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Youth Media Awards–Teen Titles

The Youth Media Awards were announced this morning! The awards are presented by the American Library Association and they highlight all the best things that happened in 2015 in Children’s and Young Adult literature.  Read below for the highlights of the Teen related awards!

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Michael L. Printz Award, for excellence in literature written for young adults

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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner.

Two Printz Honor Books were also named:

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Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

William C. Morris Award, for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is the 2016 Morris Award winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2016 Excellence winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain

Margaret A. Edwards Award, for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults

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David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner. His books include: The Realm of Possibility; Boy Meets Boy; Love is the Higher Law; How They Met, and Other Stories; Wide Awake; and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Alex Awards, for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

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All Involved by Ryan Gattis

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

Girl at War by Sara Nović

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Schneider Family Book Award, for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

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The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

Three King Author Honor Books were selected and all three were teen titles:

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Pura Belpré (Author) Award

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle, is the Belpré Author Award winner

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, for most distinguished informational book for children

Two teen titles were named Sibert Honor Books:

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience

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A teen novel was selected as an honor book: Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

November is Transgender Awareness Month

Check out some of the great nonfiction and fiction reads if you want to learn more, or read about characters who are transgender.

Nonfiction

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
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Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

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Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
YA 306.768 CRO
Meet Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha. Each is transgender, and in this book, they share their personal stories. Through their narratives, you’ll get to know and love each person for their humor, intelligence, perseverance, and passion. You’ll learn how they each came to better understand, accept, and express their gender identities, and you’ll follow them through the sorrows and successes of their personal journeys.

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Some Assembly Required: the Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews
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Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning teen memoir.

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Rethinking Normal: a Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill
YA 306.768 HIL
In this young adult memoir, a transgender girl shares her personal journey of growing up as a boy and then undergoing gender reassignment during her teens.

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This Book is Gay by James Dawson
YA 306.766 DAW
Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder.

Fiction

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
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Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents–all while trying to come out as transgender. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.

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Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
YA KATCHER, B.
With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.

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Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi
YA VOLPONI, P.
High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgender.

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Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
YA CLARK, K.
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

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Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
YA HYDE, C.
Sixteen-year-old Elle falls in love with Frank, the neighbor who helps her adjust to being on her own in a big city, but learning that he is transgender turns her world upside-down.

HappyFamilies

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis
YA DAVIS, T.
In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father’s decision to dress as a woman.

TAB Picks

Books

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Suzanne: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway, Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, A Brief History of Time by Stephen W. Hawking

Rick: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles, Hatchet and The River by Gary Paulsen

Isabella: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Geek Girl by Holly Smale, Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Theresa: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Ron: Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Kate: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Katie: Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

 

Movies & TV

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Maddie: Doctor Who

Ron: The Scorch Trials, War of the Worlds (2005)

Suzanne: CSI: Cyber, Life is Beautiful

Isabella: High School Musical

Katie: The Intern

Theresa: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rick: Sleepy Hollow, Brooklyn 99

 

Music

Isabella: “Not Your Birthday” by Allstar Weekend

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Ron: “Bottoms Up” by Brantley Gilbert

Thorri: “Whatcha Say” by Jason Derulo

 

Games

Ron: Chess, Keep Talking and No One Explodes

Isabella: Cool Math Games, Tsum Tsum

Ricky: Crossy Road

Book Playlist for Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope and Living to Change the World by Paige Rawl

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1. “Demons” by Imagine Dragons
2. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
3. “Same Love” by Macklemore
4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
5.”U Can’t Touch This” by M.C. Hammer

Listen to the Playlist:

Playlist submitted by Mary.