North Star YA Award Update: ’20-21 Winners & ’21-22 Nominees!

Congratulations to the inaugural year winners of the North Star YA Award, Maine’s newest readers’ choice award. From a field of 21 nominees, the 1st place honor went to the poignant yet funny novel Sorry for Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley. 2nd place went to the graphic novel Bloom by Kevin Panetta, and 3rd to On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

Next year’s list has been announced for readers who are eager to get started. Remember, if you read any 3 of the nominees, you’ll be eligible to vote next spring!

North Star YA Award 2021-2022 Nominees:

The New David Espinoza by Fred Acevedo (Realistic Fic)

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli (Realistic Fic)

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Mystery)

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (Realistic Fic)

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee (Historical Fic)

Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley (Novel-in-Verse/Realistic Fic)

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Fantasy)

Lobizona by Romina Garber (Fantasy)

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha (Nonfic/Graphic Novel)

They Went Left by Monica Hesse (Historical Fic)

Call Me American: The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Somali Immigrant by Abdi Nor Iftin (Memoir)

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (Fantasy)

Beast: Face-to-Face with the Florida Bigfoot by Watt Key (Adventure/Survival Fic)

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo (Realistic Fic)

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee (Realistic Fic)

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis (Realistic/Survival Fic)

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey (Romance)

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (Fairy Tale/Graphic Novel)

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds and Danice Novgorodoff (Realistic Fic/Graphic Novel)

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (Fantasy)

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (Novel-in-verse/Realistic Fic)

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