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Georgia Peach Award Books

                                       

Previous Peach Award Winners

 The Georgia Peach Awards:

The purpose of the Georgia Peach Award is to highlight and promote the best current young adult literature for Georgia high school age students, to encourage young adults to read and to promote the development of cooperative school and public library services for young adults. Teens vote for their favorite books out of the year's top 20 nominees at their high schools and local public libraries

Goals

To encourage Georgia young adults in grades 9-12 to recognize and read quality literature appropriate to their needs, interests, and reading levels. 

To honor outstanding works in young adult literature.

To recognize authors in the field of young adult literature. 

To develop cooperative school and public library services to teens.

2015-2016 Peach Award Winners

 Winner -

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Honor Books -

I'll Give You the Sun                                                   Jackaby

by Jandy Nelson                                                       by William Ritter

illgiveyouthesun                           jackaby

 

2015-2016  Peach Award Nominees

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The Book of Ivy By Amy Engel

Peace & control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. This year, it is my turn. My name is Ivy Westfall, & my mission is simple: to kill the president's son―my soon-to-be husband―and return my family to power.

Con Academy by Joe Schreiber

It's his senior year and Will Shea has conned his way into one of the country's most elite prep schools. But he soon runs into Andrea, a fellow con-artist. With the school not big enough for both of them, they make a bet that whoever can con the school out of $50k, gets to stay.

Dime by E.R. Frank

As a teen girl in Newark, New Jersey, lost in the foster care system, Dime just wants someone to care about her, to love her. A family. And that is exactly what she gets—a daddy and two “wifeys.” Dime never meant to become a prostitute. It happened so gradually, she pretty much didn’t realize it was happening until it was too late.                    

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free & defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones. Laia’s brother is arrested for treason & in exchange for help from rebels, Laia will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would ever understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD.                                             

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up.

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving on a rainy night. When the car crashed, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her. Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window. Princess X?

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

If Skylar Evans was a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, & a graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar & art school are 3 months of summer. Skylar can taste freedom―until her mother loses her job. 

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

A story about a teenage girl who discovers she's intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, this is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.                              

The Novice by Taran Matharu

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.

Paperweight by Meg Haston

17-year-old Stevie is trapped in her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert. Her dad has signed her up for 60 days, but she plans on dying on the anniversary of her brother’s death, a death she caused.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from 17 year-old Minnow: 12 years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking.

The Secret Side of Empty by Maria Andreu

As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.'s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out.

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but she is now at age 17. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat. But when Sugar meets Even, she realizes, he see her, not her body.

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

All Samantha wanted was to move back to New York and pursue her music. Then her fate takes a turn for the worse after a tragic accident leaves her with nothing & she breaks the law in self-defense. With help from a runaway slave she met at the scene of her crime, the two flee town for the unknown frontier.

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

13-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. 14-year-old Ashley is the “It” girl in class, but her grades stink. Their worlds collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified.

When by Victoria Laurie

Maddie is a shy high school junior with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of numbers hovering above the foreheads of each person she sees. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father's death to realize that these mysterious digits are actually deathdates.

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said: she may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid and force her into marriage in Pakistan.

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

Malcolm's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that’s a pack of lies. His father’s been murdered, his mother’s been taken away, & dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There’s no point in trying & he is lured into the city nightlife.       

Dime by E.R. Frank

As a teen girl in Newark, New Jersey, lost in the foster care system, Dime just wants someone to care about her, to love her. A family. And that is exactly what she gets—a daddy and two “wifeys.” Dime never meant to become a prostitute. It happened so gradually, she pretty much didn’t realize it was happening until it was too late.      

                                               

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free & defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones. Laia’s brother is arrested for treason & in exchange for help from rebels, Laia will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire.

                               

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would ever understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD.

                                                               

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up.

 

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving on a rainy night. When the car crashed, Libby passed away, and Princess X died  with her. Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window. Princess X?

 

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

If Skylar Evans was a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, & a graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar & art school are 3 months of summer. Skylar can taste freedom―until her mother loses her job. 

 

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

A story about a teenage girl who discovers she's intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, this is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

 

                               

The Novice by Taran Matharu

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.

 

Paperweight by Meg Haston

17-year-old Stevie is trapped in her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert. Her dad has signed her up for 60 days, but she plans on dying on the anniversary of her brother’s death, a death she caused.

 

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from 17 year-old Minnow: 12 years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking.

 

The Secret Side of Empty by Maria Andreu

As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.'s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant.

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out.

 

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but she is now at age 17. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat. But when Sugar meets Even, she realizes, he see her, not her body.

 

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

All Samantha wanted was to move back to New York and pursue her music. Then her fate takes a turn for the worse after a tragic accident leaves her with nothing & she breaks the law in self-defense. With help from a runaway slave she met at the scene of her crime, the two flee town for the unknown frontier.

 

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

13-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. 14-year-old Ashley is the “It” girl in class, but her grades stink. Their worlds collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified.

 

When by Victoria Laurie

Maddie is a shy high school junior with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of numbers hovering above the foreheads of each person she sees. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father's death to realize that these mysterious digits are actually deathdates.

 

 

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said: she may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid and force her into marriage in Pakistan.

 

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

Malcolm's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that’s a pack of lies. His father’s been murdered, his mother’s been taken away, & dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There’s no point in trying & he is lured into the city nightlife.