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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.

      How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild

      by Katherine Roy

      Dec 2017

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      2019 Final Nominee, Grades 3-5 Nominee
      This nonfiction picture book follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth. Author's note. Selected sources. Further reading and resources. Full-color map and illustrations.

      Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

      by Patricia McCormick

      Nov 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      2019 Final Nominee, Grades 3-5 Nominee
      When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled little mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they'd ever known. Author's note with photograph. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations were drawn with pencil and colored digitally.

      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.

      Joplin, Wishing

      by Diane Stanley

      Oct 2017

      City Elementary

      2019 Final Nominee, Grades 3-5 Nominee
      $16.99  $12.75  Member Price
      When young New Yorker Joplin discovers magic in a beautiful Dutch platter—and the girl tied to it, the new friends are pulled into an adventure filled with friendship, family, and ancient magic.

      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.

      Words in Deep Blue

      by Cath Crowley

      Aug 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2019 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      In this beautiful love story two teens find their way back to each other in a bookstore full of secrets and crushes, grief and hope—and letters hidden between the pages.

      Ashes to Asheville

      by Sarah Dooley

      Jul 2017

      Advanced Readers Plus

      2019 Final Nominee, Intermediate Nominee
      Two sisters take off on a wild road trip to fulfill their late mother's dying wish in this poignant middle grade tale. Author's note.

      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.

      Bang

      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.
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