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ALA's Young Adult Picks and Award Winners

The award season isn't limited to the movie or music awards shows. The publishing world recognizes its own superstars with a number of awards and lists, some of the most notable being the American Library Association's yearly Young Adult Library Services Association awards and picks lists. Here's a look at some of the winners, plus links for each of the young adult lists.

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.)

For more detailed information and descriptions and full lists, visit the following links:

Award Winners:

Michael L. Printz Award

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Alex Awards

William C. Morris Award

Odyssey Award

YALSA Award for Excellence in NonFiction for Young Adults

The Lists:

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
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Kristin Halbrook is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, 2015). She likes many things.

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