2018 Margaret A. Edwards Award


The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author’s work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

Angela Johnson is the recipient of the 2018 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for Heaven,  Looking for Red,  The First Part Last,  Sweet, HereafterBird, and Toning the Sweep.

Whether exploring teenage pregnancy, the devastating effects of war, complex family dynamics, or the search for selfhood, the young adult novels of Angela Johnson are notable for their depiction of teens in crisis, plumbing the depths of grief and sorrow to find hope and resilience.

“With lyrical and understated prose, exquisitely crafted characters, and universally relevant themes, Angela Johnson creates stories that show teen readers that every dark cloud has a silver lining,” said Edwards Committee Chair Jonathan Hunt.


2018 Alex Award Winners


The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.


All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Stuck on a distant planet with an exploratory crew, a Security Robot kills time watching soaps. After a group of scientists is killed, the robot (now calling itself “Murderbot”) must figure out how to save its crew from a similar fate.

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
Automata Elena and Peter are “born” in Peter the Great’s Russia… or are they? Can they really live in the power-hungry world of humans? And can they find the “breath of life” before it is too late?

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
In this dark fable, twins Jillian and Jacqueline venture to a dangerous world where they must choose one of two paths. As they discover their true selves, they find that love and adventure are among the most hazardous things.

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
Wielding words and images like lasers, and bending genres to her will, Ewing’s poetry and prose tells stories both personal and universal. With humor and gravitas, this collection spotlights the joy, cruelty, and struggle of life.

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
This gripping account follows Doaa Al Zamel’s journey to Egypt and her harrowing days at sea as she leaves her war-torn home for the promise of a better life in Europe.

Malagash by Joey Comeau
Already grieving for her dying father, Sunday plans to release a computer virus that memorializes his words and laugh. But she begins to realize that to fully understand him, she needs to embrace his relationships with other family members.

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
In the snowy recesses of northern Canada, a down-and-out former hockey player must confront his past when his long-lost sister returns to town battling demons of her own. Can they save each other? Or will violence swallow them both?

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
Polly, an 11-year-old girl with “gunfighter eyes,” her teddy bear, and her estranged father suddenly find themselves struggling for survival in a world ruled by gangs. Fast-paced and thrilling, this will get even reluctant readers’ hearts racing.

Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh
Yasmin wants to be close to the most beautiful girl in her school, but surely a freak like her has no chance. Unless, that is, she can save her from the man who was staring at her from the woods.

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
The Wheel is turning and Sydney is determined to have fate spin her way. Meanwhile, magic is faltering and there are people who will do whatever it takes to save it.

2018 Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

2018 Winner

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.


2018 Honor Books

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman


The National Book Award 2017

2010_nba_winnerEstablished in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.


2017 Winner:
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

2017 Finalists:
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
American Street by Ibi Zoboi

2017 Long List:
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


2017 YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten


The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.


2017 Teens’ Top Ten :


Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

The YA Book Prize

The YA Book Prize, presented by The Bookseller magazine in the United Kingdom, is a new award for UK and Irish YA books.

The winner of the 2017 YA Book Prize is Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

Other titles on the 2017 short list were:

  • Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  • Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
  • The Graces by Laure Eve
  • How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss
  • Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
  • The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
  • The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
  • Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
  • Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle

2017 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?


2017 Winners:

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum


2017 Honorable Mentions:

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Wax by Gina Damico