On January 11, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2016 Youth Media Awards - top books and media for children and young adults. Here are a few of the titles and authors that were honored:
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
Bone Gap written by Laura Ruby
Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B written by Teresa Toten
Adam not only is trying to understand his OCD while trying to balance his relationship with his divorced parents, but he's also trying to navigate through the issues that teenagers normally face, namely the perils of young love.
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
His books include: Boy Meets Boy, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Wide Awake, Love is the Higher Law, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Every Day, Two Boys Kissing, Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story, and Another Day.
Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Young Adult Literature Award for young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender experience:
The Porcupine of Truth written by Bill Konigsberg.
Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli.
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.
Check the Southington Library catalog for availability of these titles.
Did any of your favorites win an award this year?
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