Iowa High School Book Award

  • The following 11 titles comprise the 2018-19 Iowa High School Book Award list. These books will be read by 9-12 grade students all across the state of Iowa. Any student who reads at least two books from the list may vote for their favorite title in March. The winner will be announced in April 2019. 


  • Flashfall

    by Jenny Moyer Year Published: 2017

    In a world shattered by radiation fallout, teenaged Orion and her climbing partner Dram, in exchange for freedom, mine terrifying tunnels for a precious element that keeps humans safe from radiation poisoning, but disturbing revelations force Orion to question everything she knows.

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  • Heartless

    by Marissa Meyer Year Published: 2016

    In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.

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  • Illuminae

    by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Year Published: 2015

    The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

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  • P.S. I Like You

    by Kasie West Year Published: 2016

    Every day in chemistry class, high school student and aspiring songwriter Lily Abbott is finding notes left to her by a mystery boy, love letters really, and she hopes they are from Lucas, a boy she is attracted to--so when she finds out who they are really from, she is shocked and unsure about how to respond.

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  • Six of Crows

    by Leigh Bardugo Year Published: 2015

    Criminal mastermind Kaz Brekker assembles a team of outcasts to break into the world's most secure prison and remove a prisoner with secrets that very powerful people want. Kaz devises a daring plan, but old grudges, mistrust, secrets, and rivalries cause the plan to go horribly awry and the team finds itself caught in the middle of a deadly plot to destroy the world.

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  • The Leaving

    by Tara Altebrando Year Published: 2016

    Six kindergarteners were taken. Eleven years later, five come back--with no idea of where they've been. No one remembers the sixth victim, Max. Avery, Max's sister, needs to find her brother--dead or alive--and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.

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  • The Safest Lies

    by Megan Miranda Year Published: 2017

    When Kelsey's agoraphobic mother disappears after years of claiming the kidnappers she escaped from were coming back for her, Kelsey quickly discovers that her mother isn't who she thought she was -- and she's not the abductor's only target.

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  • The Sun is Also a Star

    by Nicola Yoon Year Published: 2016

    Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.

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  • The Wrath & the Dawn

    by Renee Ahdieh Year Published: 2015

    In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.

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  • Zero Day

    by Jan Gangsei Year Published: 2016

    Eight years after being kidnapped Addie Webster, now sixteen, resurfaces under mysterious circumstances, significantly changed, and her childhood best friend, Darrow Fergusson, is asked by a national security advisor to spy on her to uncover whether she is a threat to her father's presidency or the nation.

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  • Zeroes

    by Scott Westerfeld Year Published: 2015

    Told from separate viewpoints, teens Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie, all born in the year 2000 and living in Cambria, California, have superhuman abilities that give them interesting but not heroic lives until they must work as a community to respond to a high stakes crisis.

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