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


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.

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

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.

Miss E. by Brian Herberger
Bets is used to being the new kid. But moving to California in 1967 when her father leaves for the war in Vietnam is different. During a history assignment, the town’s most mysterious resident shares a secret with Bets that has been hidden away for decades. When a peaceful protest spins out of control, Bets is forced to reconsider how she feels about the war her father is fighting and her own role in events taking place much closer to home.

Bang by Barry Lyga
When Sebastian was four years old he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun. That has been his only story for the last ten years, and he’s ready for it to end—the same way it started. Then Aneesa moves in down the block, and Sebastian can pretend to be normal. Will it be enough?

Missing by Kelley Armstrong
Winter wants nothing more than to leave Reeve’s End. Everyone does eventually. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. But when Winter finds Lennon left for dead in the woods, only to have him disappear again, she begins to question what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Sasha and Ray have grown up sharing everything, including three half-sisters from their parents’ previous marriages. But they’ve never met. When their older sisters decide it’s time for the whole family to get together, everyone’s lives will intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed.

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
Summer is nearly over when Keeley discovers she and Talon have accidentally switched phones. Worse, he’s just left for football camp. Keeley doesn’t know him, but they’ll need to rely on each other to forward their messages for an entire week. Soon the two are falling for each other, hard. But when true identities are revealed and secrets are exposed, will Keeley’s feelings stay the same?

Ocean Tales

Dive into one of these great ocean tales. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

The Living by Matt de la Peña (The Living, Book One)

The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G.D. Falksen 

Adrift by Paul Griffin

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis (The Given Duet, Book One)

Drowned by Nichola Reilly

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (The Abyss Surrounds Us, Book One)

The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser

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.

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld (Graphic Novel)
Nobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone except government scientists and hazmat teams. That doesn’t stop Addison, who knows how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. She is dedicated to finding out what happened that night, and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Michael, whose parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group, has never questioned their beliefs. Until Mina, a beautiful girl from the other side of the protest lines, shows up at his school, and turns out to be funny, smart—and a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. As tensions rise, they both must question who they are, and who they want to be.

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey
Lydia’s future is clear. She will run the family estate, marry the man her late father chose for her, then be a devoted wife. Lydia is perfectly content with this. But when she, along with Robert, the young lawyer drawing up her marriage contract, is kidnapped, everything is at risk. Not only her fortune, but her reputation and, quite possibly, her heart.

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon
Tourmaline has managed to form a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens, following her mother’s arrest. Virginia is all but a slave to Hazard, a lawyer bent on dismantling the Wardens. They should be on opposite sides, but their friendship may be more powerful than the men in their lives.

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston
Bridge and Wil were best friends—and then something more. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it. When Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year.

Summer Break!

Kick off your summer vacation with these tales of summer. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares 

Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis 

It Started with Goodbye by Christina June 

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta 

Bang by Barry Lyga 

Camp So-and-So by Mary McCoy 

Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez 

And We’re Off  by Dana Schwartz 

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman 

That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson 

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley 

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu