2017 Westchester Fiction Award

The Westchester Fiction Award was founded in 2009 by Suzanne Osman, a teacher librarian for the Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, California. This award honors talented authors who contribute exemplary literature to the Young Adult literary canon & the visionary publishers who bring their texts to life. When evaluating literature, the committee considers the following questions:

  1.  Does the work have immediate and widespread appeal to adolescents?
  2.  Is the theme/topic meaningful and relevant today?
  3.  If the work is part of an established series, can it stand alone?
  4.  Is there a unique quality to the work (voice, message, language, format, etc.)?
  5.  Is the writing rich, compelling, detailed?
  6.  Are the main characters and content age appropriate for high school students?
  7.  Is the work a valuable addition to the Young Adult literary canon?


2017 Winners:

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum


2017 Honorable Mentions:

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Wax by Gina Damico

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.

Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh
Nattie is totally OK with her place in life. She has her close friends, great parents, and is a Latin whiz. So what if she’s never been kissed? She almost kissed Sebastian Delaxroix last summer, after all. When he shows up back in town and his band’s song starts to skyrocket through the charts, Nattie’s life becomes a lot more confusing. Because the song is called Natalie, and it might be about her.

Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill
Six years ago, Daniel Tate disappeared. Now he’s back. But he’s no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he’s too traumatized to speak. But he’s alive, and that’s all that matters to his family. The only problem is, he’s not Daniel Tate. He’s a con artist. And the harder he works to hide his secret, the more he learns about the secrets the Tate family is keeping as well.

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
Before the war, Eden’s life was easy. Now the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them—her family, her friends, her home, and her freedom. But Eden knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano
Tori and her family moved to Chaptico, Maryland after inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. Now they are at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family, who feel the land was stolen from them. Then Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave, and he tells a different story of what happened all those years ago. Something dark happened in Chaptico, and it’s happening again.

The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll
A girl and her ma take shelter in an old, abandoned mill. It’s far better than their life on the streets. Then developers show up, and the girl seeks out the ghosts of the mill to save her home.
With only Caretaker, the old man who’s slept outside the mill for decades, around to answer her questions, she begins to wonder what kind of ghosts are haunting both the mill and her mother.

Featured Series

Immortal Game by Ann Aguirre

Agreeing to join the mysterious Kian’s magical faction to exact revenge on a group of bullies who have tormented her, Edie transforms into a beautiful girl and begins to sabotage the bullies’ inner circle only to discover dark truths about Kian’s world.

1) Mortal Danger

2) Public Enemies

3) Infinite Risk

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.

Breaking by Danielle Rollins
Never as daring as her friend Ariel or as beautiful as Devon, Charlotte has survived the prestigious Weston Preparatory Institute with them by her side. Then Ariel commits suicide, and less than a month later, so does Devon. Everyone accepts the suicides as tragic coincidences, but when Charlotte finds mysterious clues left behind by Ariel, she discovers a dangerous secret about Weston Prep.

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard
What Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. Also her freedom. Now a resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her, Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

Kale, My Ex, and Other Things to Toss in a Blender by Lisa Greenwald
After an epic breakup, Mia is sure her summer will be miserable. Then her best friend, Justine, comes up with a plan. They will use their summer job driving a snow cone truck to keep tabs on Mia’s ex and create a fake persona to connect with him ex online. What could possibly go wrong?

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari (Windy City Magic, Book One)
Unlike the rest of her family, Amber is not a witch. But she can see true love. After five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate. When handsome and popular Charlie comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber.

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
When Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril, she never expected the footage of her impromptu good deed would go viral. Or that she would receive an invitation to a lunch honoring teen homegrown heroes. Soon these unlikely heroes embark on escalating acts of vigilante Good Samaritanism, but they might be in over her heads when they try to help a heroin-addicted friend.

Rape & Sexual Assault

Sex is a challenging issue to talk about. And it is made even more complicated when people don’t respect consent, and/or intoxicants are involved. Check out these books to learn more about the topic, help prevent future tragedies, and find support for yourself and your friends. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.


All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook

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

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie

Punch Like a Girl by Karen Krossing

Some Boys by Patty Blount

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

The Word for Yes by Claire Needell

Wrecked by Maria Padian

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.

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (Dividing Eden, Book One)
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. But when their father and older brother are assassinated, one of them will have to assume the crown. In order to decide who, they will have to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky
All Gregor wants to do is feed all of the starving children. A chance to attend Camp Save the World is his ticket to becoming Someone Great. But the announcement of a prize for the activist who shows the most promise in their campaign turns a summer of hanging with fellow do-gooders into cutthroat warfare.

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
Everyone in New Avon, Massachusetts believes Tess is a saint. After her sudden and tragic death, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess’s sainthood official. Then a local girl who’s been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess’s shrines. Only Tess’s sister Callie doesn’t believe everything is what it seems. And she, along with Tess’s secret boyfriend, are determined to uncover the truth.

Behind Closed Doors by Miriam Halahmy
Josie has a secret: her mother is a hoarder. Tasha has a secret, too: her mother’s new boyfriend keeps trying to sneak into her room and seduce her. The two girls don’t get along at school, but one night Tasha finds herself at Josie’s door. As they get to know and support each other, they begin to see a way to save themselves from their parents’ demons.

Featured Series

Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

This fast-paced series retells three gothic tales, each book reinventing a separate classic linked to Juliet — the daughter of a mad scientist and possessor of a horrific legacy. Unsettling ethical questions are explored as Juliet stays one step ahead of murderers and part human, part animal monstrosities. Perfect for fans of intrigue, creepy settings, shocking twists and love triangles.

1) The Madman’s Daughter

2) Her Dark Curiosity

3) A Cold Legacy