Lincoln Award Books Reading Program

Read BOOKS Win Prizes!


The Lincoln Award is given each year to the author whose book receives the most votes from high school students in Illinois. It is awarded by the Association of School Library Educators (AISLE).


Read a minimum of 4 nominated books prior to voting in March 2023.

Copies of each book are available in the library at the Lincoln Award display. Look for the books with a Lincoln sticker on the spine. You can also read these books at home on your own e-Reader or check them out from your local library!

How do I win prizes?

Read Lincoln books (or just any books).

Fill out this digital form.

Every comment form enters you in a prize drawing.

How do I win MORE prizes?

Read 4 Lincoln books and you’re eligible (along with a guest) for the voting party in March AND more great prizes!


The two 2nd period classes that read the MOST Lincoln books win a breakfast party!

2023 Nominee List

2022 Lincoln Winner

The Inheritance Games

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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.

To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man's touch -- and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a conwoman, and he's determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather's last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.