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ALA Award Book Lists

Every year the American Library Association announce 
several awards for different types of books.  

These award are announced in January each year and are listed on the ALA website.  

We have a lot of these books in our libraries.  

Newbery Award

2015 Winner

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (coming soon to the library)

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).

   Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

- Summary from Amazon

2015 Honors

El Deafo by Cece Bell (coming soon to the library)

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.
- Summary from Amazon

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (coming soon to the library)

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. 
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

YALSA Awards

Teens' Top Ten Nominees

Vote for your favorite by October 24, 2015!

Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
The Bane Chronicle by Cassandra Clare
The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
Splintered by A.G. Howard
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Fire and Blood by Victoria Scott
I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Boys Like You by Juliana Stone
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley