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Abraham Lincoln Book Awards 2016

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Abraham Lincoln Book Awards


5th_wave   Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


  • (368 p.: HL380)

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz    

    Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante 

    and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that 

    he has never asked before.

anna_dressed_in_bloodBetween Shades of Gray


  • (368 p.: HL490)

  • In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by 

    Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while 

    she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story 

    in a jar on Lithuanian soil.

ask_the_passengers   Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
  • (272 p.: 830L)


    Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball 

    team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town. When his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African 

    American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that 

    they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

beginning_of_everything   Butter by Erin Jade Lange
  •  (320 p.: HL770)

  • Unable to control his binge eating, a morbidly obese teenager nicknamed Butter decides to make 

    a live webcast of his last meal as he attempts to eat himself to death.

code_name_verity   Cruel Beauty
  • (368 p.)

  • Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-

    old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife.

dj_rising     The Darkest Minds


  •  (528 p.: 870L)

  • After being held for six years, sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a in a government-run 

    'rehabilitation camp' for teens. They are contained in camps because they have dangerous 

    powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.  Joining a band of other 

    teens on the run, Ruby begins to search for the elusive ‘Slip Kid,’ who may be able to help the 

    group return to their families.

eleanor_and_park  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell



  •  (459 p.: HL570)
  • Cath is a wildly popular fandom author of an international bestselling series, but no one knows 

except her twin sister.  It’s what has helped Cath cope when her mother abandoned her and her 

sister at a young age.  But now that Cath is starting college and her sister is living elsewhere, 

Cath’s having difficulty adjusting to everything new in her life, including her cynical roommate and 

Levi, the roommate’s friend who won’t leave her alone.


escape_from_camp_14   Girl in Transition by Kean Kwok
  • (320 p.: 840L)

  • Caught between the pressure to succeed in America, her duty to their family, and her own 

    personal desires, Kimberly Chang, an immigrant girl from Hong Kong, learns to constantly 

    translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

into_the_wild_nerd_yonder   I am the Weapon (previously published as Boy Nobody) by Allen Zadoff


  • (368 p.: HL450)

  • Sixteen-year-old Boy Nobody, an assassin controlled by a shadowy government organization, The 

    Program, considers sabotaging his latest mission because his target reminds him of the normal 

    life he craves.

madmans_daughter  I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • (400 p.:HL740)

  • Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah is falling in love 

    with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude does the talking for both of them. But 

    three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the 

    twins in different and dramatic ways


monster_calls  If you Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan


  • (272 p.: HL670)
  • In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love 

    each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and 

    Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

out_of_the_easy   The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson                 
  • (416 p.: HL720)

  • For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father have been on the road, as he struggles to 

    escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. They decide to move back to 

    their hometown to try a 'normal' life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their 


raven_boys   One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard            


  • (288 p.)

  • In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down 

    uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English 

    teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to 

    become the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands.

selection   Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline     
  • (278 p.: 890L)

  • Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to 'aging out' out of the foster care system. A community 

    service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out 

    of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns 

    that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be to each other.

seraphina   Positive by Paige Rawl                               


  •  (288 p: HL730)

  • Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth, but growing up, she never felt like her illness 

    defined her until the bullying began in middle school. One night, desperate for escape, Paige 

    swallowed fifteen sleeping pills—one for each year of her life to date. That could have been the 

    end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning.

statistical_probability_of_love_at_first_sight    Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry 
  • (480 p.: HL780)

  • In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the 

    zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he 

    must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

stolen    Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern               


  • (368 p: HL660)

  • Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully 

    control her facial expressions. Plagued by OCD, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, 

    neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to 

    the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

swim_the_fly   Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson                
  •  (416 p.: HL680)

  • Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women 

    extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. 

    Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. And David wants in because he wants 

    revenge, and he’ll do everything he can to seek justice.

testing   This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales            


  • (304 p.)

  • Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the 

    passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

throne_of_glass   We Were Liars by E. Lockhart  
  • (240 p.: HL600)

  • Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her 

    cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence loves every minute of time she spends 

    there each year. But now Cadence can’t remember what happened during her fifteenth summer, 

    as she struggles to put all the pieces together.


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