Announcing the 2024 RITBA Winner and the 2025 Nominees

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 12:04pm -- SHunickes

High school students from across Rhode Island have voted! We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2024 Rhode Island Teen Book Award: Better than the Moviesby Lynn Painter. Our Honor Books are I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys and All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir.


     I must betray you cover     all my rage cover


These were three of 20 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. Toll Gate High School Library collected the most votes, and the runners up were Portsmouth High School Library and Classical High School Library. 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 20 nominees for the 2025 award.


6 Times We Almost Kissed (And One Time We Did) by Tess Sharpe

Bianca Torre is Afraid of Everything by Justine Pucella Winans

The Blood Years by Elana K. Arnold

Chaos Theory Nic Stone

Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game by Colin Kaepernick

The Davenports by Krystal Marquis

Dead Flip by Sara Farizan

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

Enter the Body by Joy McCullough

Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy by Erin Faith Hicks

The Infinity Particle by Wendy Xu

A Long Stretch of Bad Days by Mindy McGinnis

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

Rez Ball by Byron Graves

Stateless by Elizabeth Wein

Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

Throwback by Maureen Goo

Where You See Yourself by Claire Forrest

The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa

You can find bookmarks and fliers for the 2024 nominees here on April 8, 2024. Please direct any questions to