Arkansas Teen Book Award: 2021-2022 Winners & Nominees

2022 Award Winners

2022 Level 1 (Grades 7-9) Winner: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why — or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.

2022 Level 1 (Grades 7-9) Runner Up: Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Teen, 2020

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

2022 Level 2 (Grades 10-12) Winner: Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books; Illustrated edition, 2020

Will’s older brother, Shawn, has been shot.
Will feels a sadness so great, he can’t explain it. But in his neighborhood, there are THE RULES:

No. 1: Crying.
No matter what.

No. 2: Snitching
No matter what.

No. 3: Revenge
No matter what.

But bullets miss. You can get the wrong guy. And there’s always someone else who knows to follow the rules…

2022 Level 2 (Grades 10-12) Runner Up: This Is My America by Kim Johnson

Random House Children’s Books, 2020

Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?

2022 Nominees

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