The winner of The Flume: NH Teen Reader’s Choice Award for 2014 is "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. This annual award was created in 2005 in response to a New Hampshire teen’s request to have a book award geared towards high school students.
About the book
"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green is not your typical teenage angst-ridden, cotton candy, love story. This soulful novel tackles the big three, life, love, and death, blending them perfectly with gut wrenching emotion and a natural voice that brings levity to a situation touching many teens lives on one level or another.
Sixteen -year-old Hazel has terminal cancer and meets Augustus at her Kids-With-Cancer support group. These teens, forced to deal with death before they've really begun to live, are kindred spirits. Together they face universal questions of the human condition, "How will I be remembered?" "Does my life, and will my death, have meaning?"
Green has created a novel with such a raw honesty that speaks in a lanugage true to teens, you will form a connection to the characters difficult to sever once you hit the final page. Artfully told with sensitivity, honesty, humor and integrity, "The Fault in Our Stars" celebrates life while acknowledging the pain and heartbreak that go along with it.
What Is The Flume award?
The Flume: NH Teen Reader’s Choice Award is a state-wide collaborative effort between school and public librarians. Each year teens nominate titles they think deserve to be recognized. The nominate books must have been published within the last two years. Librarians narrow the group of titles to a shorter list for voting.
The 2014 Nominees
In January 2014, Christine Hunewell, a librarian from the Gordon-Nash Libary in New Hampton, NH visited students at Newfound Regional High School (NRHS) to discuss the NH Flume Award. Ms. Hunewell and the students discussed the list of books nominated for the 2014 Flume Award which included;
- "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis (Publisher: Razorbil)
- "Ask the Passengers" by A. S. King (Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
- "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein (Publisher: Disney-Hyperion)
- "Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins)" by Andy Lane (Publisher: Square Fish)
- "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (Publisher: Speak)
- "Heist Society (A Heist Society Novel)" by Ally Carter (Publisher: Disney-Hyperion)
- "Monument 14" by Emmy Laybourne (Publisher: Feiwel & Friends)
- "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater (Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks)
- "Ready Player One: A Novel" by Ernest Cline (Publisher: Broadway Books)
- "Shadows on the Moon" by Zoe Marriott (Publisher: Candlewick)
Ms. Hunnewell returned to NRHS on April 8, 2014 to set up a voting area for students and returned a week later to pick up the ballots and send the tally to the state. She reported that the Newfound teens who voted for the Flume Award, like the rest of the voters, overwhelming chose "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green.