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Winners of the 2015 Sequoyah Book Awards
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Oklahoma’s Young Readers Have Voted and the Results Are In! 

A love story between two teenage cancer patients, an adventure filled with danger and hidden identities, and a book inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla are winners in the 2015 Sequoyah Book Awards competition.

More than 14,800 Oklahoma children and teens cast their votes in February and March to choose the honorees in the nation’s third-oldest youth literary choice award, sponsored by the Oklahoma Library Association. Students are required to read at least three books on their Sequoyah book list to be eligible to vote.

Fault in Our Stars CoverThe 2015 Sequoyah Book Award winner in the High School category, selected by students in grades 9 to 12, is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. In this acclaimed novel, Hazel and August are two teenage cancer patients who meet in a cancer support group. Despite Hazel’s best efforts to maintain a platonic relationship with her new friend, the two fall in love. The book has been on multiple bestseller lists, and was adapted into a popular Hollywood film.

False Prince CoverStudents in grades 6-8 selected The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen as the winner in the Intermediate category. This first novel in the Ascendance Trilogy is set in a divided kingdom. To unite the people, a nobleman devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Hollywood also has plans to adapt this work into a movie.

One and Only Ivan CoverWinner in the Children’s category, selected by students in grades 3-5, is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla named Ivan, this illustrated novel tells a story of friendship, art, and hope. The book was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and received the 2013 Newberry Medal for distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The annual Sequoyah Book Award program was created in the late 1950s to encourage young people to read books of high literary quality. Each year, the OLA Sequoyah committees provide reading lists, lesson plans, and programming ideas for librarians and teachers. For more information about the Sequoyah Book Award, visit the Oklahoma Library Association website at

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