elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

The Rainbow Awards: Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:

True Blue by Connie Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

It wasn't the first time Heydn Case had to transfer to a new school, but Acton-Pierce Academy was the prep school of choice for people with a lot more money than he had. As always, the good-natured Texan was hoping to find a friend; his assigned roommate was hoping to be left alone and said so rather bluntly.

Heydn had never met anyone quite like Blue Barclay, the campus's resident eccentric loner, but the two young men soon find they have more in common than they might have imagined. Friendship quickly takes on a new dimension of physical intimacy accompanied by bewildering new feelings. However, Blue and Heydn are given little time to explore and understand what is growing between them before they're pulled apart.

Heydn is chosen for the track team and befriended by a popular senior. Fearing, rightly, that their relationship would cost him the place he's won at Acton, Heydn turns his back on Blue. He feels he's made the right choice for his future, but when Blue finds a new friend, Heydn realizes he's made a terrible mistake. Is it too late for him to try to win Blue's heart again?

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):


The Nest by G.S. Wiley, Aspen Mountain Press
Holy Communion by Mykola Dementiuk, Synergy Press
Without Sin by by J. Tomas, Prizm Books
Josef Jaeger by Jere' M. Fishback, Prizm Books
Wes and Toren by J.M. Colail, Dreamspinner Press
The Way You Say My Name by Sara Bell, P.D. Publishing
Masks Series by Hayden Thorne, Prizm Books
Kelland by Paul G. Bens Jr., Casperian Books
Circle of Change by Laney Cairo, Torquere Books
Tags: rainbow awards 2009

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