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



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:

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B




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


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



All Involved by Ryan Gattis





between the world and me



Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates





bones & all



Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis





futuristic violence



Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong





girl at war



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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