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Rhode Island Teen Book Awards

Check out the nominees for 2020 below! Click on any title to see the book in our catalog.

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High school students from across Rhode Island have voted! The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas was selected as the winner for 2019! 

The Honor Books are Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater.

These novels were three of 22 young adult books nominated by school librarians, teachers, and public librarians from throughout Rhode Island. The nominees were selected on the basis of literary quality and their appeal to those in grades 9 and up. Throughout the past year, young adults could find copies of the books available to read at their local school and public libraries and area stores.

In addition, the committee is proud to announce the list of 22 nominees for the 2020 award. The winner will be announced soon!

After the Fire by Will Hill

Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Abid Khorram

Dry by Neal Schusterman

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka

Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Lifelike by Jay Kristoff

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Queer, There and Everywhere by Sara Prager

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli


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