Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice 2021 Master List

The Lincoln Award is given to the book from that year’s master list that earns the highest number of student votes. For a book to reach the master list, adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction titles must be nominated by teachers or librarians and vetted by the nominations committee. Registered schools promote these books, and students who have read four or more titles are eligible to vote.

This program encourages teens to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers. Named after former President Abraham Lincoln, an avid reader and noted author, the Lincoln Award is sponsored by ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association) and administered by the steering committee.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America ed. Ibi Zoboi

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Devils Within by S. F. Henson

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jared Shusterman

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sunju Lee

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction by Jared Krosoczka

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Obsessed: My Memoir of My Life with OCD by Allison Britz

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Price of Duty by Todd Strasser

Slay by Brittney Morris

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

A Librarian Reads…

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Over fifty years ago, a tornado tore through the town of Mercer, Illinois, hitting a drive-in movie theater and killing half of the town’s teenagers. The town hasn’t seen a storm like it since…until now. On the anniversary of that deadly night, another tornado touches down in the exact same spot. Mercer is known for its legends and ghost stories, but for Callie, Josh, and Brenna, this new twister brings something more real. Their lives are turned upside down as they confront the stories and secrets of their town’s past.

Told in alternating points of view, from each of the three main characters as well as a collective first person made up of Mercer’s dead, this book confronts issues that transcend generations. Realistic characters and an engaging plot make this an absorbing read. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy realistic stories and magical realism.

Thanksgiving Closing

November Craft Kit–Yarn Pumpkin

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PNG LittleBits

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2021 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem with Obstfeld, Raymond
Becoming Kareem

Arden, Katherine
Small Spaces

Auxier, Jonathan
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Bigelow, Lisa Jenn
Drum Roll, Please

Brimner, Larry Dane
Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961

Cervantes, Angela
Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

Craft, Jerry
New Kid

Diaz, Alexandra
The Only Road

Johnson, Varian
The Parker Inheritance

Leatherdale, Mary Beth
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Marsh, Katherine
Nowhere Boy

McAnulty, Stacy
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Nielsen, Jennifer A.

Oh, Ellen
Spirit Hunters

Ramee, Lisa Moore
A Good Kind of Trouble

Reynolds, Jason
Long Way Down

Saeed, Aisha
Amal Unbound

Schmitt, Adam P.

White, J.A.

Yang, Kelly
Front Desk

Library Closed November 11

What’s New for Tweens?

After the Worst Thing Happens by Audrey Vernick
Twelve-year-old Army is reeling after her thoughtlessness leads to her dog’s death, but channels her grief into a plan to help keep the new neighbors’ autistic daughter from wandering away.

The Big Break by Mark Tatulli (Graphic Novel)
Russ’s friendship with Andrew disintegrates when Russ gets a girlfriend, leaving the video they are making without an ending, but a close encounter with the legendary Jersey Devil brings them back together.

We Dream Of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
Cash, Fitch, and Bird are siblings in seventh grade together. In 1986, as the country waits for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties. As the launch of the Challenger approaches, the students are given a project; they are separated into spacecraft crews and must create and complete a mission. When the fated day finally arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways.

Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon
Something is wrong with twelve-year-old Zee, who has returned after a year’s absence; nobody knows where he was or what happened to him, but now he is distracted and violent, freaking out when he sees his friends, Justin, Nia, and Lyric, playing an odd game of hide-and-seek, and talking wildly about some danger that is approaching–and soon his friends are pulled into a shadowy world ruled by a monstrous, shape-shifting Seeker, forced to play a terrifying game of hide-and-seek where they will have to confront their worst nightmares in order to find their way home.

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera
“Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She’s also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy … like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much…like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons. Lupe needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, who’s Chinacan/Mexinese just like her. So when the horror that is square dancing rears its head in gym? Obviously she’s not gonna let that slide.”

2020 Teen Video Contest and Teen Reading Challenge Winners!

Check out the video announcement of the winner of the 2020 Quad City area Teen Video Contest and Teen Reading Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

November Craft Kit–Flannel Coasters

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