Perhaps the ultimate in young adult book awards, the Michael L. Printz Award was given to Paolo Bacigalupi for his novel Ship Breaker. The novel explores the life of teenager Nailer and his friends as they try to survive in a New Orleans destroyed by environmental and social impact.
To honor his "significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens," Sir Terry Prachett was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award. His Tales of Discworld books in particular, were mentioned by the award committee for their "satisfyingly multilayered plots."
The William C. Morris Award, which "honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrat[es] impressive new voices in young adult literature" was awarded to author Blythe Woolston for her novel The Freak Observer.
Author friends and favorites of ours who made various YALSA lists include Highwaywoman Kody Keplinger for THE DUFF, Charles Benoit for YOU, Laurie Halse Anderson for FORGE, Holly Black for WHITE CAT, James Dashner for THE MAZE RUNNER, Catherine Fischer for INCARCERON, John Green and David Leviathan for WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, Melina Marchetta for FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, Walter Dean Myers for LOCKDOWN, Jandy Nelson for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE and Lauren Oliver for BEFORE I FALL. (This is by no means a list of all the authors and books we've loved this year.)
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Michael L. Printz Award
Margaret A. Edwards Award
William C. Morris Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in NonFiction for Young Adults
Amazing Audio Books
Amazing Audio Books Top Ten
Best Fiction For Young Readers
Best Fiction for Young Readers Top Ten
Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Great Graphic Novels For Teens Top Ten
Popular Paperbacks Top Ten
Quick Picks For Reluctant Readers
Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Top Ten
Fabulous Films for Young Adults