Each year at approximately this time the American Library Association announces the winners of its prestigious book awards, generating much excitement. Here’s a quick summary of the deserved winners this year:
Newbery Medal Winner
The Newbery Medal is one of the most prestigious awards for writers of children’s fiction (and sometimes teen-type books win it also).
- Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos
Printz Award Winner
The Printz Award is given for excellence in young adult literature.
- Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley
Printz Honour Books
- Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler
- The Returning, by Christine Hinwood
- Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey
- The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater
The Alex Awards are for the best books that appeal to a young adult audience. There are 10 Alex Award winners (we have some in the general fiction collection):
- Big Girl Small, by Rachel DeWoskin
- In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard
- The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan
- The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
- Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
- Robopocalypse: A Novel, by Daniel H. Wilson
- Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
- The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures, by Caroline Preston
- The Talk-Funny Girl, by Roland Merullo
If you’re interested in reading award winning books, have a look at these previous posts.