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Teens from across Rhode Island have voted, and this year we have a tie for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award. We’re proud to announce Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson as the winners of the 2015 Rhode Island Teen Book Award. The runner up for the award is Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Middle school and high school students from across Rhode Island voted for the Award at their school or local public library.


These novels were three of 22 young adult books nominated by school librarians, teachers, and public librarians from throughout Rhode Island. The books were selected on the basis of literary quality and their appeal to those in grades 7 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. Young adult readers were eligible to vote once they had read three of the titles.


Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. In Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson visits a world of science fiction and super villains. At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers. Now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to destroy the Epics and end their tyranny.

Click here to see the list 2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominees!


The Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee would like to thank everyone for participating in this year’s award.


For further information, contact RITBA Chair, Brandi Fong.