Westchester Fiction Award

The Westchester Fiction Award was founded in 2009 by Suzanne Osman, a teacher librarian for the Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, California. This award honors talented authors who contribute exemplary literature to the Young Adult literary canon & the visionary publishers who bring their texts to life. When evaluating literature, the committee considers the following questions:

  1.  Does the work have immediate and widespread appeal to adolescents?
  2.  Is the theme/topic meaningful and relevant today?
  3.  If the work is part of an established series, can it stand alone?
  4.  Is there a unique quality to the work (voice, message, language, format, etc.)?
  5.  Is the writing rich, compelling, detailed?
  6.  Are the main characters and content age appropriate for high school students?
  7.  Is the work a valuable addition to the Young Adult literary canon?

 

2016 Winners:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Kiely Brendan

Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Infandous by Elana K. Arnold

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

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