Thursday, March 8, 2012

Illinois Abe Lincoln High School Book Awards - 2013 Nominated Titles

I wanted to tell you about a reading program that is near and dear to my heart. I know that many states have children's choice book awards, and Illinois has four of them. The one for high school students is called The Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award. This award is run by our Illinois school librarian association, and in past years, I have been on the committee to select the nominated titles. We select 22 titles every year, and there are always actual teens on the committee who get to give input and actually are allowed to chose four of the titles on their own. One of the requirements for nominees is that the book is available in paperback, so you will see there are some older books on the list, but they always come up with a great list.

Here's the 2013 List of Nominated Titles (links are to my reviews):

Stephanie Perkins

Neal Shusterman

The Chosen One
Carol Lynch Williams

Clockwork Angel
Cassandra Clare

Dark Song
Gail Giles

Finnikin of the Rock
Melina Marchetta

Kathryn Stockett

Nancy Werlin

Ellen Hopkins

Scott Westerfeld

Little Brother
Cory Doctorow

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace
Alexander G. Smith

lly Condie A

Rick Yancey

Justina Chen Headley

Kiersten White

Rikers High
Paul Volponi

Paolo Bacigalupi

Jandy Nelson

Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher

Sebastian Junger

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green & David Levithan

Red titles = chosen by the Student Reader Panel

Students vote each year in February, so we don't have this year's winner. I think it will be announced March 20th, so I'll be sure to post it then. Past winners are:
  • 2011 Suzanne Collins -- Hunger Games
  • 2010  Cassandra Clare --  City of Bones
  • 2009 Ellen Hopkins -- Crank
  • 2008 Stephenie Meyer -- Twilight 
  • 2007 Scott Westerfeld -- Uglies
  • 2006 Jodi Picoult -- My Sister’s Keeper
  • 2005 Dave Pelzer -- A Child Called “It”
I'm anxious to read the nominated titles that I haven't read yet. I only need to purchase two of the titles for my library--I have the rest already! Do you know what your state does for student choice awards? Feel free to share your lists -- sometimes the titles are very comparable, and sometimes they are very different, so I'd be interested to see them!

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  1. Great list! So happy to see Leviathan on the list - I have some teens who are crazy about that series!

  2. I'm voting for Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander G. Smith!


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