Abraham Lincoln 2016 Nominee List
WINNER ANNOUNCED: WE WERE LIARS BY E.L. LOCKHART
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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.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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.
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
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.
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
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.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
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.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
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.
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
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.
I Am the Weapon (previously titled Boy Nobody) by Allen Zadoff
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.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
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.
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
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.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
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 lives
One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard
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
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
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.
Positive by Paige Rawl
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.
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
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.
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
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.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
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.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
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.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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.