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In the Margins Book Award & 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 2016 In The Margins Top Ten List and 2016 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 2016 In the Margins Fiction and Non Fiction award are:

IIn the Margins Top Fiction Award, 2016: Tattooed Teardrops by PD Workman

Product DetailsIn the Margins Top Non-Fiction Award, 2016: America's Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope by Tewhan Butler

2016 In The Margins Top Ten List

2016 In The Margins Official List.  

School Library Journal announcement of our Top Ten list


The winner of the 2016 In The Margins Social Justice/Advocacy award is:

Product DetailsGirls in Justice by Rick Ross

2015 Social Justice/Advocacy Award nominations

More information about the Social Justice/Advocacy Award


For our 2015 list, we considered over 200 titles. 56 titles were nominated for the list, 7 of which were considered for the Social Justice/Advocacy Award.  

27 of our titles are unique to our list. 7 titles are also highlighted as nominees or are awards for other lists.  Why didn't these 15 nominated titles make the list? 

2015 Committee 2015 Nominations 


Mission & Committee Charge

The 2015 committee is now OPEN. WE HAVE FOUR OPENINGS FOR NEXT YEAR!  TERM TO BEGIN FEB, 2015. Please fill out the application to be considered for the committee beginning in February, 2015.  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 2016 List.  Titles nominated by non-committee members must be seconded by a committee member. We will look at all nominated titles.


2014 In The Margins List

For our 2014 list, we considered over 200 titles. 30 titles made our  2014 In The Margins Official Nominations List.  25 titles made our  2014 In The Margins Offical List We also chose a 2014 Top Ten List.  12 of our titles are unique to our list, and 13 are also highlighted as nominees or are awards for other lists. Are these the Best of the best? 

2014 Founding Committee   

For more information, contact Amy Cheney 

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