Sequoyah Book Award Nominees 2015-2016

Sequoyah Book Award Nominees for High School

High School Master List for School Year 2015-2016

         The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey  

Winner of the 2016 Sequoyah Book Award for High School

Students in grades 9 through 12 must read or listen to 3 or more titles in order to vote.  

Voting will take place in the Spring of 2016.

1. Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi    

    by Neal Bascomb

2. The Living by Matt de la Pena

3. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

4. The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman

5. March, Book One by [Congressman] John Lewis, Andrew Aydin,and Nate Powell

6. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

7. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

8. Gated by Amy Christine Parker

9. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

11. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

12. The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

13. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – Winner of the 2016 Sequoyah Book Award for High School

Where can I find the Sequoyah High School Master List Books for 2015-2016?  See our List  


2016 High School Sequoyah Master List with Annotations


 Bascomb, Neal.  The Nazi Hunters: How A Team of Spies and Survivors Captured The World’s Most Notorious Nazi.  New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013. 245p. (Grades 7 and up). At the close of WWII, many German SS officers who had been in charge of concentration camps began to disappear and go into hiding.  One of the most hated and hunted was Adolph Eichmann who eluded not only officials but the famed Israeli secret service, Mossad, for over 15 years before being brought to justice.


De la Pena, Matt.  The Living. New York: Delacorte Press, 2013. 320p. (Grades 9 and up). A massive earthquake strikes California while Shy is on a cruise ship making money to help his family with bills.  A cataclysmic chain of events unfolds as Shy is lost at sea fighting to survive… and he hasn’t even seen the worst.


Doller, Trish. Where the Stars Still Shine. New York: Bloomsbury USA Children’s, 2013. 352p. (Grades 9 and up). After years on the run, Callie’s mother is finally arrested for kidnapping her. Reunited with her large Greek family, Callie must navigate the unfamiliar territory of familial and romantic relationships, all while dealing with the trauma of her past.


Honeyman, Kay.  Fire Horse Girl. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013. 336p. (Grades 6 and up).  Jade Moon, born under the unlucky Chinese zodiac sign "Fire Horse,” wants to escape this stigma by seeking her fortune in America, but finds the journey long and full of danger, betrayal, romance, hardship, racism, and eventually fulfillment.


Lewis, John with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (illustrator). March Book One. Marietta: Top Shelf, 2013. 128p. (Grades 8 and up). Congressman John Lewis recounts his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, from his childhood on an Alabama farm to his participation in the Nashville Student Movement, in this graphic novel memoir.


McGinnis, Mindy. Not a Drop to Drink. New York: HarperCollins, 2013. 192 p. (Grades 9 and up). Wild West meets dystopia with childhood memories that include the smell of death and gunpowder as Lynn and her mother must protect their precious water supply from those who would kill for it.


Murdoch, Emily. If You Find Me: A Novel. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. 257p. (Grades 6 and up). Abducted by her mother ten years ago, 15 year old Carey and her younger sister survive in a camper hidden deep in a national forest while their mother is frequently gone. One day two strangers arrive, take them from the forest to live with their father during which time Carey is haunted by her and her sister’s past as they adjust to their new surroundings.


Parker, Amy Christine. Gated. New York:  Random House, 2013. 339p. (Grades 9 and up). Lyla has been a part of the Community chosen by the Brethren since her sister disappeared, but she begins to feel trapped instead of free after she meets a boy who opens the door to other possibilities.


Rowell, Rainbow.  Eleanor and Park.  New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. 336p. (Grades 9 and up). It’s Omaha in the 1980s and Eleanor, the new girl in school, meets Park, a quiet kid who just want to lay low, on the bus ride to school.  Due to a shared love of comic books, they strike up a tentative friendship which blossoms into romance.


Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. 448p. (Grades 9 and up).   Introvert Cath is famous online as a fanfiction author and has spent her whole life with her twin Wren by her side; so being separated from her sister at college, getting stuck with an abrasive roommate and her roommate’s weird sort-of boyfriend, and struggling in a creative writing class are a huge new adjustment.


Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy. New York: Philomel Books, 2013. 368 p.  (Grades 9 and up).  Growing up the daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, 17 year old Josie Moraine is focused on getting out of 1950 New Orleans. Side tracked, more determined, or both, Josie’s escape is threatened when her mother is investigated for a mysterious murder.


Wasserman, Robin.  The Waking Dark.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013. 454p. (Grades 9 and up). A series of gruesome murders in small-town Kansas causes its residents to turn violent and bloodthirsty. In an attempt to save themselves and their town, a group of teens investigates the cause of this madness.


Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2013. 457p. (Grades 9 and up). Cassie, having survived the first four waves of an alien takeover, must race to try to save her younger brother.    


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