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Library Flume 2020

Teen Read Award

The Flume Award promotes teen reading by inviting teens to help select great literature.  Each year, 9th through 12th graders across NH nominate their favorite books and vote on the top 10 in April.
Far From the Tree
by Robin Benway
Realistic Fiction 256pp

Grace, adopted at birth, is raised as an only child. At sixteen she's just put her own baby up for adoption, and now is looking for her biological family. She discovers Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio twin sister who was also adopted; and Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother after seventeen years in the foster care system. Grace struggles between cautious joy at having found them, and the true meaning of family in all its forms.
I Have Lost My Way
by Gayle Foreman
Realistic Fiction 304pp

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in helping the others out of theirs.
We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
Realistic Fiction 234pp

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.
by Barry Lyga
Realistic Fiction 295pp

At the age of four, Sebastian Cody accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun. He's lived with the guilt and horror for the last ten years. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend-- Aneesa-- to distract him from his darkest thoughts. Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past... and he needs a gun to accomplish it....
When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
Realistic Fiction/Romance 384pp

When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.
I Have the Right To
by Chessy Prout
Narrated by Chessy Prout
Memoir 11 hours 5 minutes

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul's School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely
reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice.
Dear Martin
by Nic Stone
Realistic Fiction 224pp

Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen - year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor
Fantasy 536pp

In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.
The Backstagers, vol. 1
by James Tyion IV
Fantasy/Graphic Novel 112pp

When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's taken in by the only ones who don't treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.
Who Killed Christopher Goodman?
by Allan Wolf
Mystery 269pp

Everybody likes Chris Goodman, but when he is found dead, no one understands how something like this could happen.
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Past Winners:

2019 The Hate U Give
2018 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
2016 Carry On
2015 We Were Liars
2015 Eleanor and Park
2014 The Fault in Our Stars
2013 Divergent
2012 Clockwork Angel
2011 Paper Towns
2010 The Hunger Games
2009 Nineteen Minutes
2008 New Moon
2007 Twilight
2006 The Da Vinci Code
Want to see YOUR favorite title on this list next year?
9th – 12th graders only!

Send your school or public librarian the title, author, and why you think it should be nominated along with your name, grade, and town! Only books published within two years will be accepted.
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