An online book club to discuss the 2021 Lincoln Award books. Join us for one or all of the discussions. We are teaming up with St. Charles East High School to host online book discussions, but any high school student may attend regardless of school. Pick up a copy at the library, or St. Charles East students may request copies from the LRC.
We'll Fly Away
"Luke and Toby have always had each other's backs. But then one choice--or maybe it is a series of choices--sets them down an irrevocable path. We'll Fly Away weaves together Luke and Toby's senior year of high school with letters Luke writes to Toby later--from death row. Best friends since childhood, Luke and Toby have dreamed of one thing: getting out of their dead-end town. Soon they finally will, riding the tails of Luke's wrestling scholarship, never looking back. If they don't drift apart first. If Toby's abusive dad, or Luke's unreliable mom, or anything else their complicated lives throw at them doesn't get in the way. Tense and emotional, this hard-hitting novel explores family abuse, sex, love, and friendship, and how far people will go to protect those they love."
The award is named for Abraham Lincoln, one of Illinois' most famous residents and himself an avid reader and noted author. The Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE) sponsors the award. The Lincoln Award is designed to encourage teens to read for personal satisfaction and become familiar with authors of young adult and adult books.
All high school students that read at least four of the nominees and register by January 15 are welcome to vote online for their favorite February 15th– March 15th.