Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Nominees 2019

  • We’ll Fly Away

    by Bryan Bliss Year Published: 2018

    Toby and Luke are best friends, bound by a goal of leaving their hometown for Luke's wrestling scholarship, but a series of event during their senior year will test their resolve.

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  • All We Have Left

    by Wendy Mills Year Published: 2016

    In interweaving stories of sixteen-year-olds, modern-day Jesse tries to cope with the ramifications of her brother's death on 9/11, while in 2001, Alia, a Muslim, gets trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them.

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  • American Street

    by Ibi Zoboi Year Published: 2017

    When Fabiola's mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States, Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own.

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  • Beartown

    by Fredrik Backman Year Published: 2017

    In a forgotten town fractured by scandal, an amateur hockey team might just be able to change everything. By the New York Times best-selling author of A Man Called Ove.

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  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

    by Trevor Noah Year Published: 2016

    The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.

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  • Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders/ Gabe Johnson Takes Over

    by Geoff Herbach Year Published: 2014

    A follow-up to Stupid Fast finds plus-sized outcast Gabe confronting the high school cheerleading team when they take control of the school's soda machine funds that were previously collected by the pep band.

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  • Girl in Pieces

    by Kathleen Glasgow Year Published: 2016

    Having suffered terrible losses, including the accidental death of her father, 17-year-old Charlotte adopts a tough demeanor and engages in self-destructive rituals to hide her deep pain before undertaking a poignant journey of healing. 

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  • Goodbye Days

    by Jeff Zentner Year Published: 2017

    When a simple text causes a fatal crash, ending the lives of his three best friends, a guilt-ridden Carver becomes subject to a criminal investigation and receives support from a few loving people before his friends' families ask him to share a goodbye day with them.

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  • The Hate U Give

    by Angie Thomas Year Published: 2017

    Caught between her poor neighborhood and her fancy prep school, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter becomes the focus of intimidation and more after witnessing the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a police officer.

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  • Illuminae

    by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristof Year Published: 2015

    Caught in the crossfire of a megacorporation rivalry in 2575, Kady and Ezra, who have just broken up, flee their home planet on an evacuation ship that is quickly overwhelmed by a fast-spreading plague.

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  • A List of Cages

    by Robin Roe Year Published: 2017

    Adam is assigned to track down Julian for the school psychologist, and when he discovers Julian is his long-lost foster brother he is happy to be reunited with him and determined to understand the secrets going on in Julian's life.

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  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

    by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona Year Published: 2014

    Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community.

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  • One of Us is Lying

    by Karen M. McManus Year Published: 2017

    When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates—including a brainy intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer on probation and an all-star athlete—are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim's latest gossip postings.

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  • Paper Girls, Vol. 1

    by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang Year Published: 2016

    Supernatural mysteries and suburban drama collide in the early hours after the Halloween of 1988 for four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls.

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  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

    by Kate Moore Year Published: 2017

    Explores the story of radium poisoning to young American women during WWI from the paint used on watch dials, and the ensuing legal consequences that occured as a result of these work health hazards.

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  • Scythe

    by Neal Shusterman Year Published: 2016

    In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.

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  • The Thousandth Floor

    by Katharine McGee Year Published: 2016

    Five teens struggle to find their footing in the world atop high-tech luxury in New York City one-hundred years into the future.

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  • Three Dark Crowns

    by Kendare Blake Year Published: 2016

    On an island where a set of triplets are born in every generation, three sisters, all equal heirs to the crown and possessor of magic, must now fight for the title in a game of life or death.

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  • We Are Okay

    by Nina LaCour Year Published: 2017

    After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

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  • When Dimple Met Rishi

    by Sandhya Menon Year Published: 2017

    Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

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