2018 Best of Best: Recognition From Other Awards

2016 & 2017 Books on our Top Ten and Short Lists

that received recognition from other North American Awards Committees


2018 Stonewall Honor Book

Gillman, Melanie. As the Crow Flies. 250p. Iron Circus Comics. November 2017. PB $30.00.  9781945820069. Ages 12 to 14.   Based on her parent’s decision, Charlie will be spending her summer hiking at a Christian camp, but ends up being the only Black girl there.  Totally aware of her lesbian identity, Charlie enters the experience with little faith in what mainstream religion represents and even less faith in developing a friendship, until she bonds unexpectedly with Sydney, a transgender girl.  (This is the first in a series of graphic novels.)


2018 YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist

Charleyboy, Lisa and Leatherdale, Mary Beth. (eds.)  #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women. 109p. Annick Press Ltd. September 2017. PB$12.95 HC $19.95.9781554519583.  Ages 14 and Up.  First Nation women challenge the stereotypes and racist portrayals of their lives through poetry, art, essays, and more in this collection of works.  Together, they raise their voices to offer testimony about their own beauty and power and to confront the misunderstandings and cruelty they face.  Open your ears to these truths.


YALSA’s  Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2018

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (Novel) by [Reynolds, Jason]

Reynolds, Jason. Miles Morales-Spiderman. 261p. Marvel Press. August 2017. HC $17.99. 9781484787489.  Ages 12 to 16.   Spiderman as a mixed race teen of black and Puerto Rican origins living in Brooklyn, where he faces not only villains and everyday racism, as he hustles for money, has an out of his league crush, and moves through all the other ish.  No need to say more.


 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Center

Blood Brothers by [Nelson, Colleen]Nelson, Colleen.  Blood Brothers.  250p. Dundurn. April 2017.  PB. $12.99. 9781459737464.  Ages 13 to 15.  Two friends, Jakub and Lincoln are as close as brothers, pulled in two separate directions.  Jakub is heading to a fancy school while Lincoln can’t avoid getting caught up in the gang life of his older sibling.  When Lincoln’s older brother finds out that Jakub knows too much about a murder committed by the gang, he is faced with placing his life on the line to save his friend Jadub and his father from gang retaliation.      


2017 School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

2018 NAACP Outstanding Literary Work:  Youth/Teens

2018 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Allegedly by [Jackson, Tiffany D.]Jackson, Tiffany. Allegedly. 387p. Katherine Tegen Books. January 2017. HC $17.99. 9780062422644.  Ages 13 and Up.  Baby killer.  Murderer at years old.  Allegedly.  Mary’s silence around what really happened worked into racist fears about her, landing her in juvie then in foster care, ripping her life apart at the seams.  Her loneliness leads her to Ted, a pregnancy, and her first chance to be happy in a long time.  She has to clear her name to save her baby and have any chance at a future.


2018 William C. Morris YA Debut Finalists 

2018 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 

Dear Martin by [Stone, Nic]

Stone, Nic.  Dear Martin.  224 p. Crown Books for Young Readers.  October 2017. HC $17.99.  9781101939499.  Ages 13 and Up.  Justyce (Jus), a black kid in a mostly white world due to the prep school he attends, is arrested one night while trying to help his drunk ex-girlfriend get home safely and none of his peers expected him to take the racial profiling mistake so seriously. To cope with the stress and anger he feels from the incident, he writes letters to MLK, trying to gauge what kind of reaction he should have towards the troubles that kids face today.


2017 Booklist Editors’ Choice Books for Youth (Published Jan. 1, 2018)

2017 School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

2018 Coretta Scott King Honor

2018 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Winner

2018 NAACP Outstanding Literary Work:  Youth/Teens

2018 Michael L. Printz Honor

2018 Odyssey Award

2018 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 

The Hate U Give by [Thomas, Angie]Thomas, Angie.  The Hate U Give.  464 p. Balzer & Bray. February 2017.  Tr. $17.99. 9780062498533.  Ages 13 and Up.  Starr AKA Big Mav’s daughter exists in both black and white worlds, but the division between them is shaken when she sees her childhood friend, Khalil, killed by a cop.  The lies start flowing and the streets start burning as a result and Starr is trying to find her footing the middle of it all.   Can she be a voice for Khalil in a world gone wrong?.


2017 Booklist Editors’ Choice Books for Youth  (Published Jan. 1, 2018)

2017 National Book Award

2017 School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 

2018 Coretta Scott King Honor 

2018 NAACP Outstanding Literary Work:  Youth/Teens

2018 John Newbery Honor

2018 Odyssey Honor

2018 Michael L. Printz Honor

2018 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 

Long Way Down by [Reynolds, Jason]

Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down. 306p. Antheneum. October 2017. HC $17.99. 9781481438254.  Ages 12 to 18. Will has the gun tucked into the back of his pants and revenge in his heart, as he takes the elevator to the streets to exact revenge on his brother’s death.  On the way down he’ll meet those who were killed by the same gun, crammed into the small, almost airless space of the elevator.  This quick-styled novel will punch you in the gut and keep you hooked on the long way down.