Sunday, February 14, 2010

Whitney Award Finalists Announced

The Whitney Award is an award for LDS authors and is awarded in the following areas:

  • General Fiction
  • Romance
  • Suspense/Mystery
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Youth Fiction
  • Historical
  • Best Novel of the Year
  • Best Novel by a New Author
This years Whitney Award finalists are:

General Fiction -

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
By Ford, Jamie
2009-01 - Ballantine Books
9780345505330 CHECK CATALOG

BookPage Notable Title

Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, the times and places are brought [stirringly] to life (Jim Tomlinson, author of "Things Kept, Things Left Behind"). …More

No Going Back

No Going Back
By Langford, Jonathan
2009-10 - Zarahemla Books
9780978797195 CHECK CATALOG

A gay teenage Mormon growing up in western Oregon in 2003. His straight best friend. Their parents. A typical LDS ward, a high-school club about tolerance for gays, and a proposed anti-gay-marriage amendment to the state constitution. In NO GOING BACK, these elements combine in a coming-of-age story about faithfulness and friendship, temptation and redemption, tough choices and conflicting loyalties. …More

Gravity vs. the Girl

Gravity vs. the Girl
By Noehren, Riley
2009-01 - Forty-Ninth Street Publishers
9780615261652 CHECK CATALOG

Samantha Green has just spent an entire year in her pajamas, and she is beginning to regret it. What's more, she is haunted by four ghosts that are former versions of herself. First up is the overachieving and materialistic attorney, who is furious with Samantha for throwing away the career she worked so hard to build. Second is the lackadaisical college student who is high on life but low on responsibility. Next is the melodramatic teenager, who is consumed with her social standing, teal eyeliner and teased bangs. Finally, there is the scrappy six-year old, whose only objective is to overcome gravity so that she can fly. Samantha's ghosts alternate between fighting with each other, rallying around Samantha's budding sanity and falling in love with a string of good-for-nothing drummers. Despite her reluctance to do so, Samantha must rely on these spirits from the past to repair the present and ensure her future. …More

The Route: Lessons Learned from Meals on Wheels

The Route: Lessons Learned from Meals on Wheels
By Sears, Gale
2009-09 - Silverleaf Press
9781934393321 CHECK CATALOG

Vibrant and funny, this inspirational novel treats aging and death as natural and often revealing parts of life. Deciding that she has arrived at a midlife crisis, Carol Nimitz volunteers to take meals once a week to homebound senior citizens. Every Thursday her delivery route brings her into the world of wacky and fascinating people whose backgrounds, good and bad decisions, and startling experiences have created strong personalities and lots of opinions. Carol's interactions with her old folks run the gamut from pesky to poignant, humorless to hilarious; and through their diverse lives she comes to see that there are many good reasons to savor one's later years. …More

Eyes Like Mine by Julie Wright Check Catalog

Romance -

Illuminations of the Heart

Illuminations of the Heart
By Dipastena, Joyce
2009-07 - Walnut Springs Press
9781935217268 CHECK CATALOG

Her heart is lost in the first embrace, her world shaken to its foundations. There is just one problem: her name is not Clothilde. It is Siri. Triston is a man of quiet honor and courage, but the guilt he carries for the death of his late wife, Clothilde, has left him numb and hesitant to love again. Siri's merry laughter and twinkling eyes are very different from his late wife's shy smiles and quiet ways. Yet when he gazes into Siri's face, all he sees is Clothilde. Trapped between the rivalry of the king's sons on the one hand and a neighbor out for vengeance on the other, Triston realizes it would be safer to send Siri away. But how can he bear to lose her. …More

Santa Maybe

Santa Maybe
By Mace, Aubrey
2009-09 - Cedar Fort
9781599553122 CHECK CATALOG


Previously Engaged

Previously Engaged
By Strain, Elodia
2009-01 - Cedar Fort
9781599552514 CHECK CATALOG

Annabelle Pleasanton has just been given the chance of a lifetime: A $50,000 Dream Wedding sponsored by posh Monterey jeweler, John Wilfred. All she has to do is sign on the dotted line. The only problem? Shes not technically, 100 percent, all-the-way engaged. Her best friend Carrie has seen the ring, and her boyfriend Isaacs been dropping all kinds of hintsbut something seems to be keeping him from popping the question. …More

Counting the Cost by Liz Adair Check Catalog

All The Stars In Heaven by Michele Paige Holmes Check Catalog

Suspense/Mystery -

Lockdown by Traci Hunter Abramson Check Catalog
Methods of Madness by Stephanie Black Check Catalog
Murder by the Book by Betsy Brannon Green Check Catalog
Lemon Tart by Josi Kilpack Check Catalog
Altered State by Gregg Luke Check Catalog

Speculative Fiction -

Servant of a Dark God

Servant of a Dark God
By Brown, John
2009-10 - Tor Books
9780765322357 CHECK CATALOG

The launch of a towering new fantasy series introduces an elaborate new world, a strange and dark system of magic, and a cast of compelling characters and monsters. …More

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
By Dashner, James
2009-10 - Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
9780385737944 CHECK CATALOG

When Thomas wakes up, he's surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade--a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got there. The next day, a girl arrives with the surprising message that Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. …More


By Pike, Aprilynne
2010-01 - Thorndike Press
9781410422101 CHECK CATALOG

When a flower blooms in the middle of her back, Laurel discovers that she is a faerie and was placed with human parents as a child. As Laurel learns about her true background and the dangers that face the faerie realm, she struggles to find her place in both worlds. …More


By Sanderson, Brandon
2009-06 - Tor Books
9780765320308 CHECK CATALOG

BookPage Notable Title

After bursting onto the fantasy scene with his acclaimed debut "Elantris," Sanderson proves again that he is today's leading master of what Tolkien called secondary creation--the invention of whole worlds, complete with magics and myths all their own. …More

I Am Not a Serial Killer

I Am Not a Serial Killer
By Wells, Dan
2010-03 - Tor Books
9780765322470 CHECK CATALOG


Youth Fiction -

Princess of the Midnight Ball

Princess of the Midnight Ball
By George, Jessica Day
2009-01 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781599903224 CHECK CATALOG

A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn... Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all--true love--to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George's take on the Grimms' tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses "demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew. …More

Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary

Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
By Mull, Brandon
Illustrator Dorman, Brandon
2009-03 - Shadow Mountain
9781606410424 CHECK CATALOG

The magical preserve Fablehaven provides refuge to numerous mystical species, but some beings are too large and powerful to be confined to regular enchanted refuges. These mightiest of creatures dwell inside the dragon sanctuaries. …More

My Fair Godmother

My Fair Godmother
By Rallison, Janette
2009-01 - Walker & Company
9780802797803 CHECK CATALOG

Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience!

After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah's gum-chewing, cell phone-carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she's only "Fair"--because she's not a very good fairy student--Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah's class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy. …More

Bright Blue Miracle

Bright Blue Miracle
By Wilhite, Becca
2009-02 - Shadow Mountain
9781606410318 CHECK CATALOG

Seventeen-year-old Leigh Mason is not sure she's ready to share her mom, her bedroom, and her little sisters with her new stepsister, Betsy. And she's definatley not ready to share her best friend, who happens to be a boy! Coping with a blended family is not easy for either Leigh or Betsy, especially during their senior year in high school. Each step brings them nearer to a crisis that will either send them running in different directions of bind them firmly toegher (which, let's face it, would take a miracle). Bright Blue Miracleis a new young adult novel that has everything a girl wants: a hero (more specifically, a really cute boy), a villain (who happens to be a stepsister), comedy, despair, pedicures, ice cream, love, hate, tennis, revenge, and, of course, a couple of surprises that might send you for some tissues. …More

The Chosen One

The Chosen One
By Williams, Carol Lynch
2009-05 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312555115 CHECK CATALOG

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever. …More

Historical -

The Last Waltz: A Novel of Love and War

The Last Waltz: A Novel of Love and War
By Vandagriff, G. G.
2009-04 - Shadow Mountain
9781606410523 CHECK CATALOG

In December 1913, the city of Vienna glitters with promises of the future for sought-after debutante Amalia Faulhaber. But life takes a dramatic turn when simmering political unrest escalates into the most deadly war the world has ever known. Amalia is devastated when her fiance, Baron Eberhard von Waldburg, breaks off their engagement to return to his native Germany and obligatory military service. But she soon discovers that her passion for democracy in an increasingly fascist world has put everything she loves in danger. Her family torn apart and impoverished by the war, Amalia must now choose between an idealistic young Polish doctor, who shares her political views, and the wealthy Baron von Schoenenburg, an Austrian Cabinet minister who promises to provide safety and security in a violent, tumultuous time. Reminiscent of Gone with the Wind, this epic novel explores the nature of human character and the elusive search for love and peace. …More

Tribunal by Sandra Grey Check Catalog
The Undaunted by Gerald Lund Check Catalog
Alma by H.B. Moore Check Catalog
In the Company of Angels by David Farland Check Catalog

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