Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Indiana Becomes a State

On this day in 1816, Indiana became the 19th State.


Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Billy Pilgrim is unstuck in time--something that happens after getting abducted by aliens. Despite the crazy premise, this is actually a rather autobiographical dark story that focuses largely on his time as POW in Dresden during the firebombing. Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Colin is a former child prodigy who has been dumped 19 times. By 19 different Katherines. On a post-graduation road trip, he attempts to discover The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, a mathematical equation that can predict the outcome of any romantic relationship. Green lives in Indianapolis.

Teen Idol by Meg Cabot. Jen's so good at keeping secrets, she's chosen to be the new kid's tour guide--and trusted to know the truth. Lucas is actually a famous movie actor, movied to Indiana to learn what high school is actually like in preparation for an upcoming movie. Cabot grew up in Bloomington.


Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin. When Lucas finally works up the nerve to tell his friend Tessa how he feels, he learns that she's a lesbian. Tessa won't go to prom with him, but she will fight her small Indiana town for the right to go with another girl.

Right Behind You by Gail Giles. Wade lives in Indiana and has a good life-- he has good friends, is on the swim team, and has a great girlfriend. But Wade can't forget that he used to be Kip, and Kip murdered a child.

Everything You Want by Barbara Shoup. Emma is still trying to figure out college life at Indiana University when her father wins $50 million in the lottery. But suddenly having to never worry about money again just makes life more complicated.


Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani. Against her wishes, Viola's ended up at a boarding school in South Bend. There she uses her video diary as the basis of a short film. Follow it with Viola in the Spotlight.

Next by Kevin Waltman. Indiana is where basketball is king. D-Bow is excited to be able to play, but when he hits the elite, he sees the shady underbelly and learns how much of the outcome of the game has nothing to do with what's happening on the court.

What are your favorite Hoosier books?

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