*2014 Abe Lincoln High School Book Award * Across the Universe by Beth Revis Amy leaves her friends and boyfriend to join her parents as a passenger on the spaceship Godspeed,where she is cryogenically frozen, expecting to wake up in 300 years on a new planet. But, what happens when she is awoken 50 years early when her cryo chamber is unplugged by someone who wants to kill her? *Ashes by Ilsa J. Blick • An EMP strikes and wipes out every electronic device in America. Now Alex and her new makeshift family must find out who they trust. * Cinder by Marissa Meyer Cinder is a gifted mechanic who is also a cyborg. She is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. She must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. What will Cinder do in this masterful retelling of the classic Cinderella story? * Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor • Karou, a teenage art student, is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. • She isn’t quite sure who she is but she does know that she is in love with Akiva. • This brings up problems from the past. How is she supposed to handle all of this? *Divergent by Veronica Roth • On a chosen day of every year, all sixteen year olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is; she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. *Every Day by David Levithan • There’s never any warning about where “A” will be or who “A” will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. • These guidelines work until the morning that “A” wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day *Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King • Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life: a grandfather that never came home from the Vietnam War, a father who never got over it, or a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of relentless bullying. • But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. How long can he keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside? *The Fault in Our Stars by John Green • Hazel, a teen, diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer was prepared to die until a medical miracle shrunk the tumors. • Tethered to an oxygen tank and unsure how long her medical miracle might last, she meets Augustus. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her. *Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John • The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig. The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits. The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? *Hate List by Jennifer Brown • Five months ago, Valerie’s boyfriend opened fire on their school cafeteria. Though she was shot trying to stop him, she was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people that she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets. Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. *How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr • Ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends— everyone who wants to support her family member with a new one. • Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted—to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. • Mandy and Jill’s worlds collide when Jill’s mother chooses to adopt Mandy’s baby *I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga • What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad? Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. • But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view. • In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret— could he be more like his father than anyone knows? *Legend by Marie Lu • The western United States has turned into a republic that is constantly at war. • Two teens from different social statuses in life never thought their paths would cross, until one of them becomes the prime suspect of the other one’s brother’s murder. *Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork • Marcelo hears music no one else can. No one can identify his “disorder” so he is labeled with a developmental disorder because he doesn’t relate to others. His father forces him to work in his law firm’s mail room in order to experience “the real world. ” Marcelo learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire, and realizes that “the real world” isn’t as good as people think. *Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern • A fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco. • Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. • Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone hanging in the balance. *The Pregnancy Project by Gabi Rodriguez • Everyone expected Gabi to be pregnant before she graduated high school. Teen pregnancy ran in her family. But she was smart and had her own plans for her future. Yet, she wondered would people think differently of her if she did become pregnant. To find out, she faked her own pregnancy and this is her story. *Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick • When Private Matt duff wakes up after an accident while fighting in the war in Iraq, he sees he has a Purple Heart, but doesn’t feel he deserves it. The only memory he has is seeing a small Iraqi boy shot, and he feels to blame. • Will he be able to remember what really happened? Does he deserve the award? *Ready Player One by Ernest Cline • Willy Wonka meets Steve Jobs in the year 2044. When the premiere video game creator dies in a virtual reality future, he leaves behind a hidden “Easter egg” in his gaming world. The first one to find and master all parts of this challenge inherits the $5 billion fortune and control of his empire. Will Wade, a loner who studies the 1980s pop culture to gain an advantage, beat the corporations to the finish line? *Room by Emma Donoghue • Room is told through the point of view of a 5-year-old boy, Jack. • His 19-year-old mother was kidnapped at 12 and held captive for 7 years, during that time she became pregnant. • You see the world through Jack’s small eyes and hope as you read that they will both escape unharmed. *Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo * Surrounded by enemies, Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh * Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. *Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach • During summer, three things happened all at once: • first, the pee-smelling jocks in my grade got me to work out for football. • Second, on my paper route the most beautiful girl I have ever seen moved in. • Third, my mom, who never drinks, had some wine, slept in her car, then took my TV and put it in her room and decided she wouldn’t get out of bed. • Welcome to my life. *Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson • Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. • When Cassie is found dead in a motel room outside town, Lia must learn to cope with not only her own eating disorder, but also her grief at the loss of a close friend.