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View podcasts, trailers, author info., and more for the 15 books on the NH Isinglass Award list for 2013-14.
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To nominate a book, please include the author's name, the book title, and the year of publication, and email your suggestion to

Books that have been nominated in the past will not be considered for future years.  To see a list of past books on the list, visit the Barrington Public Library's Isinglass Tean Read Award Page.


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From October to April, we will create a podcast for an Isinglass nominee about once per week.  A new LibGuides page will appear for that title, with information about the book, author, and a link to the podcast.  Check back often!


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NH Isinglass Nominees

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Enclave - Ann Aguirre
Call Number: FCI FLE
ISBN: 9780312551377
Publication Date: 2012-08-07
Post-apocalyptic NYC is the setting for this tense adventure as two teens seek a safe haven they're not sure exists, fighting gangs and mutant humans along the way. New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters - or Freaks - who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight - guided by Fade's long-ago memories - in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

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Witchlanders - Lena Coakley
Call Number: FIC HIG
ISBN: 9781442420045
Publication Date: 2011-08-30
After the prediction of Ryder's mother, once a great prophet and powerful witch, comes true and their village is destroyed by a deadly assassin, Ryder embarks on a quest that takes him into the mountains in search of the destroyer.

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In a Heartbeat - Loretta Ellsworth
Call Number: FIC KIT
ISBN: 0802720684
Publication Date: 2010-02-02
When a small mistake costs sixteen-year-old Eagan her life during a figure-skating competition, she leaves many things unreconciled, including her troubled relationship with her mother. From her vantage point in the afterlife, Eagan reflects back on her memories, and what she could have done differently, through her still-beating heart. When fourteen-year-old Amelia learns she will be getting a heart transplant, her fear and guilt battle with her joy at this new chance at life. And afterwards when she starts to feel different - dreaming about figure skating, craving grape candy - her need to learn about her donor leads her to discover and explore Eagan's life, meeting her grieving loved ones and trying to bring the closure they all need to move on. Told in alternating viewpoints,In a Heartbeattells the emotional and compelling story of two girls sharing one heart.

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Losing It - Erin Fry
Call Number: FIC KLA
ISBN: 9780761462200
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
When Dad has a stroke, morbidly obese Bennett is sent to live with his controlling Aunt Laura. Pledging to improve his health, Bennett eventually joins the cross country

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Warrior's Heart - Eric Greitens
Call Number: FIC LEA
ISBN: 9780547868523
Publication Date: 2012-10-09
In this adaptation of his best-selling book, The Heart and the Fist, Eric speaks directly to teen readers, interweaving memoir and intimate second-person narratives that ask the reader to put themselves in the shoes of himself and others. Readers will share in Eric's evolution from average kid to globe-traveling humanitarian to warrior, training and serving with the most elite military outfit in the world: the Navy SEALs. Along the way, they'll be asked to consider the power of choices, of making the decision each and every day to act with courage and compassion so that they grow to be tomorrow's heroes.

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Origin - Jessica Khoury
Call Number: FIC LU
ISBN: 9781595145956
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
Pia was created by a team of scientists in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest to be the start of a new immortal race. On the night of her seventeenth birthday, she discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

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Insignia - S. J. Kincaid
Call Number: FIC MUL
ISBN: 9780062092991
Publication Date: 2012-07-10
Tom is a virtual reality gamer who is tapped by the government to train as a virtual soldier fighting WWIII. It’s a chance at a better life than drifting from casino to casino with his gambling, drunk dad…but with a cost.

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Crazy Dangerous - Andrew Klavan
Call Number: FIC NES
ISBN: 1595547932
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
Do Right, Fear Nothing. Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with the wrong crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it's only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble. But one day, Sam sees these friends harassing an eccentric schoolmate named Jennifer. Finding the courage to face the bullies down, Sam loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one. Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons, the devil, and death. And here's the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies-prophecies of something terrible that's going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it. With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.

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The Killing Sea - Richard Lewis
Call Number: FIC OPP
ISBN: 9781416911654
Publication Date: 2006-12-05
Ruslan slipped away from the café and the curious onlookers. He began to run, not knowing exactly why, but instinct making him head away from the sea.... And in the distance, along the seafront of Ujung Karang, screams rose from a hundred, a thousand, mouths. Aceh, Indonesia. December 2004. Ruslan, an Indonesian boy, and Sarah, an American girl, are brought together in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami. Ruslan is searching for his missing father, while Sarah is trying to get medical treatment for her sick brother. Together they travel through the destruction, barely believing all that they see. The Killing Seais a high-stakes survival story that puts a human face on a terrible tragedy. Richard Lewis, who lives in Indonesia, was there during the tsunami and worked as a relief worker in Aceh in the days and weeks following it. This novel is based on his firsthand experiences.

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Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Call Number: FIC PER
ISBN: 9781599906959
Publication Date: 2012-08-07
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Call Number: FIC PRE
ISBN: 9780312641894
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
In this Cinderella twist, Cinder is a cyborg and a deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. When the Lunar Queen is invited to Prince Kai’s ball, Cinder finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, fighting a forbidden attraction.

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The Ghost of Graylock - Dan Poblocki
Call Number: FIC ROT
ISBN: 9780545402682
Publication Date: 2012-08-01
Does an abandoned asylum hold the key to a frightful haunting? Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall. It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building abandoned and left to rot deep in the woods. As the new kid in town, Neil Cady wants to see Graylock for himself. Especially since rumor has it that the building is haunted. He's got fresh batteries in his flashlight, a camera to document the adventure, and a new best friend watching his back. Neil might think he's prepared for what he'll find in the dark and decrepit asylum. But he's certainly not prepared for what follows him home. . . . Scary, suspenseful, and surprising, Dan Poblocki's latest ghost story will keep you turning pages deep into the dead of night.

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Auracle - Gina Rosati
Call Number: FIC SCH
ISBN: 9781596437104
Publication Date: 2012-08-07
Trapped outside her body, Anna sees and hears but cannot touch the one she longs to hold. Trapped outside her body, Anna sees and hears but cannot touch the one she longs to hold. Anna has a secret: she can astrally project out of her body. But when there's an accident and her classmate Taylor gets into Anna's body, what was an exhilarating gift threatens to become a terrifying reality. Anna and her best friend Rei form a plan to set things right, but they don't anticipate the feelings that are beginning to grow between them.

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Revolution 19 - Gregg Rosenblum
Call Number: FIC SHE
ISBN: 9780062125958
Publication Date: 2013-01-08
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us. Headstrong seventeen-year-old Nick has spent his whole life in a community in the wilderness, hiding out from the robots that have enslaved mankind. But when the bots discover the community's location, he, his tech-geek younger brother, Kevin, and adopted sister, Cass, barely make it out alive;only to discover that their home has been destroyed and everyone they love is missing. All survivors were captured and taken to one of the robots' Cities. The siblings have been hearing tales about the Cities all their lives: humans are treated like animals, living in outdoor pens and forced to build new bots until they drop dead from exhaustion. Determined to find out if their parents are among the survivors, Nick, Kevin, and Cass venture into the heart of the City, but it is nothing like they've been told. As they live among the bots for the first time, they realize they're fighting for more than just their family. The robots have ruled for too long, and now it's time for a revolution.

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Endangered - Eliot Schrefer
Call Number: FIC THO
ISBN: 9780545165761
Publication Date: 2012-10-01
Fourteen-year-old Sophie is spending the summer at her mother's bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of
Congo, and helping to care for Otto, an orphaned bonobo. Suddenly, rebels assassinate the President, throwing the country into war. Sophie refuses to return to the States, choosing instead to hide in the jungle with the bonobos.


Last Year's Winner

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Divergent - Veronica Roth
Call Number: FIC LOR
ISBN: 0062024027
Publication Date: 2011-05-03
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.


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