Wednesday, February 11, 2015

YALSA Awards for Young Adults: 2014

 Here are some of the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) book awards honoring young adult writers in 2014. Among its different missions, YALSA strives to evaluate material of interest to teens (12-18) and to expand the library's outreach. Additional awards and book summaries can be found at their website. Check it out.


2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

--Berry, Julie. All the Truth That’s in Me. Penguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013.

--Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. Freakboy. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013.

--Federle, Tim. Better Nate Than Ever. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.

--McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013.

--Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.

--Sedgwick, Marcus. Midwinterblood. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, 2013.

--Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy. Penguin/Philomel, 2013.

--Smith, Andrew. Winger. Illustrated by Sam Bosma. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.

--Sullivan, Tara. Golden Boy. Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013.

--Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire. Disney-Hyperion, 2013.


  1. I feel so behind on YA. I haven't read any of the ones from this list, or even heard of most of them. *shifty eyes* I've seen lots of people praise Eleanor & Park, though!

    1. Some titles continue to pop up, I've noticed. Rose Under Fire, for instance, and the one you mention.

  2. And I haven't read a single one of these. *shrugs* I'm not usually a huge fan of highly literary works anyway. (I do love some of the titles though. Brilliant.)

    1. I'm not sure what category these are. I've never had a full understanding on what's literary, and what is not, anyway. Some of the Newberry Award books can be real shelf sitters, according to one librarian I asked. Still, I think it's important to read the competition :) or at least know what's out there, and what the big publisher houses are publishing. I too like the titles :)

  3. I am so glad that the people who write for the teen audience get noticed.

  4. I have nine nieces, some in that age bracket. I rely on their reviews, but think I might check a couple of them out, based on the title alone. I'm glad they give awards!!

  5. I think nine nieces would be an excellent source. Neat that you are connected enough with them to ask :)


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