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Metcalf Elementary School Library: 2019 Middle School Book Award Nominees

30 Nooseneck Hill Rd. Exeter, RI 02822. 401-397-3375

2018 Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Winner

RIMSBA Book Selection Process

The RI Middle School Book Award shall have the following selection criteria:

1. The book must be published within the two (2) years preceding (not including the year of the award).

2. Only books that are the first in a series will be considered.

3. All nominees must be in print.

4. Books chosen for RITBA or RICBA in previous years will not be eligible for RIMSBA.

5. Once a book has been removed from consideration, it cannot be nominated in future years.

The committee will consider the following when evaluating nominees for the final list:

  • a well-constructed plot and defined story structure

  • strong characterization

  • striking language

  • vivid setting

  • appeal for readers in Grades 6-8

Book Nominations

  • Members of the RIMSBA Committee (a mix of school and public librarians, teachers and community members from Rhode Island) should nominate books based on the above criteria.

  • Anyone may nominate a book via the RIMSBA website. These books must be seconded by a RIMSBA committee member before being considered.

  • Books nominated by publishers and/or authors must be seconded by a committee member before being added to the list of titles under consideration.

  • Nominations must be submitted by the January meeting in order to be considered at the Voting Meeting in March.


These resources have been curated by Michelle Steever, Metcalf School Librarian.  Book annotations and book trailers are courtesy of book publishers and have been truncated for space limitations. Rhode Island Middle School Book Award logo used with permission by RIMSBA committee. 

2019 RIMSBA Nominees

6th grade students at Metcalf School are expected to read and journal at least 6 of the books below in order to participate in the Middle School Book Awards.  Please remember that not all books are appropriate for all children.  Children and their parents should always make the decisions about what meets their interest and reading level.  The book annotations below are courtesy of the book publishers and may have been truncated for space.