My Favorites From the Youth Media Awards

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Earlier this week ALA (American Library Association) announced the 2017 youth media award winners, which includes over 20 awards for books, video and audio books.

So, if you haven’t read March: Book Three yet, you might want to grab a copy because it won not one, not two but FOUR awards this season. It won: the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children, the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adult and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Here is a link to the full list of awards and winners.

 

The following are some of the other young adult/teen book/author winners:

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha, he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit. When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan. Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret—Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee, without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.

Which title do you want to read first?

-Abbey

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Abbey is the Teen Librarian at the West End. She tends to read anything that someone hands her, but truly enjoys reading history and young adult novels.