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Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominees 2019

The 57 Bus

"If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes."


A young girl, convicted of murder as a child, serves her sentence only to be placed in a group home, where, upon her release, she must grapple with starting over and an unplanned pregnancy.

The Education of Margot Sanchez

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

"Beautiful eighteen-year-old Xifeng, raised by a cruel aunt who says the stars destine her to be Empress of Feng Lu, chooses to spurn the man who loves her and exploit the dark magic that can make her dream real"--Provided by publisher.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Girl in the Blue Coat

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

The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. 

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

The Language of Thorns

The Lie Tree

On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

Lighter Than My Shadow

In graphic novel format looks at the life of Katie Green who recovered form a eating disorder and child abuse.

Long Way Down

Stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds--the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he's going to murder the guy who killed his brother. Fifteen-year-old Will has a gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans as he gets on the elevator. The elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck, WHO IS DEAD. Just as Will's trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens and a teenage girl gets on. When they were eight, stray bullets had cut through the playground, and she was hit. And so it goes, the whole long way down. At each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story.Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, brilliant look at teenage gun violence.


"In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines"

Freshman Honors English Summer Reading 2018

Sophomore Honors English Summer Reading 2018

Junior Honors English Summer Reading 2018

GR. 12 AP English Literature Summer Reading 2018

Rhode Island Teen Book Award

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The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Moxie: A Novel by Jennifer Mathieu

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

Warcross by Marie Lu

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton


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