Announcing the 2021 Winner and the 2022 Nominees

Fri, 04/02/2021 - 12:06pm -- RCOtt

High school students from across Rhode Island have voted! We're proud to announce The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas as the winner of the 2021 Rhode Island Teen Book Award.  Our Honor Books are Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and They Called Us Enemy by George Takei


These novels were three 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 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. Portsmouth High School collected the most votes, and the runners up were East Greenwich High School and Tiverton High School. The Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee would like to thank all the teens who voted this year and read from the list as well as the teachers and librarians who helped promote these titles.


In addition, the committee is proud to announce the list of 22 nominees for the 2022 award.


Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Concrete Kids by Amyra Leon

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh

He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold

Sick Kids in Love by Heather Moskowitz

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

This is my America by Kim Johnson

War and Speech by Don Zolidis

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson