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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, Kirkus...

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 thrilled...

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 superhero...

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.”—Dashka...

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 dreams...

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...

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 way...

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, and...

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 harrowing...