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Exeter-West Greenwich Jr/Sr High School Library: RIMSBA

Middle School Book Battle

RI Middle School Book Award RIMSBA

2020 RI Middle School Virtual Book Battle 




Thursday June 4th, 2020 

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2020 RIMSBA Winner


Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald, Hardcover | Barnes & NobleĀ®     Winner

Ghost Boys - 1st Runner Up

Lifeboat 12 - 2nd Runner Up              

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.

2021 RIMSBA Nominees

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.

Allies by Alan Gratz
June 6, 1944: D-Day. As the allies invade Normandy in the hopes of
defeating the Nazis, nine voices, ranging from a teenage American
soldier to a French-Algerian girl working for the Resistance, tell their
gripping stories of what happened on a day that changed the course of
World War II – and the 20th century – forever. Historical Fiction.
Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale
Axl, Sid, and Ivan just meant to make a simple taco run for the drama
club. Instead, they walk into a disgusting alien dimension which
starts to take over the town. Can they stop the spread of horror before
it’s too late? Horror/Graphic Novel.
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Runaway sisters Viji and Rukku find shelter on an abandoned bridge
as they try to survive on the streets of Chennai, India. When illness
strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk seeking help from strangers
or keep holding on to their freedom. Realistic Fiction.
The Darkdeep by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs
Something ancient and horrible in the water is bringing the dreams
and nightmares of four kids to life. Told in alternating points of view,
this is a creepy, suspenseful tale of a mysterious power in the
darkness. Horror/Suspense.
Focused by Alyson Gerber
Clea tries her best in school, but no matter what she does, she just
can’t seem to get it together. She is angry when her parents take her
to get tested for ADHD, sure the doctor is wrong, but getting a
diagnosis might help her get her life on track. Realistic Fiction.
Friendroid by M.M. Vaughan
Danny, a loner at his school, strikes up an unexpected friendship with
Eric, a popular new kid. But Eric has a secret: he’s a robot As the
two friends dig into his past, they find themselves in danger and
Danny must decide how much he’s willing to risk for a friend who
isn’t what he appears to be. Science Fiction.
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams
Genesis Anderson hates the way she looks. She prays to be beautiful
– lighter – so that her life will get better. When her family is evicted
and Genesis switches schools, she begins to learn more about her
family’s past and discover the strength, beauty, and power that was in
her all along. Realistic Fiction.
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
Edie knows that her Indigenous mom was adopted by a white couple
as a baby, but that is all she knows about her heritage. That is until
one day when she finds a box of letters in the attic and a photograph
of a young woman which holds the key to discovering more about her
family’s past. Realistic Fiction.
Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
Anders and Rayna are inseparable – they have to be in order to
survive as orphans on the streets of Vallen. But the siblings are torn
apart when they manifest different shape-shifting abilities and find
themselves on opposite sides of a war. Fantasy.

Killer Style: How Fashion has Maimed, Murdered, and Murdered
Through History by Serah-Marie McMahon
With amusing anecdotes, photos, and illustrations readers will
discover different ways fashion and the clothing industry have caused
consumer harm – even fatalities. These stories will shock, but also
provide thoughtful ideas about who are the true victims of fashion.
Non Fiction
Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee
A hug is harmless – right? Mila, a seventh-grader, isn’t so sure, not
when boys in her class start touching her in ways that make her feel
uncomfortable. Is she overreacting, like her friend Zara thinks? Or
should Mila use the confidence she gains from karate class to stand
up for herself and declare that no means no? Realistic Fiction.
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Jordan just wants to go to art school and make comics, but his parents
send him to an exclusive private school instead. He tries to find his
place as one of the few students of color in his class, navigating life
between his Washington Heights neighborhood and Riverdale
Academy Day School. Realistic Fiction/Graphic Novel.
The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
Paulie Fink was the coolest, wildest, most fun kid at Mitchell School
in Vermont. Then he was gone. What happened to Paulie? And, more
importantly, who is going to take his place as the official class
clown? Realistic Fiction.
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Jude and her mother are forced to flee their home in Syria and live
with their family in America, leaving her father and brother behind.
Faced with a new language, culture, and customs, Jude strives to find
her voice and her place in her new home.
Realistic Fiction/Novel in Verse.
Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt
Kate is a stereotypical cheerleader and Tam is a tall, athletic
volleyball player who is often mistaken for a boy. Surprisingly, the
two become friends, and soon their relationship deepens in a way
neither ever imagined. Realistic Fiction/Novel in Verse.
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
After a tragedy, Coyote and her father Rodeo moved into an old
school bus and started driving around the country. When Coyote
discovers the last traces of her family are going to be destroyed she
tries to trick her father into going back – 3,000 miles – to a place they
both tried to forget. Realistic Fiction.
Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue by Marc Aronson
When a Thai youth soccer team went on a field trip to explore a local
cave system they found themselves trapped with no hope of escape.
Racing against time, an international team of divers made a story of
survival out of what was nearly a tragedy. Non-Fiction.
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Alberto Hernandez
Sal Vidon can create holes in the universe when he meditates. At first
he uses his power to help him perform magic tricks, but messing with
the laws of physics can have major consequences – as Sal and his
friend Gabi find out the hard way. Oops! Science Fiction.
We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey
Planet Earth has been destroyed and living on Mars is no longer an
option. One human family is chosen to get help from the Planet
Choom. Will they be accepted on this new planet? Or will they be
sent back to Mars, with no hope for survival? Science Fiction.
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
Elizabeth has always felt alone in the world, but when her wicked
aunt and uncle send her to the cursed Winterhouse Hotel she
discovers a world of puzzles, secrets, and adventures she could never
have imagined. Mystery.

2021 RIMSBA Nominees

Author Book Talks

Some RIMSBA authors talking to RI schools about their books! - Flipgrid -   use code RIMSBA2021