Youth Media Awards 2016: Teen Books

Books published for teens in 2015 have been read, nominated, and voted upon by the American Library Association. See the winners below, and put a copy on hold at Heights Libraries today!


The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:



Bone Gap by Laura Ruby


Honors: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez, and The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick.






The William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Finalists: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas, Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes, and The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore.





The Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:




Ages 13-18: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten







Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:



The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg


Honor: Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak






YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: 


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin


Finalists: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle, First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson, and This Strange Wilderness:  The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain.



The Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:



All Involved by Ryan Gattis







Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates







Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis







Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong







Girl at War by Sara Novic







Half the World by Joe Abercrombie








Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton






Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia








Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta






The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen



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