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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler - 2012 Honor Book (on order)

Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.


The Returning by Christine Hinwood- 2012 Honor Book

When the war between the Uplanders and Downlanders is over and Cam returns home, questions dog him, from how he lost an arm to why he was the only one of his fellow soldiers to survive, such that he must leave until his own suspicions are resolved.


Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey- 2012 Honor Book

In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater- 2012 Honor Book

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.