Rogers Free Library

Bristol, Rhode Island

Rhode Island Teen Book Award Winner 2016
& 2017 Nominees

From the Rhode Island Library Association:

Middle school and high school students from across Rhode Island have voted, and we have a winner for the 2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award!
We’re proud to announce Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan as the winner of the
2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award.
dogs of war

Our Honor books are

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


The Night Gardener: A Scary Story by Jonathan Auxier.


These novels were three of 22 young adult books nominated by school librarians, teachers, and public librarians from throughout Rhode Island.  The books were selected on the basis of literary quality and their appeal to those in grades 7 and up.  Throughout the past year, young adults could find copies of the books available to read at their local school and public libraries and area stores.  Readers were eligible to vote once they had read three of the titles.

The Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee would like to thank everyone for participating in this year’s award.


2017 Nominees

Official, printable list


*recommended for older readers

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely*
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven*
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin*
  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby*
  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir*
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon*
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella*
  • Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero*
  • House Arrest by K.A. Holt
  • I Am Princess X by Cheri Priest
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman*
  • A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley*
  • Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness*
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes*
  • The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • What We Saw by Adam Hartzler*