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Committee Members Needed: Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers

Good afternoon,

Next month, the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers winner and two honor books will be announced at the Kennesaw State University’s Annual Conference on Literature for Young Adults.  Just a reminder that the voting for this year’s award ends on March 15.  Teens vote online at the Peach Award website:
The committee is now accepting applications for the 2012 -2013 Committee.  If you currently work with teens at the library, love YA books, and love to read (and get tons of free books) then this is the committee for you!!!  This 12 member committee reads and reviews over 100 YA novels and non-fiction texts each year.  In February, the committee selects the 20 nominees for the upcoming award; then Georgia teens vote for their top three titles.  Comprised of both high school media specialists and public library staff who work with teens, this committee provides insight into current YA literature trends and the opportunity to review the best of the best titles available.

If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please take a look at the website for more information about the Peach Award and to complete your application.  And if you have any questions or need additional details about the committee, please do not hesitate to email or call me–I am happy to help!

Mary K. Donovan

Media Specialist

Mill Creek High School


Vice-Chair, GA Peach Book Award for Teens

GA Peach Book Award for Teen Readers–Winners & Nominees Announced

On March 31st at the Kennesaw Children’s Literature Conference secondary day lunch, members of the Peach Committee shared the results of the 2010-2011 voting and the nominees vying for the awards for the 2011-2012 school year. Without further ado, here they are:

GA Peach Book Award Winner for 2011


GA Peach Honor Book 2011

Be on the lookout for teaching materials and new information on these nominees for 2011-2012 at This is the new site on which we do the online voting that was rolled out for the first time this year. We were pleased with the response and will continue to refine and improve the process.




The Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers 2011-2012 Booklist

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a gender secret.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.

Black Hole Sun by David McGinnis Gill

On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu

When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, sixteen-year-old Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother’s compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates’ popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

God is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein

Fifteen-year-old Grace, having turned her back on religion when her father left, now finds herself praying for help with her home and love life, and especially with whether she should help a beloved elderly friend die with dignity.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

Jane by April Lindner

In this contemporary retelling of “Jane Eyre,” an orphaned nanny becomes entranced with her magnetic and brooding employer, a rock star with a torturous secret from his past.

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

The Morgue and Me by John Ford

Eighteen-year-old Christopher, who plans to be a spy, learns of a murder cover-up through his summer job as a morgue assistant and teams up with Tina, a gorgeous newspaper reporter, to investigate, despite great danger.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Calla and Ren have been raised knowing it’s their destiny to mate with one another and rule over their shapeshifting wolf pack, but when a human boy arrives and vies for Calla’s heart, she’s faced with a decision that could change her whole world.

Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

Split by Swati Avasthi

A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.

The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

Remember to read reviews for all books and get media committee approval for any Peach titles you wish to purchase for your school library as each community is different, and not all titles will suit all schools. Thanks for your promotion and support of the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.

Suzanne Gordon
GA Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, Outgoing Chair
Lanier High School
Gwinnett County Public Schools

GA Peach Book Award Voting Ends Friday!

Don’t forget that the voting for the 2010-2011 GA Peach Book Award for Teens ends this Friday at 5pm.  All voting takes place online at  Encourage teen readers to log on and vote for their favorite books.  If you have used paper ballots, simply enter each ballot on the site.  The voting will close promptly at 5pm. so get your votes entered by the deadline. 

The 2011-2012 GA Peach Award candidates will be unveiled at the KSU Literature Conference on March 31st.   The 2011 winner and runner-ups will be announced at lunch, and a breakout session discussing the new titles will be held in the afternoon.  Stay tuned to the KSU Conference site for more details.

Voting Now Open for Georgia Peach Book Awards!

Please set the Peach voting site as a bookmark or favorite and open it each day at your circulation desk so
that students who return nominated books can quickly and easily rate that book. It’s that easy. Invite Language Arts teachers who might have whole classes or several students who have read from the Peach books to visit and get students onto the voting page. Also, please encourage any reading bowl teams to rate titles.

If you are also using paper ballots at your school, please enter the votes you have collected using the same interface: before midnight on Friday, March 11, when the voting page will automatically shut down. No late votes will be accepted. The spreadsheet tallies will no longer be emailed to us to turn in your votes.

Thanks so much for helping us ascertain which titles deserve to win the Peach and the Honor Book distinctions.

Suzanne Gordon
GA Peach Book Award for Teen Readers