Normal Public Library Teens

Lincoln Award

The Abraham Lincoln Award is awarded annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by participating students in grades nine through twelve in Illinois. The award is named for Abraham Lincoln, one of Illinois’ most famous residents and himself an avid reader and noted author. The award is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA).The Abraham Lincoln Award is designed to encourage high school students to read for personal satisfaction and become familiar with authors of young adult and adult books.

2010 – City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? (S)

2009 – Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Sixteen-year-old Kristina first tries crank, or crystal meth, while visiting her long-estranged father, a crank junkie. Bree is Kristina’s imagined, bolder self, who flirts outrageously and gets high without remorse, and when Kristina returns to her mother and family in Reno, it’s Bree who makes connections with edgy guys and other crank users that escalate into full-blown addiction and heartrending consequences. (S)

2008 – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.  (M, S)

2007 – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday means being turned from an “ugly” into a “pretty,” and in just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally’s friend Shay doesn’t want to be pretty, and when Shay runs away, Tally learns about the dark side of the pretty world. Now Tally has been offered a terrible choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. (S)

2006 – My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

By age thirteen, Anna has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate – a life and a role that she has never challenged. But now, in an effort to claim her life for herself, Anna makes a decision that will tear her family apart. (A/YA)

2005 – A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

This book tells the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.” (A/YA)

 
 

Grade Level Interest
M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).
S Senior High (defined as grades 9-12).
A/YA Adult-marketed book recommended for teens.

 
 
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