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Young Adult Book Awards for 2018

These book awards are from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

If we own the book, you will see the call number after the title and author’s name.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

“We Are Okay,” written by Nina LaCour  is the 2018 Printz Award winner Y LAC

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

“The Hate U Give,” written by Angie Thomas. Y THO

“Long Way Down,” written by Jason Reynolds Y REY

“Strange the Dreamer,” written by Laini Taylor Y TAY

“Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers,” written by Deborah Heiligman Y 970.1 VAN


William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

“The Hate U Give,” written by Angie Thomas, is the 2018 Morris Award winner  Y THO

Four other books were finalists for the award:

“Dear Martin,” written by Nic  Stone Overdrive

“Devils Within,” written by S. F. Henson

“Saints and Misfits,” written by S. K.Ali  Y ALI

“Starfish,” written by Akemi Dawn Bowman Y BOW


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

“Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers,” written by Deborah Heiligman, is the 2018 Excellence winner. Y B VAN

Four other books were finalists for the award:

“#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women,” edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy  Y 970.1 NOT

“Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism,” written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos  (ON ORDER)

“The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives,” written by Dashka Slater Overdrive

“The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found,” written by Martin W. Sandler


Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

“The Hate U Give,” produced by HarperAudio, is the 2018 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin  Y dmd FIC THO.

Five Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were named:

“The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Philip Pullman and narrated by Michael Sheen; Y dmd FIC PUL and Y cd FIC PUL

“A Boy Called Christmas,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Matt Haig and narrated by Stephen Fry

“Long Way Down,” produced by Simon & Schuster Audio and written and narrated by Jason Reynolds Overdrive

“Trombone Shorty” produced by Live Oak Media, written by Troy Andrews and narrated by Dion Graham

“The Wizards of Once” produced by Hachette Audio, written by Cressida Cowell and narrated by David Tennant


Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

“All Systems Red,” by Martha Wells ; Overdrive

“The Clockwork Dynasty,” by Daniel H. Wilson  SF WIL

“Down Among the Sticks and Bones,” by Seanan McGuire  FAN MCG

“Electric Arches,” by Eve L. Ewing

“A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea,” by Melissa Fleming  956.91 FLE

“Malagash,” by Joey Comeau

“Roughneck,” by Jeff Lemire

“She Rides Shotgun,” by Jordan Harper  FIC HAR

“Things We Have in Common,” by Tasha Kavanagh

“An Unkindness of Magicians,” by Kat Howard Overdrive Audio


“FAR FROM THE TREE” by Robin Benway   Y BEN
Three siblings separated as infants reconnect in this National Book Award finalist which fearlessly address the difficulties of family.

“GEM & DIXIE” by Sara Zarr   Y ZAR
Two sisters, growing apart with each passing day, struggle through high school, let down at nearly every opportunity by their irresponsible and neglectful parents.

Lee whisks readers to 18-century Europe in a rollicking adventure starring charismatic and quick-witted Henry Montague, who dashes across the continent with his sister and friend (and crush) Percy, staying barely ahead of whatever (self-inflicted) scandal is now nipping at his heels.

“THE HATE U GIVE” by Angie Thomas   Y THO
This hard-hitting exploration of police brutality, racial injustice, and the double lives that children of color are so often asked to live is more necessary and relevant than ever.

A high-achieving Korean-American teenager tries to get a boyfriend by using lessons she’s gleaned from her favorite Korean soap operas in Goo’s hilarious romantic comedy.

“LA BELLE SAUVAGE” by Philip Pullman   Y PUL
Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, is just an infant—one whom 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead desperately tries to keep safe, in a story of daemons, Dust, a rampaging flood, and the forces of the Magisterium.

A masterpiece of understatement, this story follows the fallout from the arrival of the “vuuv,” 1950s-culture-obsessed aliens whose advance technologies have eviscerated the human economy and led to widespread poverty and ruin.

Originally published in Spain, this book draws from the life of real-life survivor Dita Kraus who, as a young teenager, surreptitiously guarded a collection of forbidden books within Auschwitz. A painful but rewarding portrait of resilience.

“LONG WAY DOWN” by Jason Reynolds   Y REY
Told through clipped poems, this powerhouse examination of gun violence unfolds over the course of an elevator ride: the victims of gun violence who, somehow, board at each stop force 15-year-old Will to look hard at the revenge he intends to exact.

“A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS” by Frances Hardinge   Y HAR
Set as the English Civil War gathers momentum, this haunting fantasy follows a girl named Makepeace who seeks answers about her family after her mother is unexpectedly killed in a riot. What she discovers reshapes what she knows about life as she finds unexpected allies among the dead.

“SPINNING” by Tillie Walden   Y B WAL (Biography)
In a graceful graphic memoir, Walden looks back at her youth spent as a competitive figure skater and the attraction to girls that she kept to herself for years. Her spare images, colored in violet with dashes of gold, are ideally suited to the quiet, introspective tone of her writing.

Centering on a missing billionaire and a teenager who anxieties grip her life like a vice, this is a raw, hard-to-forget novel about the power that mental illness can exert over a person’s life and relationships.

“VINCENT AND THEO: THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS” by Deborah Heiligman   Y B VAN (Biography)
Heiligman delves into the fraught relationship between brothers Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, “companions in the search for meaning in life and meaning in art.” It’s a thorough study of two highly dissimilar siblings, Vincent’s struggles with mental illness, and the body of work he produced.

“WARCROSS” by Marie Lu   Y LU
Virtual reality gaming is all but woven into society’s DNA in this thrilling SF novel. First in a duology, it introduces hacker turned bounty hunter Emika Chen, who competes in a high-profile, high-stakes championship tournament while simultaneously seeking out a rogue hacker.

“WE ARE OKAY” by Nina LaCour   Y LAC
Holed up in her empty New York dormitory over Christmas break, college freshman Marin faces a past she longs to forget in this gorgeously melancholic novel, which carefully reveals the reasons that Marin isn’t ready to return to her California home.

This vivid family saga chronicles several decades in the lives of three generations of Indian women working to reconcile their culture with their American home amid new romances, professional and political awakenings, and tested family relationships.

“AMERICAN STREET” by ibi Zoboi   Y ZOB
A richly written look at contemporary immigration and intersections of culture, this book follows Haitian teenager Fabiola Toussaint’s adjustment to life in Detroit—made all the harder by her mother’s being sent to a detention center en route.

Recommended by Our Children’s Librarian

empress of the world
american born chinese
jessica-s- guide to dating on the dark side
a northern light
the rag and bone shop
code name-verity
staying fat for sarah byrnes
eleanor and park
glory o-brien-s history of the future
the family romanov
weetzie bat
i capture the castle
miss pereguine's home for peculiar children
forgive me, leonard peacock
a great and terrible beauty
howl-s-moving castle
paper towns
the perks of being a wallflower
13 reasons why
We have put together a list of titles we think you will enjoy. Click to reserve your copy, or find a print version of the list in the Young Adult section of the library and find the book in the stacks.

Newbery Award


Each year The Association for Library to Children awards the John Newbery Medal to “to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”  John Newbery was a British publisher, especially of children’s books. Like the Caldecott Award, only one book is chosen to receive the Newbery medal but additional notable books are named Newbery Honor books.  Click here for the list of winners!