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                                                           PREVIOUS BLUE SPRUCE
         BLUE SPRUCE
                                                                  AWARD WINNERS
Q: What is the Colorado Blue Spruce Award?
A: An award given each year to recognize the most
                                                                                                                      Colorado Blue Spruce
                                                           2009 Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
popular books among middle and high school
                                                           2008 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,
                                                                                                                    Young Adult Book Award
students in Colorado.
                                                                J.K. Rowling
Q: What makes this award special?
A: The books are selected and voted on by Colorado         2007 Eldest, Christopher Paolini
middle and high school students. Adults do not
nominate or vote.                                          2006 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,
                                                                J.K. Rowling
Q: Can any book be nominated?
A: No. Titles nominated:                                   2005 Eragon, Christopher Paolini
 Must be written by a contemporary author
                                                           2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,
 Must have been published in the last 5 years
    (2006-2010 for 2010 Nominees)                               J. K. Rowling
 May be fiction or non-fiction
                                                           2003 A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks
                                                                                                                      Sponsoring Organizations:
 May not appear on the list in consecutive years                                                                   Colorado Council of the International
 Must not have appeared first as a movie or               2002 The Lost Boy, Dave Pelzer                            Reading Association
    television program
                                                           2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,              Colorado Language Arts Society
 May not be written by the previous year’s winning
    author or be part of a series that has already won          J. K. Rowling                                       Colorado Association of Libraries

Q: What if any school or library cannot offer all of the   2000 Holes, Lois Sachar
     20 nominated titles?                                  1999 Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul,
A: Any school or library may participate in the Blue
Spruce by offering any combination of the titles, as            Jack Canfield
they deem appropriate. In order to vote, students                                                                    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
                                                           1997-98 Downriver, Will Hobbs
only need to have read three titles from the current
list.                                                                                                                   OR TO ORDER MATERIALS:
                                                           1996 The Face on the Milk Carton,
Q: What is the purpose of the Blue Spruce Award?                Caroline Cooney
                                                                                                                           Colorado Blue Spruce
A: To stimulate, promote, and encourage reading.           1995 The Client, John Grisham                                  Young Adult Book Award
          THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT                         1994 It, Stephen King
                 BLUE SPRUCE                                                                                            bluespruceaward@gmail.com
                                                           1993 Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
   Nominated books represent a range of reading                                                                           Check out our web site at
                                                           1992 Changes in Latitude, Will Hobbs                      http://www.cal-webs.org/bluespruce
    interests and levels.
   Nominated books represent a variety of genres          1991 Pet Sematary, Stephen King
    and subject matters.
                                                           1990 The Cradle Will Fall, Mary Higgins Clark
   Nominated books represent titles that Colorado
    students are actively reading and recommending         1989 Eyes of the Dragon, Stephen King             Colorado students have nominated all the books on the Blue
    to friends.                                                                                              Spruce Award Nominations List for 2009. The presentation of
   Adult guidance in helping students select books is
                                                           1988 The Other Side of Dark, Joan Lowery Nixon        the list does not constitute endorsement by any adult.

    highly recommended.                                    1987 The Third Eye, Lois Duncan
   Deadline for entries is January8, 2010.
                                                           1986 The Bridge to Terabithia,
                                                                Katherine Paterson
   Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book                            Fablehaven by Brandon Mull                                            family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn,
                                                                    When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate,        comes in many forms.
               2011 Nominees                                        they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and
                                                                    that a battle between good and evil is looming.                       Maximum Ride: The Final Warning by James
                                                                    Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins                                       While on a mission to Antarctica to save the world from global
                                                                    In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain         warming, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other
                                                                    control through an annual televised survival competition pitting      members of the Flock--a band of genetically modified children
                                                                    young people from each of the twelve districts against one            who can fly--are pursued by their creator, the Uber-Director,
                                                                    another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when   who wants to auction them off to the highest bidder.
                                                                    she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
                                                                                                                                          Queste by Angie Sage
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer                        Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke                                            Nicki and Snorri are trapped in Time, and Septimus Heap goes
When demons begin appearing on Earth unpredictably,                 As Bluejay--Mo's fictitious double--tries to keep the Book of         on a quest to find the House of Foryx, a place where all Time
foreshadowing a cataclysmic breakdown of their magic, Artemis       Immortality from unraveling, Adderhead kidnaps all the children       meets.
and his friends face a new foe--a twelve-year-old girl whose        in the kingdom, asking for Bluejay's surrender or the children will
intellect just might match Artemis's own--as they try to prevent    be doomed to slavery in the silver mines.                             Raven Rise by DJ MacHale
catastrophe.                                                                                                                              While Pendragon is trapped on Ibara, Alder returns to Denduron
                                                                    Life as we Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer                              and reluctantly goes into battle again, and other Travelers face
Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan                             Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her        obstacles of various sorts, Saint Dane gains the power he seeks
When demonic cheerleaders invade his high school, Percy             family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing    on Second Earth and makes his push to destroy and rebuild
Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood, from whence he and his          worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.              Halla.
demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, while
the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos        Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen                                          Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz
draws near.                                                         When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school            While working with the Australian Secret Service on a
                                                                    senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not         dangerous mission, teenaged spy Alex Rider uncovers
Burned by Ellen Hopkins                                             seen for ten years, and learns about Cora's new life, what            information about his parents.
Seventeen-year-old Pattyn, the eldest daughter in a large           makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she
Mormon family, is sent to her aunt's Nevada ranch for the           needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.             Specials by Scott Westerfeld
summer, where she temporarily escapes her alcoholic, abusive                                                                              The words have sent chills down Tally's spine since her days as
father and finds love and acceptance, only to lose everything       Marked by PC and Kristin Cast                                         a repellent, rebellious Ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister
when she returns home.                                              The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our        rumor, frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly
                                                                    own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampires have        fast. Ordinary Pretties might live their whole lives without
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare                                    always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the     meeting a Special. But Tally's never been ordinary and now
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are             House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the            she's been turned into one of them.
dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-   Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she
old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother     makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen          Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.         do. It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and         At Spence Academy, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle continues
                                                                    friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average             preparing for her London debut while struggling to determine
Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter                       fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampire              how best to use magic to resolve a power struggle in the
Cammie Morgan is a CIA legacy and attends the premier school        Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of       enchanted world of the realms, and to protect her own world
in the world...for spies. The school hosts some mysterious          Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader         and loved ones.
guests with the code name Blackthorne. When Cammie is               of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing
                                                                    her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for
blamed for a security breach that threatens to expose the
                                                                    the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her       Unwind by Neil Shusterman
school's top secret status, she and her friends face danger to                                                                            In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and
clear Cammie's name and learn the truth about Blackthorne.          new vampire friends.
                                                                                                                                          eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts
                                                                                                                                          harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s journal by Jeff                Marley and Me by John Grogan                                          to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.
Kinney                                                              John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school         were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a
where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings          care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly
amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive,      yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same. Marley
but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic          quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of
measures to save their friendship.                                  a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged
                                                                    through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience
                                                                    school did no good--Marley was expelled. And yet his heart was
                                                                    pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior,
                                                                    his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other,
                                                                    Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his

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