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Summer of Reading programs are a great way to promote Blue Spruce Award voting! Don't have time to read all the titles? Use our booktalks to recommend these books to your teens!
News from 2014 nominated authors:
From Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures): "We're so honored to be nominated by our Colorado Caster readers! We do what we do for you. So you guys keep reading and we'll keep writing!" XO Margaret & Kami
From Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity): "I just wanted to let you know how very grateful and pleased I am to be on this phenomenal list! It is always such a pleasure to hear that teens are actually reading and enjoying my book. I'm delighted to be included among this shining company of titles!"
From Holly Sloan (I'll Be There): "I just received the best Valentine ever--news of the nomination from the state of Colorado for my novel I'LL BE THERE. Thank you so much. I'm very happy. And very honored."
From Ellen Potter (Slob): "I'm thrilled and very honored! Thank you!"
From Lois Lowry (Son): "Thank you so much for letting me know of this! I am very honored."
From Ally Condie (Reached): "Many thanks to you for letting me know about this! I'm thrilled to be nominated again."
From Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky): "This is such an incredible honor! I'm thrilled to be nominated. Thank you so very much!"
And the 2013 Blue Spruce Award winner is....
The winner of the 2013 Blue Spruce Award is The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan!
Second Place: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyle
Third Place: Matched by Ally Condie
Thanks to the following schools and public libraries for supporting the Blue Spruce Award with their votes: Douglas County High, Severence Middle, Pikes Peak Library, Glenwood Springs High, Westminster Public, Preston Middle, Falcon Creek Middle, Jefferson County Public Library, Cheyenne Mountain Junior High, Aurora Public Library, Ridgway Public Library, Bailey Public Library, Pitkin County Library, Arapahoe Public Library, Goddard Middle, Gunnison High, Denver Public Library, Mesa Ridge High, Oberon Middle, Lewis Palmer Middle, Loveland Public Library, West Grand Middle, Woodrow Wilson Academy, Altona Middle, St. Mary's Academy, Horizon Community Middle, University Schools, Weld Central Middle, Doherty High, D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High, Crowley County High, Bookcliff Middle, Palisade High, Sproul Junior High, Challenger Middle, Rampart High, Aurora Quest K-8, Academy of Charter Schools, Watson Junior High, Gypsum Public Library, Ward Middle...
and to Weld County High for participating with the most books read!
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Notice to Publishers and Authors:
We greatly appreciate your interest in adolescent literacy and the Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award. Colorado's 400,000 middle and high school students, however, are responsible for nominating titles each year. Adults have no say in the matter, other than general bookkeeping. As such, there is no way for publishers to submit their titles for consideration and our participant list is not made available to ensure privacy.
The Blue Spruce Award Committee would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring Colorado's teen book award: