Book News: Printz Award 2018

Author Nina LaCour has taken home the Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence in young adult writing this year. Her novel, We Are Okay, which explores memories of loss and betrayal against the backdrop of a college winter break spent in an empty dorm in New York City, has been lauded for its characterization and taut prose. Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give was another big winner, being named a Printz Honor book, a Coretta Scott King Honor book, as well as winning the Morris Debut Award and the Odyssey Award. Jason Reynolds’ Long Way Down also won numerous awards, even across multiple age categories, being named both a Printz Honor book and a Newbery Honor book, as well as a Coretta Scott King Honor book and an Odyssey Honor book.

Check out some of this year’s other honored YA titles below. Click on any award to see a full list of winners, and click on any title to request it from our lending system.

Michael L. Printz Award
Winner:
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Honor Books:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

William C. Morris Debut Award
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Odyssey Award (for best audiobook for children and/or young adults)
Winner:
The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin
Honor Books:
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage written by Philip Pullman and narrated by Michael Sheen
Long Way Down written and narrated by Jason Reynolds

Coretta Scott King Award (recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults)
Winner:
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Honor Books:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Nonfiction for Young Adults Award
Winner:
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Finalists:
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin W. Sandler

Schneider Family Book Award (for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience)
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Mildred L. Batchelder Award (for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States)
The Murderer’s Ape written by Jakob Wegelius and translated from the Swedish by Peter Graves

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

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

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