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2019 Illinois Reads List

Kitten and the Night Watchman

Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Margaret Wise Brown Prize Five starred reviews! Selected as a Best Book of 2018 by The Boston Globe, Ki...

2020 Illinois Reads List

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 10, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thri...

Cape

Illustrated by Patrick Spaziante
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: August 06, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

“Readers…will be enamored by this blend of history, mystery, and superpowered action.” —Booklist (starred review) “Has the exciting pace of a super...

All That I Can Fix

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: June 12, 2018
Ages: 12 - 99

“A superbly entertaining read.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Will win over teens.” —School Library Journal (starred review) A teen boy’s world...

2020 Bluestem Book Award Master List

Between the Lines

How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: January 23, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

“A visually striking, enlightening picture-book biography.” —Booklist (starred review) “An absolutely indispensable illustrated biography.” —School...

2021 Bluestem Book Award Master List

Lifeboat 12

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 04, 2018
Ages: 8 - 13

“This page-turning true-life adventure is filled with rich and riveting details and a timeless understanding of the things that matter most.”—Dashk...

Power Forward

Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: May 08, 2018
Ages: 7 - 10

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes the first book in an exciting new middle grade series about a fourth-grader with big dr...

2020 Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers Choice Award Master List

Long Way Down

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 24, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is Na...

2021 Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers Choice Award Master List

Obsessed

A Memoir of My Life with OCD
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: September 19, 2017
Ages: 14 - 99

A brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder—and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her w...

A Heart in a Body in the World

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: September 18, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

“This is one for the ages.” —Gayle Forman, author of the #1 bestseller If I Stay “A book everyone should read right now.” —The New York Times Book ...

Price of Duty

This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: July 17, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

From award-winning author Todd Strasser comes a gripping new novel that explores the struggles of war, the price paid by those who fight in them, a...

2021 Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers Choice Award Master List

Dry

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: October 02, 2018
Ages: 12 - 99

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harro...

2021 Rebecca Cauldill Young Readers' Book Award Master List

Long Way Down

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 24, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is Na...

The Only Road

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 04, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

PURA BELPRÉ HONOR BOOK ALA NOTABLE BOOK “Powerful and timely.” —Booklist (starred review) “An important, must-have addition to the growing body of ...