Abraham Lincoln Readers’ Choice Award: 2018 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.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

March: Book One by John Lewis

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon

Out of Darkness by Ashley H. Perez

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

When We Collided by Emery Lord

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee


Around Town

Check out these events around town…

June 21 – Outdoor Game Day @ East Moline Public Library

June 21 – Pinterest by Design for Teens @ River Valley District Library

June 21 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 22 – Dissection Day @ Rock Island Public Library

June 22 – Edible Architecture @ East Moline Public Library

June 22 – Teen Disney Movie Night @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 22 – Tabletop RPG @ Bettendorf Public Library

June 22 – Cooking Class @ Silvis Public Library

June 23 – Video Game Night @ River Valley District Library

June 23 – Showtime at Silvis: Lego Batman @ Silvis Public Library

June 24 – Teen Dungeon Master Training @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 24 – Movie Matinee: Before I Fall @ East Moline Public Library

June 26 – Chad Pregracke’s River Clean- Up Projects @ Silvis Public Library

June 26 – Gamers Club @ Robert R. Jones Public Library

June 27 – Jolly Rancher Readers @ Silvis Public Library

June 27 – Teen Magic Battles @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 27 – Tabletop RPG @ Bettendorf Public Library



Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog to find the book or place a hold.

The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village. The children were spared and sent to a neighboring village where they were raised in fear—of the soul eaters and the Beast they believe guides them. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys. She has a gift she hides from everyone. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world.

Grendel’s Guide to Love and War by A.E. Kaplan
Tom Grendel prefers a quiet life. He spends his time mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors and pining for Willow, the girl next door. When Willow’s brother Rex starts throwing wild parties, Tom is determined to restore order. He comes up with a plan to end the parties for good. One retaliation leads to another, and things quickly escalate out of control.

Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley
As the sole heiress to an old but impoverished noble family, Eliza knows she must marry a man of wealth and title. But when she lands in the royal court as a maid of honor to Anne of Cleves, a new world of possibilities is opened. If she can survive the attentions of Henry VII, the intrigues of the court, and the king’s handsome page, Ned Barsby.

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
Tatum is under stepmother-imposed house arrest for the summer after being falsely accused of a crime. With her BFF ignoring her, all she has is community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night. When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends.

Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci (Graphic Novel)
Pearl ran away from her abusive father, but has nowhere to go until she stumbles into a new identity. Reborn as a boy named Soupy, she hitches her star to Remy, a hobo who takes her under his wing. But Ramshackle has his own demons to wrestle with, and he’ll need Soupy just as much as she needs him.

Next Week

The Moline Public Library’s Summer Reading Program runs through July 29. Stop by the library to register and pick up your reading logs. Students in grades 6-12 will get prizes at three levels of 500 pages or minutes each, and can keep going for entries into the grand prize drawing.

Wednesday, June 21 @ 2:00-4:00
Students ages 11-18 are invited to Afternoon Gaming every Wednesday. Enjoy a variety of video games, board games, and other activities.

Thursday, June 22 @ 6:00
Students ages 11-18 can solve puzzles, find clues, and beat the clock in an Escape Room for Teens. Registration is required. Sign up for a half-hour spot in groups of up to five or get added to another group. A minimum of 10 registered participants is needed to hold this event.

A Librarian Reads…

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

When Conor wakes up at 12:07, he’s glad to be out of the nightmare. Then the monster comes. The yew tree behind his house has pulled itself up and come to pay a visit. At first, Conor assumes this is just a new, different kind of nightmare. But that doesn’t explain the yew leaves and berries he finds in his bedroom night after night. When he finally confronts the monster, who isn’t that scary compared to his real nightmare, Conor is surprised to find it wants to tell him three stories. So he listens to what the monster has to say—and his life will never be the same again.

This tale of loss, truths, and healing will appeal to readers in middle school and up who enjoy stories that really make you think.


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Featured Series

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

He looks like a regular guy, but Vladimir is a teenage vampire. Someone or something is always after him! Action-packed, fast-paced, and funny, the series takes the teen from eighth grade through high school. Each of the five books covers one school year.

1) Eighth Grade Bites

2) Ninth Grade Slays

3) Tenth Grade Bleeds

4) Eleventh Grade Burns

5) Twelfth Grade Kills

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