Book News: ALA’s Youth Media Awards 2022

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its annual slate of awards honoring the finest Children’s and Young Adult literature published in 2021. Not surprisingly, Angeline Boulley takes top honors once again with her mystery Firekeeper’s Daughter, winning the Printz Award as well as the Morris Award for most promising debut author. Malinda Lo also won in numerous categories for her historical novel Last Night at the Telegraph Club, taking home a Printz Honor Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award, and the Stonewall Award.
Here are other highlights across this year’s Young Adult categories:

Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in Young Adult literature)
Winner:
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Honor Books:
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon
Starfish by Lisa Fipps

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

American Indian Youth Literature Awards (announced biennially for the best writing by and about American Indians and Alaska Natives)
Young Adult Winner:
Apple : Skin to the Core : a memoir in words and pictures by Eric Gansworth

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
Young Adult Winner:
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award (recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults)
Winner:
Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

Margaret A. Edwards Award (for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults)
A.S. King

Pura Belpre Award (honoring a Latino/Latina author whose books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience)
Young Adult Winner:
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Schneider Family Book Award (for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience)
Young Adult Winner:
Words in My Hands by Asphyxia

Stonewall Book Award (for books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience)
Young Adult Winner:
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Sydney Taylor Book Award (for authentic portrayal of the Jewish experience)
Young Adult Winner:
The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

William C. Morris Debut Award (for a first-time author writing for teens)
Winner:
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner:
Ambushed!: The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield by Gail Jarrow

Honor Books:
Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks written and illustrated by Don Brown
The Woman All Spies Fear: Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life by Amy Butler Greenfield

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