker (DON'T HAVE THIS)


What Happens Here by Tara Altebrando (DON'T HAVE THIS)
The Writing On the Wall by Wendy Lichtman (DON'T HAVE THIS)


* I own a copy of the book

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Anonymous,  5:10 PM  

I am happy to send you a copy of The Empty Kingdom, if there's still time for you to read it!

cheers, E Wein

ewein2412 [AT]

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