Book awards: In the Margins Official List

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Works (97)

Accused: A Retaliation Novel #2 by Yasmin ShirazFiction, 2015
Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little*Fiction, 2015
Black Lotus by K'wanFiction, 2015
Black Sheep by Na'ima B. RobertFiction, 2015
Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence SitomerFiction, 2015
Girls Like Us by Gail GilesFiction, 2015
The Hit by Melvin BurgessFiction, 2015
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon**Fiction, 2015
The Innocence Device (Rapid Reads) by William KowalskiFiction, 2015
Kinda Like Brothers by Coe BoothFiction, 2015
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me by Daniel BeatyFiction, 2015
The Lure by Lynne Ewing*Fiction, 2015
The Old Neighborhood: A Novel by Bill HillmannFiction, 2015
On the Edge by Allison van DiepenFiction, 2015
Quarantine #2: The Saints by Lex ThomasFiction, 2015
Rabbit Ears by Maggie De VriesFiction, 2015
Ruby: Between the Cracks (Volume 1) by p.d. workman*Fiction, 2015
Throwaway Girl by Kristine ScarrowFiction, 2015
The Way Back (Orca Soundings) by Carrie MacFiction, 2015
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds*Fiction, 2015
Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle KnightNonfiction, 2015
From God's Monster to the Devil's Angel:: Life of a Chicago Gang Member by Pacc Butler*Nonfiction, 2015
The Griots of Oakland: Voices from the African American Oral History Project by Angela Zusman*Nonfiction, 2015
Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima HallNonfiction, 2015
The High Price I Had To Pay 2: Sentenced To 30 Years As A Non-Violent First Time Offender by Michelle Miles*Nonfiction, 2015
Homeless at Age 13 to a College Graduate: An Autobiography by Anthony D. RossNonfiction, 2015
Hustle by David Tomas MartinezNonfiction, 2015
Left For Dead by Ebony Canion**Nonfiction, 2015
Let Me Live: Voices of Youth Incarcerated (Poetry Behind The Walls) by Save the KidsNonfiction, 2015
Lionheart: Coming From Where I'm From by Rayshawn L Wilson*Nonfiction, 2015
Prison Baby: A Memoir by Deborah Jiang SteinNonfiction, 2015
Real Justice: Jailed for Life for Being Black: The Story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Lorimer Real Justice) by Bill SwanNonfiction, 2015
Runaway Thoughts: Stories by P.O.P.S. the Club of Venice High School by Amy FriedmanNonfiction, 2015
Shards: A Young Vice Cop Investigates Her Darkest Case of Meth Addiction - Her Own by Allison MooreNonfiction, 2015
All American Boys by Jason ReynoldsFiction, 2016
Bleed Like Me by C. DesirFiction, 2016
Burn Baby, Burn Baby by Kevin CraigFiction, 2016
Dime by E. R. Frank*Fiction, 2016
Down by Law (Throwback Diaries) by Ni-Ni SimoneFiction, 2016
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel QuinteroFiction, 2016
Hard Knocks High: Project Windows by Kevin BrownFiction, 2016
Little Peach by Peggy Kern*Fiction, 2016
Monster: A Graphic Novel by Walter Dean MyersFiction, 2016
Noble Warrior (Caged Warrior) by Alan Lawrence SitomerFiction, 2016
On the Other Side of the Bridge by Ray VillarealFiction, 2016
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. SchmidtFiction, 2016
The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson*Fiction, 2016
Quarantine #3: The Burnouts by Lex ThomasFiction, 2016
Rose: A Modernization by F. FreemanFiction, 2016
Size of a Fist by Tara GereauxFiction, 2016
Still Waters by Ash ParsonsFiction, 2016
Tap out by Sean RodmanFiction, 2016
Tattooed Teardrops by p.d. workman**Fiction, 2016
Teeny Little Grief Machines (Gravel Road) by Linda Oatman HighFiction, 2016
We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko JeanFiction, 2016
All The Way: My Life on Ice by Jordin TootooNonfiction, 2016
America's massacre : the audacity of despair and a message of hope by Tewhan Butler**Nonfiction, 2016
Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Teaching for Social Justice Series) by Crystal T. LauraNonfiction, 2016
Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story by David RobertsonNonfiction, 2016
Billie: A Memoir by Billie KingNonfiction, 2016
The Boy Who Carried Bricks -- A True Story of Survival by Alton Carter*Nonfiction, 2016
Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography by Rick RossNonfiction, 2016
Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker (Biographies) by Julian VolojNonfiction, 2016
Ghetto By The Sea: The Second Annual P.O.P.S. (Pain of the Prison System) Anthology by Amy FriedmanNonfiction, 2016
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill LeovyNonfiction, 2016
Girls in Justice by Richard Ross***Nonfiction, 2016
Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland by Amanda BerryNonfiction, 2016
Neon Aliens Ate My Homework: And Other Poems by Nick CannonNonfiction, 2016
Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Tony Lewis Jr.Nonfiction, 2016
Street God: The Explosive True Story of a Former Drug Boss on the Run from the Hood--and the Courageous Mission That Drove Him Back by Dimas SalaberriosNonfiction, 2016
The Triangle: A Year on the Ground with New York's Bloods and Crips by Kevin Deutsch*Nonfiction, 2016
Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City by Lisa CharleyboyNonfiction, 2016
American Flowers by Michael A McLellan*Fiction, 2017
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine HeppermannFiction, 2017
The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker: A Novel by Kat SpearsFiction, 2017
Burn Baby Burn by Meg MedinaFiction, 2017
Burning by Danielle RollinsFiction, 2017
Calling Maggie May by AnonymousFiction, 2017
Dear Yvette (Throwback Diaries) by Ni-Ni Simone*Fiction, 2017
Don't Fail Me Now by Una LaMarcheFiction, 2017
Dream Things True: A Novel by Marie MarquardtFiction, 2017
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow*Fiction, 2017
Light of Day by Allison Van DiepenFiction, 2017
Little miss somebody by Christy Lynn Abram**Fiction, 2017
The Missing by Melanie FlorenceFiction, 2017
Other Broken Things by C. Desir*Fiction, 2017
Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. DavisFiction, 2017
This Way Home by Wes MooreFiction, 2017
Throw Away Sisters by Debbie Winnekins DeutschFiction, 2017
Traffick by Ellen HopkinsFiction, 2017
The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston*Fiction, 2017
Aging out by Alton Carter**Nonfiction, 2017
Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff*Nonfiction, 2017
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. MorrisNonfiction, 2017
Teenage Degenerate by S. C. Sterling*Nonfiction, 2017
The Untold Story Of The Real Me: Young Voices From Prison by Free Minds Writers*Nonfiction, 2017
Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States by Maya Schenwar***Nonfiction, 2017

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Award description

ITM, under the umbrella of Library Services for Youth in Custody, strives to bring to light self-published and small press published titles by, for, and about people in poverty, on the streets, in custody, or otherwise living in the margins. Books from larger publishers are also considered if they fit our charge. Teens are the target audience for the lists we create and promote.
We hope our book list will empower librarians working in difficult situations to legitimize their book choices in order to promote positive reading and literacy activities for teens in the margins.

See also the Top Ten list

*Denotes Top Ten list selections
**Denotes winners of Top Non-Fictionand Top Fiction Awards. 
*** Denotes winner of Social Justice/Advocacy Award.


In the Margins strives to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody - or a cycle of all three.  
To seek out and highlight fiction and non-fiction titles (PreK through adult) of high-interest appeal to youth, ages 9-21, that reflect marginalized and/or street culture with a preference for marginalized books (books that are self-published or from small independent publishers).
Committee charge:
The 7-11 member committee selects and reviews best books of the year and creates an official list,  Top Ten list, top fiction and non fiction title.  Titles of interest will be unusual, possibly un-reviewed, have multicultural characters, address topics dealing with difficult situations including (but not limited to) street life, marginalized populations, crime, justice, war, violence, abuse, addiction, homelessness and gangs. The committee highlights self-published titles as much as possible. The committee places a high preference on books representing African-American and Latino protagonists, books reflecting teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody - or a cycle of all three - and books of high interest appeal to reluctant readers. Youth feedback is a critical factor in book nomination and selection.
One title is chosen for the Advocacy Award.  
The In the Margins Advocacy Book Award chooses the  best book that illuminates issues of race, class and incarceration or otherwise highlights the reality of people of color living in the margins of society. The Advocacy award goes to the best book for adults to read in order to increase, deepen, affirm and clarify their understanding of the issues facing poor people or poor children of color in America. Higher consideration is given to a book that teens also read, but teen feedback is not essential to the choosing of this award.  All publishers, including self published books are considered equally.


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