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Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards 2018

The first Sequoyah Children's Book Award was given in April, 1959, making the award the third oldest children's choice award in the nation. In 1988, the first Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award was given. Twenty years later the YA book award was changed to Intermediate Award' and a High School award was created and was first awarded in 2010. The awards are given annually, usually as an event at the Oklahoma Library Association's Annual Conference. The Oklahoma Library Association honors Sequoyah for his unique achievement in creating the Cherokee syllabary, the 86 symbols representing the different sounds in the Cherokee language. His statue is one of the two representing Oklahoma in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The son of a Cherokee mother and a white trader father, Sequoyah, Cherokee for "Lame One," was also known by his English name, George Guess. A cabin built by Sequoyah as part of a United States government grant still stands near Sallisaw. This grant was the first given for literary achievement in the United States.

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      Far from the Tree

      by Robin Benway

      Mar 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      2019 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      In this National Book Award-winning novel about the meaning of family, adopted teen Grace seeks out her biological siblings after giving up her own baby.

      Midnight at the Electric

      by Jodi Lynn Anderson

      Oct 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      2019 Final Nominee, Intermediate Nominee
      While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri's fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

      Eliza and Her Monsters

      by Francesca Zappia

      Sep 2017

      Young Adults

      2019 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble. Black-and-white illustrations.

      When Dimple Met Rishi

      by Sandhya Menon

      Jul 2017

      Young Adults

      2019 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      This is a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

      Armstrong & Charlie

      by Steven B. Frank

      Jun 2017

      Advanced Readers

      2019 Final Nominee, Intermediate Nominee
      Charlie isn't looking forward to sixth grade. If he starts sixth grade, chances are he'll finish it. And when he does, he'll grow older than the brother he recently lost.


      by Barry Lyga

      Jun 2017

      Young Adults

      2019 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one—not even Sebastian himself—can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister.

      Strange the Dreamer

      by Laini Taylor

      May 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      2019 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly.

      Still Life with Tornado

      by A. S. King

      Dec 2016

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2018 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      A heartbreaking story of a talented teenage artist's surreal awakening to the horrifically unoriginal brokenness of her family.

      A Step Toward Falling

      by Cammie McGovern

      Dec 2015

      Young Adults

      2018 Final Nominee, Intermediate Nominee
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      Emily knows she needs to step up and take responsibility for failing her disabled classmate, Belinda, in a moment of need. Meanwhile, Belinda's realizing she's ready to take charge of herself.
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