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

Middle School Book Battle

RI Teen Book Award

RI Teen Book Award

Link to Book Trailers 2021


2020 Winners - High school students from across Rhode Island have voted! We're proud to announce One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus as the winner of the 2020 Rhode Island Teen Book Award.  Our Honor Books are What if it's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera and Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett One of Us Is Lying (9781524714680): McManus, Karen M ...



2021 RITBA Nominees

RITBA Book Selection Process

In order to be eligible as a nominee for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award, books must conform to the following:

1. The book must be of interest to teens in grades 7-12.

2. The book must be published within two years of the creation of the nominee list. For example, nominees for the 2017 award were selected by the committee in 2016. For inclusion on the 2017 nominee list, titles had to have been first published in the United States in 2014, 2015, or 2016.

3. The primary consideration of book selection should be quality, but level of young adult interest should also be considered. Only titles published with young adults being the primary audience shall be considered.

4. There are no restrictions based on the home country of the author or whether the author is still living.

2021 RITBA Nominees

2021 Nominees


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As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl

One impulsive moment the summer before they leave for college, overachievers Scarlett and David plunge into an irresistible swirl of romance, particle physics, and questionable decisions.


Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. They're not the heroes we deserve. They're just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.


Birthday by Meredith Russo

Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday.


The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook. There was a car accident, murders, a suicide - no one wants to be reminded of the girls they lost.  But Monica is starting to unravel with her need to know more.


Dear Haiti, Love Alaine  by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

A school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti, and writing the report of a lifetime.


Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Frank Li is in limbo between the traditional expectations of his Korean parents and his Southern California upbringing.


Internment  by Samira Ahmed

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.


I Wish You All the Best  by Mason Deaver

When Ben comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister and her husband whom they’ve never met.


Kiss Number 8  by Colleen A.F. Venable

Amanda can’t figure out what’s so exciting about kissing. All of her seven kisses had been horrible in different ways, but nothing compared to the awfulness that followed Kiss Number Eight.


Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki

Laura Dean is Frederica’s dream girl. Only problem is that Laura Dean may not be the greatest girlfriend.


Let Me Hear a Rhyme  by Tiffany D. Jackson

Three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he is still alive.



Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

It's 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza knows he's gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media's images of men dying of AIDS.


Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, confronts a racist teacher and is suspended. She takes off for an early spring break in Qatar where she meets up with Adam who has recently been diagnosed with MS.


Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes

In her own voice, author and poet Nikki Grimes explores her harrowing childhood in a memoir in verse. Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, she found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted.


Patron Saint of Nothing by Randy Ribay

A coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risksJay,  a Filipino-American teenager, takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder.


Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in her best friend Redemption's house.


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Lou is a witch.  Witches like her are hunted and burned. Reid is a chasseur, a witch hunter. A wicked stunt finds them married to each other and falling in love. Love makes a fool of us all.


The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig by Don Zolidis

The worst thing that's ever happened to Craig is also the best: Amy. Amy and Craig never should've gotten together. Yet somehow they did. Until Amy dumped him. Then got back together with him. Over and over and over.


They Call Us Enemy by George Takai

A graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II.


Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

The unforgettable story of two young women-one living, one dead-dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.


We are Here to Stay  by Susan Kuklin

Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens.


XL by Scott Brown

Will Daughtry is a late bloomer--at least, that's what everyone tells him. On his sixteenth birthday, Will is just shy of five feet, and he is bitterly resigned to being tiny forever. Then he starts to grow - fast.