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Lincoln Award Winners 2021

The Abe Lincoln Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades nine through twelve in participating Illinois schools.

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An Outsider’s Guide to Humans: What Science Taught Me About What We Do and Who We Are
by Camilla Pang

Jill says,

A unique take on life’s big questions from a scientist who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age eight.

Me & Mama
by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Anny says,

A heartwarming tale of quiet moments shared between a mother and daughter during a rainy morning while the rest of the family members sleep in. Told from the little girl’s point of view, it’s a great read to be shared by mother and daughter.

Fuss-Free Vegan
by Sam Turnbull

Monica says,

If you are trying to eat healthier this year or reduce your cholesterol consumption from animal products, this book is for you! All the recipes are simple, easy, use common ingredients, and are SUPER tasty. (more…)

No Country For Old Men

Scott says,

The Coen Brothers’ best is this modern day Western, with drug cartel angel of death Javier Bardem relentlessly chasing down money-grabber Josh Brolin through the Tex-Mex badlands; from the novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Bad Best Friend
by Rachel Vail

Vail’s next great story of a normal kid facing normal problems (no one turns into a werewolf or discovers a portal to another world). Niki is shocked when her best friend dumps her for a more popular crowd. (more…)

Ikenga
by Nnedi Okorafor

Nnamdi’s family struggles emotionally and financially after his father was killed in the line of duty. He wants to avenge his father’s death, but is only 12 years old. He comes to possess a magical object that grants him superpowers. (more…)

Chapter 2 is Missing!
by Josh Lieb

An inventive picture book that’s missing chapter two. Join the narrator as he searches high and low, interviews suspects, and enlists the help of a detective. Wonderful illustrations to accompany a madcap story about stories.

The Host

Scott says,

You just saw Parasite, now see Oscar winner Bong Joon-ho’s breakout with Western audiences with this monster movie that upends expectations just as much as Parasite.

Pilu of the Woods
by Mai K. Nguyen

Willow is having a hard time at home & school and occasionally lets her emotions get the better of her. She hikes in the woods to calm down, meets a lost tree spirit and helps her return home. The journey is spiritual and physical with both girls challenging and supporting each other on her way home.