Announcing the 2022 RITBA Winner and the 2023 Nominees

Fri, 04/01/2022 - 2:46pm -- SHunickes

High school students from across Rhode Island have voted! We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2022 Rhode Island Teen Book Award: Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.


Our Honor Books are The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu.

These 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 Paul Cuffee Upper School and Narragansett 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 2023 award.


Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herrmann

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love by Jared Reck

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

Himawari House by Harmony Becker

Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

Kneel by Candace Buford

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimmons

Take Me With You When You Go by David Levithan and Jennifer Nivin

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo