In January the American Library Association granted their annual Youth Media Awards, and tons of terrific YA books took home medals and awards! This list include the winner of the Michael L Printz award for excellence in young adult literature, as well as the Printz honor books, and the winner of the William C. Morris award for dubet book of a first-time author writing for teens, and the Morris finalists. It's the best of the best! Happy reading!
2017 Printz Honor Book When Emma wakes up after blacking out at a party she can't remember what happened the night before, but everyone else knows. Pictures of a group of her male friends assaulting her are all over the internet, and the ensuing court case divides her town and her family, sending Emma into a spiral of fear and unwarranted guilt. Grim, but important.
2017 Morris Award Finalist A queer, first generation Portuguese-American teen isn’t interested in labeling herself, but her boisterous family and the rough pack of guys she runs with are making it difficult to just be. Bright and galloping, Girard offers a stellar genderqueer perspective to teen fiction.
March: Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Ayden, Nate Powell, Leigh Walton
2017 Printz Award Winner The third book in Rep. John Lewis's graphic novel trilogy about the civil rights movement brought home a record-breaking number of ALA Youth Media awards this year, including the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults. All three volumes are spectacular, accessible first hand accounts of an extraordinary time in US history. Check them out!
2017 Printz HonorBook Botille, a young woman scraping out a living with her sisters in medieval France, crosses path with Dolssa, a passionate mystic wanted for heresy, and they form a strong bond as danger closes in on them. A beautiful and detailed portrait of a specific time in history, and a terrific reminder that strong women are not a modern phenomenon.
2017 Morris Award Finalist A talent for hip hop and slam poetry make Rani feel like less of an outsider in her small Hawaiian town, but her family's dark past and uncomfortable present are catching up with her. Fast moving and bright, this book is full of passion and great 90's references.
2017 Printz Honor Book It's the future and it's terrible. Kind of. Humans don't die naturally anymore, so Scythes are employed to maintain population control. Two reluctant teens are taken on as Scythe apprentices, and as the stakes become more and more deadly, they're forced to reconsider the world order. A smart, violent, and philospohical dystopia from one of the masters.
2017 Morris Award Winner The William C Morris Award is granted each year for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. This year's award went to The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter, the story of three misfits finishing out their senior year in a small southern town. The group is led by Dill, the son of a disgraced, imprisoned, snake-handling pentecostal preacher.
2017 Printz Honor Book [Also 2016 National Book Award Finalist! Also very good!]
Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.
Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store--for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
2017 Printz Honor Book Three sisters travel with their mother to Mexico where she will undergo experimental cancer treatment. As the girls try to hold their family together, a bombshell of a secret is revealed.