Reading Riot: 2016 ALA Winners Announced

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Would you like to read the best of the best books for teens?

The Youth Media Awards were announced Monday at the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting in Boston. These awards recognize top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults. Here are some of the winners in the young adult category that can found at any Fauquier County Public Library.

Printz Award winner, for excellence in literature written for young adults, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

“Bone Gap” deals with the mysterious kidnapping of young, beautiful Roza by a dangerous man in a black SUV. The only witness of the abduction is 18-year-old Finn, who can’t remember the details and is doubted by all in the small Midwestern town. Sinister secrets and magical realism give the novel a chilling, fairy-tale atmosphere all rolled into a rural coming-of-age story.

Two Printz Honor Books

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez is loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937. This is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.

The Ghosts of Heaven by previous Printz winner Marcus Sedgwick (for “Midwinter Blood”) continues the author’s experimental style of linking stories and characters across time.  The four stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad 20th-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concludes with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.

Positive nods went to several informational books in our collection. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and The Boys Who Challenged Hitler received a Sibert Honor. Both were recently featured in our Outstanding Nonfiction Reading Riot post.

Other YA nonfiction books from our collection that took honors were Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans and Symphony for the City of the Dead.

Put these exceptional books on your to-read list today.  Tips on how to create lists, including to-read lists, can be found here.

Happy Reading!

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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