You might find yourself having to read an award winning book for school at some time, so we thought we’d help out a bit and produce a list of award winning books (with one or two critically acclaimed almost-award-winning books), most of which (but not all) are in the Young Adults collection.

If you’re still on the lookout after browsing through here then have a look at this post, which has links to different award websites. Also, don’t forget the Classic Novels booklist.

Updated: March 2013 to include some more recent award winners!

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2004)

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood (shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize, 2003)

Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Printz Award, 2011)

Swamplandia!, Karen Russell (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, 2012 – a year in which no one won the Fiction category)

Going Bovine, Libba Bray (Printz Award, 2010)

Postcards from No Man’s Land, Aidan Chambers (Carnegie Medal, 1999)

The 10 pm Question, Kate De Goldi (NZ Post Children’s Book Awards, 2009, New Zealand author)

The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate (Newbery Medal, 2013)

Bog Child, Siobhan Dowd (Carnegie Medal, 2009)

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Roddy Doyle (MAN Booker Prize, 1993)

The Dead I Know, Scot Gardner (The Children’s Book Council of Australia, 2012)

Tu, Patricia Grace (Deutz Medal for Fiction, New Zealand Book Awards, 2005, Grace also won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2008)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon (Guardian Book Award, 2003)

The Bone People, Keri Hulme (MAN Booker Prize, 1985)

The Round House, Louise Erdrich (Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award, 2013)

Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones (Montana Medal for Fiction, New Zealand Book Awards, 2007)

A visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan (The Pulitzer Prize, 2011)

On the Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta (Printz Award, 2009)

Life of Pi, Yann Martel (MAN Booker Prize, 2002)

The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness (Guardian Book Award, 2009)

The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht (Orange Prize, 2011)

Vernon God Little, D B C Pierre (MAN Booker Prize, 2003)

Northern Lights, Philip Pullman (Guardian Book Award, 1996, Carnegie Medal)

How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff (Printz Award, 2005, Guardian Book Award)

White Teeth, Zadie Smith (Whitbread Book Award, 2000)

Pure, Julianna Baggott (Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award, 2013)