Abraham Lincoln Readers’ Choice Award: 2017 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.

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby 

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds 

Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer 

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway 

Fake ID by Lamar Giles 

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick 

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers 

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw 

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 

October Mourning by Leslea Newman 

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll 



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