young adult award winners

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 a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

2020 Winner

Dig
by A.S. King
YA F KING
Five teenagers’ disparate lives weave together, unveiling long-buried secrets within a complex shared history. King’s surrealistic narrative confronts themes of white privilege and its dark legacies.

2020 Honors

Where the World Ends
by Geraldine McCaughrean
YA F MCCAUGHR
In 1727, a group of men and boys from St. Kilda sail to a remote sea stack on a fowling trip, only to find themselves stranded. McCaughrean’s tale evokes the harsh beauty of its setting and the warm humor of its characters.

The Beast Player
by Nahoko Uehashi
YA F UEHASHI
Orphaned Elin learns to use her ability to communicate with animals as she navigates political unrest. The beauty and power of the natural world are at the heart of this captivating, nimbly translated Japanese fantasy.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
by Mariko Tamaki
YA COMICS TAMAKI
Freddy is enamored with the magnetic Laura Dean, but their on-again, off-again relationship is far from healthy. This soft-hued graphic novel captures the intoxication of teenage love and the search for identity.

Ordinary Hazards
by Nikki Grimes
YA BIO GRIMES
Grimes’ verse memoir traces her development through a tumultuous childhood as she finds her voice as a powerful storyteller. Themes of family, belonging, and identity combine to tell a story of faith and resilience.

2019 Winner

The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
YA F ACEVEDO
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood, but she pours her frustration and passion into a leather notebook. In a world that may not want to hear, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

2018 Winner 

We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
YA F LACOUR
California native Marin, devastated by grief, plans to spend winter break in an empty dorm in New York. But now her best friend is on her way to visit, and Marin must confront the loneliness threatening to take over her heart.

National Book Award for Young People's Literature

The National Book Foundation’s award to celebrate the best writing in America.

2019 Winner

1919: The Year that Changed America
by Martin W. Sandler
YA 973.91 SAN
From Prohibition to women's suffrage, the labor strikes to the violence of the Red Summer and the Red Scare, this book explores each major movement of 1919 and their continued relevance to our country a century later.

2018 Winner

The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
YA F ACEVEDO
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood, but she pours her frustration and passion into a leather notebook. In a world that may not want to hear, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

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.

Teens' Top Ten 2019 Selections

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

The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
YA F ACEVEDO
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood, but she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

The Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi
YA F ADEYEMI
Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the king's guards and other former wielders of magic, Zélie sets out with her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people's magical abilities.

The Cruel Prince
by Holly Black
YA F BLACK
Jude, 17-years-old and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.

American Panda
by Gloria Chao
YA F CHAO
17-year-old MIT freshman Mei L hides several truths from her Taiwanese parents: she can’t become a doctor due to germaphobia, prefers dancing to biology, reconnects with her estranged brother, and dates a Japanese boy.

Batman: Nightwalker
by Marie Lu
YA F DC ICONS
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Wildcard
by Marie Lu
YA F LU
Teenage hacker Emika Chen embarks on a mission to unravel a sinister plot and is forced to join forces with a shadowy organization known as the Blackcoats.

#MurderTrending
by Gretchen McNeil
YA F MCNEIL
Falsely accused of murdering her stepsister, Dee fights to survive paid assassins on Alcatraz 2.0, the most popular prison on social media.

Thunderhead
by Neal Shusterman
YA F SHUSTERM
Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, and the Thunderhead is not pleased.

Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA COMICS ANDERSON
From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda is an outcast because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. A graphic novel adaptation of Anderson’s 1999 novel of the same name.

The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang
YA COMICS WANG
Prince Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances: a boy who sometimes wears dresses. Frances dreams of greatness, but must remain secret to protect a friend.

Beehive Book Award for Young Adults

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

2020 Winner

Not If I Save You First
by Ally Carter
YA F CARTER
After Maddie's Secret Service dad takes a bullet for the president, he takes Maddie far from the DC. But when the president’s son Logan comes to Alaska, so does danger. Now their lives depend on Maddie’s survival skills.

2019 Winner

Letters to the Lost
by Brigid Kemmerer
YA F KEMMERER
Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. When Declan finds a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist the urge to write back.

2018 Winner

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.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

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

2020 Winner

Free Lunch
by Rex Ogle
YA BIO OGLE
An honest and engrossing account of Ogle’s sixth-grade year and his family’s experience with poverty. Ogle captures the voice and emotion of his sixth-grade self in this powerful story of trauma and resilience.

2020 Finalists

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"
by Elizabeth Wein
YA 940.5429 HEI
A true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII. Archival photos and dramatic illustrations bring this devastating story to life.

A Thousand Sisters
by Elizabeth Wein
YA 940.544 WEI
This thrilling account of the female Russian aviators who fought in WWII as pilots, mechanics, and navigators shows the bravery and camaraderie needed to change history.

A Light in the Darkness
by Albert Marrin
YA BIO KORCZAK
The heart-wrenching history of the Warsaw Ghetto, told by comparing the philosophies of Dr. Janusz Korczak, a pediatrician-turned-orphanage-director who championed children’s rights, and Adolf Hitler.

2019 Winner

The Unwanted
by Don Brown
YA COMICS 956.9104 BRO
Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees.

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.

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Presented by the ALA, this award honors an author for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

2020 Winner: Steve Sheinkin

A selection of the author's titles:

Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
YA 623.4511 SHE
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
YA 796.332 SHE
In 1907, Native American super athlete Jim Thorpe joined with coach Pop Warner to forge one of the winningest teams in American football history. An unflinching look at the persecution of Native Americans.

Born to Fly
YA 797.52 SHE
Tells the story of the 1929 Women's Air Derby, the first official all-female air race in the United States.

The Port Chicago 50
YA 940.5453 SHE
Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the Port Chicago explosion.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold
YA BIO ARNOLD
Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America's first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest Revolutionary War heroes. Introduces readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven.

Most Dangerous
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.

2019 Winner: M.T. Anderson

A selection of the author's titles:

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
YA F ANDERSON
When elfin historian Brangwain Spurge delivers a peace offering to the goblin lord, a series of double crosses, blunders, and misunderstandings throws the scholar into the middle of an international crisis.

The Game of Sunken Places
YA F ANDERSON
When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game that draws them into a mysterious adventure.

Landscape with Invisible Hand
YA F ANDERSON
When jobs typically done by humans are replaced with alien technology, Adam’s parents have no money for food, lean water, or medicine, forcing Adam and his girlfriend Chloe to get creative.

The Pox Party
YA F ANDERSON
Volume 1 of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing. Octavian, a young African American, is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion
YA COMICS ANDERSON
Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur's court and defeats a local lord in battle, intertwining his future with the lives of Lady Laudine, the widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette.

Symphony for the City of the Dead
YA 940.5421 AND
An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.

2018 Winner: Angela Johnson

A selection of the author's titles:

Bird
YA F JOHNSON
Devastated by the loss of her 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.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Award given to outstanding African American authors that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

2020 Honor Book

The Stars and the Blackness between Them
by Junauda Petrus
YA F PETRUS
Sixteen-year-old Audre and Mabel, both young women of color from different backgrounds, fall in love and figure out how to care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness.

2019 Winners

Monday's Not Coming
by Tiffany D. Jackson
YA F JACKSON
When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

A Few Red Drops
by Claire Hartfield
YA 305.896 HAR
A gripping, measured account of a day at the beach in summer 1919 that precipitated a full-blown race riot in Chicago, tracing the events and forces that made the explosion inevitable.

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.

Award Websites

Michael L. Printz Award

National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Teens' Top Ten

Beehive Book Awards

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

California native Marin, devastated by grief, plans to spend winter break in an empty dorm in New York. But now her best friend is on her way to visit, and Marin must confront the loneliness threatening to take over her heart.