2018 Winner and 2019 Nominees!

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 3:31pm -- SBarta

High school students from across Rhode Island have voted! We're proud to announce Scythe by Neal Schusterman as the winner of the 2018 Rhode Island Teen Book Award.


Our Honor books are Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, and The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.


These novels were four of 22 young adult books nominated by school librarians, teachers, and public librarians from throughout Rhode Island. The nominees were selected on the basis of literary quality and their appeal to those in grades 9 and up. Throughout the past year, young adults could find copies of the books available to read at their local school and public libraries and area stores.


We would also like to thank all the schools and libraries that served as voting locations and supported the Rhode Island Teen Book Award. The Prout School collected the most votes, and the runners up were Portsmouth High School, Tiverton Library and the North Smithfield High School.


In addition, the committee is proud to announce the list of 22 nominees for the 2019 award.


 The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Moxie: A Novel by Jennifer Mathieu

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

Warcross by Marie Lu

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton


For further information, contact Stephanie Barta at riteenbookaward@gmail.com.  More information on the committee and the award, current and past nominees, discussion guides, and promotional fliers and bookmarks can be found on our website, www.riteenbookaward.org