2019 Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Award
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
In interweaving stories of sixteen-year-olds, modern-day Jesse tries to cope with the fallout of her brother’s death on 9/11, while in 2001, Alia, a Muslim girl, gets trapped in one of the twin towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Fabiola Toussaint and her mom leave Haiti for a better life in the United States, but her mother is detained by U.S. Immigration. Fabiola must deal with her loud cousins, Detroit gangs, school and complicated relationships. Again and again she finds herself at a crossroads, her choices guided by the voudou her mother taught her, as she struggles for her mother's release.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
A small town rallies around their new ice rink in the hopes of their junior hockey team competing in the national semifinals.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach OR Gabe Johnson Takes Over (paperback title)
When the high school cheerleading team takes over a soda vending machine’s funds, which were previously collected by the pep band, Gabe Johnson, an overweight “band geek” tired of being called names and looked down on, declares war.
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
As she struggles to recover and survive, seventeen-year-old homeless Charlotte “Charlie” Davis cuts herself to dull the pain of abandonment and abuse.
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Carver's text was the last thing on his friend's phone before his friends Mars, Eli and Blake were killed in the car crash. He blames himself, and Eli's dad blames him and wants the DA to press criminal charges. Blake's grandma asks him to spend a Goodbye Day with her, to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to him. Would it be healing or devasting? Will Eli's dad send him to jail for a text?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman &Jay Kristoff
The planet Kerenza and its unlicensed mining colony is attacked by ruthless soldiers under the employ of a soulless corporation. Told in the form of security footage writeups, chat logs, emails, and more, Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City—until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Muslim? Inhuman? [Sequels vols. 2-6]
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It’s up to them to solve the case.
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time, discovering things are not as they appeared to be.[Sequels vols. 2-4]
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
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 occurred as a result of these work health hazards.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
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.
[Sequels Thunderhead, The Toll (2019)]
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
A tale set in a luxury tower one century into the future follows the experiences of an addicted perfectionist, a betrayed teen, a financially strapped girl, a socialite with an illegal A.I., and a genetically perfect girl. [Sequels The Dazzling Heighths, The Towering Sky]
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
On the island of Fennbirn, triplet sisters, each wielding a coveted magic skill and claiming an equal right to the throne, must fight to the death when they turn sixteen for the title of Queen Crowned.
[Prequel enovella: The Young Queens. Sequels One Dark Throne, Two Dark Reigns]
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
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.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents’ obsession with “marriage prospects” but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
In an alternate version of 1956 where Germany and Japan won WWII, they both send ten motorcyclists to a hyper-competetive cross-continent race, with the victor bringing honor to their superior nation. At age six, Yael became a Shapeshifter, who can impersonate anyone she sees. Ten years later, as part of the Resistance, she aims to enter and win the race for the chance to assassinate Hitler. [enovella Iron to Iron tells Luka's story; Sequel in duology: Blood for Blood]
updated 2 Nov 18