Stillwater Public Library announces teen book awards

(STILLWATER, OK / October 22, 2013) – The U.S. has its National Book Award, Britain has its Booker Prize and the world has the Nobel Prize for Literature.  The Stillwater Public Library is now introducing the next big prize in literature: the Stillwater Teen Read Awards.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m., teens will begin work selecting the finalists for the first time in what the library hopes will be an annual event.  Those who participate in this special book club will receive a list of the top reviewed books of the year so far.  Teens will read titles from that list and meet monthly between November and March to discuss and whittle down the list to the 3-5 finalists.

“We thought this would be a great alternative to a traditional book club” said Scott Freeman, teen librarian.  “We will still meet monthly to discuss what we read, but there will also be a competition aspect to it.”

Voting will open throughout the month of March for all Stillwater teens to vote on what they feel is the best book of the previous year.  Efforts will be made to secure a Skype visit with the winning author.

Initial books on the consideration list include:

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • Winger by Andrew Smith
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  • Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  • Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Larangis
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

“These titles cover a wide range of reading levels and maturity,” said Freeman.  “We want to make sure that the teens and their parents know that before picking a book to read.”

The book club is free and open to students in grades 6-12.  To register, contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org.