Abraham Lincoln Readers’ Choice Award: 2016 Master List

The Abraham Lincoln Readers’ Choice Award winner is awarded 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 non-fiction titles must be nominated by teachers or librarians and vetted by the nominations committee. While the popularity of a particular title is important, the overall quality of the work is of primary importance. Each year, a panel of high school librarians, teachers, public librarians and students determines the final master list of twenty titles. Registered schools promote these books and students who have read four or more titles are eligible to vote. See the calendar for the award timeline.

This program is designed to encourage high school students to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers. The award is named after former President Abraham Lincoln, an avid reader and noted author, is sponsored by ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association) and administered by the ALHSBA steering committee.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Butter by Erin Jade Lange

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

I Am the Weapon (formerly Boy Nobody) by Allen Zadoff

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


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