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