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2010 Nominee
Voted 11 out of 20 (tied)

Jolted: Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival

By Arthur Slade. Published in 2008 by Harper Trophy

The Starker family is infamous. They’ve been chronicled on blogs, profiled on TV and researched by paranormal investigators. They appear to be cursed: everyone of Starker blood has died after being struck by lightning. Fourteen-year-old Newton Starker is the last of his line–except for his great-grandmother, Enid, a woman as friendly as a pickled wolverine–and he’s determined to survive. Newton has spent all of his life surviving, following a list of rules for self preservation, guidelines passed down through generations of Starkers. But Newton wants to try something new. He has enrolled at Jerry Potts Academy of Higher Learning and Survival in Moose Jaw with the hope that he’ll be able to beat the odds–he has a dream of becoming a great chef someday. If he wants to go beyond just getting by, Newton is going to need more than rules. He’s going to need friends. From the creative mind of award-winning writer Arthur Slade–author of Dust, Tribes and Megiddo’s Shadow–comes a quirky, laugh-out-loud story about dreaming big, standing out and knowing when you need help

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