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What is the CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award?

The TRCA is Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s first student-driven book award, facilitated by CCRSB Library Services. This is the sixth year for the award. In our first year, students in grades 7-12 nominated their favourite book, read the top 10 most-nominated titles, and voted for what they considered to be the best book. 1,388 votes were cast across the board and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games was crowned the inaugural winner.

In subsequent years the Award shortlist has been selected by CCRSB Library Staff to engage students with current critically-acclaimed titles published for young adults. In year two the winning title was Divergent. This was followed by I am Malala,  We Were Liars and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

This year, CCRSB Library Services staff again carefully chose the Top 10 based on the best critical reviews, readers’ reviews, and the books’ performances on well-respected awards lists. The titles represent a wide range of genres and include some of the best fiction published between January 2015  and December 2016.

Why have a Teen Reader’s Choice Award?

  • To expose students to recent, high-quality teen fiction and non-fiction titles.
  • To celebrate reading for pleasure and encourage teens to have conversations about books.
  • To continue the success realized through the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, which targets students in grades 4-6.

When will the Teen Reader’s Choice Award happen?

The TRCA top ten titles for 2017 were released on March 21st. Students can read and vote until June 2nd. Voting will be by paper ballot in your library or online. The winning title will be announced on June 13.

In addition to in-person discussions, and the TRCA blog, CCRSB is introducing the hashtag #TRCA2017 this year to further build the conversation around literature. Students are encouraged to use the hashtag when voicing their thoughts and opinions of these books online.

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