Current Nominees

2019 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominees 

57 Bus

The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater

One teenager in a skirt.  One teenager with a lighter.  Both from Oakland, California, but from seemingly different worlds.  One moment that changes both of their lives forever.  

Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson

When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities reexamine the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old. 


The Education of Margo Sanchez, by Lilliam Rivera

Margo Sanchez is paying off debts by working in her family's grocery store, but she must make the right choices about friends, family, and boys. 


Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, by Julia C. Dao

The stars say Xifeng is destined for greatness, meant to be Empress of Feng Lu, but only if she embraces the darkness within her and hurts the one she loves.


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee

Vowing to make his yearlong escapade across Europe his last hurrah before taking over the family estate, Henry 'Monty' Montague and his best friend Percy, find themselves in the middle of a dangerous manhunt involving pirates and highwaymen. 


Girl in the Blue Coat, by Monica Hesse

In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Hanneke--a 'finder' of black market goods--is tasked with finding a Jewish girl who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into the resistance actitivies and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl.


The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officier, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happend the night Kahill died.


I Believe in a Thing Called Love, by Maurene Goo

Desi Lee decides to tackle her romance disasters by watching Korean television dramas, where the hapless heroine always seems to end up with her true love.  Desi goes after a moody artist--utilizing boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes. 


Kat and Meg Conquer the World, by Anna Priemaza

Kat's anxiety and Meg's ADHD makes it difficult for them to find and maintain friendships.  Can a random science project pairing and the discovery of a mutal love of an online star help them get out of their heads to find a real friend?


The Language of Thorns, by Leigh Bardugo

In this short story collection, travel to a world of dark moonlit bargains, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a love-struck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price. 

The Lie Tree, by Frances Harding

On an island off the coast of Victorian England, Faith investigates the death of her father.  She discovers a tree that bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it--and the fruit, in turn, delivers a hidden truth.  Does the tree hold the key to her father's murder?

Lighter Than My Shadow, by Katie Green

A graphic memoir documenting the author's struggle with eating disorders and sexual abuse and her road to recovery. 

Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds

As Will, 15, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

Moxie: A Novel, by Jennifer Mathieu

In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, 16, starts a feminist revolution using an anonymously-written zine.

My Sister Rosa, by Justine Larbalesteir

When his father's business takes the family to New York City, a seventeen-year-old Australian boy must balance his desire to protect his ten-year-old sister, a diagnosable psychopath, from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her. 

This Is Our Storyby Ashley Elston

When a hunting accident claims a boy's life, his best friends all come under investigation.

Undefeated, by Steve Sheinkin

A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story of how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team. 

Warcross, by Marie Lu

When a teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tradegy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit. 


When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with 'marriage prospects' but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting an arranged marriage with him.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo

Diana, Princess of the Amazons, journeys to the World of Man in this coming-of-age young adult story. 


Words on the Bathroom Walls, by Julia Walton

Adam is a recently diagnosed schizophrenia and journals to his therapist about family, friends, and first loves as he undergoes a new drug trial for the mental illness that allows him to keep his secret for only so long.