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Illinois Teen Reader's Choice Lincoln Award Reading List 2017-2018 list

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2018 Lincoln Book Guide with Videos by Diana Nelson, Crystal Lake HS

Introducing the Abes....First Lines
Lincoln Books by Genre

Previous years:2018 2017 2016  2016 Abe book trailers   2015 2014  2013 with Youtube   2012   2011   2010    2010 with Youtube    2009   2008    2007    

100 Sideways Miles

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds -- 2018 IL 3rd Place winner!

Basketball player Quinn just happens to be outside the convenience store when Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing and brutally beaten at the hands of a police officer, an officer who happens to be the older brother of Quinn's best friend. An onlooker posts a video of the beating, and simmering racial tensions threaten to explode forcing Rashad and Quinn to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before. Realistic Fiction

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library

denton littles death date

Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin

In a world where everyone knows the day they will die, Denton is determined to outlive his upcoming expiration date, and there are people who just can't let that happen. Sci Fi / Humor / Fantasy

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library

Denton's Still Not Dead by


Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

Danny Wright joined the Idaho ArmyNational Guard to serve the country as his father had, but when the Guard is sent to an anti-government protest in Boise and Danny's gun accidently fires, In the end 12 people are dead. The president wants the soldiers arrested. The governor swears to protect them. The conflict escalates toward the unthinkable: the federal government declaring war on Idaho, a second American civil war. Adventure/ Realistic Fiction

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library

Sequels: Available in Cloud LibraryBurning Nation Available in Cloud Library
The Last Full Measure


Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 2018 IL 2nd Place winner!

Elias is a soldier, living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. Laia is a Scholar, oppressed by the Empire for centuries. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy to save her brother from execution. Laia and Elias both want to be free of the Empire. However, defiance will be met with death. Fantasy / Adventure

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library

Sequels: Available in Cloud LibraryA Torch Against the Night Book 3 in 2018, Book 4 later.

Caged Warrior by Alan Sitomer

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnson --- 2018 SCHS tie for 2nd place

Hermione, Captain of the cheer squad and a girl with goals, is slipped a date rape drug at cheerleading camp. She is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with rumors in her small Ontario town, the reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend. She is determined to regain control of her life and to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.Realistic Fiction

Available in Cloud Library

Challenger Deep

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Solomon is agoraphobic-- he has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that--and to write a scholarship-winning psychology essay based on the results.  In the middle is Clark, Lisa's boyfriend. Realistic Fiction

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March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

March is a first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil/human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Graphic novel / Nonfiction/ Memoir

Sequel :
March Book Two

Sequel March Book Three


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Based on the web comic---Evil-doer Lord Ballister Blackheart seeks to bring down Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics with the aid of his new impulsive shapeshifting side-kick Nimona, proving they aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. Graphic novel/Fantasy/Humor

Future sequel

Book Trailer

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Znizhnik

Inspired by the Tumblr that amused Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself, this tells the story of feminist pioneer and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her fight for gender equality and civil rights.  Nonfiction/Politics/Feminism

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library


Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

New London, Texas, in 1937: Two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive and destroy people. Historical Fiction

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Mickey and his friends know something is up when the Chosen Ones, kids with cool names, start dying. As they deal with romantic questions, family issues, and school, they wonder who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or whatever they are. This book reminds readers that there are many types of remarkable. Fantasy

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

As World War II draws to a close, thousands of refugees try to find passage on ships to escape the dangers of the Soviets. This story follows a group of four teens as they seek safety. Historical Fiction

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SerpentKing by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner                               

Dill's father, a snake-handling Pentecostal preacher, is in jail. His mother is ineffectual. He and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Tennessee without letting the small-town bullies and culture destroy their creative spirits.Realistic Fiction

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Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago discovers her Puerto Rican family have a heritage of the power of shadowshaping, bringing energy to shadows aligned with energy in art. Then she finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family, friends and all shadowshapers. Fantasy

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library

Sequels: Available in Cloud LibraryShadowHouse Fall

Book 1.5 Ghost Girl in the Corner

Book 3 expected 2018


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 2018 IL Winner!!

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first. Fantasy
Available in Cloud Library

SequelCrooked KingdomAvailable in Cloud Library


TheThousandth Floor by Katharine McGee 2019

A young Fiction/ Mystery/ Romance

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library Character Infographic/ description

2018 SCHS tie for 2nd place : To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake    2019


. Fantasy

Book Trailer Available in Cloud LibraryCharacter Map and Guide

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When We Collided by Emery Lord

Can seventeen-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness, and his danger-seeking girlfriend Vivi from herself? Two teens find out about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, because when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever. Realistic Fiction/ Romance

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library

The Wrath of the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh   SCHS 2018 Vote winner!!

In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad offers herself as a bride to the murderous boyking of Khorasan, who takes a new bride every night and has her murdered at dawn. She plans to use her wit and charm to stay alive and exact her revenge for the death of her friend by killing her new husband, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace. Fantasy / Fairy Tale

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library

Sequel :
Available in Cloud LibraryRose and Dagger

Plus 3 e-novellas

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

As Carr 'the Raptor' Luka rises to fame in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, he learns a devastating secret that jeopardizes not only his future in the sport, but interplanetary relations.  Sci Fi/ Fantasy
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READ FOR A LIFETIME 2017-2018 Booklist

from Illinois Secretary of State  Jesse White

Previous years: 2006    2007    2008      2009    2010   2011    2012    2013    2014    2015
    2016 2016 Guide with Book Trailers courtesy of Addison Trails HS 2017
1984 by George Orwell

1984                by George Orwell
London - 1984, the largest population center of Airstrip One & part of the vast political entity Oceania, is eternally at war with one of two other vast entities, Eurasia and Eastasia.  All existing records show that Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia and allied with Eastasia, or vice versa. Winston Smith knows this, because his work at the Ministry of Truth involves the constant "correction" of such records.  In a grim city and a terrifying country, where Big Brother is always Watching You and the Thought Police can practically read your mind, Winston is a man in grave danger because his  memory  still  functions.    He  knows  the  Party  controls  the  people  by  feeding  them  lies  and  narrowing  their imaginations through a process of bewilderment and brutalization that alienates each individual from his fellows and deprives him of every liberating human pursuit from reasoned inquiry to sexual passion. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

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Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Afterworlds                 by Scott Westerfeld

Darcy Patel puts college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With contract in hand, she arrives in New York City, and strives to finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.   Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.

  Available in Cloud Library

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming                 by Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.  But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.   Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg

Chicago Poems                by Carl Sandburg

Chicago Poems (1916) was Carl Sandburg's first-published book of verse. Written in the poet's unique, personal idiom, these poems embody soulfulness, lyric grace, and the love of and compassion for the common man that earned this Illinois poet a reputation as a "poet of the people."  These early poems reveal the simplicity of style, honesty, and vision that characterized all of Sandburg's work and earned him enormous popularity in the 1920s and '30s and a Pulitzer prize in poetry in 1951

A Court of Thorns and roses by Sarah J. Maas

Court of Thorns and Roses                by Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin--one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.  As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever.

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library

Sequels :Available in Cloud Library
Court of Mist and FuryCourt of Wings and Ruin

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Dream Thieves, The           by Maggie Stiefvater
If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?  Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.  One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.  And sometimes he's not the only one who wants those things.  Ronan is one of the raven boys - a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan's secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface - changing everything in its wake. Series: The Raven Cycle
The Raven Cycle- 4 volumesAvailable in Cloud Library

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything           by Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house; have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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Ghost     by Jason Reynolds
Ghost, Lu, Patina, and Sunny, four kids from wildly different backgrounds, have personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.

Book Trailer Available in Cloud Library

Patina by Jason Reynolds

girl in the blue coat

Girl in the Blue Coat  by Monica Hesse

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is drawn into a web of stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Available in Cloud Library

grunt the curious science of humans at war

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach     

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries―panic, exhaustion, heat, noise―and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.
Available in Cloud Library

handmaids tale

Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.   Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…. 
Available in Cloud Library ebook & eaudiobook

hidden figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Before  John  Glenn  orbited  the  earth,  or  Neil  Armstrong  walked  on  the  moon,  a  group  of  dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space.   Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation, during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.  Virginia’s Jim Crow laws segregated them from their white counterparts. The women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.
Available in Cloud Librarye-book and e-audio

kite runner

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, are inseparable in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty, which influences his actions many years later.
Available in Cloud Librarye-book and e-audio

a man called ove A Man Called Ove by Christina Baker Kline

Ove’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
Available in Cloud Libraryebook and e-audio

norse mythology

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology tells the story Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman―difficult with his beard and huge appetite―to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir―the most sagacious of gods―is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Available in Cloud Library e-book and e-audio

our chemical hearts

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't- sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, getting into a semi-decent college and being editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.  Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, & he quickly finds himself falling for her. Something’s broken about Grace, but it makes her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants to help her put the pieces back together again.

Projekt 1065

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz

World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth.  But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies.  Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth's horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge. When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs -- even if it means risking everything he cares about, including his own life.


the reader

The Reader by Traci Chee

Sefia survives her father’s brutal murder, fleeing into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with his own dark secrets, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt, to find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and to punish the people responsible. Book Trailer

Sequel:The Speaker by Traci Chee


the rest of us just live here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Mikey is just trying to get through the year and hopefully ask his longtime crush to the prom. Similarly, each person in Mikey's close-knit circle of friends is battling a myriad of family and friend issues: jealousy, insecurities, and dysfunctional family relationships. The "indie kids" are Mikey and his pals' extraordinary peers, those from exceptional families who are exclusively chosen when the supernatural is involved-- they fight off zombies, fall in love with vampires, and are targeted by the Immortals, a mysterious group looking for a permanent Vessel. In the end, Mikey and his friends come to grips with the ways in which they are both ordinary and extraordinary.
Available in Cloud Library



Scythe by Neil Shusterman

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day,
believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. He spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.  But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.  Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power.  He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.





The Shack by William Young

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
Available in Cloud Library

sun is also a star

Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

It is Natasha's last day in New York City, where she has lived for 10 years. Her family, living as undocumented immigrants in a small Brooklyn apartment, are being deported to Jamaica after her father's arrest for drunk driving. Natasha is scouring the city for a chance to stay in the United States legally. She wants the normal teen existence of her peers. Meanwhile, poetic Daniel is on his way to an interview as part of his application process to Yale. He is under great pressure to get in because his parents (who emigrated from South Korea) are adamant that he become a doctor. As events conspire to bring the two together, he falls in love immediately and convinces her to join him for the day.
Available in Cloud Library

this is where it ends This is Where It Ends by Maria Semple                                                                 

Opportunity High School takes pride in leading its students to greatness. After all, its motto is “We Shape the Future”. However, outcast Tyler Browne returns with a vengeance and with his own motto: "I will make sure you remember me." And so begin 54 minutes of hell on earth for students and staff as Tyler holds his audience captive inside a locked auditorium, killing whomever he pleases and offering heartless grace to others. Told from four student perspectives, each with their own frayed relationship to "the shooter," this compelling tale echoes current events.

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this land is our land This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barret Osborn
American attitudes toward immigrants are paradoxical. On the one hand, American’s a haven for the poor and oppressed; anyone, no matter his or her background, can find freedom here and achieve the “American Dream.” On the other hand, depending on prevailing economic conditions, fluctuating feelings about race and ethnicity, and fear of foreign political and labor agitation, we set restrictions on who may come to this country and if they may stay as citizens. Government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965, and in contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue.

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Teen reading challenge

Sign up for READ FOR A LIFETIME in the Media Center by Nov 10.
Sign-up for LINCOLN HS BOOK AWARD is ongoing.
Read four or more of the books on either suggested reading list to:

Enjoy new books
Four books on Read for a Lifetime earn a certificate from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White
• Vote for your favorite Lincoln Award book with high school students statewide, if you read at least four books on the Lincoln Award list by March 11.

• Writing college applications? Read four or more books and include the reading program in your activities.

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