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Young Adult Award Winners

Only the books that are currently owned by the Provo Library in the Young Adult collection are included on this list. For a complete list, see each award's website.

Michael L. Printz Award

American Library Association's award for Excellence in teen literature.

2018 Winner 

We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
YA F LACOUR
After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer.

2018 Honor Books

Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds
YA F REYNOLDS
As Will sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor
YA F TAYLOR
In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city.

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
YA F THOMAS
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Vincent and Theo
by Deborah Heiligman
YA 759.9492 HEI
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions.

2017 Winner

March, Book Three
by John Lewis
GRAPHIC NOVELS BIO LEWIS
A first-hand graphic novel account of the author’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights covering his involvement in several freedom campaigns.

2016 Winner

Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby
YA F RUBY
Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza. His inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation.

National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Award recognizing excellence in American literature.

2017 Winner

Far from the Tree
by Robin Benway
YA F BENWAY
The interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms--how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

 2016 Winner

March, Book Three
by John Lewis
GRAPHIC NOVELS BIO LEWIS
A first-hand graphic novel account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights covering his involvement in several freedom campaigns.

2015 Winner

Challenger Deep
by Neal Shusterman
YA F SHUSTERM
Caden Bosch is on a ship headed for the deepest point on Earth Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

 2014 Winner

Brown Girl Dreaming
byJacqueline Woodson
YA 811.54 WOO
In vivid poems, Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Teens' Top Ten 2018 Selections

Compiled by the Young Adult Library Services Association, this list of the most popular teen books is voted on by teens.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer
by Leigh Bardugo
YA F BARDUGO
She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: Wonder Woman. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons, and longs only to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters.

Once and for All
by Sarah Dessen
YA F DESSEN
Louna's years working at her mother's wedding planning business--as well as the tragic end of her first love--have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may change Louna's mind.

Caraval
by Stephanie Garber
YA F GARBER
Believing that she will never be allowed to participate in the annual Caraval performance, Scarlett receives the invitation she has always dreamed of before her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the show's mastermind organizer.

Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green
YA F GREEN
Aza Holmes, a high school student with obsessive-compulsive disorder, becomes focused on searching for a fugitive billionaire.

Warcross
by Marie Lu
YA F LU
When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

One of Us Is Lying
by Karen M. McManus
YA F MCMANUS
When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case.

Paper Hearts
by Ali Novak
YA F NOVAK
Felicity, 17, has struggled to meet her mother's expectations since her older sister disappeared, but when she connects with a famous band member at a charity ball, she begins to consider what will make her truly happy.

Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds
YA F REYNOLDS
As Will, 15, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
by Laini Taylor
YA F SANCHEZ
When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.

Strange the Dreamer
by Nicola Yoon
YA F TAYLOR
In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.

Beehive Book Award

Chosen by the Children’s Literature Association of Utah, this is the only children’s choice award for literature in the state of Utah.

2018 Winners

Booked
by Kwame Alexander
YA F ALEXANDE
Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Ghosts
by Raina Telgemeier
YA COMICS TELGEMEI
Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

2017 Winner

Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson
YA COMICS JAMIESON
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

ALA award for the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

2018 Winner

Vincent and Theo
by Deborah Heiligman
YA 759.9492 HEI
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions.

2018 Finalists

The 57 Bus
by Dashka Slater
YA 364.1555 SLA
Tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, a crime that focuses on the concepts of race, class, gender, crime, and punishment.

Eyes of the World
by Marc Aronson
YA 770 ARO
Recounts the achievements of photojournalism pioneers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro as they captured the tragedies of the Spanish Civil War and documented the fight against Facism.

The Whydah
by Martin W. Sandler
YA 910.452 SAN
Describes what happened when a slave ship packed with plunder was captured by pirates in 1717 then sunk by a brutal storm. Tells the story of the 1984 expedition to locate the wreck and what was uncovered.

#NotYourPrincess
YA 971.0049 NOT
A collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art, showcasing the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America, and their experiences of being a Native woman.

2017 Winner

March, Book Three Three
by John Lewis
GRAPHIC NOVELS BIO LEWIS
A first-hand graphic novel account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights covering his involvement in several freedom campaigns.

2016 Winner

Most Dangerous
by Steve Sheinkin
YA BIO ELLSBERG
The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Presented by the ALA, this award honors an author who has made a significant contribution to Young Adult literature.

2018 Winner: Angela Johnson

A selection of the author's titles:

Bird
YA F JOHNSON
Devastated by the loss of a second father, 13-year-old Bird follows her stepfather from Cleveland to Alabama in hopes of convincing him to come home, and along the way helps two boys cope with their difficulties.

The First Part Last
YA F JOHNSON
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

2017 Winner: Sarah Dessen

A selection of the author's titles:

Saint Anything
YA F DESSEN
Sydney’s older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention but when he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and in the world until she meets Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.

Dreamland
YA F DESSEN
After her older sister runs away, 16-year-old Caitlin decides that she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.

2016 Winner: David Levithan

A selection of the author's titles:

Every Day
YA F LEVITHAN
Every morning A wakes up in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life learning to never get too attached. Then he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.

Another Day
YA F LEVITHAN
Rhiannon is disappointed that her neglectful boyfriend Justin doesn’t remember the one perfect day they shared, until a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person…wasn’t Justin at all.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Award given to African American authors for outstanding contributions which promote appreciation of the African American culture.

2018 Winner

Piecing Me Together
by Renee Watson
YA F WATSON
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

2018 Honor Books

Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds
YA F REYNOLDS
As Will sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
YA F THOMAS
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

2017 Winners

The Sun is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
YA F YOON
Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents’ expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and try to figure out how they can stay together.

March, Book Three
by John Lewis
GRAPHIC NOVELS BIO LEWIS
A first-hand graphic novel account of the author’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights covering his involvement in several freedom campaigns.

2016 Honor Books

All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds
YA F REYNOLDS
When 16-year-odl Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn’s alternating viewpoints.

The Boy in the Black Suit
by Jason Reynolds
YA F REYNOLDS
Soon after his mother’s death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, beings to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

X
by Ilyasah Shabazz
YA F SHABAZZ
A revealing novel that follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

Award Websites

Michael L. Printz Award

National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Teens' Top Ten

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Coretta Scott King Book Awards