Book News: Printz Award 2019

Elizabeth Acevedo continues her award streak, taking home this year’s Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence in young adult writing. Her novel-in-verse, The Poet X, follows Xiomara as she discovers power, refuge, and solace in spoken and written poetry. The audiobook version, narrated by the author (who is a slam poet herself!) also nabbed the Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook for Children or Young Adults.

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

Michael L. Printz Award
Winner:
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Honor Books:
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

William C. Morris Debut Award
Winner:
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Honor Books:
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
Check, Please!: #Hockey written and illustrated by Ngozi Ukazu
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
What the Night Sings written and illustrated by Vesper Stamper

Odyssey Award (for best audiobook for children and/or young adults)
Winner:
Sadie written by Courtney Summers and narrated by Rebecca Soler
Honor Books:
The Poet X written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award
Winner:
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
Finalists:
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor
Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler written and illustrated by John Hendrix
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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

Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

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