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2017 In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee

In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee (ITM), a committee under the umbrella of Library Services for Youth in Custody (LYSC), is thrilled to announce the top non-fiction, fiction, and Social Justice/Advocacy winning titles as well as the 2017 In The Margins Top Ten List and 2017 In The Margins Official List. In the Margins is committed to promoting and highlighting diverse books and voices that have been in the margins. ITM strives to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody - or a cycle of all three.

The winners of the 201 In the Margins Fiction and Non Fiction award are:

  • In the Margins Top Fiction Award, 2017: Little Miss Somebody by Christy Lynn Abram
  • In the Margins Top Non-Fiction Award, 2017: Aging Out by Alton Carter

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The winner of the 2017 In The Margins Social Justice/Advocacy award is:

  • Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? by Maya Shenwar

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Mission & Committee Charge

The 2018 committee is now CLOSED. WE HAVE OPENINGS FOR THE 2018 YEAR! TERM TO BEGIN FEB, 2018.

Please fill out the application to be considered for the committee beginning in February, 2018. You are welcome to lurk this year to learn the ropes. View committee membership & requirements including our nomination and voting process.

Access to Wiki/Book discussions: If you are a librarian (or person) serving youth in custody and would like access to the wiki in order to read the discussions about up and coming titles, request access here. Please provide your name and where you work in order to be granted access.

Nominate a title for the 2018 List. Titles nominated by non-committee members must be seconded by a committee member. We will look at all nominated titles.


For more information, contact Amy Cheney

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