Friday, June 29, 2012

2012 Beehive Award Nominees

Every summer the teen summer reading program at our library kicks off the summer by promoting the books that are nominated for the Beehive Award, an award sponsored by the Children's Literature Association of Utah. The library encourages the kids to read these books and then vote (on a ballet they provide and can turn in when they return the book) on whether or not they liked the book. 

The list always has some really awesome books on it. Check out this year's nominees:

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: WWII and Holocaust
Blood Red Road by Moira Young: Hunger Game-like dystopian
Death Cloud by Andy Lane: a young Sherlock Holmes
The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan: suspense
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt: historical fiction
The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal: fairy tale
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen: for sports and non sports fans alike
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt: romantic comedy
Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell: a band geek book
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore: historical fiction/ghost tory
Variant by Robison Wells: a bit of a science fiction dystopian sort of book
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier: time travel

I've only read two of these! I have two more on my shelves waiting, and I have added at least two or three more to my mental list.

Which ones would you suggest to read first?


  1. Between Shades of Gray is wonderful, but sad.

  2. Sean Griswald Head is amazing book. I love that one, its sad but happy.

  3. I've never heard of the Beehive awards. I must have my head in the sand.

  4. Ah, I miss seeing these hanging around the library! Thanks for posting them. I've read six of them, but highly recommend Okay For Now (you know, if you haven't read it yet).

  5. Well, obviously I'd recommend Sean Griswold's Head. But also Okay For Now. I haven't even read it yet but it's Gary Schmidt!

  6. Wowee, I haven't read a one of these. Thanks for sharing this list. I LOVE me some Beehive recommends. New titles to look for when I'm haunting the shelves. I am feeling in a fairy tale mood - - )what is it about me and fairy tales in the summer??) s I think I would start with The False Princess.



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