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2008-2009 Reading List

Sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association, the contest features two lists of fifteen nominated titles for middle school and high school grades To qualify to vote, students read books from the list and give it a star rating of 1 to 4, 4 being best.

Middle School List
Book Cover of Maximum Ride

  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
    Winner: 352 stars
  • Heat by Mike Lupica
    Runner Up: 302 stars
  • Defining Dulcie by Paul Acompora
  • Boy2Girl by Terence Blacker
  • Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
  • Good Brother, Bad Brother by J. Giblin
  • Blood Red Horse by K. M. Grant
  • Leonardo's Shadow: Or, My Astonishing Life as Leonardo Da Vinci's Servant by Christopher Grey
  • Rash by Pete Hautman
  • Alabama Moon by Watt Key
  • Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
  • The Lighthouse Land by Adrian McKinty
  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  • Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson
  • Terrier by Tamora Pierce
  • Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman
  • The Trap by John Smelcer
  • Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
  • Hard Hit by Ann Warren Turner
  • Firehorse by Diane Lee Wilson

High School List
Book Cover of Runner

  • Runner by Carl Deuker
    Winner: 204 stars
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
    Runner Up: 190 stars
  • Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • On Thin Ice by Jamie Bastedo
  • Love, Football and Other Contact Sports by Alden R. Carter
  • Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska by Michael D'Orso
  • Endgame by Nancy Garden
  • Saint Iggy by K. L. Going
  • The Noah Confessions by Barbara Hall
  • Firestorm by David Klass
  • Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Finding Lubchenko by Michael Simmons
  • Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp
  • Trigger by Susan Vaught
  • Black & White by Paul Volponi
  • Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
  • Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Each year the Young Adult Reading Program (YARP) Committee of the South Dakota Library Association publishes a list to promote quality literature and to help South Dakota teachers and librarians in selecting and promoting books for adolescents. The books are selected from among the many young adult and adult books that have received positive reviews by national reviewing periodicals.

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