This week I will be discussing the books that have been nominated for the Eliot Rosewater Award. This mainly pertains to high school students in Indiana (USA), but I have had a personal connection to Rosie books for the past 4 years. For the past 4 years, my high school encouraged the high school students to read with the promise of a pizza party & free books at the end of the year if you read 5+ Rosie books. These books are also displayed together in the library on a special rack up front. As a library assistant my senior year, I saw that the rack had a positive impact on student reading. Most students would look at the rack and pick a book to read and most of the books were checked out most of the time. Most students didn't really care about the pizza party reward, but the fact that the books were out there for them to be seen and recommended definitely caused some students to read.
What is the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award?
The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools and public libraries who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. Ballots are available on the Rosie website. The votes are tabulated each May, and the winner is announced.
The author of each year's award-winning book is invited to receive the Rosie Award in person at a special event sponsored by the Association for Indiana Media Educators and the Indiana Library Federation.
The purpose of the Rosie Award is to encourage high school students to read for fun. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators, media specialists, teachers and public librarians in broadening reading programs. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum.
Who is Eliot Rosewater?
Eliot Rosewater is a recurring fictional character in Kurt Vonnegut's novels, including God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Vonnegut is a famous Hoosier author who grew up in Indianapolis. This award was named to honor him and all Indiana writers. The award is often referred to as the "Rosie Award" or "Rosie."
- All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- Avalon by Mindee Arnett
- The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider**
- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
- Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
- Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Fake ID by Lamar Giles
- The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
- Gabi A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero
- Half Bad by Sally Green
- In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
- The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Next by Kevin Waltman
- Nil by Lynne Matson
- Noggin by John Corey Whaley
- One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva ~ 4.5 stars/ no review
- Positive by Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin
- Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo**
- Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
- Slated by Teri Terry
- Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrewes
- Through the Woods by Emily Carrol
- A Time To Dance by Padma Venkatraman
**Reading & reviewing soon
As you can see, I've read a few of these books in 2015 & 2016, but I haven't read them all. If you would like to review any of these books (or any book), then you can CONTACT ME through any of my social media to figure out how we can collaborate together.
2015-2016 Winner: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
2015-2016 Runner Up(s): Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas & The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
My Favorite So Far: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson